As the weather changes and we start feeding more hay, there is generally an increase in the incidences of impaction colic. To help prevent this, make sure your horse has access to water, preferably warm at all times if possible. Horses tend to actually drink more if the water is warm. Time to dig out those water heaters! It is also very important to provide salt free choice (loose if possible) as well as adding it to the feed ration. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to give me a call @ 705-930-4962
Agribrands Purina is proud to count among its Excellence Club four athletes from the Canadian Team who qualified for the WEG 2014 in Normandy: veteran Ian Millar in show jumping, Matthew Hudson in reining, and Peter Barry and Selena O’Hanlon in eventing. Congratulations!
Agribrands Purina has implemented some improvements & stream lined the horse feed line up. We are getting better packaging with bags that make it easier to distinguish products from one another. The papers bags will be gone! Yeah! There are also improvements inside the bags! Many products now have added pre & pro biotics which aide in digestion. Steam flaked corn has been replaced with opti flake also improving the digestibility. The names of some products have changed & a few products have been eliminated. Due to government regulations only certain information is allowed to be printed on Canadian feed tags. So, now there are symbols on the bags that represent important information about nutrition, quality etc. The symbols will help you to know if your feed has organic minerals, pro or pre biotics, balanced omega 3, calorie levels, added essential amino acids, added B, C & E vitamins, low starch levels, needs to be soaked etc. These changes are being phased in. Some of you will already have received the new product. If you have any questions, feel free to call me at 705-930-4962. Susan
I actually think spring is here! It must be because the black flies are officially out. Everyone should be having fun with their equine friends or preparing for the show season. SO do not forget that we are more than just a feed store. Check out our selection of fly sprays, fly masks, de-wormers, grooming products, halters & leads. Happy Trails
IS FEEDING A BRAN MASH REALLY A GOOD IDEA?
Often during these cold months or after a mare has foaled, people like to give their horse a bran mash. They believe it is high in fibre & water & is a healthy way of keeping the digestive system working. It also works well for adding supplements & treats.
It is always a good idea to make extra effort to get water into your horse after a mare foals, it is essential to keep her hydrated & keep her digestive system moving. While I love & promote the idea of getting water into your horse, I do not agree it should be done with bran.
Beet pulp & soy hulls which are found in many commercial feeds are a better source of fibre than bran. If your horse has a softer stool after feeding bran, it is more likely due to the digestive change than a laxative effect from fibre.
The unhealthy aspect of bran is the calcium/phosphorous ratio. Bran has a ratio of approximately 10 times more phosphorous than calcium. The ideal ratio in a horses diet is 2 parts calcium to 1 part phosphorous. If bran is fed often enough & in large enough amounts, it can be unhealthy for the bone structure.
Many of our high fibre feeds with added water make a wonderful mash. Our Trimax, Integri-T & Evolution line work well. They are nutritionally balanced & are very palatable
Our Equine meetings in Hastings and Peterborough were well attended and lots of great information was shared. Not to mention, we enjoyed a nice meal. Christine Horner really spoiled us at the Hastings Meeting, and in Peterborough, the Curling Club put on a nice spread. In addition to Campbellford Farm Supply, Merial (the manufacturers of Eqvalan Gold) also sponsored the meeting. Dr. Alison Moore DVM, DVSc who specializes in Equine internal medicine as well as Sports Medicine spoke on behalf of Merial and discussed parasite control extensively. The message that she had for horse owners is that some parasites are becoming resistant to the drugs that we use. This resistance can be specific to certain farms. There are only so many drugs or drug groups available for parasite control, with no new drugs available soon, so it is very important to prevent resistance. They would like to change the idea or habit that most horse owners have of deworming all of the herd at the same time on a certain schedule. The new idea is that we should get a fecal count and only deworm the animals that actually require it. The deworming program should be based on the individual, according to age, immune system and propensity to shed eggs. Of course there was much more information shared, but that was the big point that they would like to make. Marc Andre Blouin from Agribrands Purina had lots to say on the topics of colic prevention and also Equine Metabolic Syndrome. They were both informative evenings. Susan
WHAT QUALITY OF HAY ARE YOU FEEDING YOUR HORSES?
