Category Archives: General

Fall Red Maple Leaves and Your Horse Don’t Mix

As the leaves turn orange, yellow and red in the fall, they make for beautiful scenery across pastures. However, there are some trees that you should be aware that are poisonous to your horse, especially in the fall. Such trees can cause sickness and in some cases even death in horses that consume the tree or the leaves. Red Maple Leaves Red Maples trees are seemingly harmless for most of the year; however, as the leaves wilt …

Increased Risk of Laminitis in Fall Grasses

What is Laminitis? Laminitis is an inflammatory condition in the hoof tissues, called lamina,  that bond the hoof wall to the coffin bone. Laminitis can be very painful to the horse. It can affect a horse of any age male or female at any time of the year. However, typically horses that are obese or have a history of metabolic or hormonal issues are more prone to laminitis. How Fall Grasses Can Affect Laminitis: You may think …

Full Care Boarding, Be Sure You Horse Is Getting the Best Care

When it comes to looking for a full care facility to keep your beloved horse at, you want to be sure they are in the right hands. Your horse isn’t just a pet, they’re family and you want to rest easy at night knowing they are safe. Full care boarding is the safest bet if you have a busy schedule but want to know your horse is getting hands on care. Things to consider when looking …

Two of Horse Guard’s Herd Poly and Royce: Then and Now

As you may recall, two years ago two more fillies were born into the Horse Guard herd. One was born healthy and strong. The other filly contracted septicemia shortly after birth and spent a considerable amount of time at Bend Equine Veterinary Hospital. See them then and now. Royce Royce didn’t have it very easy at first. She was born to Tumbleweed, by Smooth Guy as well. She was born slightly smaller, but that was to be …

Soybeans and Flaxseed: Amazing “Cool Energy” Feedstuffs

Soybeans have gotten a bad rep in the horse world. However, they are a great “cool” feedstuff for your horse. Soybeans, when processed and fed correctly, are a great source of protein and fat for your horse. They are also a great source of phosphorus, low in fiber, and are highly digestible. To get the most benefit for your horse, consider what type of soy you are feeding your horse. For the greatest benefit to …

Breakaway Roping Getting Taken to the Next Level

Tremendous effort has been put into taking Women’s Breakaway Roping to the next level by Jennifer Casey. A sport that had once hit a ceiling once girls reached college has gained new life. With the support of great committees we will have WPRA Breakaway Roping at eight Pro Rodeos in the 2017 rodeo season. As a Breakaway Roper, myself, I am very excited to where the future of Breakaway Roping is headed, and Horse Guard …

Keeping Your Horse Cool and Healthy on the Trail

Summer is the perfect time to get out and explore the trails by horseback. While out on the trails you and your horse can quickly become overheated and exhausted. It is important to be educated in what can cause your horse to overheat, as well as have some helpful tips on how to stay cool while exploring the trails. The following are ways your horse can become overheated and what you can do to keep …

Managing Nutrition for Horses with Laminitis

As any veterinarian or farrier will tell you, laminitis is one of the top diagnoses made in horses on a regular basis. Since this painful disease is preventable in many cases and difficult to manage once diagnosed, knowing the triggers and ways to prevent it is key to a healthy horse. Understanding horse nutrition when you are managing a horse with laminitis is important for the best possible outcome. Common Laminitis Triggers Laminitis is a complex disease …

How to Look Your Horse in the Face to Tell if He is Hurting

Can you tell if your horse is in pain by the look on his face? The answer is yes, and it is scientifically calibrated. It is called the Horse Grimace Scale (HGS) If you have seen horses experiencing intense pain then you know the look. A horse in real pain has facial expressions that correlate with the level of pain he is feeling.   What is fascinating is that science is now calibrating the characteristics of that …

Summer’s Cool Eats for Your Horse

Summer is here and it is a great time to get out and spend time with your horse. It is also an important time to watch what you feed your horse during the hotter months of the year. During times of high temperatures, you want to feed your horse “cool feeds”. “Cool feeds” are feeds that do not produce a lot of heat when being digested because of fermentation in the hindgut. Benefits of Fat: Fat is …

Helping Your Finicky Eater Gain Weight

There is nothing more frustrating than trying to put weight on a horse that is a finicky eater. Your horse could be a fussy eater for a few reasons. For example, he may have dental issues. If it is painful for your horse to chew he probably won’t eat much. Your horse also may have ulcers, causing him stomach pain and decrease his appetite. There is also a possibility that your horse is just a …

IS MY HORSE GETTING EVERYTHING HE NEEDS?

Customer: “I've been using the standard horse guard, with success, my question is there any other trace minerals that I need to give my horse other than salt?” Answer by Ph.D. Equine Nutritionist, Kelsey Johnson Nonella: Great to hear your horse is doing well on Horse Guard. Giving your horse access to a plain white salt block and feeding him Horse Guard with a good quality hay (and a concentrate if you choose) will take care of all …