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Fibrelite

Proper use of an ultra-low NSC ration. Much attention is focused on the use of ultra-low sugar/starch (NSC) grain rations. In some cases such rations might be an appropriate choice for a horse with metabolic issues such as insulin resistance, PSSM, Cushings, or tying up. However there may be other better and more economical feeding solutions in some cases...
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Weight Gain Takes Time

Research has estimated that it can take 8-10 Mega calories of digestible energy over the horse's maintenance level to put on a pound of weight gain. That could represent an additional 6 pounds or more grain/day as well as an increase in hay consumption compared to the current ration...
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Warmbloods: Feed them like other other horses?

Over the last few decades, European warmbloods and warmblood crosses have become prominent as sport horses in the United States where they compete regularly in dressage, show jumping, and three-day eventing. They also are used extensively as show hunters. The most popular breeds are Hanoverian, Holsteiner, Trakehner, Oldenburg, Selle Francais, Dutch Warmblood, Swedish Warmblood, and Irish crossbreds. From a conformation standpoint, warmbloods possess more substance than light breeds...
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Fit to be Tied

Tying-up is a generic term commonly used to describe muscle disease in performance horses. Other terms often used interchangeably with tyingup include exertional rhabdomyolysis, azoturia, and Monday morning sickness. Clinical signs of tying up include a stiff gait, reluctance to move, firm cramping muscles, profuse sweating, accelerated heart rate and increased respiratory rate...
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Feeding the Backyard Horse

Of the more than 300,000 horses in Ontario, we know that a great many of them can be referred to in one of these ways.

Pasture ornament, Meadow furniture, Weekend stud, Suzy’s weekend date, Unemployed equines, Back 40 lawn mower

Often times these lovable pets spend most of the week happily doing what horses love to do the most; grazing and sleeping or mowing back a round bale between sleeps. Come Saturday or Sunday they're summoned by the lure of a pail of grain to the barn to perform their duty as trail horse, or herded into a trailer to perform at...
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Rio Tango

Rio Tango was feeling pretty proud of himself. All summer Rio and the other colts had romped and raced around the Cicotti’s rolling fields along side their mothers. Rio liked to play the kick, twist and fart game and arch his neck and strut around like he had seen his daddy do one day in a paddock near the barn. Rio was hanging out with the other colts these days since his mother told him it was time to move out. Rio felt quite grown up and knew that...
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So How Much Do I Feed My Horse?

Without a doubt, it’s one of the most common questions that feed reps get asked, whether on the farm or over the counter at your favourite feed store. Sometimes it’s a person with their first horse but it may be a veteran owner who has a horse with that little oddity that makes it unique. It’s that uniqueness, the reality that horses are individual in their requirements that makes the question more difficult to answer than you might think...
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The Old Bay Mare She Ain't What She Used to Be

Once upon a time in a land near by there was an old bay mare named "Dolly Can't Be Caught." Dolly's name came from her days on the racetrack when she lived up to her name by winning a huge bundle of money for her owner, Gerry "Slats" Austen. Nowadays however Dolly's job was to be mother every year to a cocky, pasture struttin, bodacious sonofa super stud. It was a good life, one that Dolly didn't mind really. She got used to the boastful talk from her foal and all the other mothers and foals that shared their pasture every year. She didn't even mind the trailer ride down the road once a year to put up with the attentions of a testosterone-laden hotshot, although she really wished they wouldn't slobber all over her...
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Equine Locomotion

Have you ever stopped and pondered the changes that have occurred over your lifetime in the way we live, the way we think and our perspective on the world around us? Nothing is more fascinating and enlightening then listening to a grand parent reflect on their youth and the world they grew up in. History comes alive and events that you may be aware of from the history channel suddenly are vividly real as that person relates something that is a picture in their mind as clear to them as your memory of yesterday...
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