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Archive for January 2014

How Probiotic Pastes Can Improve Performance of Newborn Animals

By W.T. Shier, Professor College of Pharmacy, University of Minnesota Newborn animals, like human babies are born without bacteria in their intestines. Normal healthy young livestock have many different types of bacteria growing in their intestines, which initially came in with food early in life. There are […]

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When Your Horse Needs Electrolytes

By Christine Barakat These common minerals work together to maintain physiological equilibrium in a sweaty horse, a critical job that is surprisingly easy for you to help with. Electrolytes help ensure the water your drinks makes it to the cells that need it. ©EQUUS Magazine A horse […]

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Be Good To Your Horse-Know The Dangers Of The Summer Months

Just as the bodies of people do, the bodies of horses may react in a negative way to excessively hot or humid weather. Heat stroke and exhaustion may occur in very hot months, as well as sunburn, which can be a very painful ordeal for a horse. […]

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Prebiotics and Probiotics

These popular nutritional supplements often are administered to horses with gastrointestinal concerns In the simplest terms, probiotics are “good” microbes and bacteria, and prebiotics are the foods that feed the probiotics. Pam Mackenzie Overview Nutritional supplements are extremely popular among horse owners, and those designed for digestion […]

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How to Care for Your New Foal

by Mark Andrews You have waited eleven months for your foal to arrive. Now he is here what can you do to ensure he gets off to the best possible start in life? Make sure that the foal sucks. A normal foal should stand and drink from […]

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Slowing Dewormer Resistance

Dewormer resistance is inevitable, but the rate at which it develops is not. It is a well-known fact that gastro-intestinal parasites (worms) have developed resistance to all of the currently available dewormers (anthelmintics) [1,2,7]. Resistance means that an anthelmintic treatment is not effective (or only marginally effective) […]

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Girth Galls

Sores under the girth are as painful to your horse as blistered heels are to you. Here’s how to take care of them. Girth galls — open sores that form just behind a horse’s elbow — may look like minor wounds, but they can be enormously painful […]

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The Great Garlic Debate

Feeding Garlic – The Great Garlic Debate Dr. Karen Hayes, DVM, MS, discusses whether or not to feed your horse garlic as a feed supplement or fly repellent. By Karen Hayes, DVM, MS It’s heartening to see how passionate readers are about the care of their horses–and […]

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Organic Zinc, Copper Might Help Horsehair Health

Organic Zinc, Copper Might Help Horsehair Health The Horse – June 2010 In the hunt for healthier horsehair, researchers in Poland claim to have found basic dietary ingredients that will improve the strength and elasticity of individual strands of manes and tails. According to their new study, […]

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Omega 3 Good For Joint Health

Omega 3 good for joint health, even for horses Midwest Ag Journal February 4, 2008 Stayin’ in the Loop Joint Health is important for any athlete, and arthritis is painful at any age – whether you’re a human or a horse. Horses were the focus of two […]

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