Weekend Wellness, Presented by Kentucky Performance Products: Keeping Your Horse Healthy While Traveling

Traveling can be hard on horses. The change in routine and limited turn out can cause digestive upset and general stress. Here are eight tips to keep your horse healthy on the road: (more…)

Thoroughbred Logic, Presented by Kentucky Performance Products: How To Stop Gripping the Go Button

“Balance means the ability to flow with what the horse tosses at you and the capacity to retain that quiet control through transitions or comical behavior. Ultimately, a balanced rider can be a soft rider.”


Thoroughbred Logic, Presented by Kentucky Performance Products: The Shopping Cart Feel

“The cart idea not only keeps people from pulling, riding backwards or balancing off the bit, but also it actually helps improve equitation and sets up riders to be subtle.”


Buttercup Toxicity in Horses, Presented by Kentucky Performance Products

Many of us love when the pastures start to fill in. It can mean less hay consumption and shiny horses. But it also can spell trouble if the wrong kind of plants grow in your pasture. Beautiful though those yellow flowers may be, they can cause problems for our equine pals. (more…)

Thoroughbred Logic, Presented by Kentucky Performance Products: Crafting a “Thoroughbred-Forward” Team

“[W]hen the owner, trainer, and barn staff are Thoroughbred-forward, that’s fantastic. But it is even better if the team that surrounds the horse … [is] willing to pitch in to the process.” (more…)

Spring Turnout Tips for Sugar-Sensitive Horses, by Kentucky Performance Products

Spring is here! Although the warmer temperatures may be welcome milestones for equestrians, spring grass can pose problems for sugar sensitive horses. Here are some tips for keeping those horses healthy while the grass is at its greenest. (more…)

Thoroughbred Logic, Presented by Kentucky Performance Products: Weighted, Waiting Aids

“So go ride, folks. And if your horse scoots out from under your aids, relax, weight your aids, take a deep breath and wait. Count backwards slowly from 100 and see how your horse softens into the soft pressure. Reward, rest, and try again.” (more…)

Weekend Wellness, by Kentucky Performance Products: Is Sweet Itch Driving Your Horse Crazy?

Summer seasonal recurrent dermatitis (SSRD) or sweet itch, is caused by an allergic reaction to the saliva of the Culicoides midge (“no-see-ums”). These bothersome fellows are active from April through October. Here are some tips to help you offer your horse some relief. (more…)

Thoroughbred Logic, Presented by Kentucky Performance Products: Make It Predictable

“Each day, we change it up a bit … While I fully believe that keeping it interesting and challenging their brain is a huge plus, these smart but sometimes-anxious horses also need to know how to get the answer right.” (more…)

Weekend Wellness From Kentucky Performance Products: Feeding the Overweight Horse in Spring

Earlier this year we discussed healthy spring feeding tips for the underweight horse. Now it’s time to address how to feed the overweight horse when the grass starts to come in and there seems to be food to be had everywhere. (more…)

Thoroughbred Logic, Presented by Kentucky Performance Products: Pain or Behavior?

“I imagine that, like people, there are no horses who feel no discomfort when asked to work. They will have sore joints, eventually tired muscles, sometimes a tweak of pain here or there. Sure. And for some, there will be acute pain.” (more…)

Managing Your Horse’s Bugs, by Kentucky Performance Products

Bugs? What bugs?

Horses are hindgut fermenters. In other words, the hindgut portion of your horse’s digestive tract contains millions of beneficial bacteria and yeast, often referred to as microbes or “bugs.” These bugs have the ability to break down otherwise indigestible fiber into digestible compounds through a process called symbiotic microbial fermentation. Both the horse and the bugs benefit from this process. By joining forces, the bugs and the horse have evolved to utilize the complex carbohydrates found in grass and hay as a source of energy.

Good and bad bugs

Your horse’s cecum and colon, which make up the hindgut, contain both good and bad bugs. Your goal is to maximize the number of good bugs, while limiting the bad ones. Having a large number of good bugs ensures a healthy gut, which can effectively digest fiber, absorb nutrients, and regulate fluids. The good bugs keep the bad bacteria in check so they can’t overwhelm and damage the delicate hindgut. A proliferation of bad bugs can lead to many problems, including colic, diarrhea, and laminitis.

It’s a balancing act

The bug population living in your horse’s gut is complex and easily disrupted. These bugs have evolved to convert a continual supply of moist grass into energy. Wild horses graze up to 17 hours a day, ingesting a variety of plants that slowly change in composition with the seasons.

The demands made on today’s horses often make it hard for us to mimic this natural state in our management programs. Confinement, high-energy demands, abrupt feed changes, shipping, illnesses, and other stressful situations can throw the delicately balanced system out of whack and make your horse sick.

Keeping the good bugs happy and healthy is one of the major challenges facing today’s horse owners.

Eight Easy Steps to Happy Bugs:

  • Provide an unlimited source of clean water at all times.
  • Feed a consistent diet and make all changes in concentrates, hay and supplements slowly — over a week to 10 days — to allow the bug population enough time to adapt to new compounds.
  • Feed high-quality fiber and offer it ad lib whenever possible.
  • Feed concentrates as small, frequent meals. Do not feed more than 4 pounds of concentrate per meal.
  • Maintain a consistent feeding schedule. Bugs become accustomed to “eating” at certain times of the day, so not feeding your horse on time can cause the beneficial bugs to die off. If too many bugs die off at once, the hindgut will become unbalanced.
  • Keep all feeds and supplements in a horse-proof container or feed room to avoid accidental overeating.
  • Never feed tainted or moldy concentrates, hay or supplements.
  • Supplement your horse with high-quality probiotics during times of stress or after antibiotic use. Probiotics can help repopulate the hindgut with “good” bugs.

About Kentucky Performance Products, LLC:

Choose Neigh-Lox® Advanced when digestive health is a top priority for your equine athlete.

Neigh-Lox Advanced provides a scientifically advanced blend of ingredients that work synergistically to maintain your horse’s digestive tract in peak condition by supporting both the gastrointestinal tissues and the beneficial bacteria that populate the gut. Maintaining a healthy digestive tract reduces the risk of colonic and gastric ulcers, colic, laminitis related to hindgut acidosis, and oxidative stress that damages digestive tract tissues themselves. Horses with a well-balanced GI tract have good appetites, absorb more nutrients from their diets, maintain a strong immune system, and stay healthier.

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