Horse racing today represents an eclectic mixture of old-world knowledge with cutting edge science. As a live horse race can be one of the most exciting sports to enjoy, it should be of no great surprise that such stalwart breeds as Arabian horses are highly valued. While proper nutrition, comfortable living conditions and a good jockey-horse relationship are essential to ensure a happy and healthy animal, many of us may not appreciate the amount of time that goes into breeding such magnificent creatures. So, let us briefly have a look at some of the best tips should one have an interest in breeding quality Arabian race horses.
Maintain a Low-Stress Environment
One of the major considerations when attempting to breed such spirited horses as Arabians, is to keep their living environment as stress-free as possible. Many individuals will witness these competitive animals on the racetrack and imagine that they love these high-intensity conditions. In fact, those who wager on sports online on such sites as Kentuckyderbybetting.commay assume that Arabians are always on-the-go. While this may be true during competition, breeding these horses requires a spacious location that is free from noise and distractions. They should be allowed to roam around as they please and be given room to exercise. This is definitely important during the mating process.
A healthy horse is a happy horse. While the proper diet is important when training and preparing for the next big race, it is equally essential when breeding. Natural and organic grasses are the best feeds to meet the high nutritional requirements of Arabian horses. A low carbohydrate, high protein diet is best for developing horses and those which are expectant to bear a foal. Timothy hay and Colorado orchard grass are the preferred feeds that will make the best use of this dietary plan while the horses themselves will enjoy the taste. Of course, the amount given will depend on the specific size of the horse. Expectant mothers will require more nutrition to give birth to a healthy horse and most breeders will split these meals into four or five separate feedings. This is done to promote a smooth digestive process and can greatly reduce the incidences of illness that can harm Arabian horses.
Another factor that needs to be addressed is the actual living conditions of the horses during breeding. While this was touched upon during the discussion on stress-free conditions, the importance here warrants further detail. To produce such quality animals, a pristine environment is required. Notwithstanding the necessity for seclusion and tranquility, the stables themselves need to be spacious and accommodating. They must be well insulated in cold environments and should the summer months prove stiflingly hot, many modern facilities include misting systems to help the horses cool down after any activity. All amenities need to be addressed to keep the broodmares healthy and content. Such things as grooming and wash bays, grass paddocks attached to stalls and a facility to provide as much open light as possible are also necessary. The open air will allow the horses to socialize and maintain their "herd" mentality while the natural light and environment can aid in the breeding process itself.
The results obtained from adhering to these suggestions will be Arabian horses that are more likely to breed and produce quality offspring. This can be done for a number of reasons. Some may have a dream to enter their horses into races such as Churchill Downs or one of the many racetracks in the United States. As you know it is always fun to go to the Kentucky Derby to watch the thoroughbred horses race too. Indeed, those who bet on the Kentucky Derby will often inquire into the breeding history of a certain horse. Or, others may wish to register their Arabian horses with official websites such as www.arabianhorses.organd enjoy the benefits that such a society has to offer. Regardless of the reasons, breeding Arabian horses can be a fun and a rewarding experience. Let us never forget that some of the most famous bloodlines have been produced by the methods described above. Breeding these magnificent and athletic creatures is truly an art form, and with knowledge, patience and experience, birthing the next Arabian horse race champion may be more of a reality than you think!
In fact, during the 18th century, athletic English mares were bred to athletic Arabian stallions in order to create a breed of horse capable of running great distances. All modern thoroughbred horses are descendants of three great lines of Arabian horses: the Darley Arabian, the Godolphin Arabian, and the Byerly Turk Arabian.
So enjoy the Kentucky Derby to see the most incredible thoroughbreds race every year on the first Saturday in May! It is a great deal of fun! You can feel the energy on race day and see incredible athletes who descended from our beloved Arabian horses.
Advantages of a High-Fat Diet for Arabians - 2006
Do you find yourself wondering why a high fat-low carbohydrate diet is so essential for Arabian Horses or any horse for that matter? The answer is uncomplicated; a diet high in fat and low in grains has revealed many encouraging effects on the physical condition and performance in horses of all breeds.
At our Arabian Horse Farm, we set our goals high to produce and raise get from our Arabian Mares that will go on to win prestigious titles at a Regional and National level or perhaps become a happy healthy companion for a loving horse owner.
