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WE DID When Triple Crown® set out to create a premium supplement that could fill the nutritional gaps left behind by a forage-based diet, we ended up with the recipe for our 30% Ration Balancer. Low NSC levels, ideal for horses with metabolic issues, combined with EquiMix ® Technology that delivers high levels of vitamins, organic minerals, probiotics and prebiotics, make it easy to keep your horse thriving with Triple Crown’s 30% Ration Balancer.


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OUR EQUINE OWNERS INSURANCE IS DESIGNED FOR YOU: • Horse enthusiasts — whether for recreation or to race, breed or show • Equine operations of various sizes and scopes • Flexible and tailored coverage for your specific interest


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JUST AS EVERY HORSE IS UNIQUE , SO IS YOUR EQUINE OPERATION It just makes sense to choose coverage that addresses your specific interests and risks. Choose additional coverages that can include protection for horses that are in your care, liability for horse show judges, computers, golf carts, non-owned tack and more. For more information, contact us at:

LIABILIT Y • Certain horse-related activities and participants at shows, exhibitions and events • Riding instruction • Boarding • Hay and sleigh rides • Carriage and buggy rides PROPERTY • Residences and household contents • Farm products and supplies • Barns • Tack, hay and grain


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Products and services may not be available in all states. Terms, conditions and eligibility requirements will apply. Life insurance and annuity products are issued through American National Insurance Company, Galveston, Texas. Property and casualty products and services may be underwritten in Texas by American National Property And Casualty Company, Springfield, Missouri or one of its subsidiaries or affiliates: American National County Mutual Insurance Company or American National Lloyds Insurance Company.

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Table of Contents Feature Story:

Colostrum- the Superfood


Featured Business:

ForeFront Equine, Modern Pioneers in Equine Nutrition


Cover Stories: 20 Hoof Health - Tab Pigg

Lifestyle & Feature: 6 Road Trip Eats


• HEADQUARTER OFFICE (281) 447-0772 Phone & (281) 893-1029 Fax

Staff PUBLISHER Vicki Long


• BRAZOS VALLEY BUREAU Diane Holt (936) 878-2678 Ranch & (713) 408-8114 Cell

LIFESTYLE EDITOR Margaret Pirtle 832-349-1427

10 Barn & Garden


12 Happy Gut, Happy Mutt 26 Equus Foundation 30 Pets, Horses & Killer Bees 32 Hunting Tips for Summer 36 Importance of Hydration - Palm Beach Equine Clinic

Columns: 28 Tack Talk - Lew Pewterbaugh 38 Cowboy Corner - Jim Hubbard

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EDITOR Steven Long

CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Jim Hubbard, Steven Long, Vicki Long, Roni Norquist, Lew Pewterbaugh, Cathy Strobel, Margaret Pirtle, Kelsey Hellmann

Volume 24, No. 5 Horseback Magazine, P.O. Box 681397, Houston, TX 77268-1397, (281) 447-0772. The entire contents of the magazine are copyrighted Summer 2017 by Horseback Magazine. All rights reserved. Material in this publication may not be reproduced in any form without the expressed written consent of the publisher. Horseback Magazine assumes no responsibility for unsolicited manuscripts, photographs and other material unless accompanied by a stamped, self addressed envelope. Horseback Magazine is not responsible for any claims made by advertisers. The views and opinions expressed herein do not necessarily reflect the views of the publisher or management. Subscription rate is $25.00 for one year. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Horseback Magazine | P.O. Box 681397, Houston, TX 77268-1397 | Fax: (281) 893-1029 Email:

A happy horse is a healthy horse! Make sure your horse and pets get everything they need!

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Sample Tasty Eats From TV Stars While Traveling the Roads This Summer

Grab a sandwich at the Pioneer Woman’s Deli

If you love watching Ree Drummond whip up homemade meals then you will love the delicious comfort food at her deli, The Mercantile – part deli: part bakery in Pawhuska, Oklahoma. For a sample of one of her signature sandwiches, try the Marlboro Man Sandwich. Made from strips of steak, well-seasoned with a savory sauce of Worcestershire and Tabasco blended in melted butter and topped with grilled onions and served on a soft hoagie with homemade chips. 6 Road Trip! Summer

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Summer is always Cupcake Time

Fixer Upper, the HGTV show staring Joanna Gaines and her husband Chip are also famous for their Texas cupcakes make daily at their bakery, next to the Magnolia Market in Waco Texas. A must stop for anyone with a sweet tooth. The cupcakes three-tiered swirl of frosting is almost as tall as the cake itself.

Where Good Friends and Good Food Meat, err... Meet!

Retired quarterback for the Denver Broncos, John Elway, and longtime friend Tim Schmidt opened Elway’s, in the Mile High City of Denver. Boasting USDA Prime, hand-cut steaks, Colorado Lamb, raw bar selections with fin fish, crustaceans and much more. The menu changes to match market availability, ensuring you the finest and freshest dining selections.

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New Purina® Equine Senior ® horse feed with proven ActivAge™ prebiotic for more quality years together. ActivAge™ prebiotic from Purina helps support senior horses through the aging process. Over 20 years of research at the Purina Animal Nutrition Center combined with cutting-edge nutritional technology and science showed protection against inflammation and increased immune support in an easy-to-chew formula. Ensure more healthy, happy days with your horse when you feed new Purina® Equine Senior® with ActivAge™ prebiotic. Learn how ActivAge™ prebiotic can help your senior horse at

© 2014 Purina Animal Nutrition LLC. All rights reserved.

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Three proven reasons your horse can benefit from ActivAge™ prebiotic 1. Protects against inflammation 2. Strengthens immune function 3. Boosts response to vaccination

NEW MEXICO Circle S Feed Store LLC Carlsbad, NM 575/885-8369

Davis Feed and Fertilizer, Inc. Buffalo, TX 903/322-4316

Bunks Feed Barn Hobbs, NM 575/397-1228

Bernardo Farm and Ranch Sply Cat Spring, TX 979/732-5161

TEXAS Johnson Feed and Western Wear Alpine, TX 432/837-5792 Angleton Feed and Supply Co. LLC Angleton, TX 979/849-6661 Arcola Feed and Hardware Arcola, TX 281/431-1014 Lab Supply, Inc. DBA Argyle Feed Store Argyle, TX 800/262-5258 Southside Feed and Supply Athens, TX 903/677-5373 Pasturas Los Alazanes 2 Balch Springs, TX 214/563-9175 Ranch Store, Inc. DBA Bandera Ranch Store Bandera, TX 830/796-3342 Bastrop Feed and Supply LP Bastrop, TX 512/321-3700 Bay City Feed, Inc. Bay City, TX 979/245-2712 Sams Western Store, Inc. Beaumont, TX 409/842-2625 Blue Ribbon Country Store LLC Beeville, TX 361/392-3333

Boles Feed Company, Inc. Center, TX 936/598-3061 Wise Feed (Main) Chico, TX 940/644-2100 Silvers Pet and Feed Cibolo, TX 210/566-8020 Ricks Farm and Home LLC Clarksville, TX 903/427-3395 Lonestar Ranch and Outdoors Cleburne, TX 817/645-4325 Close Quarters Feed and Pet Supply College Station, TX 979/690-3333 Conroe Feeders Supply, Inc. Conroe, TX 936/441-5549 J and D Country Store, Inc. Conroe, TX 936/756-7667 Lone Star Country Store CC LLC Corpus Christi, TX 361/387-2668 Feed Shack and Tack Smith General Store Corsicana, TX 903/875-8026 Pecos Cnty Feed/Crane County Feed Crane, TX 432/558-2225

