We are your one stop equine destination. No matter what your discipline, we have everything that you need. Katahdin Trail Saddlery Tack Shop is an owner operated tack shop in Dexter, Maine that caters to both customers and their horses.
We proudly offer quality products at affordable prices. Katahdin Trail Saddlery Tack Shop carries an impressive selection of grain, supplements, brand name apparel, equipment, and supplies for all disciplines. If by chance we don't have exactly what you are looking for, we will special order. Katahdin Trail Saddlery Tack Shop also offers layaway to make sure customers don't miss out on a great deal. While stocking up, check out our equine themed gifts.
We will delay our opening until 10:30 on Wednesday, November 2nd. See you soon!
We will be closed all day Saturday, October 22nd to attend an appointment for a horse. We will re-open Monday, October 24th at 10:00 A.M. See you soon!
Consult with your vet.
Spotlight Topic: Molasses
I see comments all over FB that molasses should be avoided in feed. So, today I’m going to dig into that topic a bit!
Why are people scared of molasses? Two common answers are sugar and iron content.
Let’s start with sugar. Molasses is used in baking and it’s sweet. So, it’s no wonder with all the recent talk of NSC that we worry about sugar (sometimes unnecessarily, but that’s another topic). But what if I let you in on a secret?
The molasses in feed is not the same as the molasses you buy in the grocery store.
That’s right, the molasses in feed is not the same molasses you might add to your favorite cookie or cupcake recipe.
There are different types of molasses. Molasses is extracted from sugarcane during the refining processes. This process begins by crushing sugarcane. Once crushed, it can be boiled gently to produce sugarcane syrup, or boiled vigorously to produce raw sugar crystals. The syrup that remains is molasses. This is the kind you buy in the grocery store. If you boil that syrup even more, you get blackstrap molasses. This is what is used in livestock feed. Blackstrap molasses is triple boiled. It’s what is left after the most possible sugar has already been extracted!
There are some pretty big differences between the two. True molasses has a sugar content of about 70%. Blackstrap molasses has a sugar content of about 45% and is a more concentrated source of vitamins and minerals. Yes, one of those is iron, however we also know that iron in a horse’s diet is not as big of a concern as many make it out to be.
In addition, molasses has several benefits, including reducing the dust/particles in feed, and increasing palatability which also makes horses less likely to sort through their feed. I actually intentionally recommend feed with molasses in it for horses that are picky eaters or that get powder supplements; it helps the supplements stick!
One more thing- when molasses is added to feed, it makes up a very small percentage of the feed. When you do the math out, it is not a lot of sugar at all when you look at the big picture. Your horse consumes more sugar from their forage!
So, please don’t be afraid to feed a concentrate simply because it has molasses.
Maine has five (5) species of blister beetles.
Cute as a bug…NOT!
Many people believe that alfalfa is the best hay to feed in winter for warmth, due to the metabolic heat that your horse generates to metabolize the extra protein this grass contains. If you, too, are planning to feed alfalfa this winter, please be aware that your horse could be at risk for potentially deadly blister beetle toxicity — even if you are using alfalfa that has been harvested months or years previously.
"The blister beetle (Epicauta) is highly toxic to sheep and cattle, but primarily to horses," says Dr. Benjamin Espy. "As little as four (4) to six (6) grams of blister beetles can be deadly to a 1100-pound horse. Blister beetles swarm in alfalfa fields and are drawn into bales by accident. Even small parts of these beetles are toxic to a horse, and whole insects need not be present to be dangerous."
There are many representatives of the species Epicauta, so we encourage you to contact a county agricultural agent to familiarize yourself with the poisonous beetles in our area or the geographical region where the hay you purchase is harvested. Be sure to check alfalfa for the presence of blister beetle prior to feeding, especially if you feed alfalfa hay from a new or unknown harvesting source.
If you suspect your horse is showing signs of toxicity, call your veterinarian immediately. While there is no antidote for the toxin found in blister beetles, your veterinarian may still be able to save your horse by providing supportive care to combat dehydration, help evacuate toxins from the gastrointestinal tract and delay potential absorption.
You can read Dr. Espy's article on blister beetle poisoning in full on our website at https://aaep.org/horsehealth/blister-beetle-poisoning
You don't have to ride your horse. It's ok if you don't ride your horse. It is not a requirement of horse ownership that you RIDE your horse.
I often hear people talk -
"(name) NEVER rides his/her horse! I don't know why (name) bothers having a horse, why does (name) spend all that money on board, and farrier, and veterinarian, and vaccinations and NEVER ride their horse? What a waste of money!"
First of all, it's none of their business what (name) does with his/her horse and his/her money. None.
