Stewardship of the Equine Environment

Equestrians have an important role to play in environmental stewardship. A duty of care should be a central focus for all of us, care for the animals whose lives we are responsible for, and care of the land and resources that sustain us all. As the world becomes increasingly urbanized and technology becomes more ingrained […]

EquuRES: Sustainable Development Goals for the Equine Industry

Imagine boarding at a facility and supporting equestrian businesses that prioritize the conservation of natural resources, support local supply chains, foster equine welfare, reduce energy consumption, use renewable energy, properly manage manure and other waste by incorporating waste reduction methods (including composting and recycling), and properly maintain buildings to reduce operating costs and conserve energy. […]

Know your Plants, Protect your Horses

Looking at my backyard last night and all of the different species of plants that have cropped up over the last week or so made me thankful I only have a small space to manage, one where everything is free to grow! This would not be the case if I were managing a horse property. […]

Selenium Deficiency in Horses

Happy New Year! This is part of Owl Equestrian’s new series, Health Spotlight, featuring a number of topics related to equine health. A number of significant health impacts are associated with selenium deficiencies in the equine diet, including severe muscle disorders like white muscle disease, myodegeneration, and acute exertional rhabdomyolysis (tying-up), the latter of which […]

The Role of Selenium in the Equine Diet

Happy New Year! This is part of Owl Equestrian’s new series, Health Spotlight, featuring a number of topics related to equine health. A trace mineral required in minuscule quantities, selenium is a powerful antioxidant, protecting tissues from the free radicals that are formed during the conversion of food to energy. Selenium is also found in […]