Flax Seed: How and why to feed it

I’ve been feeding my horses flax seed (also called linseed) for about a decade. I started with HorseTech’s fabulous products, first with Glanzen, their hoof & coat supplement, then moving onto one with glucosomine in it. I found that feeding a flax-seed based supplement improved their coats so that they glowed. I also liked the […]

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Feeding Alfalfa Beneficial for Ulcer-Prone Horses

Research into equine ulcers has revealed that 90% of racehorses, more than 50% of performance horses, and as many as 37% of pleasure horses suffer from gastric ulcers. That is a stunningly large amount of the horse population. Ulcers occur in horses largely because of how we now keep them: contributing factors include feeding large […]

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Limbering Up your Horse with Basic Stretches

Many people have heard that “carrot stretches” or the “tail stretch” can help your horse stay supple and loosen up tight muscles. Theses stretches take only a few minutes and are a great way to end a grooming routine. The beauty of the Internet is now there are videos on line that show you how […]

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That Massage Sure Feels Good

Ever since the Jim Masterson DVD arrived I’ve been practicing the bodywork techniques on my two boys (massage techniques to try at home). The two horses are very different; I’ve gotten a much better understanding of where each one holds tension in their bodies and how each one likes to be touched. It’s been a […]

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Equine Massage Techniques to Try at Home

I wrote before about the bodywork that Gary Severson (the Saddle Doctor) did on my horses when he came to fit my saddles in the spring (part of an article about the impact of poll pressure from bridles). It wasn’t traditional massage; rather he released tension in their backs through a form of trigger point […]

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Secret Fly Repellent Benefits Leukemia Research

The bugs are already out in New England, which caused me break out my fly spray. Since last year I’ve been using a “secret” recipe that I obtained by giving a $20 donation toward leukemia research. The all-natural spray works pretty well — certainly as well as most of the commercially available sprays, it has […]

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