Many hay samples taken from last year are showing low protein & in some cases low calcium levels. Anyone with brood mares or young stock should think about their feed program. Brood mares, foals & weanlings have a larger demand for protein & vitamins & minerals than for example a maintenance horse. To make sure they are getting their requirements, include an adequate amount of complete feed (appropriate for the life stage) in their diet. Also our Optimal supplement is an excellent choice in situations where you need to bring in more protein, vitamins & minerals to the diet. Optimal is similar to our Equilizer product that is so popular. Anyone wanting help with their feed program or would like a hay sample taken, give me a call @ 705-930-4962. Susan
DON’T MISS OUT ON THE EQUINE SEMINARS!
2 NIGHTS-2 LOCATIONS-RESERVE NOW!
FREE SUPPER & TWO GUEST SPEAKERS
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Alison Moore DVM, DVSc of Moore Equine Services
Specializing in Equine Internal and Sports Medicine
Discussing: WORMS ~ A PAIN IN THE GUT
Marc-Andre Blouin the Equine Technical Service Manager
Agribrands Purina Canada Inc.
Discussing: COLIC ~ WHO’S FAULT IS IT? - in Hastings
Discussing: EQUINE METABOLIC SYNDROME - in Peterborough
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Wed., Jan. 29th-6pm @ The Hastings Civic Centre
Wed., Feb.12th-6pm @ The Peterborough Curling Club
AGRIBRANDS PURINA INVESTS OVER 11 MILLION IN STRATHROY PLANT
INVESTMENT IN ULTRAMODERN EQUIPMENT TAKES QUALITY & SAFETY TO A NEW LEVEL!
Purina horse feeds and pet foods are manufactured at the Strathroy plant. This facility is drug and medication free, ensuring no chance of contamination. Ingredients for our feeds are only purchased from approved suppliers and are sampled upon arrival. Ingredients are never unloaded until approved. A metal detector at the bagging process reduces risk of foreign objects. There is a bar code and 3 levels of security for micro ingredients. There are also restricted, contained areas ensuring Salmonella control. Improvements have been made to air control, drying, packaging and cooling systems. The investment in sophisticated equipment and processes keeps Purina as a leader in Equine nutrition and quality control .
CHANGING WEATHER CAN CAUSE HEALTH RISKS FOR YOUR HORSE
Many of us do not stop to think about what temperature changes can do to our horses feeding routine. As long as we are doing things the same, keeping in a routine, we assume that things are the same. That is not always the case. We are starting to experience cold nights and beautiful warm days, so for most of us, our pasture is done & probably stressed. These conditions can lead to grass founder. It is not just spring time with the fast growing grass that we should think about this. Also, for those that enjoy the luxury of pasture all summer, you are now starting to feed hay. This makes a huge difference in the water consumption required. It takes a couple of pails of water a day just to give your horse the moisture he would receive when eating grass. Hay is much dryer than grass. As we get into November & the ground gets harder, our Equine friends tend to move around less. Standing at a round feeder opposed to moving around grazing means our horses are not as active. Activity is good to stimulate digestion, add in the fact that in the colder weather, even if there is water available all of the time, it tends to be colder & horses drink less than they should. These changes can lead to impaction colic. It is my experience that horse owners worry about & think very hard about changes in grain or complete feed consumption. Very often the grain portion of the diet is a very small percentage of the overall diet (performance horses & hard keepers being an exception). So, just a reminder to think about changes in roughage, water intake, and activity levels.
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Spring is approaching and many of you are looking forward to using your horse more. Depending on your activity, you may just want your horse fit, sound, healthy and able to do the activities you love. For others, it may mean getting ready for the show season and wanting your horse to have a bloom - looking its absolute best. Our supplements are designed to work well with our balanced feeds. They can also be used with competitors products.
Athlete—This fat supplement is derived from vegetable oil and flaxseed (source of Omega 3). It will improve skin, hair coat, hoof condition and overall appearance. If you are looking to put that extra bloom on your horse this may be the product for you!
BMZ-Designed to increase hoof growth and the integrity of the hoof. Has Biotin as well as Methionine (amino acid) and Zinc (mineral), all of which have contributing factors in hoof health. This is a very effective hoof supplement and is very reasonably priced.
