Defying Gravity

I know, I know, now i have you humming Wicked. But, anyway, I’m here to tell you a little known fact: The cecum in a horse has its entrance and exit at the top.

According to Dr. Julian Getty, a horse nutritionist, you should pay attention to this because… For digested material to exit, it has to actually defy gravity! To process food, the cecum contracts to push the contents out the top. To do this critical digestive function, forage needs to be flowing through the digestive system at all times.

Picture a full toothpaste tube that is open. If you squeeze the bottom of the tube, toothpaste will come out the top because it is full. Picture a half empty toothpaste tube, with the paste at the bottom. Squeeze the tube and no toothpaste comes out the top because there isn’t enough inside.

Without enough food matter to “fill the tube” (cecum), sand, dirt, and undigested material can remain at the bottom, leading to colic.

Avoiding this is simple: Feed your horse a continuous supply of forage — all day, and all night. This will keep the cecum full enough to push the contents up to the exit and send them along the digestive/elimination chain.

Worried about weight gain? No need. Feed a low calorie, low NSC hay free choice, and your horse will let you know how much he needs to maintain his weight.

 

Dang Sweet Socks!

My human loves her socks, like big time. She has socks for running, socks for work, sock for sleeping, and of COURSE socks for riding. She was excited to try the new socks for Noble Equine, after all, their name is “The Best Dang Boot Sock” and well, how awesome must they be?

Durable, with a mesh top that keeps you cool... does it get any better?

Durable, with a mesh top that keeps you cool… does it get any better?

Apparently even more awesome then she was anticipating. I mean like really freaking awesome. These lightweight socks with moisture wicking technology, she couldn’t believe how soft they were. They slipped on easily and the arch compression system kept the socks from shifting and sliding. The padded foot was more then comfortable and she couldn’t stop raving about the padded foot bed that kept her blister free throughout the horse show day (not sure if thats a good thing or a bad thing… I could have done without the last course!).

She LOVES these things, like seriously loves these socks! I heard that her running socks were actually retired, and the Best Dang Socks have replaced them!

What are your favorite socks to ride in?

TaTa for Now!
Sweet Pea

Sweet New Law

Have you “herd” the news? The New State governor made a huge step for helmet awareness and safety this past week. The law requires everyone under the age of 18 to wear a helmet when mounted, the age was previously 14 in the state. Taking effect immediately, the law will fine $250 to the minors that do not comply with the law. Read more about the law at Riders4Helmets.

Do you think that the law will encourage more states to follow suit? I am a big fan of helmet awareness… I think that all of our precious children should be protected and as safe as possible while riding horses.

Hay There!

Is your hay in the barn? Or perhaps you are headed out to the field this weekend? No matter what, it is important to have the area and ready for your hay before you bring it in. Is your ban ready? 

Here are some tips for better hay storage:

Is your barn ready foe this year's hay?

Is your barn ready for this year’s hay?

1. Clean out the storage area.  Remove all hay from previous years.  If you have a cement floor – sweep the area out.  Rake dirt floors and let the area dry/air out for a few days before stacking your new hay.

2. Prepare the storage area.  Always put a barrier between the ground and your hay.  Wood skids work best to keep the bottom layer off of the ground while still allowing air circulation under the stack.  Allow space in between stacks for air circulation and keep stacks at least six inches away from exterior walls (especially walls that heat up during the hot summer days).

3. Stack as you feed.  Don’t block your hay in . . . .if your feed half first cutting and half second cutting daily make sure you can access both easily.

4. Separate different cuttings and different kinds of hay.  It’s easy to tell first and second cuttings apart when they’re first baled and stacked. When it starts to fade, however, it’s not so easy.  Know where you stack each cutting; you can also tie a tag onto the baler twine indicating the cutting or field the hay came off of.

5. Keep a tally record.  It’s easy to forget how much hay you’ve stacked in the barn as the season continues.  Write your totals somewhere – either keep a notebook for your farm/stable, or mark it on a barn calendar or note board.  This is the only way to know how much hay you have.