Winter Conditions Pose Risks for Horses. Are You Ready?

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Winter is here! As the season welcomes wintry landscapes and cozy nights in—it also brings not-so-welcome bone-chilling temperatures, freezing rain and snow, and some potentially icy conditions for you and your horse to navigate.

While our four-legged friends are built to endure the elements and are more nimble than we, slipping risks still go up in winter. Freeze-thaw weather patterns especially create dangerous conditions for horses trying to pick their way across icy stalls, north sides of buildings, and frozen spillover around watering troughs.

You want to keep your horse safe from missteps and serious injury, and we want to help you. Here are some tips to keep stalls from reaching skating-rink status and to help your horse find solid footing as he traverses icy ground.

Practice Prevention

First, let’s give our equine friends a little credit. Horses are savvy and will limit activity and avoid icy terrain where they can. It’s up to horse owners, however, to prevent and be on the lookout for icy conditions that horses can’t avoid—like in stalls, trailers, or around feeding and drinking areas.

So what’s a horse owner to do? First, repair leaky rain gutters on barns or buildings that will drip and form freezing water on concrete.

Remove snow from high-use pathways and paddocks. This will decrease the amount of water buildup and frozen puddles that appear once things start to thaw.

Also avoid water spillage when filling troughs. And fix that leaky spigot!

Finally, make sure to build up sunken ground where water collects and pools around troughs.

Spread the Traction

Stalls and hauling trailers can also get icy and create dangerous situations for horses. To minimize risk, scatter on the pet-friendly salt or grit.  Traction can be added by applying sand, wood shavings, straw—or Redmond’s Nature’s Blend Ice Slicer—to trailer floors or concrete. Slightly wetting icy surfaces before applying material will improve sticking power and help your horse find a firm foothold.

Roll out the Rugs

Have some old rugs on hand? Turn them into a winter walkway! Rugs make for a quick and easy coverlet when you need to lead your horse over an icy patch or out of the stall for turnout time. Keep rugs stashed in the barn for ready access and roll them out when required. Stall mats can also help.

Mind the Hoof

Generally, a bare hoof is safer than an ironclad one. Yes, going barefoot during winter—a notion we humans shiver at—actually gives your horse more traction in snow and ice than going shod. Plus it gives your horse’s feet a chance to rest for a few months. Trimming hooves will also reduce snowpack into soles and lower the chance of sliding.

If you decide to keep your horse shod through the winter months, that’s okay too. Just make sure your horse is properly fitted, and consider adding studs to the bottom of shoes. This will help with grip and keep your horse surefooted and safe.

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Mike and Sherrylynn Johnson on Daily Red

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Mike and Sherrylynn Johnson are partners—partners in life, work, competition, play—and now partners of Redmond Equine!
The Oklahoma couple first met at a high school rodeo in 1980 where Mike won the Oklahoma Youth Rodeo Ribbon Roping with his ribbon runner, Sherrylynn. The two later met up on the road and sealed their partnership by tying the knot in Canada in 2002. The husband/wife combo has been riding shotgun, horses, and the rodeo circuit together ever since.
A professional tie-down roper, Mike has wrangled in 23 NFR qualifications, was a 2003 National Finals champion, 2004 Calgary Stampede $50,000 winner, 2005 Pace Picante Finals champion, and has a bundle of other wins notched in his belt.
Sherrylynn is a professional—and highly educated—barrel racer whose accomplishments include a four-time National Finals qualifier and 2010 All American Finals champion. Before she began rounding barrels full-time, however, Sherrylynn coached the rodeo team at Southern Arkansas University while earning a master’s degree in counseling. She also completed 30 hours towards her doctorate while teaching business courses at the college.
While the dynamic duo still crisscross the country chasing their next win, when they’re not rodeoing, the pair passes along their knowledge of their sport and horses to others by offering clinics to adults and youth. They also have a good deal to share about Redmond products!
So if you run into Mike and Sherrylynn at the next rodeo or sign up for one of their clinics, ask for some free Redmond Equine samples! They’re happy to answer questions and share their own experience about how our products have helped sharpen their horses’ health and performance.
In fact, here’s what the Johnsons had to say about Daily Red, our new boosted mineral equine supplement:
“As equine competitors, our horses spend a lot of time in trailers, stalls and arenas. They can’t always feed free choice or graze in pastures, and this can create mineral deficiencies which allow greater vulnerability for health risks.
“With Daily Red, our horses receive a natural and complete balance of minerals needed for health, peak performance and longer performance life. Balanced nutrients promote a satisfied mind and healthy body. Daily Red sharpens our horses’ focus and performance, and it shows during competition.
“We’re horse owners and professional competitors, not scientists! We have no real idea what our horses lack or need to perform their best. That’s why we leave it to Redmond.”
–Mike and Sherrylynn Johnson