Secondly, so what? Who care's?? If the horse is happy and well taken care of, then it's all good. I promise you that the horse is not standing in it's pen/pasture/stall saying to itself "Oh I wish (name) would come ride me!". or "Oh goody, here comes (name) to take me for a gallop around the barrels". Horses don't function like that. Horses look for and require food, water, shelter and companionship. Being ridden is not on their list of daily requirements for survival.
To be honest, I have a lot of respect for people who don't ride their horses, but are still willing to spend the necessary money, time and effort it takes to be a conscientious horse owner.
Maybe (name) has good reason not to ride, perhaps they have physical limitations, or too many demands on their time, or perhaps they just don't want to ride. Perhaps they struggle with their confidence and prefer groundwork, perhaps they don't like to ride or work with their horse when no one else is around. Perhaps they really just like to own a horse and derive as much enjoyment just being a horse owner, providing a good life for a horse they love and want to support, for as long as they can.
Perhaps we should not judge what people do with their horses, (or don't do), as long as those horses are well taken care of.
So next time someone says to you that they own a horse, but they don't ride, don't give them that stare of disbelief, don't put them down or make snide remarks. Instead, praise them for being a dedicated horse owner, for being willing to do what is necessary for a horse to have a good life, for being a good person, regardless of what they do, or don't do, with their horse.
Horses need good people, not all good horse people ride.
We will be closed all day Friday, October 14th through Sunday, October 16th to attend a wake and funeral. We will re-open Monday, October 17th.
Sometimes it's not ulcers.
Sometimes it's not kissing spine.
Sometimes it's not EPM.
Sometimes it's not the bit.
Sometimes it's not the saddle.
Sometimes it's not the trainer.
Sometimes it's the fact you're a crazy human who continues to anthropomorphise these behaviours and insist that it couldn’t possibly be a pain related issue or anything related to you.
Sometimes it’s the fact that your horse was designed for the purpose of moving 20+ kilometres per day with their head down grazing and is now confined to a box stall and fed up on high energy grain whilst going without hay for hours each day, creating a sore tummy and a greater likelihood of having ulcers as a domestic horse than not in addition to being chronically understimulated and largely unable to exercise unless they have a human on their back playing puppeteer.
Sometimes it's the fact that you dress your horse in a variety of equipment with the purpose of restricting the movement of their mouth (flash) or creating more leverage for you to be able to ride and direct them easier by using a number of different harsher bits or gadgets like draw reins. This effectively removes any ability for quiet communication, so when your horse can’t take it anymore, they must get louder.
Sometimes it’s the fact that way too many unqualified trainers play saddle fitter and tell students their tack fits when it actually does not.
Sometimes it's the fact that your horse absolutely adores running away from you because it is one of the few things that brings them relief from the otherwise high pressure, high stress lifestyle that can be rides, especially when their communication of stress and/or discomfort is being labelled as personality and otherwise viewed through an anthropomorphic lens.
Sometimes it's the fact that you think your horse will wait for you while you mount or dismount but your horse is chronically stressed and cannot fathom the idea of standing still for a couple of seconds while they’re in fight or flight mode so they instead use the opportunity for relief by moving.
Sometimes it's the fact that the majority of the stress and avoidance behaviours we see ARE correlated with mental and/or physical discomfort and have shown consistent correlation in extensive equine behaviours studies.
Sometimes it’s the fact that we have a 70-90% rate of stomach ulceration in domesticated horses so your horse is more likely to have them than not.
Sometimes, the issue is that we as humans are really great at denying anything that would push us to self reflect and see the gravity of what is an industry wide issue of ignoring the horse and then when they finally get loud so we have to notice, blaming their loud behaviours once again on them.
Horses do not lie, their behaviour is honest. Humans, on the other hand, DO lie. Especially to themselves. To protect from having to sit information that is hard to hear.
It’s taking the easy way out to anthropomorphise your horse. But, I can promise you that if you actually put the time, money and belief into diagnostic work, you will have a very good chance of finding out what physical issue is causing their behaviour. Many who claim it can’t be pain related just don’t actually put the work in to find out because the real truth is often expensive and could be painful. For years, I avoided the truth for the same reason, all without knowing that was why.
If you learn to look for the reason behind their unwanted behaviour instead of just looking at the behaviour at face value, you also may find what situations, equipment and other factors contribute to it.
If you consider ruling out pain first and honestly looking at your horse’s living situation from a welfare standpoint, you may just realize how often pain and inadequate management cause behavioural issues, because these factors are behind the vast majority of issues we run into with horses.
After all, I thought it was “never the horse’s fault” or are we just saying that to sound good?
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A hard topic, but worthy of thoughtful consideration.
A tough topic about an even tougher decision.
