Posts Tagged ‘nutrition’
Posted in Feeding and Nutrition, Horsekeeping Almanac, Horsekeeping on a Small Acreage, Water, tagged dehydration, equine, health care, horse eating snow, horse water, horsekeeping, interdental space, management, nutrition, winter water on March 3, 2012| Leave a Comment »
You might be on one side or the other of the horse slaughter issue in the US – or perhaps at this time you are uniformed and/or undecided. Here are some facts and an abbreviated timeline. Feel free to leave your suggestions for solutions here or on Facebook.
The slaughter of horses has never been illegal in the US at the Federal level. However, it has been illegal in California since 1998.
In 2005 legislation removed funding for the inspection of horses slaughtered for meat which essentially put the the horse slaughter plants out of business.
H. R. 2744—45
SEC. 794. Effective 120 days after the date of enactment of this Act, none of the funds made available in this Act may be used to pay the salaries or expenses of personnel to inspect horses under section 3 of the Federal Meat inspection Act (21 U.S.C. 603) or under the guidelines issued under section 903 the Federal Agriculture Improvement and Reform Act of 1996 (7 U.S.C. 1901 note; Public Law 104–127).
In 2007, the last operating horse slaughter house (in Illinois) closed.
Since then statistics show that just as many or more horses were slaughtered each year, the difference being that they were hauled to Canadian or Mexican slaughter houses.
In November 2011 legislation was passed that allows the USDA to once again fund inspectors of plants that slaughter horses, so there is the possibility that horse slaughter plants in the US could reopen.
With many unwanted horses in the US (a high percentage of those starving) and rescue and adoption programs filled to capacity (a few of those being the worst offenders regarding lack of care), what is the answer?
For more information:
Read The Unwanted Horse on the AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association) website. You’ll find some very interesting and detailed Q&As there.
The American Association of Equine Practitioners also has some informative articles on their site, namely
We horseowners can agree on one thing:
None of us want horses to suffer, whether from neglect or malnourishment by irresponsible horse owners or by inhumane treatment when traveling or being euthanized.
What are some positive solutions to this controversial and complex problem?
Posted in 101 Horsekeeping Tips, Alfalfa Hay, DVDs, Feeding and Nutrition, Grass Hay, tagged equine, hay, hay for horses, health care, horse care, horsekeeping, management, moldy hay, nutrition on December 21, 2011| Leave a Comment »
Friends and family around the country tell me how scarce and pricey hay is this winter. It seems like every year one section of the country has a drought or flood or something that affects or even wipes out the hay crop.
Even though good hay might be tough to find in your area, don’t be tempted to feed moldy hay to your horses.
Horses should have access to salt at all times. I provide each of my horses with two salt blocks. One is a plain white salt block that is simply table salt; sodium chloride. The other is a calcium/phosphorus trace mineral salt block. It is sometimes called a 12:12 block because it contains 12% calcium and 12% phosphorus or an equal ratio of calcium to phosphorus, which is good for most adult horses.
Posted in Alfalfa Hay, Exercise, Feeding and Nutrition, Weight, tagged equine, exercises, fitness, health care, horse care, horse weight, horsekeeping, management, nutrition, obese horse, weight tape on June 1, 2011| Leave a Comment »
I have a, well, almost 3 year old Quarter Horse mare. Last time I weighed her she was about 800 pounds or so. She is a small girl, about 13 hands. The lady who feeds her I think is feeding her too much (a flake of alfalfa in the morning along with some oat, and some grass and oat at night) Though I think that oat doesn’t matter- for it’s just a filler, Ive been told.
A size 32 cinch is WAY to small on my horse and barely can go around her stomach.
Though she is stalky and so is her family, is she too obese for her size? I am worried about that. Jen
I wrote requesting you send me a photo of the mare as that would be helpful in formulating an answer. Without that visual, I’m going to refer you to several articles on my website that will help you get started in evaluating your horse’s weight.
Posted in Bad Habits, Barn, Behavior, Body Slamming, Dental Care, Exercise, Feeding and Nutrition, Management, Stall, Stall Kicking, Veterinary Care, Vices, Wood Chewing, tagged body slamming, equine, health care, horse, horsekeeping, management, nutrition, stall banging, stall kicking, veterinary, wood chewing on May 4, 2011| Leave a Comment »