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Avoid Hay Shortage Headaches With Alternative Options

The volatility of the weather in recent years have made hay shortages increasingly common in the United States, much to the frustration of horse and barn owners. With a decrease in supplies, an increase in price and potentially lower-quality hay available, horse owners are seeking alternatives. In a perfect world, horse owners would be able […]

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Bran Mash: A Mashup Of Myths

On cold winter days, a hot beverage helps fight off chills. Many people like to do the same for their horses, often in the form of a warm bran mash. A common belief is that it will help warm the horse and have a laxative effect. However, neither is true! Although bran mashes often make […]

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Horse Feeds: Understanding By-Product Ingredients

A number of nutritionally valuable ingredients are actually by-products of other feed- and food-manufacturing processes. By-products are eyed suspiciously by some horsemen but, in reality, they are often high-quality source of essential protein, fiber, and energy for horses. Soy and alfalfa are the major sources of protein (and essential amino acids) in horse feed, but […]

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Can Beet Pulp Prevent Gastric Ulcers in Horses?

Any horse can develop gastric ulcers—painful erosions of the stomach lining that contribute to weight loss, poor performance, irritability, and colic. Despite intense study of equine gastric ulcer syndrome (EGUS) in horses, failsafe management strategies have yet to be identified. One recent study on EGUS in warmbloods* reported that horses offered beet pulphad a lower risk of […]

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Benefits Of Beet Pulp For Horses

Fiber fermentation in the hindgut provides the horse with energy to grow, work, and play. The fiber fraction of a horse’s diet typically comes from pasture or hay, but there are forage alternatives that can help supplement energy, benefit the digestive system, and provide fiber for horses that have trouble chewing traditional forage. One such […]

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Cutting Back On Grain? Experts Suggest High-Energy Fiber Feeds

Many performance horses thrive off a combination of forage and concentrates to provide adequate energy (calories) to support their bodies’ needs. Others, however, can’t tolerate high levels of concentrates yet still require more than just hay. Where can owners and trainers turn to find extra energy without feeding concentrates? Fat is always an option, but […]

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Four Misconceptions About Beet Pulp That Can Lead To Diet Mismanagement

Beet pulp is a common fixture in many barn feed rooms. An easy-to-digest fiber, it’s also a good source of carbohydrate-based calories. Made from the sugar industry byproduct of sugar beets, beet pulp is dried and shredded or processed into pellets before being packaged as horse feed. While beet pulp is fed around the world, many misconceptions […]

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Does Senior Feed Cause Choke In Horses?

Senior feeds, those that are designed to deliver balanced nutrition to aging horses that have issues chewing or digesting food, typically have beet pulp in them as it is a highly digestible fiber and a good source of carbohydrate-based calories. Though beet pulp is a good addition to an older horse’s feed, it is not […]

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Keep Your Horses In Good Weight Through The Winter

For many across the country, winter has definitely arrived. With cold temperatures  and snow-covered pastures, it can be hard to keep weight on horses in the winter months, but there are some simple, high calorie feed additives that can help to keep horses happy and healthy through the season. Kentucky Equine Research (KER), a global nutrition company based […]

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Wintertime Treat: The Many Advantages Of Beet Pulp

With the many feed options on the market for horses these days, beet pulp often gets left out of the realm of consideration. A byproduct of sugar beet processing, beet pulp is the fibrous substance left behind after the sugar and moisture has been refined out of the root vegetable. With 10 percent crude protein, […]

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