Body Condition of Horses

circus-160hBody condition refers to the amount of fat on a horse’s body. Fat is tissue that serves to store energy and is produced when the horse is digesting more energy than is needed for maintenance and production processes. Over time, horses consuming rations with more energy than is needed will increase body fat. Horses receiving less energy per day than is needed will use significantly increased amounts of fat for an energy source, which decreases the amount of body fat.

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Measurement Procedure for Horses and Ponies

circus-160hApproved Measurement Procedure for Horses and Ponies Colleen Brady, Extension Specialist, Department of 4-H Youth, Carla Kerr, Department of Animal Sciences, and Mark Russell, Extension Horse Specialist, Department of Animal Sciences Use of the following step-by-step procedure will ensure consistent, accurate measurement of horses and ponies. Indiana 4-H rules require that all equines entered in classes for animals 56” and under must be measured by a certified measurer. The measurer must then sign the appropriate line on the horse and pony enrollment form. Equines over 56” do not need to be measured.

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Understanding Horse Behavior

The 4-H Horse Project offers 4-H’ers opportunities for growing and developing interest in horses. This manual should help expand your knowledge about horse behavior, which will help you better under stand why a horse does what it does. The manual contains information about the basics of horse behavior, horse senses, domestication, mating behavior, ingestive (eating) behavior, foaling-time behavior and how horses learn.

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Vaccination Guide For Horse Owners

A HEALTHY HORSE IS A PROPERLY VACCINATED HORSE.

A properly designed vaccination regimen may be one of the most important things you can do to help your horse live a long and healthy life. Your veterinarian is the most knowledgeable professional to help you design the appropriate regimen for each individual horse. Horse owners and their veterinarians have a wide array of effective vaccines from which to choose. This brochure will help you understand which vaccines are most important for your horse, what role your veterinarian plays in a successful vaccination program, and why proper vaccine handling and administration truly matter.

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