Bear Creek/Bells Bells, TX 903/965-4900

Crockett Farm and Fuel Center, Inc. Crockett, TX 936/544-3855

Linseisens Feed and Supply of Bellville LP Bellville, TX 979/865-3602

Dewitt County Producers-Cuero Tx Cuero, TX 361/275-3441

Belton Feed and Supply Belton, TX 254/939-3636

Aggie Feed Store Dallas, TX 214/391-3595

Howard County Feed and Supply, Inc. Big Spring, TX 432/267-6411

Feeders Supply Co. Dallas, TX 214/371-9413

Wheelers Feed and Outfitters Boerne, TX 830/249-2656 Berend Brothers of Bowie Bowie, TX 940/872-5131

Pasturas Los Alazanes Dallas, TX 214/484-3860 Feeders Supply/Feeders Supply 2 Dallas , TX 972/224-5559 Dri Enterprises Ltd DBA NRS Feed Store Decatur, TX 940/627-3949 Del Rio Feed and Supply Del Rio, TX 830/775-5090 D and L Farm and Home-Denton Denton, TX 940/891-0100 Feeders Supply/ Duncanville Feed Duncanville, TX 972/298-3404 Blamar Feed and Surplus Eagle Pass, TX 830/757-6310 United Agricultural Coop, Inc. El Campo, TX 979/543-4104 Elgin General Store LLC Elgin, TX 512/285-3210 Potts Feed Store, Inc. Emory, TX 903/473-2249 Capps True Value Hardware and Ag Fairfield, TX 903/389-4504

Buchanans Feed Hallsville, TX 903/668-2012 Watsons Ranch and Farm Supply, Inc. Hamilton, TX 254/386-3717 Maci Feed and Supply Hardin, TX 936/298-9404 Mummes, Inc. Hondo, TX 830/426-3313 Hieden Feed and Supply, Inc. Houston, TX 281/444-1010 Sam Houston Feed and Supply II Houston, TX 281/591-2443 Cypress Ace Hardware Houston, TX 281/469-8020

Industry, TX 979/357-2121

Cordell Farm and Ranch Store, Inc. Kaufman, TX 972/932-2164

Pecos County Feed and Supply Fort Stockton, TX 432/336-6877

T Bar T Farm Supply Kaufman, TX 972/962-7677

Rendon Hardware and Feed Fort Worth, TX 817/561-1935 Gulf Coast Equine and Pet Friendswood, TX 281/482-7186 Ganado Feed and More Ganado, TX 361/771-2401 Coryell Feed and Supply Gatesville, TX 254/865-6315 Georgetown Farm Supply Georgetown, TX 512/930-4054 Goliad Feed Co. Goliad, TX 361/645-3266 E-Barr Feeds, Inc. Gonzales, TX 830/672-6515

Brenham Produce Co. Brenham, TX 979/836-3523

J and N Feed and Seed LLC Graham, TX 940/549-4631

Producers Coop Assn (Main) Bryan, TX 979/778-6000

Chachere Feed Store, Inc. Dayton, TX 936/258-2670

Arrow Feed and Ranch, Inc. Granbury, TX 817/573-8808

Jakes Feed and Animal Center LLC Longview, TX 903/663-3139 Lufkin Farm Supply Lufkin, TX 936/634-7414

McDonnell Building Materials Co., Inc. Keller, TX 817/431-3551 Kerrville Ranch and Pet Center Kerrville, TX 830/895-5800 Ricardo Ranch and Feed Kingsville, TX 361/592-3622 Hoffpauir’s Ranch & Supply Lampasas, TX 512/556-5444 Laredo Country Store Laredo, TX 956/206-7357 LaVernia Country Store LaVernia, TX 830/779-2600 Llano Feed & Supply Llano, TX 325/247-4126 Bear Creek Country Store Leonard, TX 903/587-0385 Lexington Feed and Farm Lexington, TX 979/773-2782

Coopers Country Store Stephenville, TX 254/968-5633

Engledow Farm and Ranch Supply Palestine, TX 903/723-3210

Allied Ag Services, Inc. Stonewall, TX 830/644-2411

Big Country Farm Center Paris, TX 903/785-8372

Temple Feed and Supply, Inc. Temple, TX 254/778-7975

Reeves County Feed and Supply Pecos, TX 432/447-2149

D and D Feed and Supply Tomball, TX 281/351-7144

Luling and Harwood Farm and Feed LLC Luling, TX 830/875-5423

D and L Farm and Home Pilot Point, TX 940/365-3129

Mabank Feed, Inc. Mabank, TX 903/887-1771

Wells Brothers Farm Store Plano, TX 972/424-8516

Standley Feed and Seed, Inc. Madisonville, TX 936/348-5272

NA Ag LLC/ Anderson Ag Supply Refugio, TX 361/526/5018

Spring Creek Feed Center Magnolia, TX 281/252-5400 Mansfield Feed Mill Mansfield, TX 817/473-1137 Williams Feed Store Ltd Marlin, TX 254/883-2401

Huntsville Farm Supply LLC Huntsville, TX McGregor General Store LLC 936/295-3961 McGregor, TX 254/840-3224 Lindemann Store

Noonday Feed Store, Inc. Main Flint, TX 903/561-5622

Damon Farm and Ranch Service Center Damon, TX 979/742-3317

S and S Ag Center LLC Groesbeck, TX 254/729-8008

Orange Grove Coop (Main) Orange Grove, TX 361/384-2766

Sheffield Farm and Ranch Supply Mexia, TX 254/562-3818 Ark Country Store #2 Midlothian, TX 469/612-5050 Walden Farm and Ranch Supply, Inc. Millsap, TX 940/682-4667

Rockdale General Store Rockdale, TX 512/446-6100 Round Top Farm and Ranch Round Top, TX 979/249-5666 Eagle Hardware Farm and Ranch Royse City, TX 972/635-7878 Holt Ranch and Feed LLC Royse City, TX 469/723-3230 Sabinal Grain Co. Sabinal, TX 830/988-2215 Grogan’s Farm & Ranch San Angelo, TX 325/227-6870 Tibaldos Feed and Supply Santa Fe, TX 409/925-2735

Southwest Hay and Feed Co. Steinhausers (Sealy Store) Mission, TX Sealy, TX 956/580-1717 979/885-2967 C and S Feed and Producers Cooperative Farm Supply Seguin, TX Montgomery, TX 830/379-1750 936/597-4050 D and D Retail LP DBA Scotts Crossing Farm Store Seguin, TX Murchison, TX 830/379-7340 903/469-3122 Garners Feed and Seed Boles Feed Company Sherman, TX Nacogdoches, TX 903/892-1081 936/564-2671 Berans Agri-Center Middle G Cattle Co. Shiner, TX Naples, TX 361/594-3395 903/575-1869 Somerville Farm and Ranch Needville Feed and Supply Somerville, TX Needville, TX 979/596-2224 979/793-6146 Struttys Feed and New Braunfels Feed and Pet Supply Supply, Inc. Spring Branch, TX New Braunfels, TX 830/438-8998 830/625-7250 Springtown Feed Berend Brothers-Olney and Fertilizer Olney, TX Springtown, TX 940/564-5671 817/220-7656

