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Has Your Horse Put On The Covid-19?

Ration Balancers for Horses: Feeding Horses for a Healthy Weight 

Hay, pasture and unfortified grains may be able to maintain a horse in adequate body condition but will be deficient in nutrients needed to support optimal muscle, hoof growth, skin, hair and overall health.  Help your horses achieve the nutritional balance they once derived naturally with a ration balancer.

A concentrated, pelleted ration balancing horse feed such as Purina® Enrich Plus® ($2 off in June) can help offer ration consistency and provide the proper balance of protein, vitamins and minerals without unnecessary calories. It is designed to be fed along with hay or pasture and gives them all the nutrients they need.  Think of it like taking your daily multi-vitamin (that also includes amino acids). keep reading


It All Starts With The Gut, Right?

It’s estimated that approximately 14% of all veterinary visits are related to some sort of gastrointestinal distress. A healthy gut and a happy digestive system can absorb more nutrients into your pet’s body, meaning more energy and more of the macronutrients and micronutrients they need to live their best and happiest life! 

If your dog is showing signs of gastrointestinal distress there are some things you can do in addition getting your veterinarian involved.  Primal’s Winter Squash Puree Edible Elixir (part of our June Promo) is a whole food supplement that adds prebiotics and probiotics to your pet’s diet. You can combine it with Primal’s Raw Goat milk, a recipe they call Gut Goop, for added benefits.  read more

Garment Bags from World Class Equine

Garment bags from World Class Equine. Designed to hold multiple garments with a zipper halfway around – $39.99 each. All embroidery will be done in block lettering, all caps – $12.99 per location. A 10% discount is available for orders of 10+ bags. For orders of more than 3 bags please submit multiple orders.

When your order is received you will be emailed an invoice via Square and once it’s paid your bag(s) will be ordered. Turnaround time is approximately 2 weeks.

Marron bags with beige embroidery
Black bags with beige embroidery
Bag color options

Season Long Fly Control

Start Now To Keep Flies Away All Season

The best way to control flies is to prevent the as much as possible.  Feed-through options are a convenient way to do this.  By disrupting the life cycle of the fly they provide effective control.  For best results you’ll want to start feeding them about 30 days before fly season and continue until 30 days after the first frost in the fall.  The active ingredient in ClariFly Larvicide passes through the digestive system of the animal and goes to work in the manure.  The active ingredient prevents house flies, stable flies, face flies and horn flies from developing into adults.  There are several options available for both horses and cattle that include Clarifly Larvicide.

more info about Clarifly

Purina E3 – Equine Educational Event Oct 1, 2019

Join us for a fun, interactive and educational horse event.

Date: October 1, 2019

Time: 6 pm – Dinner (complimentary) & Program

Location: Mid South Equine Sports Medicine & Surgery
35 McDaniel Rd, Tioga, TX, 76271
(map it)

Topics:

  • Gastric Health, Muscle Function and Bloom in the Performance Horse
  • Professional Panel Q&A
    • KC Jones
    • Jason Martin
    • Charlie Cole
    • Dell Hendricks
    • Roger Daly
    • Angela Fox

Tons of door prizes & raffles – including Purina Supplements & Feed, HayChix Hay Net & more!

The first 20 people will get a FREE bag of Purina Outlast (1 per family/farm)

Feed discounts for all attendees!

RSVP Now:


Back To School Savings – September

Relieving Gastric Discomfort in Horses

Just as back to school season can be stressful for parents and kids alike, changing seasons and many environmental factors can be very stressful to horses.  And, when horses are stressed they’re significantly more likely to develop gastric discomfort which can lead to ulcers. Some of these stressors include hard work, trailering, stall rest, inadequate forage quality and quantity, and more.  The horse’s stomach is designed to be acidic and it can withstand those pH levels. But during times of stress the pH can drop and lead to gastric discomfort. You may notice a reduced appetite or picky eating, weight loss, chronic diarrhea, behavior changes or poor performance.  Luckily for your horse’s belly (and you) Purina Animal Nutrition has developed Outlast – which is designed, and research proven, to reduce the acidity of the horse’s stomach. When fed a serving of Outlast it will buffer the contents of the stomach quickly and it will last for several hours. This buffering action helps treat gastric discomfort and can help prevent ulcers from forming.  Outlast can be fed as a top dress to any feeding program and can also be fed alone just before stressful situations (think: showing, trailering, hard work). There are also several feeds from Purina that have Outlast included in their formula.

