Whole Foods Vs. Processed

In the last 20 years, there has been a move away from whole grains to processed pellets. One reason for this is that whole grains do not contain the nutrients they used to due to depleted soils. Vitamins and mineral supplements that would sift out of grain can be incorporated into pellets. Unfortunately, usually synthetic […]

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Water

The November 1999 Whole Horse Journal ran an excellent article on the importance of water. Water is essential for proper digestion, electrolyte balance and cellular function. Another very important function of water is carrying toxins out of the body through urination and perspiration. Your horse requires 8-10 gallons of water a day for normal maintenance. […]

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The Thin Horse

Getting a thin horse to gain weight can be a real challenge. A horse in optimum condition should have a thin layer of fat over the ribs and have plenty of energy. Before we look at feeding thin horses, let’s look at other causes of weight loss. Teeth If your horse has dental problems it […]

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The Fat Horse

Horses, like people, come in all shapes and sizes. Determining the ideal weight for your horse will be very helpful in keeping him healthy. Most people agree on what is too thin but people’s opinion about what is too fat may vary greatly. Some people equate fat with healthy; Let me explain why this may […]

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Optimum Drinking

Strategies for optimum drinking Everyone has heard the saying, "You can lead a horse to water but you can’t make him drink." We must ask ourselves why the horse won’t drink, and in some cases ask the opposite: why do they drink so much? First, the problem of not drinking enough. Some horses will not […]

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On Super Blue-Green Algae

Blue-green algae plays a very important part in my holistic healing practice. The blue-green algae I have been using for the last four years comes from Klamath Lake in Oregon. It is manufactured by Cell Tech and distributed through network marketing. It is very high in chlorophyll, beta-carotene, vitamin B-12, amino acids, vitamins and minerals. […]

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Hay Quality and Horse Nutrition

Evaluating Your Horse’s Nutritional Needs Horses are herbivores by design and foragers by nature. They have evolved to utilize grasses and other forage plants as their primary source of nutrition. Horses are more able to convert poor quality forage than ruminants such as cows, goats and sheep. Horses are most content when they can nibble […]

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Faulty Fueling Systems: Equine Version

What if horses were cars, and "equi-mobile" producers were held accountable for the safe and proper function of their products? If this were the case, there could be potential class action suits against major equi-mobile producers, such as "Pegasus" and "Spottybody" for gazillions of dollars. Why? The plaintiffs would be able to prove beyond the […]

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Equine Nutrition

The ultimate guide to feeding a horse is his/her overall condition. The coat should be shiny and soft. The ribs should be palpable but not visible. The hindquarters and back should be "flat" or smooth across when viewed from behind. A deep crease along the dorsum of the spine along the back usually indicates excessive […]

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