November 2022 Blog Posts (10)

Foal Hair Waves

By looking at whorls we can have a clue about temperament from the time of birth.

There are limitations. One of those is the distortion of the whorl caused by the foal hair coat.

Foal coats do all sorts of interesting things. From…


Added by Noche Miller on November 21, 2022 at 12:55pm — No Comments

The Importance of an On-Farm Nutritionist

Keeping a horse in optimal condition is a team effort. A veterinarian, farrier, nutritionist, and trainer all play an important role in the horse’s well-being. Many horse owners use the expertise of a nutritionist to not only ensure that their horse is not deficient in any nutrients but to also improve the ration. This can resolve issues such as delicate hooves, over-conditioning, inappetence etc.



Added by Madeline Boast on November 20, 2022 at 11:21am — No Comments

Equine Body Condition Score Misconceptions

This week’s blog is a little bit different than normal. Instead of a broad nutrition topic, we are diving into a recent publication from the Journal of Equine Veterinary Science, A survey: Horse show judges’ perceptions on equine adiposity. The objective of this study was to survey judges’ views on the level of adiposity in horses and ponies in various competition types as well as track their ability to distinguish different levels of…


Added by Madeline Boast on November 20, 2022 at 11:08am — No Comments

The Epidemic of Equine Obesity

Obesity is defined as the accumulation of excess fat tissue on the body and is a prevalent issue in the equine industry. Obesity in companion animals, including horses, has been on the rise. Horses have a unique relationship with humans as they are companion animals, sport animals and working animals.…


Added by Madeline Boast on November 20, 2022 at 11:03am — No Comments

Hay Nets vs. Slow Feeders

Horses have evolved to graze for upwards of 16-18 hours per day. Unfortunately, modern management tends to revolve around meal feeding. There is a significant amount of research on how encouraging slow feeding improves equine welfare. This is typically done with a hay net or slow feeder. This article will summarize the research on hay nets and slow feeders as well as discuss the best option.…


Added by Madeline Boast on November 20, 2022 at 11:00am — No Comments

The Importance of a Hay Analysis

Quality of hay varies greatly, even from the same field year to year. When purchasing or harvesting your own hay, the only way to know the nutrient content is with a lab analysis. With all the time and money that goes into feeding our horses, why not know exactly what you’re feeding!!…


Added by Madeline Boast on November 20, 2022 at 10:59am — No Comments

Why Forage First?

Forage first is generally considered to be one of the “golden rules” of horses, so why is it so commonly ignored or disregarded? Ensuring your horse is getting adequate forage can make a huge difference in many aspects of their health.

Horses are herbivores with hindgut…


Added by Madeline Boast on November 20, 2022 at 10:30am — No Comments

Differences Between Hay Cuts

Is second cut hay always too rich ponies and maintenance horses?

This is a commonly used rule by many horse owners when trying to choose a forage to buy, and there is some truth to the rule, but it isn’t always true. There are many factors that play a large role in the nutritional value of the hay. The more mature the grass the lower the…


Added by Madeline Boast on November 20, 2022 at 10:30am — No Comments

A Smoother Sitting Trot

A Smoother Sitting Trot

Monday it was hot and humid. I did wear my technical fabric tights, shirt and socks, but I should have worn my ice vest instead of my protective vest. I only walked but I ended up hot and sweaty, and I felt exhausted before the end of my placid ride.

MJ was stiff since he had been in a St. Jude's…


Added by Jackie Cochran on November 12, 2022 at 2:08pm — No Comments

One Reason Why I Use the Double Bridle

One Reason Why I Use the Double Bridle

The weather down here has been wonderful for riding, the worst I had to deal with was a minute or two of a sort of serious sprinkle but the rest of my rides were rain free.

When I got to the stable Monday morning it was a lot more crowded than usual. They had gone to a show on Sunday…


Added by Jackie Cochran on November 5, 2022 at 1:16pm — 1 Comment

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