Texas Farm Store, Inc. Uvalde, TX 830/278-3713 Northside Ranch Pet and Garden Center Victoria, TX 361/573-5000 Waco Brazos Feed and Supply, Inc. Waco, TX 254/756-6687 B and S Farm and Ranch Center Waco, TX 254/752-0777 Bar None Country Store Waco, TX 254/848-9112 Haney Feed and Farm Supply Waller, TX 936/931-2469 Ark Country Store Waxahachie, TX 972/937-8860 Wharton Feed and Supply, Inc. Wharton, TX 979/532-8533 Berend Brothers Wichita Falls, TX 940/723-2731 Walkers Feed and Farm Supply Willis, TX 936/856-6446 King Feed and Hardware, Inc. Wimberley, TX 512/847-2618 Berend Brothers, Inc. Windthorst Windthorst, TX 940/423-6223 Tri County Enterprises Winnsboro, TX 903/342-5328 Poole Feed Supply Wylie, TX 972/442-4844 Yoakum Grain, Inc. Yoakum, TX 361/293-3521

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How Many Quarts are in A Bushel? One of the best parts of summer is canning or freezing fresh fruits and vegetables for the months ahead. But how many quarts of fresh food can you expect to receive from a bushel? Here is the answer... PEAS: 13 – 17 quarts, jars or freezer bags. TOMATOES: 18 to 22. It depends some on the size of the tomatoes and how they are prepared APPLES: There are about 12-16 quarts in a bushel of apples, and 12-18 quarts of applesauce; depending on whether or not you add sugar PEACHES: You can get 12 quarts of peaches out 1 bushel CUCUMBERS: 20-22 quarts filled of mid to small picklers out of a bushel GREEN BEANS: You can usually get around 24 quarts packed tightly from a full bushel.

Apple Peels - Magic for Toned Muscles Summer is the time we all want to look our best and that means a toned body ready for swim suits and shorts. Unfortunately, as we age our muscles lose their strength due to an increase in a protein ( ATF-4) that turns on genes that allows muscles to shrink. According to the University of Iowa scientists, eating apple peels reverses the ATF-4 actions, and slows down the deterioration of muscles. The same is true for green tomatoes. So, to keep that youthful look, don’t peel that apple. It’s the magic ingredient for an ageless body.

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Deadly Water If you grew up in the country, then your neighborhood swimming pool was likely the pond in a pasture. As children, we never worried about the dangers and our parents only admonishment was to keep an eye out for snakes. But those ponds had more to worry about than a snake hiding around the water’s edge. There is always more to the water than meets the eye. Anytime you swim in a farm pond make sure you know the safety rules.

Look at where the water is coming from be-

fore it enters the pond. If it flows through a feed lot, or you had a number of cattle that drink from it, then the chances are very good that you’ll have high levels of bacteria.


stagnant water breeds bacteria and while most of the bacteria found in pond water won’t make you sick, there are a number of bacteria found in still warm water that can kill you.

If the pond is cloudy, has a foul smell, or has algae - don’t go in. Under the surface, check each spring before swimming for broken bottles, animal bones and jagged rocks that were moved from spring rains.

Never drink any water in a pond. Make sure that you have no cuts or open wounds that could allow bacteria in when swimming.

And the snakes - there are always snakes in and around ponds. Don’t think that if you don’t see one immediately that they aren’t around. They are there.

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Pet Talk..



pet owners we’re always concerned about what goes into – and comes out of – our beloved dogs. The wrong thing going “in” can certainly have dire consequences on what comes “out”. One ill-gotten meal and you’re either dealing with an unhappy dog at best, a series of terrible messes, or at worst a trip to the vet. It’s not surprising then, that what goes into a dog can have tremendous impact on their overall well-being. The gut represents the largest immune organ in the dog’s body, roughly 70% of the canine immune system resides in their gastrointestinal tract. When the gut isn’t processing the absorption of food and nutrients, it’s working on blocking bacteria and toxins. But, when the body’s natural defenses in the gut breakdown, like after consuming a food or treat that doesn’t necessarily agree with them, digestive upsets including vomiting, diarrhea and constipation can unfortunately occur. Having the proper gut flora, both in

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Proper gut flora is essential for not only managing gastric distress but also for overall health!

type and quantity is critical to, not only get your dog through these times of gastric stress, but to also reduce the impact of the illness, as well. Though many premium dog food blends claim to include probiotics in their ingredients, there is no way of knowing the type of probiotic that is included, and most importantly, whether it is still viable by the time it gets into your dog’s bowl. Most probiotics used in pet products today are derived from bovine, human

or yeast sources. For probiotics to have the desired effect they should be species specific, e.g. canine-specific probiotics. Even when dealing with premium dog food blends claiming to contain added probiotics, there is no guarantee what the probiotic source is. Furthermore, the natural enemy of probiotics is heat, water and pressure. Most commercial dog foods go through a heating and pressurization process when the kibble is extruded, which essentially kills off the beneficial bacteria. To combat this, some of the brands have begun spraying a probiotic blend on their kibble following baking. However, the quantity of food you buy, the manner in which it’s stored and how long it has been on the shelf are all factors which can all impact the


viability of the probiotic contained within the food.

Canine Digest by ForeFront™ is a meat-flavored, all natural powder supplement designed to be sprinkled atop your dog’s daily meal. One to two daily scoops are recommended depending on your dog’s size, age, condition and health. Each scoop of ForeFront Canine Digest™ provides a minimum of 500 million CFU’s of Probiotics. ForeFront’s Canine Digest™ not only contains a blend of four canine-specific probiotics but also includes prebiotics, as well. Prebiotics are the nutrients probiotics require to stay alive and flourish. Because ForeFront Canine Digest’s™ probiotics are fueled by prebiotics plus are host-specific, they can withstand the rigors of the canine digestive tract. ForeFront’s Canine Digest™ is designed to not only soothe the digestive system, but also to encourage nutrient absorption while simultaneously supporting overall health.

Not all ingredients are equal, do your homework and check the quality, quantity and effectiveness of any product you give your pet. ForeFront uses only all natural ingredients and is produced in the United States.

situations. BeneCell® is particularly helpful for pets in less-than-optimal health or for breeds typically known for having food allergies and sensitive digestive systems. Remember, not all probiotics are

alike. Do your homework and ensure the digestive support you’re giving your dog contains the nutrients they can actually benefit from. For more information on ForeFront and its line of premium canine & equine products visit

Another key ingredient in ForeFront’s Canine Digest™ is BeneCell®. BeneCell® is a proprietary blend of purified nucleotides, along with other essential nutrients designed to support cellular growth and promote healing and recovery. Simply put, BeneCell® promotes healing by naturally accelerating the dog’s normal cell proliferation process. The production of new cells allow your dog to more quickly recover from a variety of stresses, including those that can come in the form of illness, injury, disease or even as a result to anxiety from emotional or physiological

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NEW & IMPROVED FORMULA Empower® Topline Balance



TOPLINE HEALTH Just like humans, horses have a core muscle group that enables motion, performance, and drive—and proper nutrition is key to a healthy core.

Known as the topline, a horse’s core plays an important role in how a horse performs, looks, and feels. Topline is a critical indicator of overall health. A strong and healthy topline signifies core strength and proper nutrition. Research proves Nutrena® feeds are the best when it comes to topline. Experience it by trying new Empower® Topline BalanceTM horse feed.

