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Bits & Pieces: January 2011
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Our staff is reflecting on another year spent with friends and family and celebrating our common interest, the horse. We look forward to another year with you and your horse as our valued client.

If there is a topic that you are interested in learning more about, contact us via email or Facebook and your topic could be featured in the next Bits and Pieces!

Superior Preventative Wellness Plan

Superior Preventative Wellness Plan

If you have not yet enrolled your horse(s) in the Superior Preventative Wellness Plan, it is not too late. The Wellness Plan offers the core vaccinations and services that are needed each year. Follow this link for more information on the services that are offered for the Wellness Plan.

The Superior Preventative Wellness plan will remain $495.00 for your first horse until January 31st and remember, each additional horse receives additional discounts. (Your additional horses Wellness Plan cost is reduced to $449.00)

Is feeding bran mash truly beneficial?

Is feeding bran mash truly beneficial?
(Article from The Horse)

During the colder months, many horse owners go on a quest for wheat bran, probably so that they can make their four-legged friends a bran mash--a warm treat for horses on frosty winter days. Aside from the obvious, what's in a bran mash? And what is it meant to do?
Here's an easy recipe. The two basic ingredients, simply enough, are wheat bran (rice bran, which is relatively high in unsaturated fats and is often used as a fat supplement in the diet of high-performance horses) and boiling water. The amount of water used depends on the desired wetness or sloppiness of the mash. Blend thoroughly and steep for at least 15 minutes, covering the bucket or feed tub with a towel. Just prior to feeding, add any other ingredients that might tempt a horse to dive in, such as diced apples, sliced carrots, a pull of molasses, or a handful of oats. And voilà ... a bran mash is created.

Bran mashes remain a staple in the feeding regime of some horsemen and continue to be a traditional meal for horses recovering from sickness, for mares immediately following foaling, and for aged horses with dental problems. A bran mash also is often the meal of choice for horses following an intense workout, especially for those that do not drink adequately during or after intense exercise and teeter on the brink of dehydration.

However, In recent years bran's long-standing laxative properties have been under fire. For decades, horsemen have believed that bran might prevent colic in horses by keeping ingesta (ingested feed) flowing smoothly through the digestive system. Research, however, suggests otherwise. In fact, a study conducted at Cornell University completely denounced this tightly held belief. (CLICK HERE for the entire article)

Wintering Your Senior Horse

Wintering Your Senior Horse
(Article adapted from The Horse)

When it comes to preparing your senior equine for winter weather, small steps can go a long way to support your horse's health and comfort. Horses are living much longer and healthier lives and with proper preventative care and maintenance, our senior horses can continue living active lives. 

Most horseowners share the same concerns when it comes to winterizing their senior equines, follow the link below for information on recommended shelter, blanketing, body condition, caloric intake, feeding, blacksmith, parasite control, water intake and manure output. Nathan Slovis, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVIM, of Hagyard Equine Medical Institute in Lexington, Ky., shares some tips for keeping your senior equine healthy and happy during the long winter months. (CLICK HERE for the entire article)

2011 Horse Owner Lecture Series

Join us at 6pm, every other Monday beginning January 24, 2011 for our Horse Owner Lecture Series. (CLICK HERE for a complete list of dates and topics)

As space is limited, please RSVP by telephone 781-585-2611 or by email southshoreequineclinic@yahoo.com. Light refreshments will be served and all attendees are eligible for door prizes.

We look forward to this new year and continuing to offer you our best service and client education. Please join us at our educational nights, they have become very popular so make sure to RSVP because numbers will be limited for this years seminars.

Sincerely,

Mark Reilly, DVM, Dipl. ABVP
Linda Cimetti, DVM
Travis Tull, DVM
Rachel Oberholtzer, DVM
and the Staff of South Shore Equine Clinic

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