Barn IQ – Equine Supplements Simplified

by Phoebe Bechtolt The equine supplement industry has come a long way in the past 30 years. There are now supplements for every possible type of horse health issue. The packaging for equine supplements has typically been buckets, bags and plastic containers of all sizes. These containers take up valuable barn and trailer space and cause extra work when taking supplements on the road. Fortunately, equine supplement packaging has evolved. One such advance is personalized packaging in small plastic containers …

What You Need to Know About Horse Digestive Support -

What You Need to Know About Horse Digestive Support

The Basics of Digestion in Horses Things to know before you go: Equine Foregut: Esophagus, Stomach, and Small Intestine Equine Hindgut: Cecum, Large Colon, Small Colon, and Rectum (the cecum and colon make up the large intestine) The digestion process begins with the horse chewing its feed. Chewed feed then travels through the esophagus to the stomach with ease. Feed can take from one to eight hours to pass through the stomach into the small intestine. After traversing the foregut, …

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The Vital Importance of Vital Signs: The 5 Point Check

Most horse owners have heard these words: “Hay, water, and salt are the mainstay of horse nutrition.” These three inputs to a horse’s body are directly linked to the overall health of a horse. As a competitive distance rider, I am familiar with the importance of checking your horse’s vital signs at each vet check stopping point. In Competitive Trail Riding, there are vet checks before the ride, several during the riding day and final checks in the evening to …

Are You Supplementing for Summer Sweating?

What Happens When a Horse Sweats This time of year all over the country temperatures are high, and horses are sweating under the extreme conditions. When a horse sweats excessively,  especially during exercise, a special protein called latherin causes lathering. This protein facilitates the flow of liquid to effect evaporation of sweat for a horse. This sweat is a fluid comprised of water and salt. The “salts” are often referred to as electrolytes and include sodium, chloride, potassium, magnesium, and calcium. …

Lameness in Horses: Causes, Detection, and Treatments (

Lameness in Horses: Causes, Detection, and Treatments

There is no one specific underlying reason for lameness to occur in a horse. It occurs in all breeds, sizes, confirmations, and disciplines of horses. Reasons for lameness can be anything from pain in the horse or the conditions the horse lives in. The Merck Veterinary Manual defines lameness as “An abnormal stance or gait caused by either a structural or a functional disorder of the locomotor system”. It manifests with symptoms like inflammation, swelling or pain, and defects like …

6 Ways to Safeguard Your Horse from Laminitis

Laminitis in horses can be a very serious disease that affects the hooves of a horse and can cause lameness in all breeds of horses. Laminitis occurs when there is a cut off of blood flow to the laminae in hooves. Inflammation contributes to the weakening of these laminae and can separate the laminae where it attaches to the coffin bone over time. This disease affects the integrity of the horse’s hooves and results in pain and damage. Laminitis in …

Equine Nutrition

What You Need to Know about Equine Nutrition

Novice horse owners may try to find all the information they need about caring for horses and maintaining proper nutrition for them. But even for people who have owned horses for several years, equine nutrition is a complicated subject. There’s a lot involved in it, which this article will discuss. Read on to learn more about how to maintain proper nutrition for your horses.

You Forgot What?

I recently went on a two-day get away into south central New Mexico. My friend Barb asked me to help her transport a mustang to the Ruidoso area. She said that the scenery would be very pretty in that region. I had never been there so I jumped at the chance to get out of the geographically locked-in area of southwest Colorado.