Evaluate your horse’s topline health and get a tailored feeding recommendation at




Nutrena’s unique approach to topline health. Featured in specific Nutrena® premium equine feeds. Look for the Topline BalanceTM emblem. ©2017 Cargill, Incorporated. All rights reserved.

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Alice, TX Gonzalitos 361-256-4141

available at your local nutrena® dealer! Cibolo, TX Silvers Pet & Feed 210-566-8020

Houston, TX Hieden Feed & Supply 281-444-1010

Nacogdoches, TX Ward Animal Hospital 936-564-4341

Rockdale, TX Whiteley Farm Supply 512-446-3541

Alvin, TX Steinhauser’s 281-388-0388

College Station, TX Close Quarters Feed & Pet Supply 979-690-3333

Houston, TX Cypress Ace Hardware 281-469-8020

Natalia, TX Alamo Feed Store 830-665-2060

Rosenberg, TX Steinhauser’s 281-342-2452

Alvin, TX Stanton’s Shopping Center 281-331-4491

Commerce, TX Fix & Feed 903-886-7917

Ingram, TX Double L Ranch & Wildlife Feed 830-367-4100

Navasota, TX Steinhauser’s 936-825-2081

Rosharon, TX Arcola Feed & Hardware 281-431-1014

Atlanta, TX Newkirk Feed 903-796-2541

Conroe, TX Conroe Feeder’s Supply 936-756-5549

La Vernia, TX Big Bear Home Center 830-779-2514

Needville, TX Needville Feed & Supply 979-793-6146

Sealy, TX Steinhauser’s 979-885-2967

Austin, TX DLS Feed 512-288-5025

Corsicana, TX Olsen Feed 903-874-4812

Lufkin, TX Double R Feed 936-634-6726

New Braunsfels, TX Producers Cooperative 830-625-2381

Seguin, TX Producers Cooperative 830-379-1750

Bellville, TX Harrison Farm Service 979-865-9127

Cotulla, TX Ranch Equipment 830-879-2223

Madisonville, TX Standley Feed & Seed 936-348-2235

Orange Grove, TX Orange Grove Coop 361-384-2766

Spring Branch, TX Strutty’s Feed & Pet Supply 830-438-8998

Belton, TX Belton Feed & Supply 254-939-3636

Edgewood, TX East Texas Vet Supply 903-896-1115

Magnolia, TX Steinhauser’s 281-356-2530

Ore City, TX J & G Feed 903-968-3860

St. Hedwig, TX St. Hedwig Feed 210-667-1346

Boerne, TX Strutty’s Feed & Pet Supply 830-981-2258

Edna, TX Jackson County Feed 361-582-3816

Magnolia, TX Spring Creek Feed Center 281-252-5400

Palmview, TX El P.A.S.E. Feed & Seed 956-240-1745

Sulphur Springs, TX Fix & Feed 903-885-7917

Boerne, TX Wheeler’s 888-249-2656

Elm Mott, TX Miller Hay & Feed 254-829-2055

Magnolia, TX WD Feed & Supply 832-454-2515

Paris, TX Big Country Farm Center 903-785-8372

Temple, TX Temple Feed & Supply 254-778-7975

Bonham, TX Fix & Feed 903-583-9995

Floresville, TX Lubianski Enterprises 830-216-2132

Manchaca, TX J&B Feed & Hay 512-282-4640

Pearland, TX D&D Feed 281-485-6645

Terrell, TX Poston Seed & Farm Supply 972-563-2158

Brenham, TX Cattleman’s Supply 979-836-4756

Floresville, TX Dittmar Lumber 830-216-9200

Marion, TX Hild Brothers 830-420-2313

Pipe Creek, TX Barrel House 830-565-6303

Tomball, TX D&D Feed & Supply 281-351-7144

Brookshire, TX Steinhauser’s 281-934-2479

Freer, TX Susies Freer Farm & Ranch 361-394-7061

Mineola, TX Big Country Farm Center 903-569-3200

Pittsburg, TX Texas Country Farm Supply 903-855-8458

Victoria, TX Dierlam Feed & Ranch Supply 361-575-3224

Bryan, TX Steinhauser’s 979-778-0978

Garrison, TX Garrison Hardware & Feed 936-347-2715

Montgomery, TX C & S Feed & Farm Supply 936-597-4050

Port Arthur, TX Five Star Feeds 409-736-0777

Victoria, TX The Other Feed Store 361-572-3811

Bulverde, TX Bulverde Feed 830-438-3252

Gatesville, TX The Ranch 254-404-2220

Mt. Pleasant, TX Bronco Feeds 903-572-7777

Port Lavaca, TX Melstan Feed & Seed 361-552-5441

Waller, TX Waller Co.Feed 936-372-3466

Caldwell, TX Homeyer Feed & Supply 979-567-9355

Giddings, TX Carmine Feed & Fertilizer 979-542-2446

Mt. Vernon, TX Texas Country Farm Supply 903-537-4516

Richmond, TX Brehm’s Feed Co. 281-341-9005

Willis, TX Walker’s Feed & Farm Supply 936-856-6446

Canton, TX Lazy H Performance Feeds 903-567-2222

Hempstead, TX Steinhauser’s 979-826-3273

Murchison, TX Scott’s Crossing 903-469-3122

Richmond, TX Steinhauser’s 832-595-9500

Wimberley, TX Wimberley Feed & Pet Supply 512-847-3980

Carmine, TX Carmine Feed & Fertilizer 979-278-3111

Hempstead, TX Waller Co. Feed & Fertilizer 979-826-4003 © 2015 Cargill, inC. all rights reserved.

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Company Profile...

Modern Pioneers in Equine Nutrition!


he saying goes that “necessity is the mother of invention,” and as most things follow the basis for development is often led by a dissatisfaction by what is currently available. And predictably, so it went with the conception of ForeFront Equine. That realization and “Aha Moment” came when it was discovered that what is currently available on the animal supplement market wasn’t all it was cracked up to be. The quality and volume of ingredients used, along with the rampant use of non-beneficial fillers, made for a compelling argument that money spent on animal supplements was simply being wasted. This realization and subsequent frustration caused a family of animal-loving, health conscious, nutrition savvy individuals to set out on a multiyear-long journey to develop an all-natural solution to the many, shortcomings in animal supplements commercially available. Their motivation? A means to keep their older horses healthy and sound through their twilight years, while improving the quality of life, longevity and movement for their younger horses still [16] Summer 2017

competing. Another motivating factor? Providing the same source of nutrition affordably enough to keep it within reach of, not only professionals, but also everyday horse enthusiasts. As the journey unfolded and basic recipes were considered, animal nutrition experts, scientific formulators and business consultants were added to the team. More research and formula evaluations were conducted, on not only their own livestock and dogs, but also the dogs and horses of family, friends and trusted trainers. Fast forward three years and hundreds of horses, including top exhibition animals belonging to world-caliber competitors, are enjoying and thriving on a supplement line second to none. So what’s all the fuss about? Ingredients. Namely ingredients which are both all-natural, mostly organic, ethically sourced, only premium quality and most importantly backed

by science. Each individual ingredient in every ForeFront product is scientifically proven and chosen for their effectiveness. All ingredients considered and eventually utilized in every custom blend were scientifically scrutinized and professionally proven by a variety of medical and veterinary studies verifying their efficacy and safety. Additionally, every formula is tested, certified, blended and packaged in the United States. A Leader not a Follower. Where the supplement industry is filled with lookalike-soundalike products, containing ingredients which do nothing at best or could be potentially harmful at worst, ForeFront not only stayed their own path but also did a great deal of trailblazing. Ingredients like Organic Papaya, Prebiotics paired with Equine Specific Probiotics, Equine Specific Enzymes, MSM, and organic Coral Calcium are just a few staples in their product line. Other lesser known ingredients that are key components in ForeFront’s blends include Egg Shell Membrane and Curcumin,

