As we are beginning to see from reading Part I, there are many hoof-related lamenesses. Research suggests that up to 90% of all lameness is due to a problem in the hoof, and the causes are many. Today we will discuss corns, abscesses, and quittor. Horses, like people, get corns. Corns are the result of bruising of the sensitive sole at the junction of the hoof wall and bars of the sole. Lameness may vary from mild to extreme, and may present as both an acute or chronic condition. Bruising may be visible on the sole, but hoof testers may be necessary to identify the lesion in pigmented hooves.
Take another look at automatic watering. The benefits are huge, the savings are real, and the convenience will make you wonder why you didn’t switch sooner.
It’s a stressful world out there and your horse’s digestive system takes the brunt of it. It doesn’t take much to unbalance intestinal microflora—anything from a change in forage to a course of antibiotics can do it. Help your horse maintain the proper balance necessary for digestive health with Farnam’s New DigestAidTM Synbiotic, available in powder and paste formulas.
Another summer of horseback riding is upon us, but when the weather begins to cool this fall, horse owners will again face the cost of purchasing hay for the winter. For the second consecutive year, one lucky winner will get an entire winter’s supply of hay paid for by Horse Health Products – *up to $10,000 cash towards the purchase of hay payable to the winner’s hay vendor or winner, as applicable. See Official Rules for complete details.
Regardless of the type of event, high performance horses require nutrients that are help improve stamina and performance to achieve peak results every ride. Now equestrians can keep their horses performing their best with the introduction of two new Horse Health™ Products: Red Cell® Competition supplement and Red Cell® Recovery paste. Horse Health Products is a trusted equine brand of Central Garden & Pet Company.
(Kelly R. Vineyard, M.S., Ph.D., Equine Nutritionist - Purina Animal Nutrition)
Starved horses can be a product of owner ignorance or economic hardship. Regardless of the reason, a horse may end up in a debilitated state. The goal for the new caretaker is to help the horse return to good health and appropriate body weight as quickly and safely as possible. For responsible caretakers of a starved horse, there are two immediate considerations:
In an effort to give consumers important information regarding the nutritional makeup of their horse feed brand of choice, Triple Crown Nutrition has launched a feed comparison tool that will provide horse owners with a comprehensive breakdown of the nutritional differences between competing horse feed brands.
The Louisiana State University (LSU) AgCenter equine specialist is advising horse owners to protect their animals against diseases spread by mosquitoes that are becoming more active with the warmer weather.
Two mosquito-borne diseases—West Nile virus (WNV) and eastern equine encephalomyelitis (EEE)—are prevalent in Louisiana and can cause death in horses. Last year, 63 cases of West Nile and eight cases of EEE were reported in horses across Louisiana.
Purina Animal Nutrition once again pledged up to $150,000 in free feed to rescue shelters through its continuing partnership with A Home for Every Horse, a program dedicated to finding homes for horses in need of adoption or fostering. For the third consecutive year, Purina has pledged a base donation of $125,000.
The leaves are changing, the temperatures are rising and we’re seeing most of that “white stuff” melt like the Wicked Witch of the West. That can only mean one thing – show season is around the corner. Whether you jump oxers, run barrels, or trot down centerline, it’s important to pay attention to your horse’s needs and the potential stressors of showing and traveling with your equine partner on a regular basis.
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