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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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Pop Quiz: Make a Muscle

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Muscle Health Which of these does a horse need to develop strong, healthy muscle tissue? Amino acids Exercise A diet high in sugar a and b In order to build muscle, your horse needs a combination of both amino acids

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Smarter Stall Rest

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Why stall rest? When you get injured, you know to take it easy. Unfortunately, your horse can’t read a doctor’s note. That’s why veterinarians often recommend restricting movement to help your horse heal. Building your rehab plan Whether your horse

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Support for the entire GI tract? Check.

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Check this out! With SmartGI Ultra you get: Total GI support Smart riders like you want to give their horses comprehensive support for the entire digestive tract. That’s why we designed SmartGI™ Ultra to provide your horse with the ultimate

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What’s your horse’s colic risk?

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These three horses live in the same environment, but they each have a different level of colic risk. Keep reading to find out why! EVERY HORSE IS AT RISK FOR COLIC. In fact, the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP)

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A Smarter Diet In Six Easy Steps

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This spring, help your horse look and feel his best by checking “better diet” off his list. That may seem like a daunting task, so we broke it down into six key steps so you can build your horse’s ideal

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Top Tips for Managing Respiratory Issues

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Respiratory issues can be difficult to diagnose, treat, and manage, but with the right plan you can help your horse breathe easier. In this blog I’ll share my top tips for keeping your horse’s respiratory system healthy and managing issues.

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