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Kelsey was living a rider’s dream. But that dream turned into a nightmare when her horse experienced a life-threatening colic episode. Kelsey Herring has loved horses for as long as she can remember. She started out riding western, spending weekends

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Under, Over, or Ideal

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You be the judge It’s hard to resist the urge to squeal over how adorable a chubby pony is, but unfortunately, overweight horses and ponies aren’t cute — they’re unhealthy. Being too thin also comes with risks and health concerns.

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Chill Out This Winter

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Help your horse keep his cool this winter, and discover what ingredients will help him chill out. Edgy Eddie He’s occasionally nervous and tense, looking around and fidgeting as you get on. Slightly on edge, he is sometimes unfocused on

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Dealing with Scratches

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My horse Razz has some eye-catching chrome: a stripe, snip and four white socks. It’s one of his more attractive attributes when he’s otherwise doing his wild Arabian impression, but it also seems to be a magnet for scrapes and

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Managing Stifle Issues

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As any horse owner who has dealt with them can attest to, stifle issues can be tough to diagnose, treat, and manage. In the blog below, I’ll share my top tips for what has helped my horse Luna stay comfortable

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Anatomy of arthritis

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Your horse’s body is an impressive machine. It’s designed to manage the normal wear and tear that’s associated with being a horse — an animal designed to be on the move! However, research has shown that joint problems are a

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Anatomy of colic

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Colic is a general, catch-all term used to refer to any sort of abdominal pain in horses (in layman’s terms, it’s a belly ache). Based on that definition, the term “colic” could be used to describe gastric ulcers or problems

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Anatomy of an ulcer

STOMACH---ANATOMY-OF-A-PROBLEM

A horse needs to graze for approximately 17 hours daily to meet his nutritional needs, so his stomach was designed to continuously produce acid to aid in digestion. In a natural grazing situation, where a horse is eating and chewing

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Foundation For Success – The Basics PLUS

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Multi-Purpose Supporting joint and hoof health gives your horse a solid foundation for success. SmartPak’s SmartCombo line of multipurpose supplements allow you to build on that foundation by combining the active ingredients from several bestselling formulas into one smart solution.

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Foundation For Success – Hooves

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It can be easy to take your horse’s hooves for granted, and many horse owners don’t think about hoof health until their horse has a problem. While supporting healthy hooves may not sound particularly exciting, it’s an essential part of

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Overheard At The Barn

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Do these riders’ remarks sound familiar? Chances are you’ve overheard it all before and thought it was simply the status quo for life at the barn. But while it may seem like these horses just need an attitude adjustment, there

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Foundation For Success – Joints

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Your horse’s body is an impressive machine. It’s designed to manage the normal wear and tear that’s associated with being a horse — an animal designed to be on the move! However, research has shown that joint problems are a

Posted in Health & Nutrition

Colic – Don’t Let The Odds Stack Up Against You

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The American Association of Equine Practitioners estimates that 900,000 horses will colic this year. Not only is colic common, it can be very serious—more horses die from colic than any other condition. With statistics like that, managing your horse’s digestive

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No Fly Zone

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When it comes to battling the bugs, it’s important to have a barn-wide system that keeps you covered from all sides. Read on to learn what types of fly control to use where so you can create the ultimate plan

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Horse Insurance 101

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Let’s face it, insurance falls way to the bottom of the list of topics any horse owner wants to talk about. Discussing worst-case scenarios doesn’t exactly make for enjoyable barn aisle or ringside small talk. Unfortunately, as in many areas

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