- Understand what the glycemic index is, and how it affects your horse
- Ranks 10 common horse feeds on the glycemic index scale
- Relates the use of the glycemic index for feeding horses with some common health problems
Horse health essentials
- Meeting the Horse's Basic Dietary Needs
- Equine Vaccination Guidelines
- Parasite Control for Your Horse
Quote of the day
My horse's feet are swift as rolling thunder. He carries me away from all my fears. And when the world threatens to fall asunder, his mane is there to wipe away my tears.Bonnie Lewis
Today's glossary term
Any of various skin disorders marked by intense irritation and itching.
Tip of the day
In colder climates, ventilation is potential problem in horse barns during winter. Keep the barn doors open and maintain good ventilation to reduce respiratory problems.
While your horse is in transit and participating in shows and competions, lost fluids and electrolytes will need to be replaced if your horse is to remain healthy.
"Aging horses are unable to glean nutrients from what they eat due to reduced nutrient absorption, lowered ability to digest fiber, reduced gastrointestinal motility, and loss of teeth.”
"Mules are remarkably versatile and hardy and work as farm and pack animals as well as saddle mounts, jumpers and draft animals.”
Learn how and why your horse's feeding and watering regime needs to change as its energy requirements grow due to the heavier workload and the metabolic changes in the way it uses nutrients.
Different Horses – Different Personalities: How I’ve Worked With Various Horses Over the Past 55 Years
”Every horse is different, not only in structure and physical characteristics but also in personality. With a timid horse you need to be supportive, and encouraging, while the pushy horse needs a firmer hand and consistent reminders of the rules he must follow.”
Any athlete will tell you that a hard workout leads to joint aches, stiffness and pain. Our equine athletes suffer the same. Learn about some therapies that are useful to alleviate horse joint and muscle pain.
Finding a horse's pulse and determining the heart rate can be difficult, even for professionals. Read about the four ways you can determine your horse's heart rate and how to tell if it is normal.