By Tigger Montague There has been a troublesome trend over the last few years: more and more horse owners are reporting that their horses suddenly get the “squirts”, have chronic diarrhea, chronic loose stools, and increased gas. Some of these bowel abnormalities can be traced to high-sugar grasses, parasite overload, infection, hindgut ulcers, or inflammatory … Continue reading Herbicides and Hay
By Sayer Ji, Founder This article is copyrighted by GreenMedInfo LLC, 2017 and posted here with permission Few, if any, plants have been revered as thoroughly — by the religious and scientific community alike — as a healer of the human body, mind and soul, as beautiful turmeric. It could be written off as an overly … Continue reading Turmeric’s Healing Power: A Physical Manifestation of Compassion?
By Kim Hallin Horses NEED Free-Access to Forage It’s commonly known that wild horses graze for at least 13-15 hours per day and that the equine digestive tract is specifically designed to digest small amounts of a wide variety of high-fibrous feedstuff on an almost continuous basis. To embrace husbandry practices that work in opposition … Continue reading Why You Should Reconsider Forage Slow-Feeders
By Kim Hallin The Internet abounds with articles stressing the importance of feeding “high quality” hay to our horse(s). And most of us spend absurd amounts of time, energy and money trying to meet this “gold standard” in horse care. But why exactly? Nutritionists, veterinarians and horse trainers often disagree about what even constitutes “high … Continue reading What the Hay?
By Kim Hallin Through this newsletter we’ve shared lots of information about the importance of evaluating and understanding the ingredients that make up your horse’s diet. But as the saying goes, “Whatever goes in, must come out”. If you are neglecting to pay equal attention to your horse’s outputs, you could be missing key indicators about … Continue reading What comes out of your horse is just as important as what goes in!
Guest Blog by the “Horse Hippie” Laura Batts, MS, PAS www.HorseHippie.com In my travels as a certified FeedMaster™ equine nutrition specialist I visited 100s of horse farms. I witnessed over and over some simple “mistakes” that horse owners make that really can impact their horse’s health and the value of their nutrition program. 99% of … Continue reading Five Common Mistakes Made When Feeding A Horse
By Kim Hallin The truth is, it’s easier to determine what EMS is not than it is to determine what EMS is, exactly. For instance, EMS is not a disease in itself. Rather, the term is used to describe a condition (or set of conditions) characterized by symptoms which may include insulin resistance, hypothyroidism, and obesity. Veterinary medicine … Continue reading What Exactly is Equine Metabolic Syndrome (EMS)?
By Kim Hallin Did you know that “euthanasia” is a Greek term meaning “good death”? Unfortunately, in today’s world the subject has grown into one that is generally considered to be very unpleasant. The truth of the matter is this: euthanasia is a responsibility that every horse owner should take seriously. It is also a … Continue reading The Many Faces of Equine Euthanasia
by Claudia Garner Most horse owners and horse lovers know a lot about horse colors, riding styles, saddle fit and some major health concerns with horses. Most everyone connected with horses knows about laminitis and founder of the hoof, and there is a lot of discussion about the relationship between nutrition and founder and often … Continue reading Know Hoof – Know Horse
By Kim Hallin and Claudia Garner Feeding your horse well boils down to two things: 1. Good Stuff In: Making sure that the quantity and type of feeds that go into your horse’s digestive system are appropriate for a forage eater and that the combination of feed sources you provide meet the balanced nutritional requirements … Continue reading More About – What’s in the Bag?
By Kim Hallin If your horse struggles with either hipohydrosis (partial inability to sweat) or anhidrosis (complete inability to sweat), the summer months can be a nightmare. I’ve been through it myself – with two different horses. My Arabian gelding (Shoki) developed hipohydrosis in 2005 after being put on a combination of medications to treat … Continue reading Five Stories of Anhidrosis
by Kim Hallin A horse’s skin and hair work together in amazing ways to provide natural protection from the outside world and to control body temperature. The more you understand about the important roles of skin and hair in overall equine health the better equipped you will be to make smart decisions that can keep … Continue reading Understanding Your Horse’s Skin and Hair
By Kim Hallin Although the natural diets of horses have always contained small amounts of oil, research has shown that horses are adept at utilizing much higher percentages of oil in their diets. As it turns out, horses are able to efficiently digest, metabolize and utilize large quantities of oil as an energy source through … Continue reading Chewing the Fat on Oils
By Kim Hallin Stance Equine USA is pleased to announce the availability of a new product called Medicine Bag Complete (MBC) through our web store. MBC is a unique mineral and vitamin supplement that also includes probiotics for optimal gut health. For the month of February only, we are offering a $10 discount on all orders … Continue reading Got Minerals?
By Kim Hallin Feeding your horse well boils down to two things: Good Stuff In: Making sure that the quantity and type of feeds that go into your horse’s digestive system are appropriate for a forage eater and that the combination of feed sources you provide meet the balanced nutritional requirements necessary to maintain … Continue reading What’s in the Bag?
by Kim Hallin More and more studies are proving that the golden spice turmeric can effectively be used to replace or reduce the standard dose of hard drugs like non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDS) and cortisones. If you aren’t paying attention to this news, both your horse and your pocketbook could be paying the price! Turmeric has … Continue reading Orange is the New White!
By Kim Hallin: Shoki reminding me that if he can reach it, he’s gonna eat it! For most horse owners, equine nutrition (i.e. deciding what to feed) is one of the most challenging and stressful considerations you will face. What you feed your horse is also one of the most critical decisions you can make. … Continue reading You Can Thank Me Later…
By Claudia Garner: I do not really believe in hell, but the saying “The road to hell is paved with good intentions” does ring true when I think of many of the wonderful horses in this world. I myself come from a background of very strict horsemanship. When horse performance was proceeding contrary to the … Continue reading The Road to Hell is Paved with Good Intentions
By Kim Hallin: I get some version of this response (title of article) just about every time I strike up a conversation with someone new about Cool Stance. But, the truth is, I have yet to meet a horse that hasn’t readily accepted it when transitioned thoughtfully. It’s true that a horse accustomed to eating … Continue reading Coconut Meal? My Horse Won’t Eat That!