Keeping Arabian horses relaxed and in superior physical condition while they are under high stress demands from training can be challenging so we look to fats and oils in the diet for a number of reasons: They are a rich foundation of essential fatty acids, they provide healthy energy utilization during intense exercise, the oil is a solvent that aids in the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins, i.e. Vitamins A, D, E, and K; and oils improve palatability of feeds for the horses.
As a concerned Arabian Breeder, I study many aspects of caring for our Arabian Mares and Arabian Foals who reside at River Valley Arabians. It is important to me that my Quality Arabian Horses represent the finest Arabians For Sale in the industry. Therefore, through many hours of studies, I have found new research stating that it is far healthier to feed essential fatty acids provided by healthy cold- pressed oils rather than a diet heavy in grain. My goal is to share this information with you through my Arabian Horse Site.
In view of the fact that fats and oils contain 2.25 times the energy of a comparable amount of carbohydrates, the objective of research done in universities was to be able to meet elevated energy demands in far less grain. The energy burdens of some horses, such as performance horses and broodmares, necessitate them being fed an enormous measure of grain depending on the breed and size of the animal. Sorry to say, this is being discovered to be very unhealthy and creates an amplified threat for poor health, which includes colic, ulcers, tying up, laminitis and founder. I had to sit back, think about this and ask myself: if energy demands could be met with far less grain wouldn’t that be advantageous and significantly healthier for my Arabian horses? I certainly thought so!
A précis of what we witnessed at River Valley Arabians after changing to a High Fat--Low Carbohydrate diet include:
1. Broodmares have superior nutritious thick milk. Our mares don’t necessitate as many days from foaling to first ovulation and experience a reduced amount of cycles to get in foal.
2. Developmental Bone Disease has been significantly diminished when weanlings and yearlings are fed less grain and placed on a high fat diet. Body condition and energy levels have been maintained exceptionally well, along with observing early growth development.
3. Higher fat feeds provide a safe alternative energy source.
4. A calming effect was noticed on some horses that in the past would normally get hyperactive on heavy grain diets.
5. Although not witnessed by me personally, I have read there is an increase in sperm counts in Stallions.
It deserves being mentioned that animal fats are difficult to digest, have no place in a horse’s diet since horses in the wild do not consume other animals and therefore, I consider unnatural. Also, I have observed that Arabian horses do not enjoy the smell or taste of animal fats, nor am I surprised.
With all this being said, an ample supply of fat is not the complete secret to accomplishing unsurpassed performance. Once I selected the finest cold-pressed vegetable oil and combined it with valued vitamins and minerals in adequate amounts is when I really appreciated the ultimate results. For my vitamins and minerals, I use a company called Equi-Vision. Dr. Bill Vandergrift who also helped formulate Triple Crown Feeds, developed these vitamins and supplements. I find the products to be superior to others on the market. (For more information on how to order his superior products see the Resource Page).
I stand firmly on my belief that a horse’s feeding ration is only as good as the product’s raw ingredients. Therefore, it is so important for you to create a superior feeding program designed to avoid the complications your horse might typically encounter. Help ensure your horse doesn’t receive excessive grain concentrates, which often lead to colic, laminitis and muscle complications. I trust you will appreciate the advantages of a high-fat diet once established into your feed program.
At River Valley Arabians the feed company of preference is Triple Crown Feeds and we take pleasure in promoting this line of feed to fellow Arabian horsemen. While Triple Crown products may not turn out a Triple Crown winner, they will help your Arabian horse attain exceptional health, even if it is just in your own back paddock. This company easily leads the field in nutrition for horses. If this company is available in your county, I hope you will consider to incorporate their feed into your Arabian’s diet. Having been very pleased with the results of all our horses on Triple Crown Senior, I am comfortable to pass this information on to you.
All of the products used at River Valley Arabians will be highlighted on the Resource Page.
As an Arabian Horse Breeder, I have decided to use my Arabian Horse Site as a source of information to help those people who are curious about the new research coming out of universities regarding diet. Prevention against many of the man made diseases is as uncomplicated as looking at what we are feeding our Arabian Horses. This new approach for feeding the horse with intense work demands will greatly benefit Arabian Horse Farms and Arabian Breeders alike.
