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    Giddy Yap! There’s A New Healthy Horse Treat On the Block!

    If there are two things y’all should know by now, it’s that I always want the best and the healthiest things for my animals, and West is a pig. Yep, I said it – he’s a treat whore. I go through a lot of treats. Between the “who’s a good boy?” treats, and the treats I use for stretching and training, I use a lot. Most of you know that good things don’t happen when we start adding stuff to our horse’s diet. Because of the large amount of treats I give, I’m uber picky about the brands I trust. Giddy Yap Girls is a horse biscuit company founded in…

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    Summit Antlers – For the Toughest of Chewers

    I’m currently going through what might be the worst part of owning a puppy. Teething. Ward is biting and chewing anything he can get his little shark teeth on. Antlers are a great way to help a puppy teeth or keep an adult dog busy. While reading the reviews and fine print on antlers I found on Amazon, I noticed that a lot of companies have bleached or even fake antler chews … not something you want to give your dog – especially not a puppy. Every year mature, male elk grow and shed a set of antlers. As the antlers begin to grow in the springtime they are soft,…

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    My First Two Weeks Using Huel

    A few weeks ago, I was sitting in a meeting with my company, discussing dog food and human nutrition. I made a comment along the lines of .. ” I wish it was as easy for humans to eat as it is for dogs. One scoop in the morning, one at night, done. All vitamins, nutrients, calories, and macros.” A co-worker chimed in and said ” it is. It’s called Huel.” He then proceeded to bring me a bag from his office. He brought me a big white bag with bold lettering “Huel” down the side. He eats this powdery substance five times per day, with fresh fruits and veggies…

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    Go Ultimate or Go Home – Horse Blanketing Made Easy

    It’s finally here … fall. Unfortunately our falls here in the South are brief, so if you aren’t already preparing for winter – now is the time to do so! One of the biggest winter tasks for equestrians is blanketing. Blankets are not only a hassle day to day, they’re expensive, and it seems like something is always wrong with them. Today, I’m sharing how I avoid all of those problems with Smartpak Ultimate blankets. Before we even start, first determine if your horse even needs a blanket. Think hard. Horses in the wild do not get blankets … and they survive. They survive just fine. Unless your horse is…

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    Liquid IV – MUST have.

    I don’t know where you live, but in South Carolina – summer is HOT. Hot, hot, HOT. You can count on every summer day to be at least 95 degrees with no less than 60% humidity. In weather like that, it’s important to be aware of your hydration. Liquid I.V. has been a staple in our household for years. My mother is an Ultra Marathon runner, and uses Liquid I.V. for post race recovery. Although I am no where near the athlete that she is (ya girl can hardly do a 5k..) – it is an essential for me as well. I spend most of my free time outdoors, either…

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    Sport Dog Food, perfect for my sporting dogs!

    With a new puppy coming, I started looking hard into nutrition. I’ve always fed Wells Pro Plan, but after seeing some recent controversy – I looked deeper into it myself. You can read my thoughts here. With Pro Plan out of the picture, I was on the hunt for a great new dog food for both Wells and Ward. I looked at all the things. Victor, Fromm, RAW, 4health, Orijen, Eukanuba, Open Farm, and the list goes on. I had heard about Sport Dog Food, mostly from seeing breeders and fellow bird dog owners recommending it online. It wasn’t until I had a friend tell me ” If I couldn’t…

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    Shoo Fly, shoo scratches!

    If you read any of my posts earlier in the summer, you’ll know that West was struggling HARD with scratches, more specifically photodermatitis. A friend of mine recommended Shoo Fly boots to help. Fly boots for scratches?? No way. That’s what I thought, but I bought them anyways. You can read my first impressions of the boots, as well as what size, etc I got here. Turns out she was right. Fly boots obviously can not treat scratches, but they helped the process and have been 100% effective at keeping them from coming back. West was put on an aggressive medication by my vet, and we were also using a…

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    Open Farm = INNOVATION

    Open Farm is a new-ish company that’s come across my radar recently. As the owner of a new puppy, I’m all about finding brands that are good for him. Before you get hooked – I’ll start by saying, Open Farm is extremely expensive. EXTREMELY. Because of this (and all the DCM mumbo jumbo) I do not feed Open Farm as kibble. I use it for treats and meal toppers. Their cheapest kibble formula would cost me $700 minimum a month to feed my four dogs. That isn’t taking into consideration how active they are ( so it would likely cost me more than $700 ) or even supplements or toppers.…

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    Shoo Fly Leggins’ First Impressions

    I’ve never really been a hug fly boot gal. I used them on my mare years and years ago and never could get them to stay on, so I gave up. It wasn’t until recently that I purchased another pair. Many of you know that I’ve been battling scratches and photodermatitis with my gelding West this summer. A great friend of mine ( Jennifer Rubin <3 ) told me that they were also struggling, but had seen great improvement since buying the Shoo Fly Leggins. So, in a last ditch effort, I bought a pair. I purchased from a retailer on Amazon, and they cost me about $57. I ordered…

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    Healing Scratches with Absorbine

    First and foremost .. WHAT are “scratches?” Scratches, or “pastern dermatitis, dew poisoning, greasy heel, or mud fever” is caused by a variety of skin conditions including viral, bacterial, fungal, or parasitic infections. Scratches can be caused by many, many things, but the biggest culprit is a wet environment. ” Constant moisture can become an irritant as it penetrates delicate skin, causing inflammation, redness, and ulcerations. (Christine Ward, DVM)” Scratches typically occur on the hind legs, and most frequently on horses with white or pink fur and skin. Poor West gets them every. single. year. He has four white socks, and due to some belly issues and his own personal…