PUR-A-YEAST-Would you like to eliminate that hay belly and create a tucked up appearance on your horse for show season. This product can help with that. It improves the hind gut action which helps your horse utilize and break down the fibre in the diet more effectively.
HORSE PLUS-This is a broad spectrum B vitamin supplement that also has vitamin C & E along with Iron. This is great for increasing red blood cell production and help with energy production. It helps a horse cope with stressful situations such at trailering and competing.
EQUILIZER & OPTIMAL-My favorite products! Pelleted balanced vitamin mineral supplement that can be fed by themselves or in conjunction with other feeds. Great for easy keepers that you do not wish to put extra weight on. Also great as a top dress if you are not feeding the recommended amount of feed or feeding non fortified grains. It is the equivalent to feeding your self a vitamin pill!
When considering supplements and nutraceuticals, I think it is important to consider first of all, if you have covered the basics in your horses nutrition. I have been in barns where people are spending a lot of money on extras to help solve problems, but they did a poor job of covering the bare basics. My advise is to read the labels on your feed, make sure the feed is suited for the life stage or activity level of your horse. If you are not feeding the recommended amounts, find out what you need to do to balance this. It may be as simple as top dressing with a mineral supplement. More careful attention needs to be taken with pregnant mares and growing horses. Once the proper basics are covered, then consider spending money on extras if need be. In my experience, doing a good job of covering the basics may save you from spending a lot of money on the extras. Susan
SPRING IS ALMOST HERE!
WILL YOUR HORSE'S FEEDING PROGRAM NEED TO CHANGE?
Many of us do less with our horses during the winter months. Hopefully your horses have maintained good body condition. It pays to look under those blankets once in a while. It takes energy for a horse to stay warm in the winter. The calories used for a horse to stay warm in the winter would equate to about 1 hour of riding (at more than a walk). It is necessary to provide enough calories without creating attitude. NOW, that the focus will change to more riding, preparing for the summer season of showing, trail riding, competing or what ever your passion is, it may be necessary to change the feed program. Perhaps a feed higher in starch to help increase the energy reserves in the muscle, or more fat would be more suitable to achieve the energy required for your sport. There are different feeds to choose from and the energy sources are balanced differently for a reason. Depending on your discipline one feed may suit your activity better than another. Vitamins and minerals also have many important functions such as ensuring strong bones, helping the muscles work properly, healthy feet, etc. If we want performance from our Equine partners then providing balanced nutrition will help enable him or her to perform at their best
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Click on news/events and follow the link to register for the promo. You can receive a $5.00 gift certificate monthly for Evolution Juvenile and you can receive a $10.00 gift certificate monthly for Optimal, with the purchase of 4 bags of Juvenile. This promo runs from February 1st until April 30th.
Evolution Juvenile is recommended for weanlings & yearlings until age two. It is specifically formulated to meet the special needs of the growing horse by providing a controlled starch level, promoting sound & proper growth.
Optimal is designed to provide the correct balance of essential vitamins and mineral to horses not receiving the recommended amount of a fortified Purina Feed. It is ideal for lactating mares and foals, drastically increasing the total nutrient content of the ration without increasing the level of calories.
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Would your Horse Benefit from a B Vitamin Supplement?
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This product is beneficial to:
Horses under stress, frequent traveling, showing, or being weaned.
Nervous or easily excitable horses.
Horses in intense training at the track or on the show circuit.
Horses on prolonged use of antibiotics.
Purina Horse Plus is a B-vitamin supplement for the equine athlete. It contains a broad spectrum of B-vitamins along with Vitamins C, E, and K. It also contains supplemental iron. Intense exercise increases the demand for B vitamins, yet may deplete B vitamin production in the hind gut. Horse Plus helps your horse reach its optimum level of performance and is affordable to use.
