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Seven Hidden Dangers Common in Every Barn

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In their natural state, horses tend to lead consistent, uncomplicated lives. However, even in the very best barns with the most conscientious owners, modern horses are often subjected to unnatural stresses that can pose serious health risks, from colic to

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Know Sweat!

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During the hot days of summer, a horse covered in sweat is a common sight. But do you know what sweat is, why it happens, and what you should do if your horse doesn’t sweat? We’ve got the answers! What’s

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The Guide to Smarter Horse Care

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While making small changes can make a difference in your horse’s health, the best way to support your horse is with a combination of smart management, support from the inside, and support from the outside. Read on to meet four

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It’s Not Hoof Care, It’s Horse Care

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We often talk or hear talk about the idea of “no hoof, no horse” and the importance of regular hoof care and maintenance. But what constitutes maintenance, and more importantly, why is maintenance so important? We asked our Hoof Health

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4 Hidden Health Challenges to Watch Out for This Winter

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As we all know, winter poses many challenges for riders and their horses. But while you may be painfully aware of some winter woes (like how to stay warm at the barn), there are a number of hidden challenges that

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Countdown to Bug Season

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4. Get your fly predators The best way to keep the fly population on your farm in check is by making sure fly larvae can’t mature into adult flies. Luckily, it’s easy to do just that by starting the farm’s

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The “L” Word

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Laminae lowdown The term “laminitis” is used to describe an inflammation of the laminae, the tissue that connects your horse’s coffin bone to the rest of the hoof. This inflammation can be extremely painful, and in severe cases it can

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G.I. Know

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Your horse’s gastrointestinal tract is the real hero At the surface, digestion seems like a pretty basic concept. Food turns into manure, simple as that, right? Not quite… Your horse’s gastrointestinal tract is surprisingly delicate and complex, with many moving

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Have you checked __________ ?

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Working with an unpredictable, nervous, excitable horse isn’t fun (for you or your horse), so it’s an important problem to solve. But where do you begin? Start by checking these common root causes of “bad” behavior, and you’ll be one

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#FarrierFriday: Emmanuel Fisher

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Have you heard? Farriers are raving about SmartHoof! Find out how this farrier uses SmartHoof Ultra Pellets together with regular maintenance to keep his client’s horse’s hooves in tip-top shape. Emmanuel Fisher Paxinos, PA “I’ve been a farrier for 15

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Frequently Asked Questions: GI Tract

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1. How do I know if my horse needs stomach support, hindgut support, or both? It can be tough to know what kind of GI tract support your horse needs. However, since your horse’s stomach and hindgut have very different

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How to Prepare Your Senior Horse for Winter

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Help your senior start winter off right by making sure he’s at a healthy weight this fall. Experts recommend that senior horses get two physical exams each year, so your horse’s fall physical is a great time to ask your

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The Skinny on Hard Keepers

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If you’ve been around horses long enough, you’ve probably known a “hard keeper” or two. The term “hard keeper” refers to horses who struggle to maintain enough fat cover and/or healthy muscle tone. These horses can benefit from extra care

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Use This, Not That

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Snail mail vs. email. Pay phones vs. cell phones. Going to the bank vs. online banking. There are countless examples of small changes that can make a big difference in our lives. But for some reason, the barn is usually

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4 Steps to 4 Healthy Hooves

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Every rider has heard the saying “no hoof, no horse.” But many don’t know that there are four key areas that can influence their horse’s hoof health. 1. Regular, professional maintenance In the artificial environments we provide, horses simply can’t

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