Best Horse Feed Choices

Lizzie getting nuzzled

Guest Post by Lizzie Meyer The best diet for a VITAL HORSE is something I have been working on with my own horses and horses in my care since about 2004. I have tried all kinds of different feeds, supplements, individual ingredients and approaches. I do not go by the NRC guidelines, but common sense and what works for each individual horse. This has been a passion of mine so hold on tight! You can get as minimal or as fancy as your heart desires! Horse Feed Model? The Wild Horse, Of Course! Think of what horses are designed to eat: forage, forage, forage! Mimicking the wild horses’ grazing habits, feeding small amounts of forage often is the best practice. As a grazing herbivore, the horse is accustomed to nibbling forage constantly. Their stomach secretes acid continuously. As they chew, they secrete about 10 gallons of bicarbonate-rich, acid-buffering saliva everyday. This is … [Read more...]

How Safe is Your Pet From “Just a Rabies Vaccine?” III

rabies law annoys dogs

Part Three: Change That Law! It’s way past time to update the rabies laws we live with. In their present form, animals, specifically dogs, cats, and ferrets, are legally required to receive way more rabies vaccines in their lives than what is necessary to establish immunity. Horses are often grossly over vaccinated for this disease as well, though it’s not a legal requirement for them. The risk to health that comes from following these rabies laws is clear. (If you haven’t seen the outpouring of troublesome stories that Part One of this series elicited, take a moment to read the post and its record breaking number of comments. We’ll wait for you. Seriously, we think it’s that important, we’ll trim some nails or something till you have read it.…  You back? Cool, read on.) The Need for a Rabies Law Rabies is a zoonotic disease, meaning humans get it from animals. If a person … [Read more...]