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I always thought that only horses with certain issues [i.e. insulin problems, EPSM, and laminitis] required carb consistency. Any issues with malnourished horses? Also, if this is an issue with malnourished horses, is there a certain hay that tends to provide for more carb consistency than others?


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Can I overdo bran mashes? I’ve been giving more with the long spell of subfreezing weather.


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I’m looking to help my horse build muscle along his topline and hindquarters for show season this year. I’m very confused by all of the different muscle supplements on the market and I’m not sure what is important? What ingredients do you recommend for helping horses to build and maintain muscle?


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I have been turned left and right about bits… this one does this or this one does that… and I am just so unsure. So, could you help me out and tell me what you think is a proper bit for a western pleasure class for a 7 year old full bred Morgan?


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I have heard that it is much healthier for horses to go on no-grain diets b/c it mimics what they would eat if they were horses in the wild. Is it actually healthier? Or do I need give my horses feed? What are the pros and cons of a no-feed diet, where they are just on hay and pasture?


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The winter months can be a great time for learning new skills, or honing and perfecting skills that are already in your arsenal. Sometimes a little challenge can break the monotony in the wintertime, whether for the trainer or the student. There is a trail exercise we came up wit


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I have my semi retired Irish Sport horse on ulcer guard and someone suggested gut smart because it’s cheaper, are they the same thing?


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I have a 3 year old gelding that started showing signs of stifle problems as a yearling. From a yearling to 2 year old it progressively got worse and his legs, one or the other, were locking up. I had his stifles injected a few times and the muscles above the stifle injected one time. As a 2 year old I started giving him Equinyl Combo last October


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selenium safety

“I just bought my first horse and he came with a SmartPak that has a multi-vitamin, vitamin E and selenium pellets, a hoof supplement and a joint supplement in it. I moved him into a new barn when I bought him and my barn owner is worried that I am giving my horse too many supplements.


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fly supplements

My question is, do fly repellent supplements work? I know that for larval killer, all horses must be on it. But will the repellent kind like garlic mixes work at all?


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Dana Hokana featured

f your horse is feeling fresh, he’ll be unable to focus, and will most likely resist your cues. If you were to ride him while he’s too fresh, you’d be setting yourself up for a fight. As you get him out of his stall or pen, observe his body language.


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I’ve heard lately that electrolytes are contraindicated for horses with a history of ulcers – is this true? My OTTB mare was diagnosed and treated successfully for her ulcers


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Giving to pressure is horse training 101, and one of the first and most basic things that we teach our horses. As important as it is, this step is often missed and not only does it become a training issue, but a safety issue.


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I am having a little trouble with my mares jog. I feel like she is jogging true and up with cadence. However, when my friend watches me, she says my mare is jogging long and she isn’t under herself. Can you please recommend a “fix”


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My horse is 15 years old and gets sweet itch every spring. Someone told me to add Flax seed meal to her diet.


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