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  • Preparing the Halter Horse

    By Kentucky Equine Research Staff · November 17, 1999

    There are many additional "tricks of the trade" that can be applied to help the halter horse reach his optimum potential, but the successful basics remain the same. It is essential for halter horses to be on a properly balanced diet. Exercise must be carefully designed for each individual animal to avoid potential injury and build the valuable muscle tone that can make a difference between winning and being just another horse in the class.

  • Selenium for Horses: How Important Is It?

    By Dr. Kathleen Crandell · November 9, 1999

    Subclinical signs of selenium deficiency may be easily overlooked. Because the major role of selenium is in the oxidative defense system, deficiency would first compromise cellular integrity.

  • Selenium for Horses: How Important Is It?

    By Kentucky Equine Research Staff · November 9, 1999

    Subclinical signs of selenium deficiency may be easily overlooked. Because the major role of selenium is in the oxidative defense system, deficiency would first compromise cellular integrity.

  • What Are Those Pellets in the Sweet Feed?

    By Kentucky Equine Research Staff · November 8, 1999

    This diet food scenario has proven very effective when feeding broodmares in late pregnancy. Most mares will sail through pregnancy in good body condition and can be fed the recommended amounts of sweet feed to provide essential protein, vitamins and minerals.

  • The Hoof and Its Relation to Balance and Soundness

    By Kentucky Equine Research Staff · November 1, 1999

    Flat-footed horses are very sensitive to the type of footing on which they live and exercise. They are intolerant of exercise on rough ground and may require pads to help them to be comfortable. Careful attention to providing corrective trimming and shoeing can greatly help horses that have hoof abnormalities.

  • Equine Dentistry: Benefits of Proper Care

    By Kentucky Equine Research Staff · October 26, 1998

    Signs of equine dental problems are as varied as are the horses that present them. From the obvious, handfuls of feed dropping from the mouth as the horse eats and grain passing directly through the animal, to the subtler head tilting and weight loss, the solutions involve knowledge, proper equipment, and fortitude.

  • What Does Your Horse Weigh?

    By Kentucky Equine Research Staff · September 23, 1998

    Determining what a horse weighs is the foundation of a logical feeding and management program.

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