Nutrition

Compensating For Winter Hay Deficiencies

Poor nutrition over winter is a common occurrence for the feral horse, but there is no reason for the well managed domestic horse to have these challenges. Understanding the deficiencies in older hay can help you maintain optimal nutrition. It’s the time of year when even last year’s hay isn’t so new anymore and hay […]

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University of Minnesota Horse Extension Office Publishes Horse Rescue Guidelines

The University of Minnesota’s Horse Extension office recently released a series of guidelines for rescuing a horse from situations that have or could put the horse’s well-being, health or safety in jeopardy, referencing situations like malnutrition, kill pens, and other inhumane-related situations. Included in their guidelines is a list of costs and considerations that one […]

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Bran Mashes May Do More Harm Than Good

In an effort to keep horses in good weight and warm, feeding a warm bran mash has long been a go-to routine for horse owners during cold winter months. Modern veterinary science, however, suggests that this may not be the best option for keeping horses’ gastrointestinal systems healthy and working properly. According to Dr. Clare […]

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The Disappearing Herb: How Does Turmeric Benefit Horses?

Do you love curried dishes from India? If so, indulge yourself, because they contain turmeric, a bright yellow-orange spice that can put a zing in your diet and a zip in your step… and your horse’s. Turmeric is a plant in the ginger family whose roots (rhizomes) contain curcumin, which has been observed in humans […]

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Eye See You: Omega-3s Can Aid In Equine Eye Health

From cognitive disorders and depression to cardiovascular disease, cancer, immune disorders, asthma, and more, fish-derived omega-3 fatty acids support many body systems. We know horses benefit from fish oil supplementation, and new research* shows that pain stemming from the cornea can also be improved with nutritional supplements containing omega-3s. In the study*, researchers describe a condition called […]

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Study: Broodmare Body Condition At Conception Has Long-Term Fetal Growth Implications

Pop quiz: When does an equine fetus undergo the most profound growth and development? You’re right! It was a trick question. Fetal foals gain about 1 lb (0.45 kg) a day during the last 90 days of gestation. Sure, that’s impressive, but consider for a moment that in a split second, a single sperm fertilizes […]

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Stall Vices Linked To Digestive Discomfort In Horses

Horses evolved wandering miles each day and grazing in herds. Now, many horses lead a very different life, spending most of their time in stalls, eating two large meals a day, and having little contact with other horses. This shift from migratory foraging to stationary meal-eating can cause disturbances in health and behavior. For example, long-term […]

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Behaviorists Suggest Many Domestic Horses Do Not Receive The Care They Need

What does a domesticated horse need? If you consider only the five freedoms, horses need remarkably little: feed, water, a pain- and disease-free life, the ability to express normal behavior, and an environment free of fear and distress. Is providing only the basics enough, or do we owe our equine companions more? Considering the lifestyle of […]

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Omeprazole Can Have Negative Side Effects In Humans; Should Horse Owners Be Worried?

If you watch television, no doubt you’ve seen commercials by law groups warning users about the dangers of proton pump inhibitors in humans. Proton pump inhibitors are prescribed for the prevention and treatment of acid-reflux disease and ulcers. They work by blocking the production of stomach acid and are marketed under the brand names Prilosec, […]

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Is ‘Hay All Day’ Too Much Or Just Enough For Horses?

There are many schools of thought about feeding horses hay. Some say horses should have access to hay all day, every day to keep their digestive tract working consistently and properly. Others recommend feeding a few flakes of hay at meal time is sufficient for most horses. Clair Thunes, PhD, addressed the issue recently for […]

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