Nutrition

Age Not A Reason To Change Equine Diet

In species other than horses, like dogs and humans, age brings on a change in nutritional requirements, including a decrease in energy requirements There is little published work comparing the digestibility in healthy adult horses versus healthy aged horses. Michigan State University researchers believed that there would be no difference in digestibility of macronutrients between […]

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Nutrition Trumps Many “Therapeutics” When Treating Equine Maladies

Whether talking about a human, horse, hyena, hedgehog or any other animal, diet has been proven time and time again to be one of the main factors in overall health and wellness. Yet, when a horse comes up with one of an infinite array of health-related issues, many times diet is the last thing to […]

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They Are What They Eat: Building Blocks Of Thoroughbred Nutrition

You are what you eat, and the same goes for your horse. These days the seemingly endless amount of options available, figuring out what is best for your horse can be daunting. Depending on the age and activity level, a horse’s nutritional needs can vary dramatically, and the consequences of taking the wrong nutritional approach […]

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Changing A Horse’s Feed: How Slow Should You Go?

Horses thrive on routine, and the same goes for their digestive system. Nancy Loving, DVM, a large animal veterinarian based in Colorado, says that nearly any change made to a  horse’s diet should be done gradually to allow the animal’s intestinal bacteria to adjust and adapt to the new nutritional components of the feed. The […]

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New Bill Would Prevent Re-Establishment Of American Slaughter Houses

Lawmakers from states across the country have come together to introduce a bill that would prevent the export of horses from the United States to Canada and Mexico and would also halt the possibility of the re-establishment of American slaughter houses. Representatives Frank Guinta (R-NH), Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), Vern Buchanan (R-FL) and Michelle Lujan Grisham […]

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Hay There: What’s The Best Way To Feed Hay?

With all the options available for getting hay into your horse—think about it: nets, feeders, mangers, bags, automatic feeders, from the ground—what’s the best way to feed your horse hay? “Because each horse and farm are different, there is no one best way to feed horses,” says Kathleen Crandell, Ph.D., Kentucky Equine Research nutritionist. “Looking at all […]

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Know The Risks Of Spring Grass For Your Horse

With spring comes the greening up of pastures, and with all of this fresh grass come both benefits and risks to horses. This spring grass is high in protein and calories and low in fiber, which is perfect for mares about to foal and is a necessity for horses living in the wild. For domesticated […]

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Shedding Light On Self-Mutilation In Horses

It’s often said that horses investigate with their mouths, and when at play they often nip at each other. When a horse repeatedly bites itself to the point of breaking the skin, the behavior is termed self-mutilation, and it can quickly evolve into a major problem. While many times self-mutilation can be a sign of […]

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How Changes In Diet Affect Horses’ Digestive Tracts

Researchers in New Zealand aiming to study the affect abrupt changes in diet have on the hind gut have concluded that horses adapt surprisingly well to changes in their diet. The team of researchers studied twelve yearling Thoroughbreds, feeding one group an ensiled conserved forage-grain diet and the other yearlings pasture-only forage for three weeks. […]

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