16 Things You Should Never Feed Your Horse

Horses love food and adore special treats like snacks that you can give them for good behavior or when you are clicker training them. There are snacks that are good for them and then there are some that you should not consider feeding to a horse.

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16 Things You Should Never Feed Your Horse [Infographic]
16 Things You Should Never Feed Your Horse [Infographic]

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Interesting Facts About Horses In History

Horses are smart and friendly animals that have helped humans for more than four thousands years. They were used in agriculture, warfare, and helped people cover long distances. It is known that horses are faithful animals. There were many cases when horses sacrificed their lives in order to save people. Here are some interesting facts about five different horses:

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English: Alexander and Bucephalus. Alexander getting the better of his horse. A statue in front of Edinburgh’s City Chambers. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
  1. Paintings of horses can be found in caves of Eurasia. These paintings showed that ancient people were familiar with horses and they may have been sacred animals for them. Greek and Chinese myths told us that horses were real friends for humans and they were described as brave and noble animals. Pegasus (a white flying horse) was one of the most popular creatures in Greek mythology.
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    English: Seleucos_I_Bucephalos_coin (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

    Bucephalus was the favorite horse of Alexander the Great. Alexander’s father Philipp paid for Bucephalus a fabulous sum of money – 13 talents (340 kg of silver). This stallion was very restive and no one could tame this freedom-loving animal. However, 10-year old Alexander noticed that stallion was afraid of his own shadow. Alexander calmed Bucephalus, turned his head to the sun and tamed him. Bucephalus became the favorite of the great ruler. Together they passed through many battles. Alexander the Great founded a city called Alexandria Bucephalus (modern India) after the death of his beloved horse.

  3. Spanish legends told people about famous warrior and national hero El Cid and his brave horse Babieca. Actually, the name of the horse was rather strange, because it derived from Spanish word meaning “stupid”. It can be explained by the fact that Babieca was very weak and unhealthy colt. Nevertheless, Babieca grew into brave, smart, and strong horse. Due to military feats, Babieca became a Spanish national hero.
  4. Marengo was another legendary horse. It was favorite horse of Napoleon I of France. Marengo was beautiful grey Arabian horse that was called after the name of the Battle of Marengo. This Arabian horse carried Napoleon throughout the whole Europe. Marengo survived in snowy and extremely cold Russia and saved Napoleon’s life several times. Marengo was captured by English soldiers at the Battle of Waterloo in 1815.
  5. Sergeant Reckless was the most famous war horse of the 20th century. Noteworthy, Sergeant Reckless held an official rank in the US Army. This horse participated in a wide range of military operations during the Korean War. She was able to take deliver military cargoes without an equestrian guiding him. American soldiers claimed that Sergeant Reckless ate any food, especially sweets, and liked to drink Coca-Cola and even beer.
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c. 1810 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

About the guest author: Today blogs are essential for many people, because they help get interesting and useful information. Sometimes bloggers can fabricate certain facts in order to make their articles more entertaining and exceptional. However, blogs should be both reliable and interesting. Melisa Marzett is one of the best contemporary bloggers. She has perfect writing skills and provides readers with trustworthy and interesting facts. Melisa Marzett works for: http://royalediting.com/. Follow this link and find more interesting and useful articles by Melisa Marzett.

Other articles online about horses in history:

Napoleon Series Reviews: Marengo: The Myth of Napoleon’s Horse – http://www.napoleon-series.org/reviews/biographies/c_hamilton.html

 

Sgt Reckless – http://sgtreckless.com/Reckless/About_Reckless.html

Self-Trailer vs Professional Transport for Your Horse

WHICH OPTION IS RIGHT FOR YOU?

The decision to move our family from Texas to Upstate New York in the spring of 2013 was met with an array of emotions, especially since our family included two horses that we had acquired while living just outside of Fort Worth.  A thousand questions flooded my brain – should I try and trailer them or hire an equine moving company?  What kind of stress does such a move inflict on a horse?  How much is this going to cost?  If you already own a trailer, this is going to be the more affordable option, but it is not right for everybody.

