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Posted by on Jun 1, 2016 in Uncategorized |


Natural Horse Feed

The topic of is one based on two sides. One side you have the naturalist, or homegrown type of person who wants to feed their horse naturally grown foods. On the opposite side you have commercial entities producing feeds and supplements that may not be the best for your horse.

Often times manufactured, pelletized feeds are high in sugars and preservatives that are not healthy for your horse. Much like the foods that we humans eat that are processed these horse feeds are hiring chemicals that cause health issues.  Also manufactured feeds at times contains high amounts of corn which is basically sugar.

Back on the first side naturalists who think straight grass or even naturally grown forage such as oats believe that these foods provide your horse with all their nutritional needs. This is not the case. Nowadays a lot of forage grains are grown basic fertilizers such as 10 – 10 – 10 which is nothing more than nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium.

These fertilizers are salt based, which over, time destroys the soil by removing minerals leaving the earth packed, clay like, and sticky preventing proper aeration. The effect is that forage foods no longer contain all the proper minerals necessary to provide a healthy body.

On top of the salt base fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides are also being applied to the plant-based materials. While these pesticides kill unwanted bugs and the herbicides destroy unwanted weeds, these chemicals tend to persist within the soil and often times are absorbed by the plant roots. These absorbed pesticides and herbicides tend to deposit within the cell walls of the food crop and remain within the cellular walls of the food. Horses then eat these foraged foods consume the unwanted pesticides and herbicides, causing further damage to their body.

pasture-grassThe most natural food available to horses are mixed warm weather grasses. Cold weather grasses tend to have higher amounts of sugar, as well as, under certain weather conditions toxic amounts of potassium. The goal is to provide a variety of natural grasses as well as weeds and brambles for the horse to graze on.

Often times this is not possible for most horse owners. It can become cost ineffective and too time-consuming. The solution, however, can be to provide a healthy oat along with a granular mineral substitute. The oats provide a tasty food source for your horses that the granular minerals will stick to. While not the best solution, is better than the alternative of feeding your horse pelletized feeds that are high in fat, sugar, and preservatives.

One last thought to remember is that you want to provide warm weather hay to your horses. Alfalfa is not a proper hay. Alfalfa is high in sugars and should only be given to your horses sparingly. Also hay should be free choice and provided throughout the day. Horses are designed to graze on hay around 20 hours a day. Their stomachs are small and they have a constant production of stomach acid the breakdown the hay. Not providing your horses free choice hay throughout the day can cause physical damage to their intestinal system, as well as emotional stress damage.

How to ride a horse after a knee injury?

Posted by on Apr 18, 2016 in Injury |

Once in a lifetime, every horseback rider experiences some sort of an injury, which can be a really traumatic experience. Among the most common injuries is a knee injury. Riders who suffered this type of injury feel little insecure and their confidence is shaken up, they need to balance their mental and physical side and they top concern is how to get off the horse and avoid further damage.

The first thing – you mustn’t neglect your doctor’s orders and consider joining the physical therapy. This is a crucial step towards recovery. Many of you will try to get back in the saddle even when you are not fully recovered; this is a massive mistake because you will only worsen your condition. On the other hand, if you have a fear of riding a horse again, try joining some group therapy that will help you to overcome your fears.


Work with your coach because he will help you manage your horse easier, at least for the first few months. In this way, you will avoid hurting yourself again and you will gain more confidence knowing that someone is beside you and at your service to help you.

This whole thing is a process that requires a lot of time and every ride has to go through it. After every injury, getting back into the saddle and into the spot can be challenging and sometimes hard, but remember you are not alone in this. Make sure to be strong and physically fit before you get back, this will not only boost your confidence but will also help you to be more focused and energized.

Best Knee Rehab Exercises and Bends for Injury Recovery and Strengthening

The horse has probably felt your absence, due to your injury, it may be a really good idea to spend some quality time with it and we don’t mean riding. This way you will strengthen your relationship and again rebuild your trust.


When you sit in the saddle for the first time listen to your body and your instincts, the key thing is to be kind to yourself. In this way, your expectations will be more realistic and you will have more positive and enthusiastic feeling during your ride. Every next ride will become as a light exercise and it will help you to feel comfortable and more in control. Always talk with your coach because he will help you in overcoming any type of insecurities you may have. It is important to establish with him a bond, more open communication and to talk about your feelings.


With every ride, establish some sort of a goal and at a beginning keep it small and when every ride finishes you will have a positive feedback. If you set up things like this, you will have a chance to notice progress each day. You will wish to have a goal towards you want to channel your energy and this will help you to ride good, rather than be distracted with your insecurities.

Opportunity to ride again is a wonderful gift, so appreciate it every day.