Relieving Gastric Discomfort in Horses

Stop Weeds Before They Start

Using pre-emergent weed control products is an effective way to stop weeds before they start.  When applied at the right time these products will keep the weed seeds from germinating. There are a couple of things to keep in mind.  One, different weeds have different growing seasons. There are some weeds that thrive in the cooler winter temperatures and then die before the heat loving weeds come up for summer.  Two, weeds can be classified as either grassy or broad-leaf. Different products are made for each type. September is the ideal time to apply pre-emergent control to keep the cool season weeds at bay.  Dimension (Hi-Yield Weed & Grass Stopper with Dimension) is the product most widely used and will control grassy weeds. Fertilome Weed Preventer with Gallery will help control the broad-leaf weeds. Both products can be applied easily with a broadcast spreader and watered in.  You’ll want to re-apply in late spring to help control the warm season weeds.


Summer Survival Strategy – August

Hot spots are moist, painful, red, irritated, and—you guessed it—hot lesions that can develop on a dog’s skin, usually on the chest, hip, or head. They can grow rather quickly, especially if your dog ends up chewing, scratching, or licking them, causing further irritation.

 

A hot spot could be caused by anything that ends up irritating your pet’s skin, forcing them to lick or scratch themselves. Some of the common causes include insects and mites, fleas, underlying skin infections, allergies, and poor grooming. If your dog is bored or stressed and constantly chewing or licking their skin, a hot spot could develop in that case as well. Hot spots are also more common during humid, warm weather, so you might notice your dog dealing with this irritation during the summer, which is also when insects and fleas are prevalent.  Vetericyn Hot Spot Spray is non-irritating and cleans, soothes and relieves itchy, irritated skin. It’s fast acting and provides quick relief for your pet to help speed the healing process.

As stewards of the land we have the ability to implement management practices to help increase the water holding capacity of the soil.  This leads to healthier soil (and therefore plants) and reduces the amount of added water needed for plants to thrive. This is important on an ongoing basis, but especially in times of drought.  Adding compost to your soil incorporates nutrient rich, broken down organic material into the soil to improve drainage while maintaining the water holding capacity of the soil. There are a variety of types of compost available on the market if you don’t want to make your own (more info: https://wateruniversity.tamu.edu/soil/composting/). One of the best commercially available is MicroLife Humates Plus, it’s like concentrated compost in a bag.  It quickly opens the soil and the nutrients (over 70 vitamins and minerals) drop into the root zone so bigger root systems can be built.  Water infiltration and oxygen flow to the plants is also increased.
In August-September hummingbirds will be moving back South for the winter.  They tend to feed in the morning and afternoon, travelling during the day. During migration a hummingbird’s heart beats up to 1,260 times a minute and flaps its wings up to 80 times a second, wow!  They tend to fly low so they can easily see nectar sources and stop when needed, to refuel. Nectar found in nature is typically in the range of 12-25% sugar. Keep this in mind when mixing nectar for your feeders, or pick up some Moore Wild Birds Nectar which is formulated with 3 plant sugars and designed to mimic nectar found in nature. There’s no need to dye your nectar red, but have you ever wondered why people do?  Or, why many hummingbird feeders are red?  It’s not necessarily that hummingbirds are more attracted to red, but they have evolved over time to know that red flowers typically have more nectar in them because bees, wasps and butterflies are better at locating pale-colored flowers than red flowers.

If your feeders are prone to bees and ants you can try a non-gravity fed feeder like the MWB So Real feeder (pictured here). The nectar is not forced to the hole by gravity so bees and ants can’t get to it – but a hummingbird can easily reach the nectar even if it’s not totally full.