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Two Horses

Self-trailering:

  • Have your vehicle and trailer inspected by a mechanic prior to setting out on a long trip to make sure that it is in good working order.
  • Plan on stopping every 2-3 hours to monitor your horse’s general health, offer water, and refill hay. Consider adding flavored electrolytes to water to encourage hydration.
  • Do not drive alone; have another driver to relieve you when fatigue sets in.
  • If possible, plan on driving straight to your location so your horse can get acclimated to their new setting as soon as possible.
  • Bringing along a horse buddy will reduce your horse’s stress during transport.
  • If you must stop overnight, be sure to find an overnight stop for your horse that includes a turnout pen so he can stretch his legs.
  • Always travel with a first aid kit that includes a thermometer, bandages, scissors, wound treatment, supplements, and medications such as banamine.
  • In the trailer, make sure that your horse can comfortably lower his head which will help to keep his respiratory tract clear of particulates.  Keeping the trailer well ventilated and at a comfortable temperature will also help to keep your horse healthy.  Soaking hay is advised to reduce dust in and around your horse’s airways.
Inside stalls of a commercial horse trailer
Inside stalls of a commercial horse trailer

Hiring an equine transportation company:

  • Do your research and pay close attention to customer reviews.
  • Make sure the company you choose is well established and run by people knowledgeable about horses.  There are a number of people who will transport horses for a reasonable fee, but are not experienced horse people.
  • Find out what the licensing laws are in your state and make sure the company you hire adheres to those regulations.
  • Any equine transportation company should have limited liability insurance. Consider purchasing additional insurance to cover your horse during the trip.
  • Get information about the equipment used to transport horses. Trailers should be well-ventilated and provide customers with a choice of stall sizes.
  • Find out how often stops are made to check on the horses and what emergency measures are in place if a horse does start to colic. While some transportation companies have cameras that monitor the horses, cameras cannot always tell a driver if a horse is going into distress.
  • Ask for the driver’s cell phone number.  As a horse owner, it is important to know that you can contact the driver at any time to check on the status of your horse during transport.
Commercial Horse Trailer
Commercial Horse Trailer

Whether you choose to transport your horse yourself or hire a professional to do the job, make sure your horse is healthy enough to travel.  Most states require that you travel with a current health certificate that is no more than 30 days old, as well as a copy of your horse’s negative coggins test.  Always check the equine laws of the state you plan on traveling to, as they are not always consistent.  Remember to bring along plenty of hay and grain to last for the duration of your trip.  Most horses take approximately three days to recover from long distance trips, so plan accordingly.

 

Guest post by Robyn Adams. Please visit her horse blog at: newbiehorserider.com Newbie Horse Rider – Blog for new adult horse riders

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A bumper-pull two or three horse slant horse trailer (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Cost of Owning a Horse Infographic

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Cost of owning a horse info-graphic – click on image to view full size.

The cost of owning a horse is much more than many people realize when they first consider owning their own horse. Are you ready to spend some money for this new hobby? Please educate yourself about all the costs and possible costs – like sudden veterinarian costs or doctor costs from an unexpected dump. It might be a good idea to just lease a horse for a while to get a truer idea of horse ownership money and time costs. Or you could help out a local horse rescue organization and foster a horse until it gets adopted.

The above graphic was sent to me from Diamond Trailers – they create custom trailers to fit any purpose, size, and requirement that their our customers need.

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Tips for Choosing a Feed for Your Horse

You do your best to make sure that your horse receives its feed at the right time and in right quantity. But did you know that you can also keep your horse healthy and fit by including certain foods in its diet? For instance, alfalfa and other foods that are heavy in fiber content and low in NSC  (non-structural carbohydrate) are extremely beneficial in preventing tying diseases in horses. To prevent chronic ulcers or right dorsal colitis, you can give your horse complete feeds or supplements containing high levels of omega-3 fatty acids.

