Wellington Horse News
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Oct 21, 2014
5 Tips for Feeding Easy Keepers
By Heather Smith Thomas
To the person just dipping their toes into the sometimes complex and often expensive world of horse-keeping, having an “easy keeper” might sound like a dream. But the owner managing these equids that maintain or gain weight on minimal food rations knows there’s nothing easy about it. Preventing obesity and its serious side effects, such as founder (chronic rotation of the coffin bone within the foot due to failure of the laminae that support it), can become a nutrition nightmare as owners struggle to find ways to cut their horses’ calorie count while keeping the animals content.
Oct 20, 2014
How to Introduce Horses
By Nancy Diehl, VMD, MS
Introducing two horses is something a lot of horse owners don't relish, and adding a new horse to an established herd can really up anxiety. I don't know if there's any one best way, because not only do farm resources differ, but individual horse temperaments play a role, too.
This is not just an issue of domesticated horses. Feral horses have introductory events, too. We see posturing and sometimes fighting between harem and bachelor band stallions at meet-ups or challenges. Fillies usually leave their home band and join another, and antagonistic encounters with established members can occur until they settle into the hierarchy. More info...
Oct 15, 2014
How Do Muzzles Impact Horses' Grass Selection and Intake?
By Kristen M. Janicki, MS, PAS
In theory, turning a horse out isn't rocket science: Bring horse to pasture, remove halter and lead rope, close gate behind you. But if you're turning an easy keeper out in a big grassy field that happens to be the only pasture you have access to, turnout can be much more complicated—and hazardous to the horse's health.
In situations like this, many owners employ grazing muzzles to help reduce their horse's pasture sugar intake, but how effective are these devices? And, considering that study results have shown that horses prefer certain grass species, do muzzles impact their forage selection? A University of Minnesota researcher recently set out to answer these questions. More info...
Oct 13, 2014
The Florida Gold Coast Quarter Horse Shows Dec 21-31, 2014
Florida State Fairgrounds
Quarter Horse riders, owners and trainers mark your calendars and clear your schedules now for December 27 – 31, 2014. The Florida Gold Coast Quarter Horse Shows is returning to the Florida State Fairgrounds’ Bob Thomas Equestrian Center, and the five full days of American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) shows are not to be missed. More info...