Supplement your Hay
I still know people who have not got enough hay to get them through the whole winter. If you want to make your hay supply last longer consider feeding some hay cubes every day and less hay. I have some customers who have switched entirely to hay cubes as their roughage source for their horses. There are a variety of cubes to choose from: Alfalfa/Timothy, Alfalfa, Roughage Chunks and Horse Chow Checkers. These Horse Checkers aresimilar to the Roughage Chunk, but in a pelleted form. It is important that your horse have good access to water. It is also a great idea to soak the cubes in water. There are other feed programs that could allow you to feed less hay. Consider feeding more kilograms of complete feed and less hay. This complete feed could be in the form of a sweet feed, one of our multi particle feeds or one of our high fibre feeds which is less likely to create attitude. Consider our new Simplici-t Fat & Fibre at a reasonable cost per bag. If you would like help deciding on a feed program that suits your feeding style and budget, give me a call @ 705-930-4962
**IAN MILLAR IS COMING TO PETERBOROUGH**
We am proud to announce that we have arranged for Ian Millar to come to
Peterborough and give us an afternoon of his time!
This event is sponsored by Campbellford Farm Supply and Victoria Feeds.
Don't miss this opportunity to hear a 10 time Olympian discuss his career.
Tickets are on sale at our three locations; Campbellford Farm Supply, Warkworth Farm Supply, Madoc Farm supply, and Victoria Feeds in Lindsay. Also available at:
Bird's Creek Feed in Bancroft, Castle Building Centre in Cobourg ,and Equi-Pet Feed in Lakefield.
We are also fortunate to have Marc Andre Blouin from Agribrands Purina talk on Feed Borne allergies.
Oct. 27th 12:30-4:30 pm at the Trent Winds International Centre.
$5.00 per ticket to be purchased in advance.
Doors open at 12 noon. Light refreshments provided in the afternoon.
There will also be vendors from the horse industry and draw prizes!
DON'T MISS THIS OPPORTUNITY!
IS YOUR HORSE GETTING ENOUGH ON PASTURE?
Well, it is not exactly news to anyone that we are having a dry summer and that most pastures are not in good shape. Our hay crops have not been as good as usual either. I have been getting calls at home from people trying to source out new hay suppliers as their regular suppliers cannot fill their orders. Assess your pasture. Your horse may not be getting enough roughage. A horse should have at least 1.5% of it's body weight in roughage to keep the digestive system working properly. If you are reluctant to start feeding hay, as it is in short supply, there are alternatives. HAY CUBES OR ROUGHAGE CHUNKS can be used to supplement your pasture or hay ration. I prefer that you wet them.
Overgrazing is something you should think about during these conditions. When the pasture is overgrazed and stressed it actually takes longer to grow back. The root system is compromised when the grass is overgrazed, making it less efficient. This is another good reason to supplement with CUBES or HAY as you will get more out of your pasture if you look after it. Another idea to help prevent overgrazing is to divide your pasture into smaller areas which allows the areas not being used to grow. If you are not set up for rotational grazing, it can be accomplished easily with ELECTRIC FENCE SYSTEMS. We have a variety of electric fence systems at all 3 of our locations. If you have any questions regarding feed give me a call at 705-930-4962
UPCOMING HORSE SEMINAR
PUT Feb 28th ON YOUR CALENDAR! Our Warkworth location is hosting a free Equine Seminar. Do you have concerns about your feed making your horse's attitude hot? Do you question whether you have made the right choice in feed for your horse? Do you realize that there are factors other than feed that can affect a horse's attitude?
Marc Andre Blouin from Agribrands Purina Canada will be with us to answer these questions and explain issues regarding how "feeding affects attitude?.
We are also fortunate to have Randy Bird, a renowned horse trainer. Join us for a discussion on his involvement and issues regarding "SAVE THE MUSTANGS?. Randy is a very unique trainer from the perspective that he works with riding horses, driving horses, and also problem horses. His business is Equine Education.
FEEDING THE LATE GESTATING BROODMARE
Some of you are probably eagerly anticipating the arrival of newborn foals! Many brood mares are now in the last 3 or 4 months of their pregnancy. It is essential that the mare be properly fed during this period as a shortage of nutrients will affect her ability to nourish the fetus, maintain healthy bones herself and be in good condition to breed. During late gestation, energy requirements increase by about 20% and protein by about 30%. However, the real challenge is the huge increase in calcium and phosphorus requirements. In some cases, the mare has to utilize her own bone minerals to meet the demands of the growing fetus. There is also an increased need for copper, zinc, manganese and vitamin D. Some people simply feed their mares an extra scoop of whatever they normally feed thinking it will be adequate. Most people have no idea what the quality is of the hay they are feeding and it varies from year to year. Purina offers choices in mare and foal feeds that are designed to meet the nutritional requirements of the mare at this stage. They also offer supplements that are high in vitamins & minerals. If you have a mare that is going into her last trimester under weight, I can show you how to safely manage her feed program to get her into better shape. If you have an obese mare, there are supplement options to help keep her and the fetus healthy without adding excess weight. Another word of caution, it can be very deceiving figuring out a pregnant mare's body condition. Some consideration given now to a proper feeding program will give you a better chance of having a healthy, lively foal!