The below infographic graphic image has more such amazing tips and tricks to help you give your horse the best diet possible. Don’t forget to check it out!
Source: Animal Health Company

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Horse Fedd Info Graphic – Click to view full size

See the full size image here:
Fixing With Feed – How to Choose the Correct Feed for Your Horse – https://animal-health.co.uk/news/fixing-with-feed.html

 

Right Dorsal Colitis – http://newscenter.equinesite.com/equinehealth/220-right-dorsal-colitis.html

Are You Cribbing Me?

Guest Article By Derek Bringewatt

I will never forget that cool spring morning I sauntered out to our horse barn and as I slowly opened the old rickety wood barn door, I was greeted by our three horses. Once I was inside I noticed two of our horses standing together, my eyes quickly scanned the empty stall but only found boards that had been pulled down, just laying in the stall. As I stood there, I pondered the thought of how this could happen? After examination of the boards, noticing the teeth marks and indents, it became clear that cribbing was the culprit. As I proceeded to let our horses out to pasture it was then that I shook my head and thought  to myself…. Are You Cribbing Me???

Horse Cribbing Info
Horse Cribbing Info

What is cribbing you ask? Cribbing is when a horse uses their incisor teeth to bite on a fixed object, arches their neck, then inhales or exhales making a grunting type of noise. Cribbing affects about 5 percent of horses. That 5 percent equals almost a quarter of a million cribbing horses in the United States alone! Horses that crib have been known to crib for 15 to 65 percent of a typical day.

Reasons for Cribbing

The heavily debatable reasons on why horses crib is still ongoing. New research suggests that horses HorseCribbingare actually exhaling the air, instead of inhaling air. An interesting fact is cribbing has not yet been noticed in wild horses. Possible causes of cribbing could be:

  • Boredom
  • Stress
  • Hereditary
  • Diet

Boredom

Boredom is often the first symptom that horse owners think of.  On the good side this is one of the easier symptoms to eliminate. Possible remedies include:

  • Allow more time to interact with other horses.
  • Add stall toys to ease boredom.
  • Give your horse more exercise time.

Stress

Stress is another possible cause of your horse(s) cribbing. Horses that crib have been found to have higher levels of hormones that are associated with stress. There are many reasons why your equine friend may feel stressed such as:

  • Loading in a trailer
  • Showing
  • Performing
  • Poor nutrition
  • Changes in routines
  • Interactions within their environment

Stress is your horse’s natural reaction to anything it considers threatening. When looking at draft horses and other breeds with calmer dispositions they tend to have a very low cribbing rate.  When stepping back and looking at these factors, you may be able to change the issue causing the stress and cure the cribbing issue with your horse.

Hereditary

Some breeds are more naturally inclined to crib. This can be passed on to their offspring, just like poor conformation in a breeding program. Thoroughbreds and Warmbloods are more likely to crib than other breeds. Your horse may have inherited the cribbing trait and unfortunately, it is going to be a uphill battle to curb their cribbing appetite. A study in Finland has shown that the 68 percent of foals were believed to inherit the cribbing trait.

Diet

Recent scientific discoveries have found that diet plays a large role in cribbing. Horses that eat more sweet feed (starched grains) in their diet may be at greater risk of cribbing. One study found that sweet feed fed to young horses immediately after weaning, was shown to have four times the rate of wanting to crib this early in their life.  If you suspect diet is the culprit, here are some ideas you might consider:

  • More long-stemmed forage
  • Spreading large grain meals out to several little meals
  • Increase access to salt and minerals
  • Checking the entire diet to make sure it is properly balanced

Some of the studies have shown that horses who have been cribbing for a long time have unusual hormone levels. They have a tendency to show higher levels of the gastrin hormone , which triggers the production of stomach acid. This could be one of the reasons why horses that do crib may be trying to relive the pain of increased stomach acid. Horses that crib, also have a low heart rate while cribbing, meaning a relaxed state. Although there is still some debate on this topic, this could be one of the many reasons why your horse is cribbing, to relieve pressure and pain.
Handling Horses That Crib

