Nutrition

Horsemanship For The Ages: Horse Care In The Middle East

With the Dubai World Cup Festival just a week away and Qatar’s best racing completed last month, Middle Eastern racing is on a lot of people’s minds. Horses are shipping in and out from all over the world, which invites one to wonder what life is like for racehorses in the Middle East, and what […]

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The Importance Of Babies’ First Meals

Proper nutrition is important for a horse of any age, but when the horse is a newborn foal, its first few meals can have a significant impact on the rest of its life. Newborn foals lack antibodies that combat infection. These antibodies are first introduced to a foal through their mother’s first milk, or colostrum, […]

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Hay Forecasts Bleak As Unprecedented Drought Predicted

The worst drought of the past 1,000 years is predicted to hit the Southwest and Central Plains in the coming decades, according to a NASA study out earlier this year, ravaging all or part of 17 states from California to Louisiana to Minnesota. According to multiple drought projection models, both regions are set to experience […]

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The ABCs Of Vitamin E

Vitamin E is an essential part of a horse’s nutritional needs, yet it is one of the few vitamins a horse cannot produce internally. Horses with adequate access to fresh green forage typically get enough vitamin E through grass, as well as enough fat from the grass to properly digest the vitamin. Vitamin E impacts a […]

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Schoenthal Reaping Rewards Of Homegrown Feed

Trainer Phil Schoenthal has had an unusual hobby the past three years: when he’s not conditioning his horses, he’s ducking in and out of a hydroponic growing shed he built onto his barn at Laurel Park. Schoenthal had noticed that his horses had become slow to drink water during chilly winters, when their buckets often […]

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Measuring Mineral Status Of Horses Through Hair Samples

Researchers in Iran have found mane hair sample analysis to be a useful tool in evaluating the mineral status of horses. Scientists from the University of Guilan took twelve horses in their experiment to study the effects of dietary mineral intake on hair mineral contents in healthy horses. Horses were given three separate 56-day “treatments” […]

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Tummy Troubles: Feeding Certain Grains Can Alter Hindgut pH In Racehorses

Researchers in Australia have studied the grain-based diets given to racehorses to investigate the impact different types and amounts of cereal grains can have on their hindgut pH. Seventy-two trainers participated in the study, providing data and grain samples. Fecal samples from their horses in training were also taken to measure pH, dry matter, starch […]

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What Happened Here? Causes of Feed Contamination

Cases of equine feed contamination have made national headlines in the last few months, many of them with deadly consequences. Beginning in Florida, where 22 horses were poisoned by monensin-contaminated feed from Lakeland Animal Nutrition, and most recently in South Carolina, where three horses were supposedly poisoned by ADM Alliance Nutrition, feed and concerns for […]

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Suspected Feed Contamination Case Expands Into Third State

The case of suspected feed contamination that has been reported in South Carolina and Georgia may have now spread to Alabama, according a a Rate My Horse Pro report. Eventer Andrew Palmer is the third farm owner in as many states whose ADM Alliance Nutrition feed has tested positive for monensin. Palmer submitted samples of his […]

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Feed Contamination Possible in Case of South Carolina Horse Deaths

ADM Alliance Nutrition, an equine feed manufacturer, has been named in some news outlets and on social media as a potential connection to the death of three South Carolina horses and the sickening of another. Anne Kennedy, the farm owner of the barn where the horses resided, fed ADM Alliance 12 percent horse feed. Kennedy […]

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