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2024 - The Winter of the Hay Belly

2024 - The Winter of the Hay Belly

Posted in Equestrian News, Home Page articles, horse-health, Reviews

My horse looks fat! But when I check his Body Condition Score, he is under 6: I can easily feel his ribs and there are little to no fat deposits along his neck, withers, shoulders, back or tail head. 

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OptiMizing our Hay Supply this Winter

OptiMizing our Hay Supply this Winter

Posted in Equestrian News, Home Page articles, horse-health, Reviews

An old dairy farmer told me that 2023 was his worst year for harvesting hay since 1992. I believe it. With a dry May, followed by record amounts of rain in June and July 2023, the harvesting of high quality, first cut hay was seriously challenged. We simply could not  ”make hay while the sun shines”  because we did not have the consecutive days of sunshine required to cut, dry and bale hay this summer.

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King Animal Hospital Acquires Ontario Equine Hospital

King Animal Hospital Acquires Ontario Equine Hospital

Posted in Home Page articles, horse-health

King City, Ontario - The King Animal Hospital has announced the strategic acquisition of the Ontario Equine Hospital as part of their mission to ensure every animal has access to compassionate and committed care.

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Royal Horse Show Enters Second Century of Excellence

Royal Horse Show Enters Second Century of Excellence

Posted in Equestrian News, Home Page articles, horse-health

Toronto, Ontario – Having celebrated its centennial in 2022, the Royal Horse Show will continue its tradition of equestrian excellence as it prepares for this year’s Royal Agricultural Winter Fair to be held from November 3 to 12, 2023, at Exhibition Place in downtown Toronto, ON.

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Industry Notice: Air Quality Alert

Industry Notice: Air Quality Alert

Posted in Equestrian News, Home Page articles, horse-health, horse-racing

BROMONT, QC - June 8, 2023 - Officials at the Bromont Olympic Equestrian Park and the MARS Bromont CCI are closely monitoring the air quality index to ensure all horses and riders are not at risk due to smoke from wildfires in the province.

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Waste Not, Want Not: It isTime to OptiMize Feeding Hay

Waste Not, Want Not: It isTime to OptiMize Feeding Hay

Posted in Equestrian News, Home Page articles, horse-health, Reviews

In my mind, a bale of hay for a horse is like a buffet for a human - there is a lot to choose from and a tendency to overeat. When I am at a buffet, I look at the dessert table first and then plan the rest of my meal around that. I really need to be disciplined and mindful to eat my vegetables and not eat too much dessert.

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Beyond the Wither Tracing Part 3

Beyond the Wither Tracing Part 3

Posted in Equestrian News, Home Page articles, horse-health

I believe it a good rule of thumb to examine the fit of your saddle (at minimum) with the change of seasons. As their coats shed, horses often go through a number of shifts, including shape.

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Beyond the Wither Tracing Part 2

Beyond the Wither Tracing Part 2

Posted in Equestrian News, Home Page articles, horse-health

How often should you and your horse get your saddle fit? At minimum, you want to have your saddles checked at least annually as basic maintenance however, twice a year is my general recommendation.

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Beyond the Wither Tracing Part 1

Beyond the Wither Tracing Part 1

Posted in Equestrian News, Home Page articles, horse-health

Attempting to find a used saddle based off a wither tracing alone has been common practice in our industry for quite some time.

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Six-Month Countdown To The 100th Anniversary Of The Royal Begins

Six-Month Countdown To The 100th Anniversary Of The Royal Begins

Posted in Equestrian News, Home Page articles, horse-health

The excitement is building as national championships are set to return to the Royal Horse Show to celebrate its centennial year! Ottawa, ON, May 6, 2022 – Just as show season is ramping up, Equestrian Canada (EC) is setting its sights on how it will culminate. Now six months away, EC’s national championships will be a part of the 100th anniversary celebrations during the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair, returning to Toronto’s Exhibition Place November 4-13, 2022.

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