The first step should be to try and find the possible reasons why your horses is cribbing and address it at the root cause. This will be no easy task and will often require a lot of time. However, your horse may be trying to tell you that there is more of a problem than just boredom. Horses that crib are devoted to the behavior, as much as they are devoted to eating sweet grain. Cribbing will be a difficult vice to cure, but there are many options to consider in helping to solve the problem. Cribbing collars could be effective, but if you are not solving the root problem horses will go right back to cribbing. Horses that have been prevented to crib for some time and then allowed to crib again later, show a increase rate of cribbing than before they were prevented from doing so. You will need to utilize the cribbing collar very carefully. If the cribbing collar is not put on properly it can cause tissue damage. Therefore, other methods are available that are effective, but they require extensive time and money. Below, are some of those methods:

  • Elimination of Cribbing Surfaces
  • Taste Deterrents
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Surgery

Summing It Up

Horses that crib are much more likely to turn this into a permanent behavior once it has been established. Although cribbing is still a highly debated topic, with many different views or opinions, the fact remains that cribbing can be destructive to your horses pen, as well as damaging health issues. The fact that you are reading this article means that you care enough about your horses health to figure out what is going on with your best equine friend. Congratulations, you have taken the first step to possibly curing and preventing cribbing!

References:
http://igrow.org/livestock/horse/management-considerations-for-the-cribbing-horse/
http://www.myhorseuniversity.com/resources/eTips/November_2008/Didyouknow
http://www.horsefeedblog.com/2013/08/cribbing-not-always-just-a-bad-habit/

Guest article by Derek Bringewatt of Co-founder of Farm and Ranch Exchange
The Farm and Ranch Exchange – Connecting Midwest Agriculture, One Handshake at a Time – https://www.farmandranchexchange.com/

Free horse hoof workshops in Wellington Fla

Attend Hands-On Workshops with Vettec Representative Lynne

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Vettec representative Lynne Myers is leading free hands-on workshops in Wellington, Fla. to teach techniques on how to apply hoof products and shoeing options. Your readers are invited to visit the workshops to gain insight on hoof care options. Handbooks and product demos will be available for anyone who attends.

Hands-On Workshops Overview
Lynne will provide instruction on techniques in correcting angles, creating extensions and restoring distorted hoof capsules. She will also demonstrate how to glue on shoes and point out techniques for success. Workshops will take place at Visby Products and Palm Beach Farrier Supply in Wellington, Fla. Dates and location information are listed below. Registration is free! Walk-ins are welcome. Registration: www.vettec.com/vettec-hands-workshop-form.

Visby Products
Jan. 23, 2016
7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Visby Products is located at:
3101 Fairlane Road #6
Wellington, FL 33414

Palm Beach Farrier Supply
Feb. 13, 2016
7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Palm Beach Farrier Supple is located at:
3500 Fairlane Farms Road #13
Wellington, FL 33414

Please let me know if you have any questions. If you would like a copy of each event flyer, please email Desirae MacGillivray at Desirae.MacGillivray@portavocepr.com

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Desirae MacGillivray
Portavoce PR
Ph: 760-814-8194
Desirae.MacGillivray@PortavocePR.com

 

Prevent Snowballing in Horse Hooves During Winter Season

Vettec Equi-Pak CS Helps Prevent Snowballing in Horse Hooves During Winter Season

Pour-in pad provides durable support and protection against thrush in wet conditions

OXNARD, CALIF. – DEC. 8, 2015 – As temperatures in parts of the country dip below freezing and weather presents wet conditions, horses become susceptible to snowballing and thrush in their hooves. Tab Pigg, Vettec’s Farrier-at-Large, recommends that farriers and horse owners apply snowball pads or pour-in pad material to horse’s hooves during the cold season to prevent snow becoming impacted in the hoof cavity. Vettec Equi-Pak CS can serve as a snowball pad and its special formula can reduce the likelihood of thrush, which often surfaces during wet seasons.