In feeding my Arabians that have intense work demands, I need a more individualized diet. It is imperative for me to decrease soluble dietary carbohydrates (grain) and increase the fat levels. I provide 20% to 25% of their total daily calories from a supplemental fat and have used soy, rice, canola, and coconut oils, which are all excellent choices. In my experience, fat is advantageous in regards to the overall health and increased performance levels of my Arabian horses. While feeding a higher fat diet, a safe alternative energy source is provided and I notice with some horses that use to be hyperactive from being fed and excessive grain diet, are now calmer. For example, we no longer have horses that pace in their stalls from being anxious and nervous.
This diet is risk-free for any horse including Arabian Stallions, and pregnant Arabian Mares, as it reduces grain in the diet. When you decide to make the changeover in diet, ask your veterinarian who works closely with your Arabian Horse Farm to oversee your progress. Here at River Valley Arabians our vet said we were doing an excellent job with the diet change and the result would be noticeable and it has.
To avoid problems with founder, horses should not be allowed to graze on rich pastures. It is imperative they graze on low quality fields to be safe. For those Arabians not on grass pasture, we suggest at the very least a 70% - 80% grass diet fed free choice.
As a result of increasing the fat and decreasing the carbohydrate percentages in the diet, the Arabian’s muscle progressively becomes proficient in using fat for energy, thereby decreasing reliance on glycogen.
University research confirms that energy from fats is more efficient than burning carbohydrates from grain. They recommend feeding less than a pound of grain a day, and this should be used only as a supplemental part of the diet. (For example, I give my Arabian horses Senior Feed made by Triple Crown Feed Company, and it has about 1/2 –1 pound of oats, in a mixture of beet pulp, soybeans and rice bran. I feed about 4-6 pounds a day of Senior depending on the horse). Don’t let the name fool you. This feed is good for all horses of all ages and is exceptionally easy to digest.
Have you asked yourself, how do I get my horse to eat oil? One method I have used and found to be effortless has been to stop feeding grain and replace it with an equivalent measure of alfalfa pellets while gradually adding oil until the horse’s consumption is one to two cups of oil per day for a 1,000 pound horse. Hint: Increase the oil by 1/8 cup per feeding every few days to allow a slow introduction (take your time) and avoid upsetting the inner terrain of the horse’s system.
Alfalfa pellets are a good source of vitamin E, protein, and calcium; however, alfalfa pellets are not essential to the diet. If your horse refuses pellets, don’t worry. A trick worth trying is to break down your leafy alfalfa hay into the oil and then pour this mixture over the pellets. This may prove to enhance tastiness to the horse. Also, don’t be surprised if it takes a couple days of the feed sitting in front of the horse before it is consumed. As always, remove any food from the previous feeding prior to the next ration, to avoid any mold problem from developing. (If not removed you will create colic in your horse).
Corn oil is my last choice for a fat supplement, and I never even consider Linseed oil as a fat alternative. Flax seed should only be used as the main ingredient for bran mash and not as a choice for a fat source.
An alternative to feeding pellets is to select a high fat feed. An excellent commercial feed is Triple Crown, a company with several high fat feeds and a brilliant choice. They are voted the number one quality feed company in the industry. Triple Crown uses the best grains, highest quality ingredients, and a unique EquiMix Technology they are very proud of. They have created a feeding program designed to prevent complications of health risk your horse might typically encounter. Triple Crown features feeds and supplements that help ensure your horse doesn’t receive excessive grain concentrates, which as stated, often lead to colic, laminitis and muscle complications.
If Triple Crown is not offered in your area you may find other low carbohydrate commercial diets such as Purina Strategy, or Nutrena Compete. With any of these commercial diets, include the identical quantity of oil as you would with alfalfa pellets. My suggestion is to order one of the oils listed on the Resource Page.
Do not use an alfalfa-only diet, since it is low in zinc. It is wise to add a vitamin-and-mineral supplement. Vitamin E and selenium are recommended, but only in deficient areas like Arizona. Research has verified higher protein diets do not cause founder or tying up in horses, nor do they damage the kidneys or liver as we have suspected for years. Regardless, never free choice alfalfa to horses, but use it in the diet in a ratio of about 20 to 40% of the diet. I myself stay at about 20% usage of alfalfa. In colder climates, alfalfa can be increased to 50% to help keep the horse warmer.
For horses that refuse to eat their alfalfa pellets you might try mixing them into a blend of unprocessed coconut and soy oil that smells like caramel—horses love the taste, and is naturally high in vitamin E. (See resource page for ordering).
