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Equine Connection - The Academy of Equine Assisted Learning - is an Alberta-based company owned by myself, Kari Fulmek, horse lover, leader in the field of women’s skill development and a lifelong entrepreneur. The company offers unique learning experiences with horses that help our clients face challenges and build valuable life skills, develop confidence and self-esteem, and encourage them to set achievable goals.

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Lately, the death of horses due to selenium deficiency has received quite a bit of press on social media as well as on television. Unfortunately, the cases that made the headlines were not the only ones reported. Many questions have yet to be answered and all sorts of information has been passed around — some accurate and some less so. Let’s have a closer look at the situation and try to make sense of it as scientifically as possible.

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Do you wish you could have a calmer horse, reduce or eliminate longing time, and help your horse maintain better focus in training and in the show pen? All while maintaining his general body condition, topline, hair coat and hoof quality? Let’s evaluate the situation and find an answer...

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Nutrition is a complicated subject involving the many functional characteristics of the food being consumed and the intimate interactions the constituent components of any food will have within the body. To further complicate the subject, we are becoming evermore aware of the delicate relationship between ethology and nutrition. For the horse owner, the subject need not be this complicated though.

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Proper hoof trimming is vital to preventing lameness and injury in horses. Keeping the hoof bars aligned and healthy is also dependent upon trimming. Bars appear as white lines along the frog and are made up of laminae. Think of the bars like plastic straws – if you push on the straw from the end, it stays strong and holds its form. If a straw gets too long, it will likely bend when pressure is applied and become weaker. In order to keep bars aligned and healthy, hooves need to be trimmed and collected on a regular basis. Without healthy bars, a horse can develop a “stacked sole,” or worse, a bruised sole or abscess.

At Integrated Bio Systems in Abbotsford, B.C. they really know how to deliver relief. Using a combination of tried and true natural oils in a moisturizing cream base they have come up with a muscle rub balm for both humans and horses that soothes and relieves muscle pain and tension.

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A Western saddle has been developed that can be adjusted to properly fit any horse’s back, for any discipline. Danny Kroetch of DK Saddlery in Calgary, Alberta has designed a Western saddle that can be fitted to each horse’s unique shape, and adjusted to the horse’s shape as it changes with feed, work, and age.

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