How Lance Robinson Cares For Foal Diarrhea

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As a horse breeder, I breed dozens of mares every year, and always try to breed at the top of the market. We’re serious about our business. Most of our mares are champions or produce champion racehorses and rodeo horses worth at least $100,000.
That’s why during foaling season, we live with our foals. We check on them every few hours, get up in the middle of the night and walk through the barn to make sure they’re comfortable. We keep a clean, sanitary foaling barn and try to do everything the best we can for our horses—but still, when dealing with animals, you have challenges.
One of the most serious challenges we face is foal diarrhea. It can quickly lead to dehydration and death if not reversed. Or if the diarrhea drags on for weeks, it can cause colitis and stunt the foal’s immune system enough that it can’t be sold at top market. That’s why we stay on top of diarrhea and treat it at the very first sign.
Recently one morning, we discovered three of our foals had loose stools and wet tails. Instead of using one of our typical charcoal-based treatments—which can be administered for a long time without much success—this time we tried something different. Upon recommendation, we gave all three foals the Daily Gold Stress Relief Syringe. To our amazement, the foals’ tails were dry by evening chores. That was a wow moment for us! We knew there was something to this product, that we really liked it, we needed more of it!
Since then we’ve started using the Daily Gold Stress Relief Syringe all the time. Now that we’ve found it, it’s a have-to-have product. We use it. We love it. I don’t want to foal mares anymore without having a lot of it in my foaling barn.

My Filly Wasn’t Getting The Minerals She Needed, This Is What I Found…

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The most common salt lick is a block that you stick on the ground. When I picked up my filly she was never exposed to a salt lick, and had more of a “sweet tooth”, so it was frustrating when I couldn’t figure out how to get her her daily mineral supply. That’s when I found out about the Redmond “loose salt”. I had to slowly work her up to a scoop, and now I can give her 1-2 scoops no problem. My filly is such a busy body and has no interest in just licking a block on the ground, so the rock on a rope is fun for my little toddler to lick and play with. She shares one with her “neighbor” and that makes it even more enticing for them.It was worrisome for a long time because I knew my filly needed her daily minerals and I had no way to ensure she was getting those. When I add that little scoop of loose salt into her grain it feels so good having that “knowing” feeling that she is receiving all of the nutrients she needs.

When I checked my filly’s grain bucket and it was licked clean after adding the loose salt. Life looks like I have a happy, healthy, water drinking, salt licking, wild little filly!

– Kaylee Powell


My Mare Had Ulcers, Here’s How We Solved It

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“Cinchy” should have been my mare’s nickname. Every time I tried to saddle her she’d pin her ears and bite at the trailer or whatever stood in front of her. She just wouldn’t settle, and I was concerned. She is my best horse—my “good” horse—so her comfort is really important to me. She’s also a bleeder and loses a lot of nutrients when I give Lasix, so at first I thought her grouchiness was because of sore lungs. Then I started worrying she might have ulcers, and she did. She was treated and things got better. . . but didn’t stay better. I was getting discouraged—I’d tried everything! I felt helpless because my mare was in pain. I took her to vets, who said to put her on this, that, and the other, but I couldn’t aafford all that. So I just prayed.
That’s when I found Redmond Daily Gold Stress Relief. Within two weeks of starting Daily Gold, I noticed a difference. When I saddled her, she just stood at the trailer, calm. Now she doesn’t even cinch when saddling, which is a miracle. I also started giving Daily Gold to my 4-year-old futurity mare, and she stays calm on the road and anywhere I take her. I now have all my horses on this product, and stand behind it 110%. My horses also have 24/7 access to Redmond Rock on a Rope, which is another product I love. It has 60+ trace minerals horses can’t get enough of. My horses now look and feel better than they ever have—maintaining health and body condition even during our hot Georgia weather! I couldn’t have done it without Redmond Equine. These products are life changing and affordable.

– Sami Stackhouse


We Were At A Dead End, Until We Tried This…

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My horse, Rusty, wasn’t wanting to drink when we were on the road at mounted shooting competitions—On top of that, he was prone to diarrhea/stomach discomfort after trailering to these events.

I was at a loss for what to do! He’s about as laid back as they come, and didn’t seemed stressed out for the most part. He would look around initially when we arrived at new places, and then quickly settle in and relax. He also continued to eat normally, but clearly his body was telling a different story. If he had some stomach discomfort, it affected how he moved and felt during our runs at competition, and he wouldn’t drink an ounce until late in the day, which worried me.

I started him on Daily Gold and Redmond Rock Crushed at home and on the road, as well as providing him with Redmond Rock on a Rope to have whenever he needed. That was all it took! The Daily Gold settled his internal stress, and helped his digestive system to work properly again. I noticed the difference right away the first time we trailering out to our next shoot—no more diarrhea or loose stool! The combined efforts of getting salt and minerals into his system quickly turned him back into the water-drinking machine I’m used to at home.

I continue to use these products regularly with both of my horses, and it has been a total turnaround from before we started. Now Rusty and I can go anywhere—to lessons, trail rides and competitions—and instead of worrying about if he’s comfortable or hydrated, I can just enjoy our rides. Most importantly, so can he.