Do not serve your horse more than one pound of rice bran. Being 20% fat, you would need five pounds of rice bran to provide the same amount of fat as two cups (one pound) of oil. This is obviously unhealthy! A simple solution is to add oil to the rice bran to get the level of fat needed. Rice bran is designed for horses that require additional energy for performance or weight maintenance without hyperactivity. Rice bran has many benefits and is valued for increasing stamina and endurance, increased resistance to cold weather and improves skin and coat. It is loaded with natural Vitamin E and natural Gamma Oryzanol. Rice Bran Oil is an excellent solution for those wanting the benefits of Rice Bran.
Some of my Arabians, known as the easy keepers, need to be watched for weight gain. I simply decrease total daily calories by cutting back on hay before reducing my measure of fat. This quickly and efficiently solves my problem and keeps the horse in good flesh.
It is imperative not to create digestive problems in your horses when switching feeds. Alfalfa pellets and any commercial ration should be initially mixed with the horse's previous ration and gradually increased, as the former ration is decreased. The same procedure should be used when introducing a fat supplement. Increase the oil by about 1/8 cup per feeding every few days, to allow a slow introduction and avoid upsetting the inner terrain of the horse’s system. Should your horse experience looseness, back off the oil and take a few more days to achieve the quantity desired.
Arabian Horse Farms all over the world utilize flax seed. Out of books from the past, there are numerous stories and recipes about feeding Bran mash to Arabian Mares and Arabian Foals and utilizing this wonderful seed.
As an Arabian Breeder, and one whose goal is to produce Quality Arabian Horses, I would like to use my Arabian Horse Site as a vehicle to get important facts to you. Also, for those who purchase our Arabian Horses For Sale, this is a way for you to maintain the same recipes that my Arabians love and have enjoyed all along.
Below is information that has taken me time to accumulate from research and I think beneficial to be aware of. I am compelled to pass this information on to you, and hopeful it is beneficial for your Arabian Horses at home. Should you decide to acquire future Arabians For Sale from River Valley Arabians you will have an idea of how my horses have been fed.
Research explains that dry flax seed is far too petite and difficult for your horse to masticate and unfortunately goes undigested through the inner terrain, soaking up water from the intestinal track. This is risky and has been branded as being notorious for causing colic when fed dry. Many people make this mistake; therefore, never get into the habit of feeding dehydrated flax seed for the sake of convenience.
*Flax is toxic due to the prussic acid within the seed. Too much is dangerous for your horse so be sure not to overfeed. Flax seed should not be used as a fat supplement nor should linseed oil. Do not use daily.
*Flax seed is nontoxic only after being hydrated and saturated with water for 4 hours or longer and then preferably simmered. Heating the flax seed will eradicate the toxic prussic acid stored within the seed. While being prepared, much water is soaked up and it becomes coagulated like thin oatmeal.
*Incidents of sand colic and impactions are dramatically reduced because of the calm laxative effect. The coagulated gel like consistency of the hydrated flax seed gently entraps the sand, and is passed completely out of the inner terrain of the intestinal tract in a mild manner.
*The flax fiber is healthy for both people and horses. It is loaded with cancer-fighting properties similar to a high fiber diet.
*Dried out split hoofs from the summer’s high temperatures are something from the olden days and we now have overall exceptional health.
*Flaxseed is an outstanding source of Omega 3, and Omega 6.
*Use the petite flax seed as part of a bran mash once or twice per week maximum. The correct amount is about 1/4 cup, measured dry for each horse. Cover in cold water to hydrate the seed and after 4 hours or more, simmer for 30 minutes until it resembles runny oatmeal is the ideal. Chop up some carrots in smaller pieces and mix into the bran mash mixture. (See Bran Mash recipe if you never have made it). Be sure to feed warm and not so hot that it burns your horse’s mouth! Your Arabian horse will look forward to it.
*It is imperative to rinse all utensils and buckets used to prepare the mash to prevent mold, otherwise you will have a sick horse.
*Use caution in extreme hot weather not to let the soaked flax seed sour or this to can cause a sick horse.
*For an extended shelf life store the whole seed in a dark cool place. Ground flax spoils and goes rancid rapidly and should never be considered as a substitute in your bran mash.
As an Arabian Breeder, we take great satisfaction in offering the finest feeding program for all of our horses including the Arabian Mares with precious weanling Arabian Foals at their side. Our Quality Arabian Horses For Sale are often bought by owners who once educated, desire to keep their Arabians on a healthy diet and more often than not ask for this information. Through convenience of this Arabian Horse Site, this information will be available to you.
