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Keeping the equine microbiome healthy involves feeding an appropriate diet, and when necessary, adding a supplement that offers a variety of active prebiotic ingredients. Unlike us, horses can thrive on a diet consisting solely of highly fibrous plant material. The reason? The activity of the bacteria and protozoa inhabiting the equine intestinal tract, collectively known …

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Crookedness in horses

Working to achieve straightness — and combat crookedness — will support health and longevity in your horse’s riding career. Like people, horses have a preference for using one side of their bodies over the other for more demanding tasks. Like the right- or left-handed person who has greater control and dexterity with her dominant hand, …

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Saddle fit and girth choices

The girth directly affects saddle fit. Here’s how to find one that works for your horse. The girth is the most important saddle accessory because it directly affects saddle fit and how it feels to your horse. There are many different types, lengths and versions of girths available. In this article, we look at the …

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mini therapy horses

Though small in stature, the mini therapy horses at this organization make a big difference helping children and adults through challenging times. Many of us like-minded souls have found comfort and companionship with our beloved four-legged friends. I know that is true for me. From the furry pals of childhood to the miniature horses that …

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pros and cons of extruded feed

Though it’s not for every horse, extruded feed offers important benefits in some circumstances.  My first experience with extruded feed occurred in the early 1990s. I had an aged Thoroughbred mare who maintained her weight very well on summer pasture, but lost significant weight every winter. No matter how much hay and grain I fed her, she lost all her fat over the winter. …

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animal communication

How animal communication helped locate a missing Fjord pony stuck on the side of a cliff. Anyone who has had a horse go missing knows what a terrifying experience it is. The good news is that there are many things you can do to help ensure his safe return. Along with alerting everyone you know …

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centered riding basics – Equine Wellness Magazine

“Your arms and hands, from the shoulder joints to the tips of the fingers and through the reins, belong to the horse.” Sally Swift As riders, our goal is to ride in lightness and harmony with our horses, sharing in balance and movement. We strive to develop and maintain a connection through our reins that …

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winter hoof traction

Sleet, snow, rain and freezing mud can cause traction problems for horses and humans alike. Here’s how our horses cope, and what we can do to help. Living in upstate New York, we get very cold temperatures, brutal wind chills and a moderate amount of snow in the winter. We also have to deal with …

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chiropractic care

Chiropractic care helps keep your horse’s nervous system functioning smoothly — and that’s important for all aspects of his well-being and ability to perform. The nervous system is the communication network of the body. It relays messages to coordinate movement and physiological processes throughout your horse’s body. Any interference to spinal function can impede the …

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liberty horse training – Equine Wellness Magazine

Liberty horse training techniques can help you build confidence and a strong partnership with your horse. You’re riding a trail when a bird jumps up and the lead horse spooks, bucking his rider off ahead of you. How can you convince your own horse to trust you more than the leader? It’s your horse’s confidence …

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