Estimating Horse Weight

Group of Horses with Saddles on

Knowing your horse’s weight can be very useful for many purposes including calculating feed rations and knowing how much of a de-wormer to administer. It is not always easy to find a scale that will accommodate the weight of a horse therefore the next best option is to estimate the horse’s weight using one of […]

Why Are Barns Red?

Farmlands across North America are dotted with red barns. For many years red has been the cliché color for a barn. But why? What created this tradition of the red barn? Red has been adopted as the color of choice for barns for centuries not due to its aesthetic appeal but, rather, due to its […]

Bees: The Effects of Chemical Insecticides

Declining bee populations have recently been linked to the use of chemical insecticides. In fact, studies have shown that insecticides such as imidacloprid and thiamethoxam negatively effect a bee colony’s ability to reproduce as well as the bees’ homing instincts. A study conducted by the Harvard School of Public Health dusted sixteen hives with imidacloprid, […]

Horse Camping: Tips for Camping with Horses

Horseback riding

It’s camping season and what’s more fun than camping and riding! Get planning with these helpful hints! Where to find a campsite When looking for a campsite, check with Federal and state agencies, as they have millions of acres available for horse camping and trail riding. These agencies include the National Forest Service, Bureau of […]

Snake Bites in Horses: What You Need to Know

When your horse is bitten by a snake it is important to know what to do in order to be able to act quickly. Here is some important information that you need to know. Snake bites most often occur on a horse’s: Nose Neck Legs Symptoms of a snake bite include: Breathing difficulties or very […]

Facts About Animals: Goats

Who knew that goats were such interesting animals? Check out these interesting facts about goats. Did you know… Goats were the first animals to be tamed by humans. Humans began herding goats approximately 9000 years ago. Goats are members of the cattle family. They are closely related to sheep, deer and bison. Distant relatives include […]

Llamas and Alpacas: What Is the Difference?


There are many differences between llamas and alpacas, with their physical appearances being the most obvious. Here are some of the main differences that exist between llamas and alpacas. A llama is approximately twice the size of an alpaca. Most llamas weigh approximately 200 to 350 lbs while alpacas usually weigh between 100 and 175 […]

What Is Citric Acid?

Citric Acid is an organic acid naturally derived from organic plant matter. Citric Acid is a common active ingredient found in pesticides, disinfectants, sanitizers and fungicides. It is also a safe and effective impediment to the formation of ammonia. Absorbent Products has, therefore, developed products that use Citric Acid to provide ammonia control for barns, […]

What Is Ammonia?

What is ammonia? Ammonia is a gas that is a by-product of animal waste, produced from nitrogen in urine and animal feces. Some of the nitrogen in an animal’s diet is metabolized into animal protein, for example, milk, meat or eggs. However, excess nitrogen is excreted through urine and feces and during manure decomposition ammonia […]

Does Red Lake Diatomaceous Earth Have an Expiration Date?

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Red Lake Earth (RLE) is a food chemical codex grade diatomaceous earth product that is registered for use in livestock feed as an anti-caking and flow agent (not to exceed 2% of total diet). This product does not have an expiration date. As long as it is stored in a cool, dry area, it is […]