Taking care of your horse’s hooves, whilst not the easiest part of owning a horse, is vital to making sure your horse remains happy and healthy. Unhealthy hooves can not only lead to short term problems that can affect your riding plans, but could also lead to long term damage resulting in a horse that can no longer be ridden. A few easy steps added to your daily routine will go a long way to ensuring that your horse’s hooves are strong and healthy.
In some instances, heat in horse’s joints, ligaments or tendons can create long lasting, cellular damage. Overtime this can create a number of issues such as arthritis, tendon and ligament issues. We all want the best for our horses and like to treat them like the athletes they are, which is where Ice Boots come in!
The equine digestive system is a unique and complex system. It is important to understand the function of the equine digestive system to provide a basis for formulating suitable diets, management practices and to avoid digestive upset for your horse.
Here we will discuss the elements that can lead to harmful heat stress in horses and determine its significance in addressing the risks associated with dehydration and high body temperature and evaluate best practice management when faced with these concerns.
Horses are unable to digest fibre using their own digestive enzymes and rely on microbes for fermentation. The beneficial microbes are in a very delicate balance and do not appreciate a change in their environment and are responsible for not only fermentation but boosting the immune system, inhibiting the production and absorption of bacterial toxins, and excluding bad bacteria (they are clearly very important!).
Givenchy, otherwise known as Dex (pictured) came to us straight from the racetrack and was unsettled in his new routine of being a show horse. We chose to put him on GastroAID Everyday to help with his gut health and therefore make him a happier horse. He has now turned into the show horse we thought he would be. We highly recommend this product.
No matter what part our horse plays in our life – our hobby, passion or career – we all want to see them as healthy, happy and performing at their peak. And since you know your horse better than anyone, when something is wrong, you’re usually the first to sense it.