Ulcers No More!

Dr. Juliet Getty never stops urging horse owners to “feed your horse like a horse,” for the simple reason that a horse, fed according to his physiology and instincts, will be healthier. Dr. Getty often speaks about free choice forage feeding as the first line of defense against ulcers, but there is more an owner can do to protect his horse from the pain and stress of this condition. Continue reading

Make the Pledge

What is on your list of New Year’s Resolution? S300x600-PDZ-Salvationtay active? Lose weight? Lose the STENCH? This year, we are challenging YOU to take the pledge to stop odor in it’s tracks!

Treat your horse’s stall with Sweet PDZ (or use it your chicken coop, or your dog run, or… or… or… the possibilities are endless!). What better time than the turn of a new year to renew your commitment to safeguarding your four-legged (and two legged) companions from noxious ammonia and odors in their homes.  Continue reading

What’s Fat Got to do With It?

Horses fed a high fat diet are less reactive to startling stimuli, and have lower levels of excitability and anxiety than horses fed a more traditional grain-based diet. Fat is high in calories, so limit the amount you feed based on the horse’s weight and his caloric need. Provide no more than 10% of the total calories (8 fluid ounces or 240 ml of oil) for normally active horses. This can be doubled for the highly athletic horse. Start by adding a small amount (say, one tablespoon or 15 ml) and build up every few days. It takes 4 to 6 weeks for the horse’s cells to become accustomed to metabolizing more fat. Continue reading

Flax… It’s Back!

The benefits of ground flaxseeds are numerous. They are a good source of protein, boosting the overall amino acid pool available for tissue synthesis and repair. They contain vitamins and trace minerals. Their high lignan content (not to be confused with lignin, an indigestible fiber) gives your horse antioxidant protection against disease. And most of all, their plentiful omega 3 fatty acid content promotes health by reducing inflammation, lowering insulin, balancing immune response, and feeding hooves, skin, and hair.  Flaxseeds come in two basic varieties – golden or brown. Continue reading

What’s That Sound?

Your emergency kit likely includes a stethoscope – a highly valuable piece of equipment during any urgent health situation. Knowing your horse’s normal heart rate and gut sounds beforehand will allow you to better assess the seriousness of the situation — so use your stethoscope now. Continue reading

An Odor Salvation!

What is on your list of New Year’s Resolution? S300x600-PDZ-Salvationtay active? Lose weight? Lose the STENCH? This year, we are challenging YOU to take the pledge to stop odor in it’s tracks!

Treat your horse’s stall with Sweet PDZ (or use it your chicken coop, or your dog run, or… or… or… the possibilities are endless!). What better time than the turn of a new year to renew your commitment to safeguarding your four-legged (and two legged) companions from noxious ammonia and odors in their homes.  Continue reading

Arena Footing Basics 101

Equestrians will agree, when it comes to arena riding, a well-appointed ring is a joy to work (and play!) in. The footing you choose for your enclosure will depend on a variety of factors and will be the most important component of a well-designed and properly constructed riding area. In this two-part article, Glynnie Walford of Martin Collins© Equine Surfaces provides the information you need to create a first-rate surface for all of your equine endeavors. Continue reading

Does that “hay belly” really mean your horse is fat?

Ever been told that your horse has a hay belly and needs to lose weight? Well, relax! He’s not fat, he just has gas! In fact, gas production is normal and healthy. It indicates that your horse is getting enough hay for hindgut microbial fermentation to occur. Continue reading

Want to reduce dog bites? Don’t focus on the breed

Across the country, some communities have attempted to reduce the incidence of pitbull-200w
dog bites by enacting breed-specific legislation that bans the ownership of certain types of dogs. Most recently, residents of Aurora, Colo., voted in November to uphold their nine-year ban on pit bull type dogs in the city. Continue reading