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Barefoot hoof, lateral view. Coronet band (1), walls (2), toe (3), quarter (4), heel (5), bulb (6), P2 (small pastern) (7) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Vettec Equi-Pak CS is a fast-setting, soft, instant pad material. It is infused with copper sulfate to effectively prevent and manage mild and moderate cases of thrush. With proper application, Equi-Pak CS bonds to the bottom of a horse’s foot, eliminating the possibility of snow and bacteria being trapped in the frog.

“If a horse’s hoof cavity isn’t protected or filled during the snowy season, there is a risk the horse could become sore and lame,” says Pigg. “When a horse’s hooves are packed with snow for more than 24 hours, the horse will begin to distribute its weight unevenly because of the discomfort, and the risk of the horse developing thrush increases. Applying Equi-Pak CS helps to provide comfort and protection against snowballing, as well as thrush.”

During the winter, horses see farriers or veterinarians less often because hooves don’t grow as fast during the colder seasons. During this time period, Tab recommends the following tips for horse owners:

Have a farrier apply Equi-Pak CS or snowball pads at the beginning of the season
?Evaluate how long the hooves are getting to determine if trimming is necessary
Ensure that the feet are still on top of the shoes and that they are fitting properly
Check the hoof cavity for signs of thrush, which include a strong odor, lameness and dark coloring of the tissue

Visit www.Vettec.com for videos about how to apply Equi-Pak CS.

Equi-Pak CS is available for purchase at select dealer locations for the M.S.R.P. of $32.05.

About Vettec:
Vettec, based in Oxnard, Calif., has been developing and manufacturing products since 1952. For the last 20 years, Vettec has been developing innovative adhesive products for the veterinary industry. Vettec adhesives are high-tech and durable, yet easy to apply and fast to dry. For more information about Vettec and its products visit www.Vettec.com or call 800-483-8832. Please send dealer and wholesale inquiries to info@Vettec.com.

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Media Contact:
Desirae MacGillivray
Ph: 760-814-8194
desirae.macgillivray@portavocepr.com

Dealer Inquiries:
Jessica Williams
Ph: 805-488-3162 x153
jwilliams@vettec.com

Thoroughbred Makeover Schedule and Entries Announced

One month from now the Breeders’ Cup Festival begins in Lexington, Kentucky. The week of festivities begins with the TCA Thoroughbred Makeover and National Symposium at the Kentucky Horse Park where $100,000 in prize money will be distributed to owners of two hundred Thoroughbreds that have recently been trained in in ten different riding sports. The event is sponsored by Thoroughbred Charities of America and organized by Retired Racehorse Project (RRP).

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Thoroughbred Makeover Logo

The weekend is a celebration of the talent and trainability of the off-track Thoroughbred and includes ten seminars, seventy vendors, a marketplace of horses trained for the event, polo, show jumping, cattle work, dressage, barrel racing, eventing, competitive trail riding, show hunters, field hunters, and a freestyle event. A Sunday afternoon finale presents the top three scorers in each sport leading to the crowning of America’s Most Wanted Thoroughbred.

RRP today released the official schedule, including forty seminar presenters and twenty-five judges. Highlights include

• Retired Jockey Rosie Napravnik competing on Makers Mark Secretariat Center’s Dare Me in the eventing competition,

• Premiere showing of Bernie Traurig and EventingCoach.com’s A Tribute to the Thoroughbred Sport Horse, featuring vintage footage of great Thoroughbred show horses with commentary from Hall of Fame riders,

• Seminars on soundness and pre-purchase exams, health, selling, managing aftercare organizations, a trainers’ forum, how racehorses are trained, tips for horse shopping on racetrack backsides, selecting prospects, England’s program to promote off-track Thoroughbreds, and re-training Thoroughbreds for a living, with