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Blend™. Benecell® is a flagship ingredient in most ForeFront formulas, it is one of the most researched components used in animal’s diets and is well-documented for its overall efficacy. BeneCell® is a proprietary blend of purified nucleotides, combined with other essential nutrients, which have been shown to reduce and repair cellular damage incurred during times of stress. Nucleotides play a critical role in the body by accelerating the cell proliferation process, essentially nucleotides help promote and increase cell regeneration. Cell regeneration allows an animal to expediently and effectively recover from stress – for animals, and horses in particular, stress comes in many forms, including; training, competition, travel,

illness, disease, injury, foaling, re-homing and more. The underlying reason for BeneCell’s® success lies in the fact that added nucleotides facilitate an accelerated immune response within an organism. An immune response is simply the animal’s ability to mount an effective defense against malignancies and invading micro-organisms by producing immunoglobulin’s, also commonly known as antibodies. Considering that 70% of an animal’s immune system is in their Gastro Intestinal (G.I.) tract, the immune system itself is directly affected by the health of the digestive system. In addition to being a responsible for the proliferation of nucleotides, Benecell™ is a key component in providing and maintaining a healthy digestive system. (cont. on page 18)

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Hoof Health...

Environmental Factors: Ground Surfaces and How They Affect Hoof Health

By Tab Pigg


he surface a horse stands on can have a considerable impact on its hoof health. Depending on trimming procedures and how active a horse is, a horse’s hooves can change and may require extra attention. If neglected, a horse may experience sole deterioration or other harmful consequences. To maintain optimal hoof health, it is important for horse owners to consider the terrain a horse lives on (i.e. gravel, sandy or grassy ground) to avoid injuries or infections. How a Hard Stomping Grounds Impact Hooves Because changing terrains have a different impact on the sole, examining how a horse’s home turf affects its hooves is crucial when looking at overall hoof health. For example, on abra-

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sive surfaces, such as sand or gravel, horses can experience faster wear in hooves due to the coarse ground. The grainy surface promotes faster wear in the sole, and soles may become bruised or raw if they wear too thin. If these environmental factors go unconsidered, a horse can develop an injury or even lameness. Proper trimming can also work with ground surface to impact hooves. If soles are too thin from over-trimming, or if a horse is predisposed to thin soles, a hard, abrasive ground like gravel can deteriorate the sole even further as opposed to allowing the sole to grow. Soles protect and help support the horse’s hoof, thus it’s vital they are maintained and examined thoroughly to determine a

sole-maintaining regimen. If the rough ground causes lameness or sole bruising in a horse, extra materials may be necessary in order to nurse a horse’s feet back to health. Pour-in pads can be a helpful way to protect the remaining sole that’s left and allow more sole to grow. When the soles are sealed off with pour-in pad material, they have a better chance of retaining thickness and re-growing. Depending on the moisture in a horse’s environment, there are different pour-in pad materials that can be beneficial. Vettec Equi-Pak is soft enough that it will not irritate the sensitive area if the horse is lame. Equi-Pak is fastsetting, soft pad material that bonds directly to the sole and frog, and improves the depth

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the grass they are eating. Laminitis is an inflammation of the lamina located inside the hoof. The anatomy of the hoof is such that the insensitive lamina is attached to the hoof wall and the sensitive lamina is attached to the coffin bone. In the event of hoof trauma, the inflammation and reduction of blood flow can cause partial or total separation of the lamina, allowing the coffin bone to rotate downward. Laminitis can show up as subtle lameness in the front feet, external bruising in the sole or White Line Disease. When this happens, the experience can be compared to pulling off your fingernail in an accident. When laminitis occurs, it is important for horse owners to tend to the soles quickly and effectively as to not cause any more pain in their horse. Products like Equi-Pak offer a versatile solu-

tion that is easy to apply, sets quickly and produces a soft, resilient supportive pad material. This will help relieve the internal stress within the hoof capsule and support the boney column, providing a speedier recovery. Although ground surface isn’t the first thing that comes to mind when it comes to routine care, it can directly impact a horse’s hooves. Whether galloping on hard gravel, or grazing through the grass, horses need routine maintenance and extra support to maintain good overall health. Talk with your farrier or veterinarian about your horse’s environment, and how pour-in pad materials can be a helpful tool to maintain healthy hooves on any ground surface.

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An Exceptional Superfood! By Juliet M. Getty, Ph.D.


olostrum – you know it as the mare’s first milk. It is a complex fluid, rich in nutrients and immuneregulating compounds, all designed to give the newborn foal the immune support he needs to thrive. Unlike humans, who are born with an initial level of immunity, newborn horses do not benefit from any placental transfer of immunoglobulins; therefore they must consume colostrum in the first few hours of life in order to survive. It is fascinating to note that animal species can be divided into three classes based on the way immunoglobulins are transferred to newborns.[i] (1) via placental transfer to the fetus before birth (primates, including humans, rabbits, and guinea pigs); (2) through both placental transfer and through mammary gland secretion of colostrum (rats, mice, cats, and dogs); (3) strictly from mammary secretions (ungulates such as horses, pigs, cows, sheep, and goats). Though human babies absorb only a very small amount of immunoglobulins from the small intestine, the presence of immunoglobulins throughout the gastrointestinal tract will [22] Summer 2017

bind bacteria, toxins, and other macromolecules, inhibiting their ability to be absorbed into the blood stream, thereby improving the immune response.[ii] BUT DOES COLOSTRUM BENEFIT ADULT HORSES? I was skeptical at first. After all, immunoglobulins found in colostrum are very large proteins, far too large to be absorbed directly into the bloodstream at an advanced age. Even newborn foals are best able to absorb these macromol-

ecules only within the first 6 to 8 hours of life. After that, the intestinal cells gradually stop absorbing immunoglobulins – a process known as “closure.”[iii] I reasoned that in adult animals, these proteins must be digested, starting in the stomach and later in the small intestine, resulting in pieces of the original – certainly not the entire immunoglobulin. Well, it turns out that I was only partially correct. You see, while most of the proteins do end up being degraded by

Colostrum from cows is richer in immunoglobulins than from other animal species, thereby offering improved protection against viral and bacterial infections.

