Denise Steffanus

Trainers Hopeful Automatic Feeders Could Stave Off Colic, Ulcers

Racehorses and other equine athletes that expend a lot of energy must consume up to 12 pounds of grain per day to maintain their health and fitness. But nutritionists tell us that feeding a large grain meal to a horse two or three times a day can tax its digestive system in ways nature had […]

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Buyer Beware: Recognizing Problem Hooves And Cosmetic Alterations At Auction

Whether a prospective buyer is looking at a horse on the sale grounds or at a private farm, one of the key inspection points should be the horse’s feet. “I prefer a well-balanced and fairly large foot over a small foot. It just makes physical sense that that foot will be able to disperse more […]

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Pellets: Are They Right For Racehorses?

Although many feed rooms on the backstretch are stocked with sweet-smelling textured grain, pelleted feed offers solutions to common management problems. Pelleted feeds come in two basic types: “nutritionally complete” and “complete.” A nutritionally complete feed is a pelleted concentrate that contains everything except the fiber provided by forage, so you have to feed hay […]

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No Forge, No Problem: 3-D Printing May Be Next Wave In Horseshoeing Technology

Three-dimensional printing is the latest technological marvel that seems to be straight out of Star Trek. In a few short years, what started with the production of simple items such as plastic whistles has progressed to the bioprinting of skin, bone, and heart tissue for human transplantation. In Australia, 3D printing has been used to […]

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Always Read The Label: What You Should And Shouldn’t Find On Your Horse’s Feed Packaging

The next time you’re in a grocery store, notice how people are stopping to read the label of an item before they decide to purchase it. The same should be true in feed stores and tack shops when owners shop for their horses. From a marketing perspective, labels on feed and supplements should catch the […]

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Rehabilitating Hooves After Long-Term Neglect Takes Thoughtful Approach

The most important challenge facing caretakers of horses from long-term neglect situations like the one we’ve covered recently in Mercer County, Ky., is restoring their health. When it comes to their hooves, horses may face a long road to recovery. Farrier Thad Gouge cares for the neglected feet of horses taken in by the Kentucky […]

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Fescue Endophytes: Not Necessarily Your Broodmare’s Enemy

Breeders know the danger equine fescue toxicosis can pose for pregnant mares. Tall fescue is a cool season, perennial grass prevalent in the eastern and central United States that often becomes infected with endophytic fungus, primarily ergovaline. Mares that graze on endophyte-infected fescue in their last month of pregnancy develop prolonged gestation, lack of or […]

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Problem-Solving: Conformation, Injuries Require Special Shoeing Care

If all Thoroughbreds were born with perfect conformation, farriers would have an easier job. But perfect Thoroughbreds are not the norm, so farriers must use all the tricks of the trade to keep them sound while they train and race. Pat Broadus is part of Broadus Brothers Horseshoeing, with his brother Chris and his father […]

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Timing Of Pre-Race Meals Has Huge Impact When Gates Open

It’s no secret that a hard-working athlete needs a complete diet to keep him going, but the directness of its impact may surprise you. What you feed and when you feed can optimize your horse’s performance on race day, according to Dr. Gary Potter, a consulting nutritionist and professor emeritus of equine science at Texas […]

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Veterinarians Fine-Tuning Strategies To Combat EPM

Once regarded as the greatest health threat to horses, equine protozoal myeloencephalitis (EPM) is not in the news much these days. But that does not mean veterinary medicine has conquered EPM. “I do not believe EPM is going away. I think it is just as prevalent now as it ever was,” said Dr. Steve Reed, […]

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