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What To Plant For Perfect Horse Pastures

A good pasture includes a mix of forage plants, each with its own growing pattern and benefits. Which ones a client chooses may vary on local climate, soil type, soil condition, drainage, local incidence of plant diseases and pests, and how the pasture may be used.
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Feeding the Easy Keeper

Here’s how your hoof-care clients can feed these horses conservatively, without robbing them of essential nutrients
Every farrier knows a few: those cresty-necked, peach-rumped pasture potatoes whose spines disappear into dimpled grooves along their backs, even though their owners swear they feed them nothing.
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Feeding the Geriatric Horse

Although horses 20 years and older have special nutritional needs, your clients can keep them healthy through their golden years by paying attention to their special needs
The major concern among farriers working with geriatric horses is normally whether their arthritic joints have made it difficult for them to hold their feet up long and high enough to be trimmed. But while you're working under an equine senior citizen, it's difficult not to notice when they begin to get ribby.
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Dealing with Digestible Disorders

Your clients should recognize that several nutritional disorders are linked to hoof-care concerns
Farriers don’t have to be told that horses are what they eat. They can describe the impact of good or poor nutrition every time they take a pair of nippers to a hoof.
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Hay is for Horses

It’s the basis of every equine diet, yet its nutritional content is often poorly understood

From their wide, flat molars, designed for grinding tough, gritty stems, to their gastrointestinal tracts, which process the nutrition bound in fibrous plants, horses are equipped to get the maximum benefit out of food sources that many other species of animals reject.


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Pasture Perfect

Pass these tips along to your hoof-care clients for maintaining healthy and productive pastures
Horsemen, veterinarians and farriers alike have always been aware of the value of “Dr. Green.”
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Creep Feeding Makes Sense for Foals

Specialized grain ration increases growth and minimizes weaning stress.
The studies have been done, the jury is in and the verdict is unanimous. If your footcare clients want their foals to achieve optimum growth, with the least risk of developmental orthopedic disorders like contracted tendons and physitis, they should "creep feed."
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Fueling High Performance

What’s the best way for your hoof-care clients to supply a horse with the energy he needs to do the work asked of him?
Farriers know that there are as many different types of sport horses out there as there are ways to shoe them. The demands that humans place on their animals vary dramatically, from the intense bursts of speed required of a barrel racer or polo pony, to the animated strut of a park-seat Morgan, to the sustained output of an endurance horse or a trail horse working in the Rockies.
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Feeding For Breeding

Here’s how your footcare clients can provide broodmares with the extra nutritional support needed when pregnant or nursing
A broodmare who is brooding may appear relaxed and contented on the outside as her midsection expands. But inside, her growing foal is making ever-increasing demands on her body, which will only dramatically increase after she gives birth.
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Feeding for Frightful Weather

Equine nutritional needs change when the temperature drops. Here’s what your footcare clients need to know to weather winter successfully

Here it comes again, folks: Old Man Winter has targeted North America and he’s showing no mercy.


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