In ideal conditions chickens will lay an egg once every 24-26 hours after they’ve reached egg-laying age (approximately 18-20 weeks).  Sometimes, though, chickens might take a little break from laying. One of the more common reasons they may take a break is environmental stress, including the heat of our Texas summers.  If you’re flock’s egg production has noticeably slowed this might be part of the reason. After confirming that the eggs aren’t hidden or disappearing you can try a few things to make their coop a little more comfortable during the heat of summer.  Most importantly it is essential to provide plenty of cool, fresh water and make sure your coop is well ventilated. Chickens can drink twice as much water as normal during hot conditions. Make sure you have enough waterers so each chicken has access and put them in the shade to help keep them cooler.  You can also put ice cubes in the waterers and offer cold frozen fruits & vegetables (limit to 10% of their diet).

 

In addition, it’s important to make sure your chickens are meeting their nutritional requirements.  Sometimes this can be difficult if they’re free ranging a lot, or not eating a full portion of a complete diet.  Purina Animal Nutrition’s new Farm To Flock Hen Treats are a great option to supplement their diet. In contrast to treating your chickens with scratch or mealworms, Purina’s treats are fully fortified with essential vitamins and amino acids to provide a healthy, balanced treat.  They are available in two protein levels – Wholesome Hen Treats for daily maintenance and High Protein Hen Treats for birds that need a little nutritional boost.

August Specials

July is Hydration Awareness Month

Keeping your pets hydrated is just as important as keeping your self hydrated. Like us, dog & cat bodies are made of mostly water and staying hydrated is crucial to their health. In general dogs should consume 1 oz of water for every pound of body weight. For cats, the general guideline is just under that – 3.5-4.5 oz per 5 lbs of body weight. However, the environment and weather (hello, Texas summer) can play a role in how much water they need to consume. Obviously providing fresh, clean water to your pets is the first step in keeping them hydrated, but there are some other things you can do to increase their water intake:

*Adding liquid toppers to their food like bone broth and/or goat milk

*Including raw food in their diet (most frozen varieties have quite a bit of moisture)

*Adding some canned food to their diet

Keeping horses hydrated in our crazy Texas summer heat can sometimes be difficult. An idle, 1,100-pound horse requires about 6.5 gallons of water a day, during normal conditions.  Increased heat and/or exercise will increase their requirement.  Signs of dehydration in horses include an elevated heart rate, change in gum color and feel, and decreased skin elasticity (when you pinch the skin on their neck it should snap back to normal in less than 2 seconds).  To avoid dehydration, first and foremost, we need to be offering free-choice access to fresh, clean water (unless there is a specific medical issue dictating otherwise).  Horses should also always have access to plain white salt.  Make sure your buckets and troughs are clean and full, scrubbing and refilling them as needed.  During extreme heat and intense exercise adding electrolytes to their water can help encourage them to drink and will help replenish electrolytes lost in sweat.  When adding electrolytes, it is especially important to also offer clean water at the same time so they can maintain their sodium balance .  Soaked products, like Hydration Hay, can also be helpful to encourage water intake, especially when traveling or offering water that may taste different than your horse is used to.  Side note: Hydration Hay can also be used with over livestock.

When we talk about hydration for our lawns and gardens the focus is typically shifted toward ways to conserve water.  This becomes especially important in years of drought, which we experience!  You can begin your water conservation efforts in the design of your landscape.  Planting native and adapted plants is a good place to start, as well as using a landscape designer or tool to help create a space that maximizes the use of water.  Texas AgriLife Extension has a cool tool available on their Water University website.  When it comes to maintaining your landscape efficient irrigation is important.  It is also important to make sure you water at the right time of day (after 6 pm and before 10 am) and only when needed, not just because it’s your day to water.  Drip irrigation systems and soaker hoses are more efficient than spray irrigation.  Mulch can also be a great way to increase the water efficiency of your landscape by helping prevent evaporation.  For more tips and information visit the Water University website.

 

Providing water sources for wild birds may not always be top of mind, but in addition to it being essential for their health water sources are good way to attract them to your yard.  Natural water sources, especially in the summer, can be hard for birds to find.  Providing water can also attract some birds that don’t eat seeds, so you probably wouldn’t see them otherwise.  The best water sources for birds are shallow with a sloped edge and possibly some sand in the bottom to provide footing.  Place the water feature in the shade (to slow evaporation) and near some trees or cover to provide protection for the birds.  Adding some motion to the water with a water wiggler will not only help attract the birds but help keep it from turning into a mosquito breeding ground.

July Specials

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