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Slowing Down Your Greedy Eater

Thursday April 17, 2014
Not a lot of horses are picky slow eaters. They do exist, but they are less likely to have problems because of it. The slow eater might have problems keeping weight on, but the greedy eater that bolts its food is more likely to have serious problems with chewing and digestion. This is a problem that many of us deal with, and it can be frustrating, because we know that it can lead to serious consequences.
Image: K. Blocksdorf
What do you do to slow down your greedy eater? Here are some suggestions for making sure your horse slows down and savors its meals: Slowing Down a Horse That Bolts Its Feed

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Stone Bruises in Your Horse's Hooves

Tuesday April 15, 2014
After a tough winter, when our horses have had to walk on lumpy ice and get lumps of hard snow packed under their hooves, we might notice strange blotches of color on their soles. These are bruises, and they can happen for several different reasons, ice and snow being just two. Stone bruising can cause your horse to become lame, although some horses may not show signs of tenderness.
Image: K. Blocksdorf
It depends on the severity of the bruising. Bruising can also lead to abscesses. Here's how to identify, treat and prevent stone bruising in your horse's hooves.

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When A Snaffle Isn't a Snaffle

Friday April 4, 2014
Sometimes what is referred to as a Western snaffle bit may not be a snaffle bit at all.
This western pelham has a jointed mouthpiece. Is it a snaffle bit?
Here's an explanation of what a snaffle bit isn't.

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Just How Horse Crazy Are You?

Thursday April 3, 2014
How horse crazy are you? Are you just a little bit horse crazy?
Image: 2006 K. Blocksdorf
Or are you 100% horse crazy? Here's a quiz that rates your level of horse craziness. Along with your score, you'll find useful links and learn how to get support for your horse craziness. Take the How Horse Crazy Are You Quiz .

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How to Talk "Bits"

Wednesday April 2, 2014
It's always handy to know the proper words to use when it comes to horse equipment. If you're doing something like buying a bit at the tack shop, and you're trying to describe what you want, it's easier for the person helping you to understand something like,
Image: 2008 K. Blocksdorf
"I want a short S-shanked curb with a low port and fixed rein rings." rather than, "I want a bit with the thingy in the middle of the mouth part, but I want the whatsits at the bottom to be kinda curvy but not too long." Parts of the Curb Bit will explain the various parts of common curb bits so you can talk about bits like a pro.

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Monday March 31, 2014
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The Magnificent Marwari Horse

Saturday March 29, 2014
One of the world's most rare breeds is also one of the most distinctive. Once you see a Marwari Horse, you're not likely to forget it. Once the horse of the royal and rich, more breeders are working to preserve this amazing breed, and a few have been exported to Europe and North America.
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The Marwari is still used in traditional celebrations and their unique 'dance' is achieved by means that some people consider inhumane. Learn more about the amazing Marwari Horse.

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What You Need to Know About Equine Herpesvirus

Friday March 28, 2014
Also known as Rhinopneumonitis, EVH-1 has horse owners worried, after an outbreak in the mid-west. EVH can be highly contagious, and it's felt the connection between the horses affected is that they attended the same event and competitions in the area have been suspended to prevent the spread of the virus. Horses that become ill with EVH must be quarantined, and precautions taken not to spread the disease. There are actually several varieties of EVH, but EVH-1 is what we are hearing the most about. Learn more about EVH and how you can protect your horse.

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Meet the Clydesdale Horse

Friday March 28, 2014
Clydesdale mare and X foalThe foal in this photo is "Matters of the Heart" (aka Thor) a Clydesdale X Thoroughbred colt. His mama was a 17 hand Clydesdale who came to live with us until Thor was weaned. She was placid and sweet tempered. Our only complaint was that she ate--a lot! Many people recognize Clydesdales from famous harness teams. The sight of a well matched team of Clydes with their silky leg 'feather' and snappy gaits is unforgettable. Meet the Clydesdale and learn about their history, uses, body type and more. (Photo: K. Blocksdorf)

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Tennessee Horse Owners Worried about EIA Outbreak

Wednesday March 26, 2014
At this time of year many people have their vets out to give their horses their annual vaccinations. Summer, with its biting insects still seems a long ways off for many of us, but horse owners in Tennessee are already concerned about Equine Infectious Anemia with several horses testing positive and in quarantine. EIA is just one of the diseases that vaccination and testing such as a Coggins Test can help control, although there is no vaccination against EIA itself. There are many vaccinations available, with several regarded as 'core'. Beyond those basic vaccines, you may wish to talk to your vet about which extra vaccinations are recommended in your area.

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