Christmas and New Year?s are very busy and fun times for most of us. Very often this means a change in our routines and the feeding routines for our horses. Veterinarians often find an increase in calls due to colic and sometimes choke around holiday time. Horses are creatures that enjoy a regular routine, and those that are on a regular schedule can be affected by change. It is often necessary if we will be away to leave out extra hay which is great; however, for those of us without heated water systems, it is stressful to the horse to gorge on his extra ration without access to enough water to go with it. Impaction colic! Some people tend to treat their horses with extra portions of grain as a Christmas Treat. We also tend to need help from family and friends to do our chores if we are away. I have heard of a well meaning relative giving a horse a large portion of Hoof Supplement by accident instead the grain ration. This resulted in more than one visit by the Vet. Well meaning spouses may double or triple the ration because it is Christmas morning? meanwhile the ration was a pelleted vitamin, mineral supplement. If you are late with a grain feeding and perhaps feeding an extra large portion, it can lead to problems. The horse is anxious, waiting for his meal and bolts it down. If the ration is one that is high in fiber it can result in choke. My advice is to try and stay as close to your normal routine and the amounts you feed as possible. If you rely on someone else to do your feeding be very specific with your instructions and make sure your containers are labeled properly.
As the weather changes and we start feeding more hay there is generally an increase in the incidences of impaction colic. To help prevent this, make sure your horse has access to water, preferably warm at all times if possible. Horses tend to actually drink more if the water is warm. Time to dig out those water heaters! It is also very important to provide salt free choice (loose if possible) as well as adding it to the feed ration. Some people feed less grain or processed feed this time of year if they are not riding or working their horse as much. If the horse can maintain good body condition on a diet of mostly roughage, I would recommend in the very least that you provide a Vitamin Mineral supplement for good health. Some horses require increased amounts of processed feed in the winter as they require more calories just to maintain their body weight. Make sure you evaluate the body condition. Take that winter blanket off and actually feel different areas on your horse to determine if there are changes. Make sure that your feed program is working for you. The horse's body condition will tell you ! Visual assessments can be very deceiving especially with a winter hair coat or a hay belly! If you would like help choosing a feed or supplement give me call @ 705-930-4962.
Autumn Pasture can cause Grass Founder
Most of us think of lush green fast growing spring grass as the culprit when thinking of grass founder. Excess protein was always considered the cause. Now research has shown us that it is actually the Fructans (a sugar or carbohydrate) in the grass that the horse cannot digest that causes the problem. Normally the plant produces the Fructans during photosynthesis in the day and then at night uses the Fructans as fuel to grow. However, on cold nights the plant is unable to grow and stores an excess of Fructans. Also, overgrazed stressed grass will hold on to Fructans. Some species of grass are more likely to do this than others. The problem occurs when your horse consumes this grass that is high in Fructans and cannot digest these starches resulting in an upset in the normal balance of the digestive system producing toxins that lead to laminitis! Not every year is the same, conditions and factors are different in your pasture every year. Be aware that right now we are experiencing warm days and cold nights. Also by this time of year the pasture is often over grazed and stressed. It may be a good time to start feeding hay! Susan
FEEDING THE WEANLING
EQUINE JUVENILE sets a high standard in nutrition for the growing foal! It is critical that we pay close attention to feeding weanlings and yearlings to ensure proper growth.. Equine Juvenile is specifically formulated to meet the special needs of the growing horse by providing controlled starch levels (commonly referred to as low glycemic). Diets low in starch and high in fat and fibre have demonstrated to support proper and sound growth. This diet also minimizes the incidence of DOD's (Developmental Orthopedic Diseases) and digestive upsets (colic), compared to traditional grain based diets high in starch. Juvenile also contains high levels of Vit. E, an important antioxidant, and it is supplemented with Lysine and Methionine, protein building blocks. Do not make the mistake of thinking a weanling will reach its full potential being fed hay alone!
