Archive for November, 2019

Holiday Gifts for Pets

Wednesday, November 27th, 2019

Holiday Gifts for Pets at Argyle Feed

Keep your pets and animals on your holiday shopping list this season. Argyle Feed’s Holiday Gifts for Pets guide includes items for the horse and pet lover. 

Horse folks can choose from a selection of horse blankets, bridals, halters and leads in our tack department, brushes and stall snacks. 

Pet’s need treats too! A new collar or leash, toys, pet treats, pet foods, and a thunder shirt to keep them feeling comforted during the excitement of the holidays or fireworks. 

Stuff your pet’s stockings at Argyle Feed Store this holiday season. Ask any of our staff for ideas, they’re here to help you. 

 

Men’s Holiday Gift Guide

Wednesday, November 27th, 2019

Shop Argyle Feed Store Men’s Holiday Gift Guide

Find the perfect gift at Argyle Feed Store, check out our Men’s Holiday Gift Guide. From gift items to stocking stuffers, we have a great selection to choose from including Case Knives, Yeti Drinkware, toolboxes, fire pits, Dewalt and Porter-Cable power tools, Traeger grills, Oklahoma Joe smokers, and Gerber Knives. 

For the hunter, we offer Yeti Coolers, hunting blinds and feeders, and ATN Thermal and Night Vision Riflescopes

We also offer gift cards perfect for those hard-to-buy-for friends and family.

Stop by Argyle Feed Store today to find more gift ideas for men and check the guys off your list! Hurry in for the best selection.

Gift Ideas for Women

Wednesday, November 27th, 2019

Shop Holiday Gift Ideas for Women

Argyle Feed Store can help you check off those holiday lists with a broad selection of gift ideas for women.  Find a variety of gift items including jewelry, sloggers, bird feeders, Lodge Cast Iron pans, grilling grates, and garden tools. 

Shop our selection of Yeti Coolers, Hoppers and Rambler drinkware. The Rambler series includes lowballs, coldsters, the 20 and 30-ounce Ramblers, and the 18, 36, and 64-ounce Yeti bottles. Stuff those stockings with Yeti clothing and hats – all built for the wild and built for your family. 

Come visit Argyle Feed Store today and let us help you find the perfect Christmas gifts for the ladies in your life!

5 Tips For Caring For Fresh Cut Christmas Trees

Wednesday, November 27th, 2019


FreshChristmasTreeWithFamilyLove the smell of a fresh cut Christmas Tree in your house?  Here are some tips to consider when buying and caring for fresh cut Christmas Trees:

  1. Make sure the tree is fresh. If you pull on a section of needles gently between your thumb and forefinger very few needles should fall off. Or shake the tree. You should not see an excessive amount dropping to the ground.
  2. Keep the tree outside with the trunk in a bucket of water until you are ready to decorate it.
  3. Before setting up your tree, make a straight cut across the base of the trunk ad place it in a stand that can hold a gallon or more of water. Making a fresh cut on the trunk allows it to absorb water more freely and stay healthy longer.
  4. The tree will absorb the greatest amount of water in the first 24 hours, so be sure to check it and add water as needed. If the water level falls below the base of the trunk, it will begin to dry out the stump within 4-6 hours. Adequate water not only keeps the tree fresh longer, but helps it maintain that fresh tree fragrance.
  5. Keep your tree away from fireplaces, radiators or any direct sources of heat. Not only can these dry the tree out, but it can also become a fire hazard.

Be sure to locate a recycling program or check with your city for special recycling efforts when it’s time to discard your Christmas Tree.

Season Changes Can Mean Diet Problems In Horses

Friday, November 22nd, 2019

Season Changes Can Mean Diet Problems in Horses

Season changes can mean potential diet problems for horses and horse owners.  Pasture quality fluctuates with every season, but the shift in quality from summer to fall is significant. During the fall, there are often warm, sunny days and cool nights. Pasture plants manufacture sugars in the presence of water, carbon dioxide, and sunshine, and then use those sugars to fuel growth during the night. However, when nighttime temperatures drop in the autumn, it becomes too chilly for plants to grow and the sugars are stored for later use.  This leads to a concentration of stored sugars in the plants, which may increase the risk of digestive problems or laminitis in some horses. Horses at most risk are those that are significantly overweight or those that have trouble managing normal blood sugar levels and are sensitive to sugar content in the diet.

Changing seasons also mean drastic swings in weather conditions and temperatures.  This, combined with a major diet adjustment of moving from pasture to hay, can increase the chance of digestive disturbances. While not scientifically proven, many horse owners and veterinarians have experienced what appears to be an association between changes in barometric pressure and incidence of colic episodes in horses. A dramatic drop in temperature often causes horses to drink less water, and at the same time, horse owners will often increase the amount of hay fed to help horses stay warm.  More hay and less water consumption together may lead to impaction colic.

As we move into fall and winter, hay becomes the major forage source for many horses.  Switching from pasture to hay or getting a new supply of hay represents as big a change to the horse as a change in grain. These significant dietary adjustments should ideally be made gradually to decrease the risk of digestive upset. Horses should be fed good-quality hay to maximize nutrition and minimize potential digestive problems. Good-quality hay, of any variety, will be clean and have a high leaf-to-stem ratio, small-diameter stems, few seed heads or blooms, fresh smell and appearance, and a bright color (faded, yellow or brown color may indicate aged hay or poor storage conditions). The maturity of the plant at harvest determines the hay quality more than any other factor. Young, leafy, immature plants contain more protein, energy, and minerals than older plants with thicker stems.  Also, as a plant matures, it contains more indigestible fiber (lignin), which reduces nutrient availability. Lower-quality hay must be supplemented with higher-quality feed to prevent diet problems in horses to maintain horses’ good condition and health.

Fall is a season of transition and an important time to evaluate the quality of forage available for your horse and whether the grain ration is appropriate and adequate to meet your horse’s nutrient requirements. When winter arrives, horses must be in good condition to be able to withstand colder temperatures. Adjusting grain rations in the early fall will prevent weight loss due to lower-quality forage and, if horses need to gain weight, there is still time for a thinner horse to gain some before the cold weather really sets in.

Source: Karen E. Davison, Ph.D. – Equine Nutritionist and Sales Support Manager, Purina Animal Nutrition, LLC