digestive enzymes, researchers at the University of Illinois at UrbanaChampaign, Aarhus University in Denmark, and the University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada, revealed that some portion of these large molecules is actually transported across the intestinal lining intact, remaining capable of binding to an antigen.[iv] That means supplementing colostrum to adults actually does have an impact on health. Furthermore, colostrum contains more than just immunoglobulins. It protects overall wellbeing by providing a wide range of factors including lactoferrin, oligosaccharides, peptides, leukocytes, and growth factors.[v] BOVINE COLOSTRUM IS THE BEST CHOICE Colostrum from cows is richer in immunoglobulins than from other animal species, thereby offering improved protection against viral and bacterial infections. It is also very low in lactose, making it ap

propriate for adult horses (who are naturally lactose intolerant). Finally, bovine colostrum is readily available and easy to obtain. COLOSTRUM CAN HAVE A REMARKABLE IMPACT ON YOUR HORSE’S HEALTH Thousands of studies, using humans and animals, have revealed the many benefits of this extraordinary food. Colostrum from cows has been used to treat a vast variety of conditions including rheumatoid arthritis and respiratory allergies in humans,[vi] as well as to prevent and treat infections within the gastrointestinal tract. [vii] Though not directly related to horses, a fascinating study out of Africa[viii] recently revealed that children suffering from HIV infection actually started to gain weight, were not as fatigued, and showed significantly improved immune capacity. Imagine what impact it can have

for your horses. Studies using only horses are few; however, it is quite reasonable to extrapolate results from other studies to equine health. In 2002, researchers from the University of Manitoba, Canada, published a review of bovine colostrum’s benefits.[ix] Therapeutic applications of bovine colostrum supplementation include: immune-related episodes (such as allergies and autoimmune diseases), muscle and cartilage repair, wound healing, and gastrointestinal therapy. Other researchers have identified improvements in disorders such as obesity, insulin resistance, leaky gut syndrome, and ulcers. It falls nothing short of amazing. COLOSTRUM IS A SUPERFOOD WORTH FEEDING TO YOUR HORSE All horses, even healthy ones, can benefit from this nutritious food. Bovine colostrum is safe to feed and may prevent health issues Summer 2017 [ 23]

down the road. As a superfood, it is a natural source of nutritive factors that have a significant impact of on your horse’s recovery from a vast variety of ailments: Allergies. Immunoglobulins and lactoferrin are known to promote and balance natural immunity. In addition, when there is an improper response to normally harmless substances, the proline-rich polypeptide present in colostrum actually reduces the pain, inflammation and swelling known to occur during allergies and autoimmune diseases.[x] Digestive distress. The gastrointestinal tract contributes the majority of the horse’s immune response because it is the first line of defense for protecting the horse from invading microorganisms, allergens and endotoxins. Any compromise to this system puts your horse at risk of developing ulcers, colic, diarrhea, and even laminitis. Bovine colostrum is not only protective but it also has the ability to heal conditions that include: Ulcers. Injury anywhere along the horse’s gastrointestinal tract can result from using NSAID pain relievers, forage restriction, stress, and exercise on an empty stomach. Bovine colostrum has been shown to prevent stomach and intestinal ulcerations and also increase new, healthy cell proliferation.[xi] The Transforming Growth

Factors (TGF) present in colostrum actually stimulate gastrointestinal repair and maintain the integrity of the epithelium layer of the gastrointestinal tract.[xii] • Leaky gut syndrome. Leaky gut has been described in humans as a condition in which the intestines become permeable to dangerous substances that can then enter the blood stream and create a variety of illnesses. In horses, we see this occur during episodes of gastric and colonic ulcerations[xiii], as well as cecal acidosis, caused by excess fermentation of sugars, starch, and long chain polysaccharides such as fructans. This condition potentially leads to laminitis, as well as digestive disorders and reduced immunity. Bovine colostrum keeps the intestinal mucosal lining sealed, thereby preventing the absorption of various allergens and toxins. Lactoferrin acts as an antimicrobial agent and protects gut immunity.[xiv] Obesity. Colostrum has been shown to help burn body fat.[xv] Researchers have revealed that Insulin Growth Factor (IGF-1) is the only natural hormone capable of promoting muscle growth by itself. This has an impact on obesity for two reasons. First, increased muscle mass improves the basal metabolic rate. And secondly, IGF1 shifts fuel from carbohydrates to fat, meaning that the body will burn

more body fat to provide energy. [xvi] Insulin resistance. Here is a fascinating find! Bovine colostrum supplementation has been shown to facilitate the movement of glucose into muscle, thereby reducing blood glucose, as well as triglycerides. In other words, colostrum can positively impact the negative consequences of insulin resistance. This has recently been studied in human patients with Type 2 diabetes[xvii], and it is reasonable to adapt this information to horses suffering from insulin resistance and resulting fat deposition. Muscles, joints and ligaments. Insulin-like Growth Factors (IGF) promote optimum muscle growth during exercise. Researchers have found that human athletes who consume bovine colostrum daily show remarkable improvements in stamina and improved muscle mass.[xviii] This is good news, not only for athletes, but for aging horses who may be becoming more frail. Colostrum should be considered for any horse who is suffering from joint and ligament damage. Its IGF content as well as growth factors can repair muscle and cartilage. This has tremendous potential for equine athletes suffering from these types of injuries.[xix] Performance and recovery optimization. A recent study

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of race horses found that those receiving added colostrum earned thousands of dollars more per race and were able to resume racing faster than those who were not supplemented.[xx] In addition, it has long been known that intense activity suppresses the immune function, both in humans as well as horses. Colostrum supplementation shows great promise in its apparent ability to stimulate neutrophil’s oxidative response following prolonged exercise.[xxi] This definitely has ramifications for all horse performance disciplines. Respiratory disease. Influenza, herpesviruses, rhinitis viruses, as well as bacterial infections are the most common causes of respiratory illness. Researchers found that a colostrum-based supplement was highly beneficial in reducing the duration of respiratory infections in Thoroughbred race horses and provided a nutraceutical alternative to drugs when treating the disease.[xxii] AND THERE’S MORE… This article would need to be far longer to cover all of colostrum’s potential benefits. Research has been performed in a vast variety of areas. Physical endurance, wound repair, bone healing, vaccination response, skin health, neurological disorders, heart disease, and even cancer are positively impacted by this exceptional food. I encourage you to search online for colostrum research pertaining to your particular concern.


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SOURCE AND DOSING Look for colostrum that is from a source that is harvested during the first few hours of lactation. In order for colostrum to be biologically active, it must be processed at low temperatures. And it is critical that these cows should not have received any antibiotics or bovine growth hormone.[xxiii] For overall maintenance of health, 10,000 mg of colostrum per day is appropriate for a full-sized horse. For injury or illness, this amount can be doubled. It is completely safe at higher dosages. BOTTOM LINE Colostrum is not just baby food. It has been used by adult humans and animals for hundreds of years with remarkable results. Its impact on the horse industry is starting to show promise, revealing itself as an amazing tool to help your horses maintain optimal health. References:

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Adoptable Mini Horses Getting Kisses from their Handlers at EQUUS Foundation Equine Adoption Day on June 22nd

Kisses & Homes for Adoptable Mini Horses and more at EQUUS Foundation Equine Adoption Day at Fairfield Horse Show


hursday, June 22nd was a sunny and hopeful day for adoptable horses of many types, shapes and sizes at the Fairfield Hunt Club June Benefit Horse Show in Westport, Connecticut. The EQUUS Foundation organized the exhibition of rescued, adoptable horses on site from 4 local horse rescue organizations on the EQUUS Foundation Equine Charity Network. Spectators and competitors and their friends and families were invited to meet and greet the horses and their rescuers, learn the stories of [26] Summer 2017

each of the horses and interact with each horse, as well as take and post social media photos to help promote horse adoption. Adoptable Mustangs, Off-theTrack Thoroughbreds (OTTB), Miniature Horses and a Rocky Mountain Horse (pony) were present with their rescuers and handlers who demonstrated what these horses can do and amazed visitors with their rescue stories. “Every single horse that joined us on Thursday was rescued

from kill pens at various auctions throughout the United States,” said Valerie Angeli, VP of Communications and Special Projects for the EQUUS Foundation who organized the event. “The purpose of these events is to not just to get these

horses adopted but show the living, breathing examples of what horses at risk look like, and to educate people that ALL types of horses of all ages are at risk, not just old and infirm horses as many people think.� Many horses, like the ones that participate in our Equine Adoption Days, are in the prime of their lives and have so much potential; they simply fell on hard luck. Every horse is only one unfortunate sale away from being found like these horses were. These horses are lucky and will now have the future that all horses deserve. We encourage horse lovers to be horse protectors - to consider horse adoption - and to support our network of horse welfare charities that are saving horses and finding them new purposes and safe, loving homes. The EQUUS Foundation hosted two Equine Adoption days this Spring and will coordinate another coming up this August at the Hampton Classic Horse Show on Monday, August 28th.



