Study: Horse Hoof Problem Prevalence High

Out of nearly 1,000 randomly chosen horses, 85% had at least one hoof disorder visible during a regular farrier visit. By Christa Leste-Lasserre, MA Photo: Erica Larson If your horse suffers from a foot disorder, he’s far from being alone. A recent epidemiological study from the Netherlands has revealed an unexpectedly high rate of mild […]

Types of Hay

There are a wide variety of different hay types – each with its own benefits (a few even have drawbacks) for your animals. Always consult your vet or an equine nutritionist before you decide which hays to feed your horse, as their results can vary widely from breed to breed. Alfalfa A palitable hay that […]

Choosing Hay When the Weather Hurt the Harvest

Written by Sue Stuska, Ed.D. Your horse needs it. It is a valuable source of nutrients and provides the roughage his digestive system needs. But all hay is not created equal. Drought can severely limit your selection and drive up the price. What choices are healthy ones for your horse? How can you critique hay […]

Feeding the Insulin Resistant Horse

By Dr. Martin Adams, PAS Equine Nutritionist for Southern States Dry lots are recommended for insulin resistant horses. Insulin resistance is a problem that has recently been documented in horses, ponies and donkeys. The causes and effects of insulin resistance, as well as its diagnosis and treatment, as well as some tips on feeding the […]

Goat Facts (From various resources)

by Gary Pfalzbot Origins of the Goat Goats were one of the first animals to be tamed by humans and were being herded 9,000 years ago. They are a member of the cattle family and are believed to be descended from the wild goat, bezoar. Breeds of Goats There are over 210 breeds of goats […]

Equine Dental Care: What Every Horse Owner Should Know

By Rob Arnott, DVM Horses have been around for many, many years. Some experts have determined from fossil evidence that horses have existed for over 55 million years. These early horses were probably browsers that ate soft, leafy vegetation and groundcover in the prehistoric woodlands. The horse evolved over time, and the current form and […]

Vaccination Yearly Planner

By Nancy S. Loving, DVM Immunizations are the cornerstone of disease prevention if given appropriately and in a timely manner. One of the brightest spots of equine medical care for horses is the availability of many safe and effective vaccines to protect horses from infectious and noninfectious diseases. Sometimes it is confusing as to which ones […]

How to Feed a Horse: Understanding the Basic Principles of Horse Nutrition

How do you properly feed a horse? With so many feed, supplement and hay choices available, many people find themselves wondering exactly what their horse needs for good health and nutrition. Many horse-feeding opinions and myths make deciding what to feed even more difficult. The law requires commercial horse feed manufacturers to put information concerning […]

Winter Storage of Horse Hay

Some helpful hints for storing your horse hay properly for the winter. The most economical time to buy hay is in the summer, during and right after the growing season, because prices will go up later in the year, as the supply dwindles. But if you stock up on hay, you’ll need to store it […]

Livestock Winter Hay Needs

With winter coming on, it is time to make sure that you have enough hay in the barn to last until your pastures are growing again next spring. While there are many factors to consider when calculating winter hay needs, we are giving you some conversions to simplify the process—and even providing you with a […]