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Ty is the Marketing Director for Horse Guard. A Cal Poly graduate, Ty has been handling and competing with horses her whole life. Ty values her horses health and truly believes she is feeding and marketing the best equine supplements on the market.

You Are the Appaloosa of My Eye!

The Nez Perce Gift to the WorldAlthough the Appaloosa is descended from various breeds early Spanish explorers brought over to the Americas, it is considered a distinctly Native American horse by both historians and horse aficionados today. The Nez Perce of Washington, Oregon and Idaho are credited with “creating” the Appaloosa, as they were the first tribe known to selectively breed for specific traits, namely, intelligence and speed. They kept the best horses which presented …

The Morgan… An American Legend

John G. Avildsen’s multiple Oscar-winning film Rocky (1976) won the hearts of moviegoers worldwide because of its underlying storyline, an adaptation of a theme used for ages and with great effect… That of an underdog who rises up from obscurity to attain greatness. To horse lovers here in the United States, Justin Morgan could be a name synonymous with Rocky Balboa. Like the fictional boxer, this stallion rose from obscurity and attained greatness because of …

The Tennessee Walking Horse… A Proud, Stately Equine!

Mention Tennessee to someone and a myriad of things may come to mind. Graceland, The Grand Ole Opry, Jack Daniels, even Bush’s Baked Beans! Mention Tennessee to a horseman, however, and the words ‘Walking Horse’ immediately follow. These magnificent animals were first selectively bred in the late 18th century from a combination of Narragansett, Canadian Pacer, Standardbred, Thoroughbred, Morgan, and American Saddlebred varieties with the intent of creating a utility horse for use on farms …

The American Quarter Horse… The Toyota Corolla of the Horse World

American Quarter Horses. How To Keep Them Strong And HealthyThe Toyota Corolla is the best-selling vehicle in the history of the world with over 40 million sold since its introduction in 1966! By 1997 it had outsold even the cheeky original Volkswagen Beetle to take that number one spot. To car enthusiasts, there has been relatively little to get excited about when a new Corolla is introduced, it’s not a sports car by any means, …

Insulin Resistance… Not Just Common In Humans, It’s Becoming More Common In Horses

We Love Bacon and Soft Drinks as Much as We Love Our HorsesHorse owners typically take great pride in being able to say they care greatly for their animals. They provide plenty of clean water, safe shelter & lots of relaxing grooming. When it comes to feed, only high quality hay or pasture makes it into the horse. Indeed, many horses are treated quite nicely, as they should be!Now, if only their owners adopted the …

Why Mane, Tail, and Coat Health Is Important To Your Horse…

Walk through any large retail pharmacy or supermarket and you’ll come to an aisle dedicated solely to hair and skin care products. Shampoos, conditioners, creams, moisturizers… The choices are staggering! Yet, it should come as no surprise that many Americans spend a lot of time and money on their looks. It’s a source of pride & beauty for many, and a link to their youth for others. But it can also be an indicator doctors …

Why Choose Organic Selenium Over Inorganic Selenium?

Selenium is a naturally-occurring essential mineral found in certain foods and is required by an innumerable number of organisms, including horses and humans. To date, certain key health benefits have been attributed to selenium, and they include:* Its function as a natural antioxidant* Its role in resistance to viral infections* Its role in aiding reproductive system functions* Its ability to protect the integrity of muscle tissues*Its involvement in immune system responseAs selenium relates to horses, …

We’ve Got The Skinny on Equine Weight Management

Unfortunately, many of us struggle with weight at some point in our lives and it’s inevitable that at some point, a doctor or a veterinarian will tell us that weight is an issue with ourselves or an animal companion. That medical professional will then offer suggestions to hopefully help the patient, or they may present a diagnosis as to why weight is being gained or lost compared to the typical weight of that particular patient.There …

Could Selenium Deficiency Have Been To Blame For General Custer’s Defeat At Little Bighorn?

Many of us are familiar with the story of General Custer’s defeat during the Battle of Little Bighorn... The discovery of gold by the Little Bighorn River in 1874 (present-day Montana) led the U.S. Government to attempt to buy sacred land from the Sioux, Arapaho, and Cheyenne Nations, only to be turned down. Custer was sent to push them off their lands in 1876 as a result. To this day, theories abound regarding all the …

Systemic Septicemia in Foals:

An Issue that Hits Home for Our Newest Filly at Horse GuardWe at Horse Guard had anxiously been awaiting the arrival of our second foal this year. For weeks we had a foaling stall prepared for her.  It had a mixture of straw and shavings for Tumbleweed (a first-time mom) in hopes of a comfortable birth and a healthy foal. When her teats started to “wax” up we moved her into the stall. She was …

The Unique Characteristics and Requirements Of Thoroughbreds

The world was captivated with Thoroughbred racing in 2015 because American Pharoah became the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978; one of only a dozen horses ever to do so. Yet, many people may not know that the Thoroughbred is the result of selective breeding, in which humans, not nature, decide which traits are desirable, and therefore, bred for... We have done the same with dogs and corn (among other organisms) for centuries. …

The True Magic of Horses Shines Through In Ways We Can’t Always See

Horses have served many roles in our lives for more than 2000 years. In a nutshell, we have used them for transportation and labor. Yet, there is a role some horses serve in our lives that we can’t always see, and that is using them for therapy and rehabilitation. Around 1969, the use of horses for psychotherapy and rehabilitation came into being and continues to gain popularity year after year.With the rise of Equine Assisted …