Supplementing the Supplemented Feed

“For an adult horse with moderate activity, feed .75 to 1.0 lbs per 100 lbs of body weight.” These are the feeding instructions for a popular commercially fortified feed. If your horse weighs 1100 lbs (500 kg), you’ll need to feed 8.25 to 11 lbs of feed per day. For enough calories? Enough protein? Enough vitamins and minerals? Yes, to all of the above and more. That’s a lot of feed! That could amount to three to five two-quart scoops (depending on the weight of the feed) per day. And you’ll need to divide it into multiple feedings since meal size should never exceed 4 lbs (your horse’s stomach is small compared to the rest of his digestive tract). Continue reading

What to Wear

With winter making its grand entrance in many states and across Canada, having confidence your four-legged companion is comfortable during travel is essential. While horses are very comfortable in cold conditions, and most travel well in the winter, it is still a big question as to whether you should be throwing on a blanket or leaving it at the barn. There are a few factors that should be taken into consideration before you hit the road. Continue reading

Happy Holidays!

When it comes to giving gifts over the holidays, it’s becoming more and more common to add our pets to our shopping lists.

But you don’t have to indulge in fancy collars, gourmet treats or other pricey items for your pets this holiday season. There are a number of less expensive and much more practical things you can do to make sure your pet has a happy holiday. In addition, these gifts can help ensure your pets live long, healthy lives and will be around to celebrate the holidays for many years to come: Continue reading

Snow Isn’t The Only Winter Worry

Is your horse at risk for these common health challenges?

Horse-keeping during the winter brings its own unique challenges, and those challenges can wreak havoc on your horse’s gastrointestinal (GI) tract and increase his risk for digestive upset. However, with the right care and support, you can help ensure your horse has everything he needs to maintain a happy and healthy hindgut. Continue reading

Pony Club Cleans Up

Fourteen finalists took part in the 2015 USHJA Horsemanship Quiz Challenge Championships held November 13-16 at Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio. Competitors took part in two written and horsemanship tests as a part of the first round. The top three highest placed individuals and teams were also given a practical test to decide the winners. Finalists were treated to seminars and clinics on braiding and plaiting, course design, and time management skills as well as presentations from presiding sponsor, The Plaid Horse. Continue reading