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Howdy Nerd Herd!

So excited to announce that we are a supplier for Silver Lining Herbs- Health Products for Horses! I love their herbal blends and have used them with much success with my clients. We carry the full line but here is a preview:

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#37 KIDNEY SUPPORT- Kidneys are an area where today’s horses are put under extreme stress with a chemical environment. The kidneys primary function is to cleanse the blood and produce urine, which excrete wastes; due to the critical and body-encompassing nature of this job, improvement in kidney function will help restore and relieve a wide range of systems and symptoms. Contains a proprietary blend of Marshmallow, Uva Ursi, Barberry, Garlic, Kelp, Parsley, Dandelion, Chamomile, Hydrangea and Juniper.  BEST SELLER!!!

427-2001#20 KEEP COOL- Riding an excitable horse in a competition or trail ride just isn’t as fun or productive as riding one who has his wits about him. #20 Keep Cool contains herbs known as “nervines,” which maintain a normal nerve impulse in the animal. Helpful in maintaining a calm, cool horse that still knows where his feet are…a state enjoyed by the horse as much as the rider. May be beneficial in supporting the overall nervous system in horses. Also may be beneficial for nervousness, stress, worry, spookiness and poor haulers. Contains catnip, chamomile, hawthorne, hops, rosehips, skullcap, valerian, Oregon grape, black cohosh, lobelia, mistletoe, burdock and echinacea.

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#30 DIGESTIVE- Gives the digestive system what it needs to function at its highest level. A healthy digestive system is of utmost importance to the overall health of any horse, particularly those prone to colic. An optimally healthy digestive system avoids problems, and offers more effective and efficient nutrition to the cells. #30 Digestive may be beneficial for digestive discomfort and indigestion, abnormal gut sounds, abnormal manure (either too hard or soft), digestive stones, sub-optimal peristalsis, back soreness, horses who won’t put or keep weight on, general digestive issues. Contains psyllium, slippery elm, chamomile, cascara, dandelion

If you would like to receive a catalog just let me know and I will pop one in the mail to you.  Or check out our Horse Care Shop at http://www.happyhorsehealthyplanet.com/for-your-horse.html

Peace and Good Feed,

ENN

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The Equine Digestive System

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I know, I know, there are many places that already have really great descriptions and information on the equine Digestive system. But the ABCs of Equine Nutrition will be a book when we are done and a book on equine nutrition would not be complete without a review of the Digestive system and how it works. Plus it begins with the letter “D”. So if you are well versed in equine Digestion and how it works then you can wait for our next topic for the letter “D” and that’s Dengie. If not, let’s go!

To keep it simple (and I’m all about that) Digestion is basically the process of making food absorbable by the body to use as energy. It does this by dissolving it and breaking it down into simpler chemical compounds. In the horse this is done through the action of enzymes in the foregut (stomach and small intestine) and fermentation in the hind gut (cecum and large intestine).

When Digestion works properly the nutrients from the broken down feed can be absorbed and provide the fats, carbohydrates, amino acids (protein), vitamin and minerals for the horse to use to live, grow, work, etc. These nutrients can be used right away or stored for future demands.

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How Much Does The Grain in Your Scoop Weigh?

You should feed according to the Body Weight of your horse.  Usually 1.5-2% of BW.  If you have a horse that requires grain for extra energy you need to know how much you are really feeding.  Here’s a video to help

Peace and Good Feed,

~THE NERD