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Winter can make the most mundane tasks challenging. This reality is clearly illustrated when it comes to watering animals. For as long as man has worked alongside horses and livestock, there have been different watering methods and their seasonal variations.

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“The stable environment invariably presents challenges of dust, mould and proper ventilation,” says Susan Raymond, instructor of Equine Guelph’s Management of the Equine Environment online course. “Most horses are well equipped for living outdoors and thrive, provided certain provisions are met.” Dr. Raymond completed her PhD in investigating the effects of exposure of horses to mycotoxins. She has also been involved in air quality research, which provided practical recommendations to the horse industry on stable design and management.

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Is it Safe for Your Horse? As horse owners, we always want to find the highest quality hay available for our horses. Opinions vary regarding which type of hay is ideal, and a hay that is ideal for one horse may be detrimental to another. One consistent requirement, however, is that hay must be free of detectable mould and dust.

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Much like human sport competitions, irresponsible medication use and a positive drug test can cause serious problems for both the horse and rider at equine events. “If you’re competing in a horse sport, the first thing you need to know is whose rules you’re running under,” says Dr. Trisha Dowling, a board-certified specialist in veterinary pharmacology and large animal internal medicine at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM). The veterinary professor is also a member of the Equine Medications Committee for Equestrian Canada (formerly known as Equine Canada).

Equine Mineral and Vitamin Premix - All horses need minerals and vitamins and all feeds contain some level of mineral and vitamin. The issue is determining what is coming from the natural feedstuff, and what needs to be supplemented to balance each horse’s unique needs. This will vary quite a bit depending on the individual situation.

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Twenty-nine years ago, our founder, a long-time horseman and pharmacist, Arnold Epstein of Merrick, New York, was constantly searching for an effective way to enhance equine performance. Then, some 20 years ago, he developed Body Support, which in the United States is known as Body Builder Equine. It has become widely recognized as the most unique equine supplement offered by our company to build muscle in horses. Epstein took over two years to develop the product in order to find exactly the right mixture for maximum effect.

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By Juliet M. Getty, Ph.D. - Beet pulp is one of my favorite things to feed. It is the pulp of the sugar beet plant that remains after the sugar has been removed. This pulp has virtually no sugar. Even if molasses is added to improve the taste, the sugar content is low — less than three percent.

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