My first choice for my Arabian horses is Triple Crown Feeds, which are consistently voted the “Best Feeds” in America by publications such as the Horse Journal. They are acknowledged throughout the feed industry to provide the very best nutrition to horses utilizing the newest nutritional facts and innovative ingredients available on the market. They list all the ingredients on the tag without using common terms such as “Grain by products”, which usually is an indication of low quality products. Once I tried Triple Crown I could actually see the difference better nutrition could provide my Arabian horses. I love this product!
Dr. Bill Vandergrift, owner of EquiVision, has a client base of breeders, trainers, riders and feed manufacturers. He has a long history of being the Director of Equine Nutrition for regional and national feed companies before starting EquiVision. However, he still makes time to travel the world teaching in universities about health and nutrition.
EV Biotin, an excellent vitamin-mineral supplement is what we use. They also have bone and joint supplements, Broodmare and Stallion Products, Digestive Aids, Electrolytes, Energy Aids, Foal Aids, Hoof Supplements, Myopathy Aids (Anti Tie-Up) and Stress Pacs (Transportation Aids). These are superior products and should be considered if needed. I have compared his products to others and you really get true value with his company.
Do you ever have reservations about which diet is the most natural and healthiest for our Arabians? I have given a lot of thought to what my small ranch in Scottsdale, AZ can offer the horses to keep them happy and healthy. Most of us don’t have enough acreage with diverse topography to supply our Arabian Horses with a diet that is vital to maintain them in good physical shape and satisfy their nutritional requirements.
The goal in feeding my Arabian Horses today is to create a healthy diet for them that is less stressful on their overall inner terrain. Generally, the benefit is less veterinarian expenses and far less man made diseases. Let’s face it, we all could benefit from less vet bills.
Whether you’re aiming for the prestigious title of National Champion for Arabian Stallions or just trying to raise happy, healthy Arabian horses, it takes a unique combination of genetic potential, superior training, hard work and quality care. Whatever your goal, I believe it all starts with a superior feed program.
I would like to use my Arabian Horse Site as a way to inform those that are wondering about how to feed their Arabians a healthy diet. It is our belief, what matters most, when trying out a new feed program, is that you are able to see encouraging results in your Arabian horses—a transformation that enhances their physical condition and bloom.
Given that I am an Arabian Breeder, it is my ultimate goal to raise healthy purebred Arabian Foals. We believe in producing Quality Arabian Horses at River Valley Arabians, and want them to be enjoyed for many years. Our horses are athletic, with good strong bones. The diet below is critical to our program and we strive to create exceptional Arabian Horses For Sale that will go on to produce healthy stock for the next breeder. These recommendations are supported by our own experiences, and the most recent dietary research findings coming from universities, talking with numerous doctors and searching for answers on how to prevent man made diseases. I hope this information is beneficial to you and your Arabian horses, as well as to any Arabian Horse Farm, looking for guidance.
Forage, being the most vital key ingredient in a horses diet, is best fed free choice (hay and pasture) and it is of lower quality grass pasture. It is best to provide grass 16 to 24 hours a day. On my Arabian Horse Farm, I am careful not to plant rich pastures since this could founder a horse. I make every effort to let my Arabian Mares, with their Arabian foals, munch on hay as much as they like. I feed 20% alfalfa for the total daily hay, (the calcium in the alfalfa is good for horses prone to ulcers). I ask for pesticide free hay and hope in time it will become more widely offered.
Long stemmed wide leafed forage should be the bulk of the equine diet. This forage creates saliva in the horse’s gut to protect the lining of the stomach from the acids created from environmental stress. Horses are meant to be foragers; therefore constantly nibbling on long stemmed hay is healthiest for them verses a diet of pellets. Should you decide to incorporate pellets into your feed program, always make sure to serve more weight in long stemmed hay than pellets.
Energy sources are beginning to receive attention lately and new research is being released from universities. After much research, we advocate providing as little grain as needed. Grain should be used as a "complement" rather than a main food, due to the many man made diseases caused by an overkill of high starch in a horse's diet. One pound of grain or less per day is all the horse should ever have. Between the choice of corn, oats, and barley, choose whole oats. They are far easier to assimilate and the starch content is better for the well being of the Arabian’s inner terrain.
