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Common Horse Ticks and the Diseases They Carry

We all hate ticks, and this year there are more than ever! Tick bites are worrisome not only because they can cause skin reactions and/or infections, but they can spread disease. We put together an infographic outlining the top three most common horse ticks in the US, the diseases they carry, and where they are located! Simply click on the link below to access the infographic! 

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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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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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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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Horse Skin Conditions: Battling Tail Rubbing

We as horse owners go to great lengths to get our horse's tails to grow long & thick! So when our horse consistently rubs his tail into a frayed and matted mess, we have determination to get to the bottom of the problem as quickly as possible. Listed below are a few of the most common causes of tail rubbing in horses to help you pinpoint the source and find a solution:

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