Nutrition

Yay Or Nay: What’s The Word On Corn For Horses?

Corn is still present in a lot of commercial feed mixes for horses, but also has a lot of negative buzz surrounding its use. Should we be avoiding it at all costs? Experts say there are several health implications to feeding a high starch diet, including increasing blood glucose levels, which can negatively affect horses […]

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Animal Charities Stepping Up To Aid Horses In Puerto Rico

Animal-related charities have put out the rallying cry to their supports throughout the U. S. as their focus shifts from helping horses and other animals in Florida and Texas to assisting with efforts in Puerto Rico. Hurricane Maria’s wrath has left much of the island devastated, with more than 3.4 million without power and many […]

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Electrolytes And Muscle Function: What’s The Connection?

Electrolytes are necessary for normal muscle contraction and relaxation. “When electrolytes become depleted or imbalanced, fatigue and muscle cramps can result,” says Catherine Whitehouse, M.S., a nutritionist with Kentucky Equine Research (KER). Muscles contract with the help of an electrical charge. This contraction, in physiological terms, is called an action potential and is essential to […]

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The Big Cool Down: Feeding Horses In The Fall

While the heat of summer wanes, horse owners should prepare their animals for the oncoming colder weather by adjusting their feeding program. But what needs to be done to ensure the horses are prepared for the cold? There are some factors to take into consideration before any adjustments are made, reports The Horse. These include: […]

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Feeding Frenzy: Proper Nutrition For Evacuated Horses

The headlines have been filled lately with wildfires, hurricanes and flooding that has forced horse owners across the country to either relocate with equines in tow or shelter in place and prepare as best they can. While it can be impossible to know for how long horses will be unable to return to their home […]

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Study: Low Starch Diet Is Best For Ulcers, But May Not Work For Racehorses

In 1999, veterinarians and horsemen welcomed the introduction of omeprazole as a treatment for gastric ulcers in horses. The new animal drug was welcomed as an effective treatment for the estimated 60-90 percent of performance horses that suffer from gastric ulcers – a particularly common problem for on-track Thoroughbreds. But a common problem in humans […]

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Seasonal and Gender-Related Weight Changes In Racehorses

Trainers expect body weight changes in Thoroughbreds as fitness ebbs and flows through conditioning and racing cycles, but few would anticipate fluctuations in weight based on season or sex. A recent study suggests that body weights of racehorses vary from season to season, and differences in energy metabolism might exist between sexes*. Seasonal weight changes […]

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Supporting Reproductive Health In Aging Mares

Mare, mare, quite contrary, how do your follicles grow? Perhaps more importantly, how does the growth of follicles—the small sac on the ovary from which an egg is released—change with each passing year of a mare’s reproductive career? This and other questions related to the ageing equine reproductive tract were recently asked by a group of […]

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Nutrient Digestibility In Horses: Does It Change With Age?

The population of horses over the age of 20 has increased in recent history, thanks to better healthcare and increased scientific knowledge of the aging process. Many horsemen believe that diets should be more heavily fortified as horses age in order to make up for losses in digestive efficiency. New research is challenging this notion, though. A […]

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Taking Control: Managing Small Strongyles in Adult Horses

Internal parasites remain important health concerns for horses in all corners of the globe. In younger horses, roundworms (Parascaris spp.) can cause colic, ill thrift, and dull hair coats. Older horses, however, are primarily infested with cyathostomins, known more commonly as small strongyles. In fact, almost 100% of horses, regardless of how well they are managed, have cyathostomins. While […]

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