• Presentations by Stuart Brown, DVM, Michael Blowen, Eric Dierks, Louise Robson, Laine Ashker, Tik Maynard, Patricia Cooksey, Denny Emerson, and many more,

• Judging with commentary by Maggi Moss, Michael Dignelli, Graham Motion, Elisa Wallace, David Hopper, Bernie Traurig, and others,

• Off-Track Thoroughbred Magazine Launch Party at Horse Park Visitors Center with Shades of Grass Band, and

• A special demonstration by Olympian Phillip Dutton on Icabad Crane, the winner of the 2014 Retired Racehorse Project America’s Most Wanted Thoroughbred Contest.

For a full schedule of events and list of horses entered, go to RetiredRacehorseProject.org.

Press attending the TCA Thoroughbred Makeover should complete the press application on the RRP website linked here.
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Retired Racehorse Project (RRP) works to facilitate placement of Thoroughbred ex-racehorses in second careers by increasing demand for them in the marketplace and inspiring an army of equestrians to provide the training that secures their futures. RRP offers online directories, educational resources, and public events. Its popular Thoroughbred Makeover and National Symposium is scheduled for October 23-25, 2015 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY and will also include a Thoroughbred Marketplace and the America’s Most Wanted Thoroughbred Contest.www.retiredracehorseproject.org

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Horse at Kentucky Horse Park (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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Contact:

Steuart Pittman, President Retired Racehorse Project
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What is the Difference Between Riding Apparels and Regular Apparels

The large number of horse riding gear and other equestrian equipment which are required during a riding session, may seem strange to beginners of horse riding who are unfamiliar with the usage and necessity of the riding accessories. But, nearly every piece of equestrian gear and all the riding equipment that are designed, have a purpose and are not simply used by riders, to give them a unique, fancy riding look. Be it security and comfort, or for a better tackling, controlling, managing and communicating with the horse, all equestrian accessories are designed for a reason.

Horse Riding
Horse Riding

As beginners one may not understand what is so special about wearing a pant that is specially designed for riding. But, riding pants or jodhpurs can make a lot of difference to the riding experience one has, on the horse. Designed to provide comfort and to protect the lower part of the body, jodhpurs come in varying styles such as knee patch, full seat, high rise and low rise.

Horse Riding Gloves
Horse Riding Gloves
Horse Riding Jacket
Horse Riding Jacket
Horse Riding Pant
Horse Riding Pant

Horse riding gloves have a distinct feature that separates it from regular gloves. Equestrian riding gloves provide protection to the skin of the palm from rubbing of the reins. Horse riding gloves also come with reinforced panel between the fingers. These gloves are essential to prevent blisters from occurring on the skin due to the rubbing of the reins against the skin tissue. Also the gloves meant for riding provide a strong grip to hold the reins when riding.

What makes riding jackets different from ordinary jackets is the fact that they are thicker than ordinary jackets, so that riders do not cut and scrape themselves while riding and in case they were to fall, ridjackor have the perfect blend of being lightweight, stylish and sporty, and effectively wicks away moisture, keeping a rider dry and comfortable. They have riding vents in the back and are waterproof and windproof.

Just as riding apparels have their role in improve the riding experience of a person, so are the various riding equipment. The first and foremost equipment that an owner of the horse needs is the halter. A halter is a basic equipment that owners use to lead or tie their horse. A variety of halters are available in equestrian shops, one of them being lädergrimma, which look attractive and classy, as well as lasts long. Nylon halters are also an option, which are affordable and much easier to maintain.

Leather Halter
Leather Halter – Horse Tack

Hästbiten Ridsport – Hastbiten – http://www.hastbiten.se/

Article Author:
The author, Thomas Carlsson, is very fond of horses and is passionate about writing content related to horses. He also loves to share any information regarding horse, horse care and horse riding.