– Megan Fischer


How I Got My Horse To Calm Down & Focus

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My barrel horse LW Hickory Commander—more affectionately known as Mo—had been battling gate issues at almost every race we attended. He was sour and skittish—rearing, spinning, slamming me into the fence. Some days we’d have just a small skirmish and then he’d enter the arena and run his heart out. Other days it was a drawn-out wrangle and he wouldn’t even round the first barrel. I was ready to give up! I didn’t want to fight the battle anymore—and worse, I felt that Mo was giving up too.
Then I heard about Redmond Daily Gold Stress Relief. I did some research and watched testimonials about the product. I wasn’t sure it would help Mo, but I was desperate and decided to give it a shot. At the beginning of the two-week trial of Daily Gold, we attended our local fair. Now, standing in a tie-stall for an entire week with strangers coming up and petting your butt can get irritating for any horse. This was Mo’s fifth fair with me, and normally by day three he’s kicking out, pinning his ears, running his teeth up the walls. But this year was different. After just a few days on Daily Gold, he was calm and friendly—all week long! The last day of the fair was the barrels and poles event. We saddled up and walked to the arena. I was so nervous. Mo was only halfway through his trial of Daily Gold, and I didn’t know if it had had enough time to work out all of his anxiety issues. As we approached the gate, I felt him get a little high-headed and energized. We took a few hops…and that was it! Just a few hops before we entered the arena. Riding Mo during that run felt great, like he was focused and wasn’t in pain anymore. Now I’m not afraid to take Mo barrel racing and I don’t brace myself for a fight at the gate. I feel that we’re in sync and we can accomplish something good together.

– Kate Rhoades

I Was Desperate To Get My Horses To Drink, I Was Relieved To Find Rein Water

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I decided to purchase 2 ponies to keep my mare company: Al Capony and Nacho Libre. They were absolutely adorable and very sweet, but they had trouble adjusting to their new surroundings. I provided them with a special, shorter water trough that I kept in the shade, right next to a salt lick to try and encourage them to drink, but they refused. I was at a loss since I had never had a horse refuse to drink before. The ponies were already in need of some extra weight, so the fact that they were also refusing to drink water was worrisome. I did some research, and that’s when I came across Rein Water. I had never seen anything like it. Other products focused on offering horses something to lick before they drank, rather than including something into the water that encouraged horses to drink. Eager to find a solution, I gave Rein Water a try. I mixed some Rein Water into a trough, and also had a plain water trough available right next to it. I gave the ponies some time to check-out the troughs, and they continued to ignore the plain water, but to my surprise, they started drinking from the trough with Rein Water! I monitored their water consumption throughout the day, and they continued to drink from the Rein Water trough. It was such a relief to find something that encouraged my stubborn ponies to drink. Now, they are much better about keeping themselves hydrated, but whenever they decide to be difficult, I know that I have a reliable and safe product that will help keep all of my animals healthy and hydrated.

– Alyssa Fleming


Solving Digestive Problems with Daily Gold

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It’s what we all dread.  I walked into my horse Tina’s stall to do the morning feed before turnout and there was no poop.  None.  She’d come in from turnout late last night.  It was now 6 am.  I called the vet.  He said it would be about an hour.  

I was scared and couldn’t think what to do, so I  got a tube of Redmond’s Daily Gold clay and gave it to her.  I gave her another tube 20 minutes later and another 20 minutes after that. Before long, the vet walked in…just as she was pooping.  Whew!  

I love Tina.  She knows when people are sad.  She will go stand by them.  When I lost my Thoroughbred, she literally wrapped herself around me and stood that way for over an hour while I cried.  It was good to give back.  


Santos is a retired Heeler.  He won a lot of money and was National Runner-up before he was injured and had to retire.  He was donated to our non-profit equine therapy program and changed from a Heeler to a Healer.  

Santos has diabetes and drinks up to 8 gallons of water a night.  He also always has diarrhea.  I started feeding him Daily Gold every day.  After about a week, I noticed he had only had about 3 gallons of water one night.  I checked him. He seemed to be ok.  I also noticed his poops were firm. (Are you as obsessed with poop as I am? I would never have thought this of myself before horses.) Surprisingly, if I give Santos 2 scoops of Daily Gold each day in his supplements, he does better with his diabetes.  Who would have thought?  


-Jolene Green

How Daily Gold Helped Relieve One Horse’s Ulcers and Stress

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I have been feeding the Redmond Daily Gold to my primary Gelding, Ace, for at least 4 years and love it as much now as I did when I first started it!

About 4 years ago I moved my horse, Ace, to a new pasture due to some life changes. He did not handle it well. He dropped weight because he was a very hard keeper and was stressed. He ended up with ulcers. After the initial treatment for the ulcers I still didn’t notice any improvements with him, so a friend suggested that I try the Redmond Daily Gold to see if it would help. I was desperate to help Ace feel better and ordered that day. Within a short time, Ace’s attitude was back to normal and I could see that he was gaining weight back. With the Redmond Daily Gold, I got my happy healthy horse back and he’s been on it since! Daily Gold not only helped Ace’s tummy, but I also noticed that he was calmer at the gate when we competed, wanted to run in every time, and was back to loving his job.

Now Ace continues to love his job and is never gate sour, but rather has a hard time waiting for his turn to go. I am so thankful for the Redmond Daily Gold; it gave me my Ace back happy and healthy!


-Stephanie Schelonka

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