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Combating Arthritis in Horses With Exercise

The senior horse requires special attention to keep him comfortable and to enable productive work under saddle in his vintage years.

The benefits of keeping your senior horse working are many. Not only will regular light exercise help to engage his mind and keep him mentally active, it will also help keep equine arthritis and unsoundness at bay.

A trained horse that is left to his own devices may become depressed, develop stable vices and will genuinely miss the interaction with humans in his daily life under saddle.

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Dealing With Horse Shedding - Tools That Work Best

Equine Spring-cleaning time is here! With longer days and warmer weather comes....shedding.  If your horse isn’t clipped and/or blanketed, he’s probably a delightful fluffy fur ball and as mud season gets underway his color has migrated to a dark crusty brown. 

Horse Grooming Tip: Before you begin grooming, discard any fleece jacket or fabrics that you are wearing that will attract dirt and hair before you start. A plastic apron such as dog groomers use, is a great aid in keeping you clean.

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6 Common Misconceptions About Rain Rot in Horses

You might be surprised to learn that rain rot is not a skin condition that occurs only due to neglect or poor care of the horse. Even the most diligent horse owner who provides the best care can have a horse experience rain rot.

 What does rain rot look like?

If your horse develops crusty scabs that peel off with clumps of hair and leave bare spots on the skin then he has probably contracted rain rot. This condition is aptly named as it is caused by rain or moisture on the horse’s coat and is fairly common. It is also sometimes called rain scald.

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Go To Your Room! Tips on Keeping Your Horse on Stall Rest

No matter how lucky you may be, odds are, you will need to keep a horse on stall rest at some point in your equestrian career. While it may seem like a major ordeal, with the right amount of planning stall rest doesn’t need to be difficult.

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The Underweight Senior Horse: A Before + After Rescue Story

Is your senior horse receiving the nutrition he needs?   When a horse is in his senior years, it can be even more difficult for him to maintain or gain weight due to many factors such as loss of ability to chew and loss of muscle mass due to normal aging.  The heartwarming story shared by Janis, demontrates what tender love, care and the right nutrition can do for some friends in need!

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Are Low Starch Horse Feeds Really Necessary?

We always hear fellow riders and companies telling us the importance of keeping our horses on a low starch and low sugar diet, but is it really necessary or is this just a trend? 

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