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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Triple Crown Nutrition Launches Horse Feed Comparison Tool To Help Consumers Sift Through Crowded Feed Market.

In an effort to give consumers important information regarding the nutritional makeup of their horse feed brand of choice, Triple Crown Nutrition has launched a feed comparison tool that will provide horse owners with a comprehensive breakdown of the nutritional differences between competing horse feed brands.

“Horse feed is more than just protein, fiber and fat. Most any feed mill can assemble feeds that mimic others with the same basic guarantees in the marketplace,” says Eric Haydt, Triple Crown’s Senior Vice President of Business Development. “So we created the comparison chart to help consumers easily compare feed companies side-by-side on other benefits not often understood by many horse owners. We feel parameters like how feeds are formulated, the use of corn and the use of nutrients such as prebiotics, probiotics, organic minerals and yeast cultures are important in differentiating feeds.”

Monday, June 23, 2014

10 Tips for Picture-Perfect Pony Portraits

You’ve already got a bracelet with your horse’s name, a bumper sticker telling the world how much you love your pony, and heart-shaped doodles all over your notebook with your horse’s name inside. There’s just one thing missing: a portrait of your favorite four-hoofed friend. But before you decide to hire a professional photographer, you might want to consider taking the photos yourself. Check out these tips from SmartPak’s staff photographer, Kristi, to help improve your images so you can get that picture-perfect portrait of your pony that you’ve been dreaming of.

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Sunday, June 22, 2014

Rubys Radar and Zane Davis Win 2014 Hackamore Classic Championship

In 1988, leading National Reined Cow Horse Association professional Zane Davis won a National High School Rodeo Championship at the Colorado State Fairgrounds in Pueblo. Twenty five years later, he returned to the same venue to win the National Reined Cow Horse Association Hackamore Classic Open Championship aboard Rubys Radar (One Time Pepto x Ruby Bagonia x Peppy San Badger), owned by Billie Filippini.

Davis and Rubys Radar held the high preliminary score coming into the fence work-only finals. They were last to work, a draw position that suits the 2009 Snaffle Bit Futurity Open Champion horseman just fine.

"I've had real good luck being last. When I won the Futurity I was last. I like last," Davis said.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

The Thing About Supplements

What’s a feed? An equine feed is most often sold in large bags with recommended feeding rates of five pounds per day or more, sometimes much more. The most common source of energy in feeds is a blend of grain and grain by products. The protein source in most feeds is also usually grain based, but, in low quality feeds may be from other sources
Many feeds are formulated to meet their printed label guarantees at the lowest cost by reformulating every week with different components. This is called “least cost formulating”. While the protein, fat and fiber levels may be the same from bag to bag, the actual product inside may not be. In general, the easiest way to spot a “least cost formulated” feed is to look for a tag on the bag that lists the nutritional information rather than having that information printed directly on the bag. If the manufacturer is constantly changing the formulation as ingredient pricing varies, it is easier to change the ingredient list on a tag than on a pre-printed bag.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Training Tip: Addressing Sticky Feet And Rearing On The Trail

Written by Clinton Anderson

The key to understanding how to fix a horse that is lazy and rears on the trail is to first understand that the problem is just a symptom of a cause. The horse is rearing (or threatening to) because he has sticky feet. When he doesn't want to do something, his way of getting out of it is to rear up. Often times, these horses figured out that if they can scare their riders, they get out of work.

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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Home Prices Will Continue to Rise


Courtesy of Realtor.com
Most homeowners across the nation have been enjoying an upswing in their home values, and home-sale prices are expected to continue rising for at least the next several months, according to CoreLogic’s latest Home Price Index Report.


The report, which analyzed data through February, showed home prices—including distressed sales —were an average of 12.2% higher compared to the same time last year.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Manes and Tails - Keeping Them Clean Goes A Long Way!

Written by America’s Horse Daily 
It is so frustrating when you walk out to the barn and find your horse with a chunk of his mane or tail gone Though there is no miracle cure for the problem, there are ways to prevent your horse from rubbing out his mane and tail in the future.

The biggest thing in keeping a horse from rubbing out his hair is to keep it clean. Fungus and insects are the main reason horses rub their manes, so keeping them free of these bugs will make them less likely to rub and tear out the hair.

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