It would be easier if they just made the decision for us. Laid down to rest one warm fall afternoon surrounded by their herd mates, never to wake again.
Easier also is in the face of dire emergency, where the only choice is clear, the path to quick mercy.
Unfortunately for us as horse owners, there are blessed few who have that decision made for us. Most of the time, it’s up to us to make that last call.
The majority of us are left with the horses who served us well right up until the end, maybe even enjoying years of retirement. When you see them out in the pasture and wonder, “is this the end, or just a bad day? A bad few days?” “Oh – they look perky today, maybe things are looking up. What I thought I had to think, I don’t have to – today. It’s a good day.”
But the writing is on the wall. Their eyes are less bright, their weight hard to keep. Their gait shuffled, surviving, but no longer thriving.
All symptoms of the fact you have the hardest decision of your life to make, and soon. I wish it on no one and grieve the day I have to make the decision I advocate here for; the decision to let them go on a good day.
We are having a blessedly long and beautiful fall, but time is waning if you are only beginning to contemplate whether your trusted partner can face another barren, brutal, frostbitten winter.
You are the only advocate your horse has. His health is and has always been in your hands. In loving him as hard as you have for all these years, I hope you can love him hard enough to let them go on a good day, while there is still time.
We now have the new fall LeMieux colors; Fig, Marine, and Sienna. Pads are available in loire and suede finishes, both GP and dressage cut. For the ultimate in matchy-matchy, check out the fly bonnets and shirts too!
These colors are so rich and the LeMieux quality is fabulous!
Trying to interpret your horse’s behaviors and pinpoint signs of discomfort or pain can be SO overwhelming. FFB has compiled a list of common symptoms of neck pain to help you out!
Symptoms of Neck Pain:
✔️ Extra sensitive to mane pulling
✔️ Difficulty bending the neck side to side (or just to one side) under saddle or in hand
✔️ Feeling stiff or locked in the contact when riding
✔️ Increased tripping under saddle
Do any of these symptoms ring a bell? Freely Forward Bodywork can help!
Photos from Freely Forward Bodywork's post
We are now offering Santa Cruz Animal Health UltraCruz products. This line offers a comprehensive line of high quality, affordable animal health products.
Check out their grooming products such as shampoos, conditioners, and detanglers.
They offer a natural fly and tick spray,
In addition, they offer joint care, skin and allergy supplements, as well as wellness products.
We will delay our opening until 12:15 P.M. on Wednesday, September 28th. See you soon!
Clipping season is almost here!
We will delay our opening until 10:30 on Wednesday, September 21st. See you soon!
Check with your veterinarian.
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We will be closed all day Saturday, September 10th. We will re-open Monday, September 12th at 10:00 A.M. See you soon!
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We will be closing at 2:15 P.M. today. We will reopen Thursday at noon. See you soon!
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We will be closing at 1:00 P.M. today. We will reopen Monday at 10:00 A.M. See you soon :-)
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Be Careful How You Judge a Horse
This horse anyone would love to own. He is calm, willing, trustworthy and beautifully educated.
But if you met him when he was 6 months old you would have met a horse that had just jump through the front window of a horse trailer and five men struggled to lift him out. He was cut to ribbons 😱.
Today, he gets on and travels perfectly☑️.
If you met him when he was 3 years old you would have met a horse that was petrified of water and being hosed off. So much so he put a trainer in hospital with a broken ankle after running over the top of him when trying to fix his hosing issues😱.
Today, you can hose him no worries☑️.
If you met him when he was 5 years old, you would have met a horse that didn't canter and panicked😱.
Today, he has a great canter☑️.
This horse is a great horse because every issue he has had in his life his owner has helped and supported him LEARN how to over come and grow in confidence - whether it was travelling in a trailer, overcoming his hosing phobia, allowing him to develop his canter or all the other things he is great at such as going trail riding or to competitions.
Each of these issues could have had you labelling him dangerous, difficult or problematic.
But he is not these things, he is a great horse.
You might have a great horse too, they just exist in the future after you have found out HOW you need to support them to be a great horse🐴 ❤
Slight delay in opening. We seem to be stuck in a parade.
Keep bugs off wounds and put your horse in the comfort zone.
SWAT Fly Repellent Protects against biting flies
Here's a helpful tip!
Encourage healthy water consumption year-round during extreme hot and cold weather and under stressful conditions with Apple-Dex and Electro Dex Electrolytes. This complete electrolyte formula helps replace vital minerals lost through sweat, maintain fluid balance and keep horses hydrated.
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Enhance your grooming experience and impart a long-lasting, healthy sheen to your horse's coat, mane and tail with Vetrolin Shine. This trusted favorite adds a brilliant shine and repels stains, keeping your horse looking his best.
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