Saturday, July 27, 2013

Chromium - AZ CC now available with or without

Many horse owners are unsure if AZ Copper Complete with chromium is right for their horse.

This has been a popular supplement to use when hay can't be tested for more precise balancing or in boarding situations.  Developing this mix was done with the insulin resistant (IR) horse in mind on a diet of mainly Southwestern hay which is likely deficient in chromium.  Because chromium can provide antioxidant support, providing this mineral in small amounts can also be appropriate for horses which aren't IR, or consume hay or pasture in other regions of the country.

But there are some circumstances where we might not want to add chromium to the diet. Horses with PSSM/EPSM can be insulin "sensitive" rather than insulin resistant, so we may want to avoid ingredients such as chromium which can improve insulin sensitivity.  Soil in many parts of the US are not chromium deficient and some may have high levels as a result of "industrial fallout".

As I've had many requests about the availability of AZ Copper Complete without added chromium, I checked with Rod Johnson at HorseTech, where AZ CC is manufactured and sold.

I am happy to announce that you can now purchase AZ Copper Complete without chromium!

As most of you know, this supplement has always been available only directly from HorseTech, with no "middle man" or reseller charges, and I receive no remuneration from the sale of AZ CC. This ensures HorseTech is able to keep the supplement available at the most reasonable cost to you and that the product you receive is at its freshest. And, like everything they sell, it is covered by HorseTech's 100% satisfaction guarantee.

To order AZ Copper Complete without chromium, call HorseTech at 1-800-831-3309 or send an email to and request AZ Copper Complete without chromium.

The supplement will have a different "MS" number on the label; if demand is high enough then it can be added to their Popular Custom Products order page.  You can still order AZ Copper Complete with chromium at the Popular Custom Products order page as you alway have.

You can find out more about AZ Copper Complete here and view or download the label and a spec sheet.  If you have questions about including AZ Copper Complete, a custom supplement mix or another HorseTech product in your horse's diet, you can email me at

Best regards,

Patti Woodbury Kuvik
in monsoon soaked Vail AZ
Don't forget the salt!


Tuesday, July 23, 2013

100 Miles in Twenty Four Hours

What does it take to go one hundred miles in twenty four hours or less, with temperatures above 100 - and then be judged "fit to continue"?

Dedication, training, conditioning, good hoof care and a great foundation diet!

The top endurance horses in the U.S. go on and on. We see them year after year - healthy, sound whether barefoot and booted or shod, with lots of reserve.  What they were fed three or six months ago can make the difference between winning the Tevis or Haggin cups or not making those tough last few miles.

Congratulations to Take A Break and rider Rusty Toth on their first place Tevis win.  Haggin cup winner Julioslastchance, ridden by Suzanne Hedgecock, was deemed the Top Ten horse "in the most superior physical condition" following the race.

Watch these two amazing horses in action and consider what the right diet, great hoof care and a consistent conditioning program could do for your horse.

2013 TEVIS & HAGGIN CUP WINNERS Gold Country Videos

Best regards,

Patti - in very warm Vail AZ
Don't forget the salt!

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