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Tack Care...

Why Does a Good Saddle Cost So Much?

Horseback Magazine’s Saddle & Tack Editor


any of the of the bigger U.S. saddle makers are gone, some may not be totally gone but are struggling to survive. Some saddle companies are thriving. What is the difference? I think its quality. Companies like the now defunct Tex Tan, in my opinion, tried to survive by adopting new techniques and methods of construction while trying to keep prices down. Well, it didn’t work. Tex Tan saddles became less attractive and lower quality every year until they faded away. I just ordered some saddles from HR Saddlery. They are at least 8 weeks out. Hud Roberts, owner, has kept up quality and tradition, and has not compromised his standards, and it appears to be paying off. We’re all getting used to everything costing more all the time. I used to buy a side of Hermann Oak leather for less than $100.00, now they’re over $200.00. So, the cost of leather has more than doubled in a few years. It takes 2 sides of leather to build a saddle. A lot of custom makers use two and a half sides on average. So let’s break down the actual cost of building a typical roping saddle. First, we start with the saddle tree. A rawhide covered wood tree from a reputable tree maker costs at least $225.00. They can go up to $400.00, which is what I just paid for a custom mule tree. Now you add a seat strainer, they’re cheap, but let’s say $5.00. Now you start with the leather. Two sides of good [28] Summer 2017

leather, $400.00. Padded seat? Add takes about 40 hours to build a saddle, another $5.00 for padding and about if you have one guy working on it from $15.00 for chap type seat leather. Now start to finish, or if you have several you have to add hardware. Four dee people each doing one particular part, rings, about $16.00. Blevins Buckles, still going to be 40 hours. Let’s assume or if you want high class, Ben Veach it’s a factory saddle and employees get one piece stirrup buckles, another $15.00 an hour. That’s $600.00 labor. $20.00. Stirrups to be leather covered, You now have $1400.00 in the saddle, about $40.00, or if you want alumiwith no tooling. A fully carved saddle num or monel, they’ll be from $80.00 can take another 40 hours, so let’s say to $300.00. you just want Then you’re border stamp going to and corner have to hold tooling. everything Twelve hours together at $15.00 with nails an hour, or screws, so $180.00. figure about $3.00 for Well, now fasteners. you’re up to If you put $1580.00 at strings on net cost to the saddle, the manufactypically turer, with no there are 6, retail mark and a side of up or profit, latigo leather and keep is about in mind, $300.00, and employers the strings have all kinds average about of additional $6.00 each, expenses, like so add anpayroll taxes, other $36.00. insurance, Vintage H.H. Heiser Saddle If you use utilities, rent, metal conadvertising, chos under on and on. the strings, It’s easy to see figure at least $5.00 each, unless you why some companies try to cut costs want real silver, in which case you and cut corners, but when you lose your figure about $36.00 each. If you add a integrity, you are on that downhill slide. rawhide bound horncap and Cheyenne roll, add about 15.00 for rawhide, and I believe Hud Roberts was Billy Cook’s if the Cheyenne roll is silver laced, add shop foreman for several years. I’m sure another $10.00. he learned a lot from the famous old master saddle maker. The original Billy When you add up the basics, not the Cook, Sulfur, Ok. Is still a viable comfancy stuff, you come up with a material pany and is doing okay as far as I know. cost of about $820.00 on average. These Beware of the imitations. are wholesale prices to the manufacturer, not retail prices. Now all of this There are probably more individual is BEFORE you have cut the first piece saddle makers in business today than of leather with your round knife. It back in the heyday of the horse and

cattle era. If you can afford a custom saddle, there are numerous makers you can go to. Plan on spending about $4,000.00 or more for a custom saddle, but do your homework before you plop down your money. Some are no better than a low end production saddle, some are superb. There are a few semi-custom shops, such as McCall Saddle Company. They do a great job, with great quality leather, really comfortable seats, and style to make you proud for life, kind of like playing a Martin guitar. If you look at used saddle sites, you will see McCall saddles selling for just a little less than what you can buy a new one for.

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Health News... Protecting Your Pets from

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any of us remember our first experience with bees, and it’s usually not positive. You may have been the curious kid who got a little too close to the bee hive, or you may have been the innocent victim who was stung completely by surprise. No matter the situation, the afternoon was spent running and screaming into the house looking for help. Although we know better, our pets may think the humming and buzzing of a bee nest sounds like a good time. Before Fido sniffs too close to a

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dangerous hive, here are the facts you need to know about protecting your pet from killer bees. Africanized honey bees, or so called “killer bees”, arrived in the United States during the 1990’s. They appear no different than the common European honey bee and can only be told apart by an expert. Although the nick-name suggests a fatal sting, killer bees are no more harmful than the common honey bee. Killer bees gained their nick-name from the aggressive way they defend their nests. The more hostile bees readily protecting the nest, the more likely a person or pet is to be stung multiple times. Even though it is com-

mon for people to have an allergic or even deadly reaction to a bee sting, dogs are not as susceptible to these harmful responses. Dr. James Barr, clinical assistant professor at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, explains the common reactions dogs experience from a bee sting. “In most cases of pets being stung by a bee, there are not many side effects other than swelling and pain of the area that was stung. They can have occasional more significant reactions, but this is far less common than in people,” he said. “Most of the bee stings in dogs are on the face and head as they are investigating the bee when it stings them. Occasionally there are pets that will try to catch and eat them. A mouth sting could result in swelling of the throat, but this is an unlikely occurrence,” Barr adds. The best way to treat your pet’s bee sting is to prevent it. Owners should regularly check their property for bee hives and consult a pest control operator to safely remove it. Hives can be found in obvious places like trees and shrubs, or in more secluded places, such as in the ground, an undisturbed flower pot, or even inside your walls. It is

Protecting all your pets, whether Equine, Canine or Feline from Killer Bees is important!

not safe to tease the bees in any way or try to remove the bee hive on your own. Pets should be kept away from the area until it is cleared by a professional. “The best prevention is limiting your dog’s exposure to bees. If you see them, then keeping the dog away from the area until the hive can be removed is ideal,” advised Barr. If your pet happens to be stung by a bee, swelling is the most important reaction an owner should watch for. According to Barr, owners should have their pet seen by a veterinarian if the swelling seems unusually painful or causes trouble breathing. Giving your pet a bath after the incident to remove any remaining stingers may be necessary. It is also important to scrape the remaining stingers from the skin, rather than pulling or tweezing them out. Stingers can be effectively scraped from the skin with a knife or fingernail. Although it is uncommon for pets to have serious reactions to a bee sting, prevention is still important to protect your pet from an afternoon of regret. Keeping your property clear of bee hives will significantly decrease the chance of Fido coming into contact with a bee, but remember to leave bee-keeping to the professionals. Pet Talk is a service of the College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, Texas A&M University. Stories can be viewed on the Web at Suggestions for future topics may be directed to

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Lifestyle Tips...

