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horse care industry standard

It’s time to take a fresh look at the industry standard. When it comes to horse care, we are often faced with conflicting information. This is especially true if we enjoy training and advancing in equine sports, yet also want to keep our horses in a more natural way. Students wanting to know more about …

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gentle giants horse rescue

Big horses have even bigger hearts. And so does the team at Gentle Giants Draft Horse Rescue. Though she grew up on a small Warmblood breeding farm, Christine Hajek was totally unaware of the horse slaughter industry. That blissful naivety came to an end one August night at an auction house in Maryland. “On impulse, …

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lope rescue

How a childhood passion became the foundation for LOPE, one of the most successful retired racehorse placement programs in North America. As an adult, I visited a Maryland racetrack one morning during workout hours (when the horses gallop for conditioning) and fell in love with racehorses. They have so much heart and desire to achieve! …

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training spur

Before condemning bits, spurs and other devices as cruel, consider this: tools are neither good nor bad. It’s how they’re used that makes the difference. What’s the root cause of abuse in the horse industry today? It’s a horse owner who lacks knowledge of the horse’s true nature, leaving an animal whose dignity and spirit …

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hoof bars

Hoof bars are often under-appreciated. Discover how this crucial part of your horse’s feet affects his soundness and well being. The hoof is commonly considered one of the most important parts of equine anatomy. Yet there’s still a lot of research going on about the full scope and function of the hoof and its individual …

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horse feed

Can you tell when your horse’s feed is no longer suitable for him to eat? Recognizing the signs of spoilage, and taking steps to prevent it, will save you both a lot of grief. If you’ve ever unearthed a moldy container of gravy or stew at the back of your fridge, then you know how …

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feeding program

Is your feeding program really doing what you think it is? You need to know what certain time-honored feeding practices might be out of date. What to feed? What not to feed? That is indeed the question in the horse world – and in the human world as well. Many of us remember when nutritionists …

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calcium and phosphorous balance

Deciphering the correct balance between calcium and phosphorous doesn’t have to feel like a bad math class flashback! Let me begin by saying I was a math geek in high school. I loved formulas and complicated equations. Remember those word problems that made everyone groan? Yup, while the rest of the class rolled their eyes …

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contracted heels

Contracted heels are a common health problem, but they don’t have to become your horse’s “new normal”. Read any horse care literature these days and you’ll come across a myriad of information about the importance of proper hoof care. Traditionally, it’s been the primary responsibility of the farrier and veterinarian. Now, thanks to a growing …

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first aid hoof

Learn first aid for hoof emergencies in one of the most inconvenient environments you and your horse will encounter – out on the trail. Accidents happen. And hoof injuries tend to elicit the most anxiety and worry from horse owners, because they remind us of that all-too-common adage – no hoof, no horse. They can occur …

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