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Horse eating hayHay horse owners! Want to learn more about your horse? Your Alabama Cooperative Extension System presents a special bonus meeting of the Horse Owner Resource, Science and Education (H.O.R.S.E) series of educational meetings for Spring 2013!

Tuesday May 28, 2013 – 6:00pm – Forage Production for Horse Owners

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Caution! Grass that's high in simple sugars and starches can trigger a laminitis attack in sensitive horses!

For me, the first sign of spring is not seeing a bluebird, it is getting that first panicky phone call of the year from a horse owner, asking for help with a laminitic horse.

That happened yesterday, so be warned and take preventive action if your horse may be prone to laminitis from spring grass! A soaking rain, followed by unseasonably warm weather, is providing perfect conditions for the grass to grow like crazy here in the Tennessee Valley.

If you suspect your horse may be at risk, the time to act is NOW! Limit or remove access to green, growing grass before you have a problem. Just because a horse didn’t suffer a laminitis attack last year, doesn’t mean he’s safe this year.

Breeds at risk for insulin resistance and grass founder/laminitis include:

  • pony breeds
  • mini horses
  • donkeys
  • mules
  • Morgans
  • Arabians
  • Mustangs
  • Tennessee Walking Horses
  • Spotted Saddle Horses
  • Paso Finos
  • Peruvian Pasos
  • other gaited breeds
  • American Saddlebreds
  • APHA Paints
  • baroque breeds (PRE, Friesian, Lipizzaner, Lusitano)

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Yawning Horse clear backgroundFrom Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital:

Lots of good information in the 2nd quarter issue of the Rood & Riddle Report including information on corneal grafts, equine metabolic syndrome, cushing’s disease and news around RREH – Read It Online Here!

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Racing Thoroughbreds at Arlington Park

From Fran Jurga’s Hoof Blog today:

“Of course you have never taken the Thoroughbred athlete for granted, but after watching this 48-minute documentary, you’ll be in even more awe of the complex biomechanics and physiology of the running Thoroughbred. Anyone who’s squeamish in a dissection might want to skip over this, but you’ll miss a lot!”

Watch the entire documentary online for free, via the link at:

Inside the Thoroughbred Racehorse: Just Watch This!

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Formal Place SettingDo you know which nutrients are important building blocks for healthy hoofs? Read ‘Feed the Feet‘, an article by Dr. Eleanor Kellon, VMD, in the August 2011 issue of HorseLink Magazine – a free online publication.

(Also in this issue, Clinton Anderson shows you how to teach your horse to flex his neck, and top clinician Julie Goodnight tests five saddlebags.

Plus, find out the latest cribbing research, learn about electrolytes, get your horse squeaky clean, and ride Kentucky with Darley Newman of Equitrekking.)

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