• What's Up with West?

    Dr. Nonella aswers all your Equine Gastric Ulcer questions!

    I caught up with certified equine nutritionist Dr. Kelsey Nonella this week to chat. Dr. Nonella received her PhD from West Texas A&M in 2014, and has been working for Horse Guard since! Not only is she a medical professional, but she is an avid equestrian and competitor as well. She and her husband Roger actively compete in team roping all across the United States! March is Equine Gastric Ulcer Awareness month, so I had my followers send in any questions that they might have about the pesky condition. Dr. Nonella and I picked a few of our favorites, and she answered them for you! 1.Q: What are gastric ulcers?…

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    West’s journey with EPM

    EPM. Equine Protozoal Myeloencephalitis. EPM is an invasive neurological disease that affects the central nervous system and spine. If not properly treated, it can be fatal and extremely dangerous to both horse and rider. EPM has no vaccine or prevention – it is spread only by opossums. Even once treated, EPM can come back (and has a bigger chance of coming back) at any time. I should probably start with the fact that my veterinarian suspected EPM in West over two years ago. We did the blood test, which came back negative – and we moved on with our lives. Looking back, I’m convinced it was a false negative (…

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    What’s in West’s dinner bucket?

    I get asked ALL the time … “What does West eat?” “Which supplements does he get” “Do you feed this or that?” “What’s your favorite grain?” I’m so excited to publish something that answers ALL of these questions! This is an inside look at what West eats on a daily basis. He eats twice a day, breakfast and dinner. Supplements are included with breakfast only, grain and forage remains the same with both meals. To start, grain. West eats Purina Ultium Gastric Care grain. It is a high calorie feed designed to meet the daily protein needs of performance horses. I like this grain more so than others because it…

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    Full Gallop Farm : A Nightmare

    I want to start this post with a disclaimer — I am not one to publicly bash a specific place or venue, especially after only one visit. I’m a believer in second chances, just not this time. This was by far the WORST horse show experience I’ve ever had, and I felt the need to share. After such a successful show at ATF on Thursday, and with my birthday on Sunday and no plans – I entered last minute for the Horse Trials at Full Gallop Farm Thursday night. I emailed first to make sure that they were still accepting entries, it wasn’t quite the cutoff yet, but I was…

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    March 13 Stable View Show

    West and I showed at the Stable View dressage show last Wednesday. Our best show yet! Granted, we’ve only done three dressage shows so far – but still! Incredible! I was stressing because by the time I got there, I only had thirty minutes before my ride time. That meant thirty minutes to go get my number, tack up, school, and be ready by the ring. I usually like to school for about 25 minutes before I go in – and that didn’t happen. The warm up was crazy, as usual. If you’ve never been to Stable View – the warm ups are usually in the large covered arena. It’s…

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    My first time using draw reins!

    Okay, not *actually* my first time. Maybe my third ish time. My first legit time though! I’ve always been very weary of draw reins. My preferred aid of choice has always been the neck stretcher. Honestly, it’s because .. I’ve never been taught how to properly use draw reins. I’ve seen the irreversible damage they can cause when in the hands of those uneducated and/or rough. The decision to give the forbidden training aid a go actually came after West’s body work session a few weeks ago. His neck and poll are all kinds of messed up. All kinds. My bodyworker (Stellar Equine Performance Therapy) recommended lots of stretched out…

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    What’s wrong with my horse? Stellar Equine Performance Therapy finds out!

    West has been long overdue for some serious bodywork for quite some time now. The chiropractor I’ve used for years is inconveniently located over two hours from me, so she rarely finds time to come all the way to Aiken, and when she does she has to charge a fortune for gas. I’ve tried a few of the vets in town for bodywork, and just really haven’t been pleased. Don’t get me wrong, my vets are fantastic – but West is quirky, and most vets either don’t have the patience for it, or don’t have all day to gain his trust before working on him. I was thrilled to be…

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    Get to know Emily and West: Q&A

    Hi friends! For this post, I asked you to leave me some general questions on my Instagram for a Q&A post. You never disappoint! Hopefully these help you to get to know us a bit better! Q: How old are you and where are you from? A: I am 21, almost 22 – and I am from Chapin, South Carolina! A small town about 20 minutes outside of the state capitol. Q: How did you get into riding? A: I’ve been riding since I could remember. I believe my first official lesson was at age four, and by age five I was a horse owner. Q: Does anyone else in…