FEEDING THE FOAL
In order for a foal to reach it?s full potential, it is very important that it receives proper nutrition. The first step is to feed the Lactating Mare properly. To feed the foal you must feed the mare. The mare requires a very nutrient dense ration-high in energy, vitamins and minerals. I would recommend Evolution Maternity or Omolene 300. The foal should be introduced to the feed as well. Creep feeders work well for this. By the time the foal is 3 months of age, the mare?s milk production slows down. The quality of the milk decreases as well. The foal?s digestive system is still not fully mature. The majority and fastest growth occurs during the first 6 months of life. A combination of the mare?s milk, forage and a foal feed will help the foal meet their growth demands. If the foal is doing well and already eating a creep feed, the stress will be eased at weaning time.
Spring is finally here! For those of us lucky enough to have pasture it will bring about some changes in our feed program. Remember to make the transition from feeding hay to going on pasture gradually. This will reduce your chances of causing gas colic and upsets. It is also better if your pasture is established before turning out. Keep in mind that there is an increased risk of founder if the grass is stressed and over grazed or when there are big temperature fluctuations (cold freezing nights and warm days). If your horse is overweight it will add to the risk of founder. Another situation that can cause problems is having a horse on pasture and then because you are going to a horse show switching to hay suddenly. The forage in pasture is very digestible and has a high moisture content. Hay is less digestible and has a very low moisture content. Also, consider the fact that the horse is more stressed from being in a trailer and at a show. The horse is perhaps sweating more at a show as well. Add in the factor that some horses do not drink as well as they should away from home. This can be a recipe for a dehydrated horse and impaction colic. Careful attention to electrolytes (salt) and water consumption can help prevent a problem. Steps should be taken to make changes in forage gradually whenever possible.
Put March 30th on your calendar! Our Warkworth location is hosting a free Equine Seminar. Do you ever have questions regarding how much to feed your horse? Am I feeding enough of the right feed? Does my horse have the correct weight for what I am trying to do with it? Is my horse getting enough vitamins and minerals on my current feed program? Does it have good body condition? Is my pregnant mare getting the nutrients she needs for herself and the unborn foal? If my horse needs to gain weight how much more do I need to feed per day to achieve this inside the timeframe I have to work with?
Marc Andre Blouin from Agribrands Purina Canada will be with us to answer these questions and explain issues regarding feeding to Body condition!
We are also fortunate to have Dr. Kristin Buchanan or Millbrook Equine clinic ?Division of McKee-Pownall Veterninary Prof Corp join us to discuss health issues related to feed management. Please call 705-924-9498 and let us know if you plan to attend.
Compare the price of the pail and the recommended dose to see how much you get for your money compared to other leading brands! There are a variety of nutrients necessary for healthy hoof growth. BMZ contains Biotin, a vitamin which is water soluble - no toxicity. Studies prove that feeding 15 to 20 mg of Biotin per day enhances hoof integrity and growth.
BMZ also contains Methionine, which is a major amino acid that helps build a main protein used by the body to build connective tissue such as the hoof wall. It also contains Zinc, which is a mineral that is involved in creating healthy skin, hair and hooves. Most horses have healthy feet being fed the correct amount of fortified feed, but for those who need some extra help this is a great product. Keep in mind that it can take up to 11 months for new growth to reach the bottom of the hoof. How you are feeding your Equine friend right now may affect his hooves next riding season.
My biggest concern with feed management this time of year is actually WATER! Getting horses to drink enough water can be a challenge at the best of times. Many horse people worry more so about this in hot summer weather when horses are being worked and sweat more. However this time of year can bring about 2 changes in a horses feed management. Horses that are accustomed to pasture during the summer months are switched to eating hay for their forage. Many of us make this switch without much thought. What is the biggest difference between pasture and hay? It is the moisture content. Pasture can be 70% to 80% moisture and hay can be around 10%. If you make a change suddenly you must make sure your horse is consuming enough water. If things do not go well the results are colic due to impaction. In addition to the change of forage some barns experience this time of year, there is usually a difference in the temperature of the water we offer our equine friends. Studies prove that horses consume more water if it is between 45 and 65oF. If the water is cold, almost at the freezing point, they drink but tend to slack their thirst and not consume as much as they should. If we are feeding forage that is considerably lower in moisture and the horse is drinking less you are setting yourselves up for a problem.