6 Things To Do This Summer Before The Fall Deer Season Summer is a lazy time for deer and hunters alike. It’s a time for lounging around the pool, avoiding mosquitoes and forget about chasing bucks until the weather begins to cool. But if you are really serious about tagging your big buck this coming fall, then summer is when you prepare. Here are a list of 7 important summer tasks that you should have done before deer season.

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 Sight in Your Rifle or Bow: If you

wait until the week before the season to sight in your gun or bow, you’ll likely have to wait in line at the shooting range. Now is the time to tune your bow and sight in your rifle so they are ready to go for fall.

 Talk to Land Owners:

Want to know how the deer or moving this year? Then drive out and talk to farmers and landowners who are near your deer lease. They are out all summer and know exactly where the deer are and what they are up too. It also just helps to meet the people who actually live near your lease – they usually have valuable information that will help with your hunt.

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Set Up Trail Camera: It’s always good to know where the deer are on your lease and a trail camera is invaluable to tracking them.

 Check Your Gear: A  couple of days before the season opens is definitely too late to check your gear. You don’t want to be standing in long lines at the store trying to find the one thing you are missing just days before the season opens – or worst, show up and find missing items.

Shop for Hunting Gear: While everyone else isn’t thinking about hunting, most stores have great bargains on new hunting gear before the rush hits in September. Now is the time to surf the web or your local sporting goods store for great gear at a discount price.

 Plant a Food Plot:

Food plots take a lot of work. However, once the work is done and the sweat has dried, the fall and winter payoff of a food plot makes it all worthwhile. For the hunter who sweats in the summer to offer that food source in the dead of winter, success on the hunt is more easily attained.

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Homemade BBQ Sauce Ingredients • • • • • • •

Total:35 minActive: 10 min | Yield: 2 cups | Level: Easy Directions

1 tablespoon canola oil 2 cloves garlic, minced 1/2 onion, diced 1 cup ketchup 1/3 cup molasses 1/3 cup brown sugar 4 tablespoons minced chipotle peppers in adobo sauce • 4 tablespoons distilled vinegar • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce • Dash salt

Heat the oil in a saucepan over medium-low heat. Add the garlic and onions and cook for 5 minutes, stirring, being careful not to burn them. Reduce the heat to low. Add the ketchup, molasses, brown sugar, chipotle peppers, vinegar (or less to taste), Worcestershire sauce and salt and stir. Allow to simmer for 20 minutes. Taste after simmering and add whatever ingredient it needs (more spice, more sugar, etc.). 2011 Ree Drummond, All Rights Reserved

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Health Care Reminder:

The Importance of Hydration


the summer heats up around the country, Palm Beach Equine Clinic reminds all equine owners to keep their horses well hydrated. The average horse drinks between 5 to 10 gallons of water per day. It is important to provide clean, fresh water at all times and be aware of increased water requirements during extremely hot days. Sodium in the horse’s diet is essential to maintaining proper hydration. Providing a salt block or supplementing with electrolytes can help ensure that the horse is meeting its sodium requirements and encourage drinking. Especially in extreme summer heat, it is important to observe the amount of sweat the horse [36] Summer&2017 36 Nutrition Health Summer 2017

is producing. Anhidrosis, or the inability to sweat normally, can be a common challenge for our equine partners in the summer months, particularly in hot, hu-

mid climates. A horse with Anhidrosis is often called a “nonsweater.” In addition to lack of sweat, signs

Sodium is essential to maintain proper hydration. Offering electrolytes in hot weather is also helpful.

of Anhidrosis can include increased respiratory rate, elevated temperature, areas of hair loss, or dry, flaky skin. If any of these signs are noticed, contact a veterinarian immediately. The treatment of Anhidrosis includes a few simple changes. All horses should have access to shade and cool water throughout the day. Any exercise should be scheduled when the temperatures are lower, usually earlier or later in the day. Turnout should be limited to the night or cooler portions of the day. Fans can be provided indoors during extreme heat and the supplementation of electrolytes can be very helpful. Another common treatment for Anhidrosis is adding dark beer to their feed, such as Guinness. Some cases require more significant treatment, and commercial products are available to help as well. Contact one of the veterinarians at Palm Beach Equine Clinic to learn more about effective treatments for dehydration and Anhidrosis at 561-793-1599.

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1st Cavalry Division US Army Howdy!

Welcome to Cowboy Corner.

The second weekend in June had the pleasure to be an invited guest to the 1st Calvary Division Association 70th Annual Reunion at Fort Hood, Texas, the second largest U.S. Army base in the country. The 1st Calvary Division is long on history, authorized by the War Department in September of 1921 and formed at Fort Bliss located in El Paso, Texas. The 1st Calvary Division shoulder patch is very distinctive, a yellow triangular Norman Shield with rounded corners, a black diagonal stripe from upper left to lower right and a black horses head in the upper right. The patch is the largest of all U.S. Army Divisional patches measuring 5 ¼ inches in overall height. Another distinctive 1st Calvary feature is the “Cav Hat”, modeled after the 1876 campaign hat, a black Calvary Stetson with yellow braid. The “Cav Hat” was adopted by the division before the Vietnam War. 1st Calvary Division members are easy to identify, yellow shoulder patch and black campaign hat. While at Fort Hood, visited the 1st Calvary Museum which is supported by the 1st Calvary Division Association. The museum traces the division through many conflicts with period uniforms and weapons. The museum, is a “must see”, if you are in the Fort Hood area, and be sure to allow plenty of time, the exhibits are awesome. Outside the museum are parked lots of military hardware, and also will take some time to see. The 1st Calvary Division has a Horse Calvary Detachment formed in the early 1970’s at Fort Hood. The 1st Calvary Division horses got traded for machinery [38] Summer 2017

in February of 1943, but the Horse Calvary Detachment brings back history. The detachment represents an 1870 era horse soldier troop, with uniforms and weapons. The Platoon also has an escort wagon pulled by a mule team, and driven by a trooper and accompanied by a “swamper” or trooper protecting the wagon. On the wagon seat between driver and swamper is a Sgt. Buddy, the detachment dog. The detachment participates in many events all over the country and Sgt. Buddy is a crowd pleaser. At the reunion the detachment performed a mounted drill and weapons demonstration taken from the 1883 Manual of Calvary Tactics. Mounted shooting is a popular sport today and fun to watch ‘cause you gotta ride and shoot at the same time. The troopers shot the target balloons with carbines and revolvers, then charged with sabers drawn while jumping over barricades. Folks, these troopers can ride and shoot, and are a pleasure to watch. The swamper in the wagon shoots from the wagon and adds to the show while Sgt. Buddy sits on the wagon seat

watching. During Armed Services Day at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, have had the pleasure to work with the Horse Detachment at the rodeo grand entry. As a committee man and wagon outrider on the last wagon, I get to work with the detachment and Captain Jeremy Woodard, detachment commander. The Horse Detachment is very popular with the rodeo fans bringing living history to the event. Sgt. Buddy talks to the crowd in the arena receiving applause. After the mounted drill I got to thank Captain Woodard again for coming to the rodeo and visited with the troops. Look forward to working with the troop again in March 2018. Special thanks for my ol’ college roommate, John S. Rike, who served as a Lieutenant with the 1st Calvary Division

in Korea after college, for the reunion invitation. Some say we were both born a 100 years too late.

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