Health & Horsemanship
January 2019 - The 2018 NorCal Clinic with Mandy Porter
Written by by Darby Bonomi, PhD • photos by Kim F. Miller
Friday, 28 December 2018 04:12
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A report from the sidelines.

by Darby Bonomi, PhD • photos by Kim F. Miller

Forty eight lucky riders were treated to the NorCal Hunter Jumper Association’s clinic with superstar grand prix rider and trainer Mandy Porter. The clinic, which was really two clinics spanning over two days each, was hosted by Leone Equestrians in Sacramento from November 29-December 2, 2018. An annual NorCal tradition, the free-to-members clinic had almost 100 applicants for the coveted spots.  

 
January 2019 - Academy of Animal Sport Science
Written by by Kim F. Miller
Friday, 28 December 2018 01:18
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Newly launched educational endeavor helps professionals master & keep pace with a rapidly evolving field of cutting-edge horse care.

by Kim F. Miller

Three well-known figures in horse health and owner education have realized a dream three years in development with the launch this month of the Academy of Animal Sport Science.

 

 
January 2019 - Janet Reed’s Natural Horse Feeders
Written by CRM
Friday, 28 December 2018 01:10
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High praise for feeders that require a low head position.

Dressage trainer Janet Reed is always looking out for her horses. Compassion for equines drives her in her training business and is what drove her to build a better feeder.

Too many horses eat with their heads up high and Janet knows that a horse’s head reaching towards the ground is the best way for a horse to eat. It’s the natural grazing position that makes the horse a happy creature.

 

 
December 2018 - Tips For Hard keepers
Written by By Dr. Kellon, Uckele Health & Nutrition
Friday, 30 November 2018 00:52
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For horses, at least, there is such a thing as “too thin.”

by Dr. Kellon, Uckele Health & Nutrition

Overweight horses are grabbing all the headlines, but horses that tend to be very thin can also be a major headache for their owners. While obesity is clearly to be avoided, there is such a thing as too thin.

Horses that are underweight have reduced performance capacity, reduced immunity, less tolerance for cold, reduced fertility and poor physical reserves in the face of a serious injury, illness or major surgery. They are at increased risk of side effects from even common things that are normally distributed to the fat tissue such as vitamins A or D and moxidectin.

 
November 2018 - Why Do Horses Eat Dirt?
Written by by Dr. Amy M Gill
Thursday, 01 November 2018 01:41
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This natural behavior actually has many benefits.

by Dr. Amy M Gill

One of the most frequently asked question from my clients is “Why does my horse want to eat dirt? Is she missing something in her diet?” Well, the question can be answered several ways, as there is not one particular reason why horses engage in this perfectly natural activity. Horses are supposed to eat a certain amount of dirt on a daily basis.

 
August 2018 - Mosquito Season Defense
Written by CRM
Friday, 27 July 2018 03:45
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Increased risk of core equine diseases accompanies peak pest season.

Horses are threatened with mortality rates up to 90 percent from mosquito-transmitted diseases, which include Eastern equine encephalomyelitis (EEE), Western equine encephalomyelitis (WEE) and West Nile virus.1

 
August 2018 - Stable Mix LITE
Written by CRM
Friday, 27 July 2018 03:40
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Hay-based low NSC complete feed for dietary management.

The equine industry has seen a rising trend in metabolic challenges, perhaps relatable to advancements in veterinary medicine and/or horses living longer. Because of this, Elk Grove Milling has developed a low non-structural carbohydrate (NSC) feed suitable for overweight horses or those seeking a NSC value of less then 11%.

 
June 2018 - Mallard Creek, Inc. Celebrates New Stall Freshener Product
Written by CRM
Thursday, 31 May 2018 19:54
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Easy Peezy will eliminate ammonia odors and help promote equine respiratory health.

Mallard Creek Inc., a leading manufacturer of premium equine bedding and pellets, is promoting their newest product – Easy Peezy at the Western States Horse Expo, June 8-10, 2018 at Cal Expo in Sacramento. After researching the need for a stall freshener product that would not only be easy to use but extremely effective, Mallard creek was able to secure a partnership with premium Zeolite mining operation that produces some of the purest Zeolite on the market today. This ingredient is the key to Easy Peezy’s success.

 
May 2018 - Center Court’s Daily Routine
Written by CRM
Sunday, 29 April 2018 17:45
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Natural talent enhanced with carefully-plotted care.

While Center Court’s resume already outpaces those of performance horses with twice the mileage, the spectacular Hunter Derby star appears to be only just getting started. Campaigned by John French for longtime owner and friend, Kristen Hiller, Center Court has dominated the division since he splashed onto the national scene as High Performance Hunter champion at the Washington International Horse show as a 6-year-old.

 
May 2018 - Operation Chip
Written by CRM
Sunday, 29 April 2018 17:40
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Unwanted Horse Coalition introduces “Chipping Clinics” for equine rescues.

The Unwanted Horse Coalition (UHC) will be expanding its Operation Chip program to equine rescues wishing to chip horses in their care.