I highly recommend both salt licks and feeding loose salt in a horse?s grain ration. Salt is your basic electrolyte which helps keep things in balance and makes your horse thirsty. Salt licks were designed for cows and horses, but horses tend not to utilize a salt block because it is rough on their tongue.
There are different water heaters on the market. There are floating and sinking heaters that can be used in a variety of containers. I use one that is designed to fit in the bottom of a Rubbermaid trough that has a hole and plug at the base for the heater. Water heaters can be hard on your hydro bill but saves you lugging water numerous times a day to make sure your horse has water and not just ice to deal with. It could also save you a vet bill! I had my husband build an insulated box with a lid (the lid has a hole cut out so the horse can
drink) to cover my water trough. This helps reduce how hard my water heater has to work to keep the water from freezing. There is also the option of the Ritchie Automatic Water Systems. They may seem expensive at first, but if you do the math, it is amazing how quickly the savings on your hydro bill will pay for the system and the cost to install it.
The advantage of an automatic heated water system assures you of a constant supply of fresh, clean, warm water, thus eliminating carrying water. We sell sinking and floating water heaters, water troughs and Ritchie automatic water systems at our three locations. In Madoc feel free to talk to Len Lalonde. He is very knowledgeable on the Ritchie Water Systems. If you have concerns about your horse?s hydration status, call at 613-339-9970 or 705-924-9498.
Everyone should keep their Televisions tuned to NBC for coverage of the FEI World Equestrian Games held in Kentucky at the Horse Park in Lexington. AQHA will be a major part of the games, which start Sept 25 and run until Oct 10. There are 8 disciplines featured: dressage, driving, eventing, jumping, vaulting, endurance, para-dressage, and for the 3rd time Reining. Reining along with cowboy hats and American Quarter Horses appeared for the first time in 2002. In 2006 our team took silver, being a very close runner up to the US team.
Our athletes have been chosen and are gearing up for this event. Unfortunately it looks like Ian Millar will not be able to join the jumping team this time.
This is the first time the Games are being held in the United States, and will probably not be held in North America again for a long time. So take advantage of the TV coverage and watch the best in the world compete.
Equine Nutrition Seminar
**Reasons for Feeding Purina Integri-T Horse Feed**
Integri-T humbly began nearly 15 years ago as Purina's " Hi Fat Hi Fibre ".
The concept was a fresh idea, that was thought of at that time to be just a fad. However, years later Purina " Hi Fat Hi Fibre " has proven to be one of the #1 horse feeds sold in Canada. Many horse rations contain oats, corn, barley and molasses making their formulas fairly high in sugar and starch.
Integri-T does not contain molasses or any of these grains. This drastically reduces the sugar/starch levels. The energy sources found in Integri-T are derived primarily from highly digestible fibre, veg oil and flax seed.
Integri-T is ideal for horses that tie up, get excited off grain, have a history of laminitis, have Cushing's disease, or are insulin resistant.
Integri-T also contains Horse Plus an exclusive B vit and vit C supplement, which is good for immune functions and has blood building nutrients. It also includes Pur-a-yeast which improves the digestibility and protein utilization of the feed. There are many nutritional advantages to Integri-T. Purina recommends that you soak Integri-T prior to feeding it to your horse.
SUMMER & SHOW SEASON is upon us and for many of us this means a change in our horse?s feed program. Purina offers a wide range of Horse Feeds and supplements designed to meet a variety of needs. Whether you have a Lawn Ornament, Growing Foal, Halter Horse, Endurance Horse, Gaming Horse, Pleasure Horse, or a Race Horse, we have feeds designed to provide the balance of nutrition and energy your horse requires. If you would like help understanding which feeds or supplements best suit your horse?s needs call Susan at our Madoc location