Have you ever given thought to why a veterinarian’s first orders are to pull the grain from your horse’s diet when a problem arises; i.e. colic, tying up, laminitis, founder and ulcers. What makes one think that five or six pounds of sweet feed or cob a day are healthy for horses to begin with? These are questions I found myself asking.
Quality Arabian horses need little to no grain at all. It is best to ensure your Arabian horses don’t receive excessive grain concentrates, which often lead to colic, laminitis and muscle complications. Consider using beet pulp, rice bran, or low starch grain mixes. In training situations, the horse may need added energy and weight; therefore it is prudent to get the extra calories from fat sources instead of carbohydrates. Outstanding, safe energy can be achieved by offering the natural fat sources such as stabilized rice bran, or high quality soybeans, and pure cold pressed oils for most horses. Superior choices for are available: wheat germ oil, soy oil, canola oil, rice bran oil, and coconut oil.
Besides the outstanding energy that oil can provide, another advantage of feeding highly digestible cold-pressed oils like soy oil, rice bran oil, wheat germ oil and coconut oil will be in creating a healthy glistening coat, (but always should be coupled with thorough grooming). These cold pressed oils are high in natural fatty acids; Omega 3, Omega 6 and Omega 9, therefore, high in digestible energy and will add calories in the diet that are gradually metabolized while allowing a decrease in hay and feed. (See the Resource page to order these superior oil products).
"We were searching for a feed to keep our overweight Arabian horses in the right body condition with enough energy and our slight horses heavier with the right amount of energy. It is our decision that Triple Crown is the best complete feed line on the market. We use it because it works”. Our diet of choice is a high fat – low carbohydrate diet, called Senior by Triple Crown, although they have many excellent feeds to choose from. This is a phenomenal feed that can be fed to all Arabian horses on our property. The main ingredients are superior in quality and include beet pulp, soybeans, rice bran and flax seed.
All of our Arabian horses receive a chelated mineral/vitamin supplement. I prefer to feed 1/2 the recommended daily dose. Do what feels safe and comfortable to you. We use products by Equi-Vision formulated by Dr. Bill Vandergrift, the man who created Triple Crown Senior. You can actually call him about any problems or questions you may have. His phone number is 859-873-1220.
Use free choice white salt. It is far superior than the red mineral block made for cattle, and not recommended for horses. (It took me years to find this out).
We believe in feeding free-choice minerals. Jeffers carries small mineral feeders and these should always be placed out of the rain wind and snow. Our recommendation is Dynamite 1 to 1, Dynamite 2 to 1, Izmine, and Natural Trace Mineral Salt. Don’t be surprised if your horse really goes after one of the minerals for several days. It only means he has been craving that mineral and once his system is satisfied will only visit that mineral now and then. (See the Resource Page for ordering).
I use Fastrack and Dynamite Dyna-Pro (excellent equine microbial products) to complement my horse’s nutritional programs. A horse’s gut is so crucial to maintain in good health. The beneficial bacteria provide optimum digestive tract function by helping with hindgut fermentation and enzymes aid the small intestine in absorption of nutrients. We consider this vital for keeping our horse's digestion in top condition. I find I don’t have to feed as much and realize better-feed utilization, which means savings at the feed store. If you don’t use a daily microbial always use one after de-worming to build the number of beneficial bacteria back up in the gut.
Triple Crown does include a microbial for those considering this feed. More and more feed companies on the market today are realizing the importance of probiotics, and may include one in the feed. If not, make sure your regiment includes one.
I obtain my hay from different sources, and vary the type of hay as much as I can. We believe in variety and feed a mix of Orchard Grass, Timothy, and Utah Mix with one flake of Alfalfa daily. I have read the importance of wild herbs and plan to place a call this spring to my agricultural extension agent and ask what are the safe herbs that can be grown in Maricopa County, AZ.
Veterinarians have suggested from time to time a specialty supplement for one individual horse or another. I utilize Equi-Vision, Farmvet.com and Valley Vet, which can be found on the Resource Page. Another company that was just brought to my attention is Cavalor, out of Belgium, and is exclusive with Farmvet.com.
I believe in providing unlimited fresh, clean water with big water holding capacity if possible. Water bowls should be checked and cleaned daily. Don’t let standing water become a pool for mosquito’s eggs and expect your horse to drink it.
Provide an opportunity for an abundance of exercise to keep your horse happy, healthy, and a delight to be around.