The horse industry in Iowa is growing faster than ever before. From activities surrounding horse breeding, showing, racing, housing, training, riding and care, it employs more than 2,100 people and accounts for millions in revenue each year. The economic impact from horse breeding and owning is doing much to support our state’s ag-centric economy, and we need you to play an important part in making this message heard.
Cold temperatures combined with wet, snowy and windy conditions increase the feed requirements necessary to maintain the body condition in horses. Extra calories are necessary to meet the energy requirements necessary for keeping warm. The best way to meet the increased energy requirements if feeding more good quality hay
Agritourism, as it is defined most broadly, involves any agriculturally-based operation or activity that brings visitors to a farm or ranch (Wikipedia). The U.S. horse industry contributes $39 billion in direct economic impact, according to the American Horse Council. The U.S. horse population is estimated at 9.2 million (AHC, 2005).
Heat therapy is used to address low circulation, muscle spasms and nerve pressure. Arthritis is caused by the loss of cartilage that can lead to bones rubbing together and causing a tremendous amount of pain. Figure one shows the common areas where arthritis occurs in equine. Heating the localized area begins the repair process and prepares the muscle tissues for movement. Heat allows for increased circulation and according to (Worster, 2011), heating the tissues at least 5 oF allows for the relaxation of the collagen molecules.