For some of us, winter has already arrived.  For others, it’s just beginning in earnest.  For all of us, the horse is facing some challenges. During the winter months, it is important to remember winter nutrition for horses. Whether you have to adjust your horse’s diet or add additional vitamins and supplements, your horse has …

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health industry regulations

Equine health professional laws and regulations vary widely depending on where you live, and that makes it difficult to determine who can practice which therapies. Here are some general guidelines and tips to help you select the best professionals to work on your horse. Our horses are precious to us. They are our companions and competitive partners, …

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clicker training

If your horse needs help with hoof handling manners, clicker training can create positive associations and responses in a safe and calm manner. It’s been almost 25 years since I first went out to the barn with my pockets full of treats and a clicker in my hand. At the time, my horse was laid up …

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farm critters

Whether you see them or not, your farm is home to many creatures besides you and your horses. Let’s take a look at how you can encourage beneficial animals, and discourage pests in a humane manner. Besides you and your horses, many other animals live on your farm. Most are welcome neighbors, but some are often …

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posture

Understanding abnormal equine posture and how rehabilitation intervention can help. Why should we care about posture in horses? Because posture affects the complex interactions of the brain, muscles, nerves and skeletal system. In our clinical experience, abnormal compensatory postures (ACP) are associated with poor performance and training problems, body distortion, chronic lameness, impaired nerve signaling, …

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Bentonite clay

You have likely heard of different clays and earths being used in various ways to help promote healing and wellness in horses. But what are the differences between them, and how can they be used? Clay, earth – isn’t it all just dust and dirt? We horse people are certainly used to lots of both, …

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rearing horse

Rearing is a very dangerous unwanted behavior in horses. Let’s take a look at why your horse might display this behavior, and how you can safely overcome it. Like many professionals in the horse industry, I sincerely wish there was an effective “quick fix” for a rearing horse! When people ask me what to do when …

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laminitis

In the rehabilitation process from laminitis, things often seem to get worse before they get better. Let’s take a walk through Pepper’s journey from pasture ornament to competitive riding horse! Pepper is a 17-year-old registered Appaloosa mare. She lived out on pasture for her first eight years, pretty much enjoying the good life with no …

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