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The Scoop on Multi-Vitamins

Kelly does morning feedings at the barn where her horse is boarded. Most of the horses just get a "scoop" or two of "pellets", plus a bit of beet pulp. The ponies get less, the school horses and hard keepers get more.

Until recently, Kelly had never thought about anything other than maintaining her horse's weight and energy level. She hadn't considered whether his vitamin and mineral requirements were being met. Actually, she didn't even know the "pellets" they feed…

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Added by SmartPak Equine on January 9, 2012 at 2:53pm — No Comments

Powders, Pellets or Pastes - What's the Difference?

Question: I see a lot of the same types of supplements available in powders, pellets or pastes - what's the difference?

Answer: Supplements in paste form are generally intended for occasional use. For example, you

might use a calming paste when your horse is in a new situation and more nervous than usual. You might administer a digestive paste when your horse is being trailered and you’re worried about digestive upset from the…

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Added by SmartPak Equine on January 9, 2012 at 2:43pm — No Comments

From Wild to Mild

For most riders, if you’re not riding, you’re thinking about riding. But when you’re counting the weeks until summer or the hours until 5 o’clock, you’re not dreaming about spooking horses or missing shoes. Fortunately, there are supplements that can help you make the most of your time in the barn.

PROBLEM: An anxious or spooky horse makes riding difficult

SUPPLEMENT SOLUTION: Calming Supplements

We’ve all been there —…

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Added by SmartPak Equine on January 9, 2012 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Shine On!

Balancing Act



Does your horse have dry skin or a dull coat? Let his good health shine through by adding essential fatty acids to his diet.

When adding fats to your horse’s diet, it’s important to consider the source, because not all fats are created equal. All fats will help put a bloom on your horse’s coat, but some provide additional health benefits, while others may actually do more harm than good.

Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids are important to many…

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Don't Leave Home Without It

Gastric Health



The fact that 60% of performance horses suffer from gastric ulcers reinforces the idea that the life of a show horse isn’t easy. Prescription medication, like GastroGard®, is the only way to heal an active ulcer. However, gastric health supplements, like…

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Added by SmartPak Equine on January 9, 2012 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Bugs Beware

PROBLEM: Flies are bugging your horse and irritating his skin

SOLUTION: Insect Control Supplements



There are very few things that you can get a room full of riders to agree on, but hating flies is definitely one of them. Fly sprays are great, but a bottle-a-week habit can really put a dent in your budget. Fortunately, supplements can help!

There are two main types of insect control supplements. Some are only effective if fed to all of the…

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Added by SmartPak Equine on January 9, 2012 at 2:29pm — No Comments

Healthy Hydration

One simple solution helps your horse avoid serious consequences of dehydration

PROBLEM: Your horse sweats heavily or doesn’t drink well

SOLUTION: Electrolytes

Dehydration can have serious consequences for any horse, any time of year. Inadequate water intake and mineral imbalances can cause fatigue, muscle stiffness and even colic. Whether your performance horse is sweating hard in the summer heat or your senior refuses to drink when winter buckets…

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Added by SmartPak Equine on January 9, 2012 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Clear the Air

Don’t let breathing problems derail your training. Help your horse breathe easy.

PROBLEM: Cough and allergens are impacting your horse’s performance

SOLUTION: Respiratory Supplements

If your horse is constantly coughing or has trouble catching his breath, riding not only won’t be fun, it might not be possible. If you notice a breathing problem, it’s always best to have your horse checked by your veterinarian to determine…

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Added by SmartPak Equine on January 9, 2012 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Beauty That's More Than Skin Deep





Your horse’s skin and coat form an important protective barrier against bacteria and infections. If his coat is short on shine, that could be an indication that his skin isn’t as healthy as it should be. Adding a high quality skin and coat supplement to his diet isn’t just a great way to boost his good looks, it’s an investment in his good health.



Fat Facts

To get a glossy coat, add essential fatty acids to optimize skin health. When comparing…

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Added by SmartPak Equine on September 15, 2011 at 5:00pm — 2 Comments

Balancing Act - Designing a Diet for the Modern Horse





Horses have delicate systems that were designed for constant pasture grazing, but modern horsekeeping can throw your horse’s gastrointestinal tract off balance. High-grain diets combined with the stress of training and competition may leave your horse prone to ulcers, digestive problems and poor overall health. But if you build your horse’s diet based on his individual needs, you can help bring him back into balance.



Throw hay, dump grain, turn the horses out. Do… Continue

Added by SmartPak Equine on September 15, 2011 at 4:53pm — No Comments

The Inside Scoop: Is My Horse's Grain Enough?

You can figure out what your horse is getting from his grain - just follow these 3 easy steps!

 

Need help? Call our experts at 1-888-818-1459.



HERE'S WHAT YOU'LL NEED:

• the label from your horse’s grain bag

• a bucket with your horse’s normal daily…

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Added by SmartPak Equine on August 25, 2011 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Equine Allergies & Skin Health



Allergies & Skin Health

An allergy is an exaggerated response from the immune system to a substance in the environment, called an allergen. Although horses can become allergic to things they eat, inhale, or touch, insect bite hypersensitivity (IBH or "sweet itch") is…

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Added by SmartPak Equine on August 25, 2011 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Smarter Solutions: Hoof Health





PROBLEM: Lost shoes have you missing days of riding and training

SOLUTION: Hoof Supplements



Ever feel like you spend more time searching the field for yet another lost shoe than you do in the saddle? (Seriously, what does he do, bury them? How could it be gone?!)



Even if your horse isn’t throwing shoes left…

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Added by SmartPak Equine on August 25, 2011 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Horse Soundness Exam

You've browsed our Supplement & Horse Care Guides, talked to your vet and Googled 'glucosamine.' But how much do you really know about joint supplements?



Put your joint savvy to the test and find out if you could be smarter about your horse's joint health!

1. Approximately ________% of lameness problems in horses are related to osteoarthritis.

a)…

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Added by SmartPak Equine on August 25, 2011 at 11:30am — No Comments

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