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Colic, Laminitis & Starch Levels in Horse Diets

Many horse owners are concerned about carbohydrate levels in their horses' diet, particularly if the horse is prone to colic or laminitis.  Often, the owner will look to simply feed a product with a lower starch or NSC percentage.  But that's often not the best, or only, solution, particularly if elevated levels of performance are expected of the horse, because the percent of starch in the feed isn't what matters to a horse's digestive system - what truly matters is the total amount of starch that enters the digestive system per meal. 

 

When a horse consumes too much NSC in one meal, the starches and sugars may not be completely broken down and absorbed in the small intestine.  Undigested starch getting to the hindgut may cause rapid fermentation by the microbes (gut bugs) that live in the cecum and large intestine, which results in gas production & lactic acid buildup.  The gas buildup can result in colic, while the lactic acid accumulation drops the pH of the gut, starting a chain of events that may compromise the blood supply to the hoof, resulting in laminitis. 


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Colic 101  

Learn how to help keep your horse's digestive system balanced and healthy

What is colic?

Colic is a general term used to describe any sort of abdominal discomfort (in layman's terms, it's a belly ache). While some cases may be so mild that you don't even notice, a severe case of colic is a medical emergency. In fact, colic is responsible for more deaths in horses than any other condition.

The Responsibility of Horse Ownership by Dr. Fred Peterson, VMD and Bill Moroney 

We all believe in providing our equine partners with the best care available, but what does it take to really make this happen? An open relationship and dialog between owner, trainer and veterinarian are crucial to ensuring that your horse receives the best care and that you as an owner and / or rider have a horse that can perform.

 

All three individuals are responsible for the primary care of the horse and should all take part in making prudent decisions to best care for the welfare of the horse. Many owners are busy professionals in the non-equestrian world, but that should not preclude an owner from knowing what their horse requires for overall care, maintenance and preparation to compete. Many trainers and veterinarians are busy as well and it has become the custom to put the responsibility on the trainer to make sure that information is passed along to the owner in a complete and unaltered fashion. However, this is not always the case.

 

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Rider Promotion - Taking A Hold of the Reins That Shape Your Career: Elisabeth McMillan

If riding, training and competing are a big part of your equestrian career, it is essential that you understand and engage in self promotion.  

 

Your ability to promote yourself can drastically affect the number and quality of horses in your barn and what you get paid to ride, train and compete with them.  It also directly affects the direction and longevity of your career.

 

2013 USHJA Trainer Certification
Program Clinics 

Attendance at a recognized USHJA Trainer Certification Program Clinic will count towards the enrollment requirements for the Trainer Certification Program.

TCP Clinic - Bernie Traurig - Sparta, MI
TCP Clinic with Bernie Traurig at Alpine RIdge Farms in Sparta, MI
Zone 5
6/1/2013

TCP Clinic - Geoff Teall - Haverhill, MA 

Geoff Teall TCP Clinic at Cornerstone Farm in Haverhill, MA.
Zone 1
6/1/2013

TCP Clinic - George Morris - Birmingham, AL 

TCP Clinic with George Morris at Blackjack Farms in Birmingham, AL.
Zone 4
9/27/2013

TCP Clinic - Candice King - Owings Mills, MD 

TCP Clinic with Candice King at McDonogh School in
Owings Mills, MD.

Zone 3
11/8/2013

TCP Clinic - George Morris - Buffalo, NY 

TCP Clinic with George Morris at Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center
in Buffalo, NY.

Zone 2
11/8/2013
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