 
January 2019 - Fire Aftermath
Written by by Nan Meek
Friday, 28 December 2018 01:21
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Prevent your horse’s health from going up in smoke.

by Nan Meek

The damage done by last fall’s Camp and Woolsey fires is well known in terms of lives and property lost. Less known is the effect of smoke that lingered in the air for weeks afterward. During and after the Camp fire in Paradise, hazardous air quality hovered hundreds of miles away in San Francisco where the air quality index was worse than the notoriously smoggy cities of India and China. Smoke spread far over the ocean, and across vast swaths of California farmland and urban areas alike.

 

 
January 2019 - Tred Carefully
Written by by Tab Pigg, Certified Journeyman Farrier, Vettec, Inc.
Friday, 28 December 2018 01:14
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Making the switch from shod to barefoot.

by Tab Pigg, Certified Journeyman Farrier, Vettec, Inc.

The long debate of shod versus barefoot has yet to rein in for horse owners and hoof care professionals alike. However, proponents of either side can agree that the transition from shod to barefoot requires extra steps and precaution.

 

 
December 2018 - Saddle Fit and Winter Weather
Written by by Jochen Schleese, CMS, CSFT, CSE
Saturday, 01 December 2018 00:00
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by Jochen Schleese, MSD, CSFT, CSE • ©2018 Saddlefit 4 Life® All Rights Reserved

Well it’s that time of year again, and you need to consider that your horse’s conformation may likely change over the next weeks and months as you go into winter mode. Of course, if you belong to the lucky riders who get to head south for the winter with your horse, some of these points may be of less importance to you. Even luckier are those of you who live in temperate climates all year round! However, we still recommend that you consider having your saddle fit checked 2x a year – once in spring just before competition season begins, and then again in the fall as you either change your training patterns, make your way south to continue competing, or even just want to continue to ride comfortably and make sure your horse is working at its optimal level.
 
November 2018 - Before You Buy
Written by by Erin Prutow, Esquire
Thursday, 01 November 2018 01:54
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Hoof anatomy is an important, often-overlooked part of pre-purchase evaluations.

by Erin Prutow, Esquire

One of the most important pieces of advice I can give a client who is horse shopping is to be as proactive as possible. Paper your contracts, hash-out the nuts and bolts prior to transferring the horse.

 
August 2018 - Organic Horse Senior Pellet
Written by CRM
Friday, 27 July 2018 03:49
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Addition to Modesto Milling line features reduced starches.

Modesto Milling has added a new feed to their premium line of horse products, Organic Horse Senior Pellet.  This feed has all the benefits of the other great concentrates, like the flax and sunflower seeds, coconut and kelp meal, and being nutritionally balanced to complement the horse’s forage.

 
August 2018 - Dual Defense
Written by CRM
Friday, 27 July 2018 03:43
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New Farnam product offers peace-of-mind protection for horse and rider.

"Horse owners are greatly concerned about Lyme disease, as well as Zika and West Nile viruses, so having one product that’s proven effective for both horses and humans is ultra-convenient,” notes Tina Anderson, Director of New Product Strategy & Development - Equine for Farnam.

Dual Defense™ Insect Repellent for Horse & Rider provides long-lasting 12-hour protection from mosquitoes that may transmit West Nile, chikungunya, dengue, and Zika viruses, and ticks that may carry Lyme disease, plus eight-hour protection from a variety of biting flies, chiggers and Scottish biting midges.

 
June 2018 - Senior Supplements
Written by CRM
Thursday, 31 May 2018 19:55
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Farnam introduces two new supplements formulated specifically for senior horses.

Today’s horses are enjoying longer, healthier lives, thanks to improved health care and advances in veterinary medicine. Because aging digestive systems aren’t as efficient at absorbing nutrients, most senior horses will benefit from a supplement designed specifically for their unique requirements.

 
June 2018 - Equiwinner Delivers Effective Treatment Against Sweet Itch
Written by CRM
Thursday, 31 May 2018 19:52
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Horse rescue administrator discovers nature’s way of dealing with common allergic reaction.

From April through October, horses often develop a skin condition called sweet itch. It’s caused by tiny biting gnats or midges. There are more than one thousand species of them in the Culicoides genus.

 
May 2018 - How Diet Affects Hoof Health
Written by by Tab Pigg
Sunday, 29 April 2018 17:43
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Weight loss & shelly hooves are two signs a horse is short on nutrients.

by Tab Pigg

Nutrition impacts a horse’s entire body, from its mane all the way down to its hooves. When a horse owner gives feed to their horse, they are providing the horse with amino acids that are essential to keeping hooves strong and healthy. The feet collect minerals and nutrients from the blood supply. If the quality or quantity of the feed is not at the recommended level, this can lower the blood supply to the feet and inhibit a horse’s ability to grow and develop its soles and hoof walls properly. To sustain optimal hoof health, it’s important to provide the proper diet for a horse and take action if hooves are affected by a poor diet.

 
May 2018 - Seeking SuperMask Super Model
Written by CRM
Sunday, 29 April 2018 17:38
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Farnam Contest Now Open

Does your horse have what it takes to be a SuperMask® SuperModel? Here’s your chance to prove it to America with one great photo!

 
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