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Superman’s Battle with the Bugs

I’ve been looking forward to spring and the arrival of warmer weather for a lot of reasons (like being able to ride without feeling like a marshmallow under five layers of clothes), but there’s one thing about spring that I

Posted in Health & Nutrition

Big League Bug Busters

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SmartPak Deluxe Fly Sheet with Insect Shield® Strengths: Triple threat: insect repellent, mesh sheet, and UV protection. This durable fly sheet is the last line of defense to keep bugs from scoring a tasty snack at the expense of your

Posted in Gear Review, Health & Nutrition

An Inside Look at Joints

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Arthritis is the most common cause of lameness in the horse. In fact, it’s believed to be responsible for up to 60% of all lameness! What is it? And how do you know if your horse is at risk? What

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Recipe for a Shiny Coat

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Find out the key ingredients to your horse’s ultimate show-ring shine! Blue Ribbon Shine Makes: One shiny horse Prep time: 60 days 30 g daily SmartShine® Ultra with omega 3 fatty acids from flax seed and fish oil 1 each

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The inside scoop: Is my horse’s grain enough?

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You can figure out what your horse is getting from his grain — just follow these three easy steps! 1 Weigh In If you already know how many pounds of grain your horse eats per day, kudos! You can skip

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You are now leaving Funky Town

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We’ve all been there. You get to the barn and there is just something, well, funky going on with your horse’s skin. But what is it?! And what can you do about it? We’ve put together a list of the usual suspects and some helpful hints on how to handle them…

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Ask the Farrier: Hoof Circulation Q & A with Danvers Child, CJF

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“Some hoof supplements say they support healthy blood flow—why is that important? I thought hooves were “dead” tissue. – BR from Waynesville, NC”

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Ask the Farrier: Important factors for hoof health

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“Several riders at my barn use hoof supplements for their horses, while others swear by a particular farrier. When it comes to healthy hooves, what factor plays the biggest role? — BM from Washington D.C.”

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Stop pests at the source

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Tired of endlessly spraying for flies? Sick of choking on chemical repellents? Prevent pests from becoming a problem in the first place! We’ve got four simple ways you can ensure your horses are fly-free all season long.

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5 Things You Need to Know about Dewormer

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Preventing parasite infestation is crucial to maintaining your horse’s health. If left untreated, a high parasite load can cause symptoms including poor quality coat, weight loss, diarrhea or colic. There are two methods of parasite control: daily dewormers or a paste dewormer program. No matter which method you use, there are five things every owner should (or shouldn’t) do.

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SmartOmega Man and the Omega 6 Overload

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Modern horsekeeping puts your horse at odds with Mother Nature. Fortunately, there is a hero whose sole mission in life is to help bring your horse’s diet back into balance…

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Is Your Horse At Risk?

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Recent research has shown there may be things you’re accidentally doing (or not doing) that are proven to increase your horse’s risk for colic.

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For Your Sk(information)

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Clearly, healthy skin is vital to a healthy horse—but how do you know if your horse’s skin is in good shape? Your horse’s coat can serve as a report card for his skin health. A soft, shiny coat is an indicator of stellar skin condition, while a dull, rough or patchy coat likely suggests there’s room for improvement…”

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Too Hot? Too Cold? How to Find Just Right.

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Would your horse pass the Goldilocks test? If it feels like you’re riding a powder keg or a drowsy slug, the right supplements might help!

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In & On: Hooves

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“Keeping your horse’s toes in tip-top shape isn’t just a great way to impress handsome farriers and make your barn mates jealous, it’s an investment in your horse’s health and soundness…”

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