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The Hay Shed - What you need to know: Alfalfa vs Grass Hay

Most horse owners understand that horses are designed to be grazing animals. Which translates to in order for horses to maintain a healthy gut, small consumption amounts, available continuously throughout the day and night, are necessary.

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Beat the Bugs

The first step in beating the bugs is using an insect control supplement. These supplements are designed to stop the life cycle of flies, thus reducing the population of house and stable flies in and around your barn.

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Define a “Senior” Horse

We’ve all known 17-year-olds that were sporting the sway back, were crippled, could only eat feed and mashes formulated for the geriatric and/or were just basically rendered useless in regard to a job and so were living out their retirement as a pasture pet

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Help Your Horse Weather Winter

Keeping up with the array of rations you can feed your horse can make your head spin. Indeed, nutrition is a complicated subject.

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Lush Grass: Good or Bad?

Horse owners and farm managers frequently use the word “lush” to describe the state of pasture forage as it begins to grow rapidly in the spring. 

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Why do a Fecal Egg Count?

Parasites are becoming resistant to current de-worming products.  De-worming products are becoming less effective because of this.  

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Horse Management for the Spring Season

Do you ride all winter, no matter how deep the snow gets, or do you hang up your saddle at the first cool in autumn? Do you pull your horse’s shoes, blanket him, or keep him in the barn during the cold months? 

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Keeping Your Horse Healthy

Parasites are becoming resistant to current de-worming products. This causes de-worming products to be less effective. Horse health can be adversely affected with a heavy parasite burden (colic, chronic coughing, poor keeper, poor performance, unthrifty, internal organ damages, etc.).

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How to Adjust Horses to the Changing Seasons

Changing seasons can bring about potential problems for horses and their owners. Pasture quality changes with every season, but the changes from summer to fall are especially significant. 

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How to Find the Balance between Forage and Feed for Your Horses while Avoiding Obesity

You can restrict time spent grazing to a few hours per day or reduce the amount of hay offered to 1.5 – 2% of their body weight and this will certainly help control calorie intake, but sometimes these horses will still gain weight if fed the minimum 3.5 – 4 lbs of feed. 

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Feeding Horses During Reduced Work-

Horse owners are facing uncertain times as COVID-19 spreads and they’re unable to travel to the barn or ride. Here are tips for adjusting your horse’s diet if he’s out of work.

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Hay Testing

The summer is winding down and we are all starting to think about Autumn and Winter Preparations. Every fall, The Mill offers complimentary Hay Testing.

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