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Lack Of Forage May Lead To Wood Chewing

It’s not uncommon to see horses chewing on wood, whether its fenceposts or boards in their fields or the side of their stall walls. Wood chewing can be a result of multiple things, including lack of forage. If a horse that is used to being turned out on pasture suddenly has his routine changed and […]

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When Is ‘Natural’ Horse Care Not Natural?

The terms “natural” and “organic” are used in a variety of applications, including both the human and equine worlds. While items using the term “organic” are regulated by government agencies, those using the term “natural” are not, so care should be taken by horse owners when buying or prescribing to anything using this term. Horses […]

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Packing On The Pounds: The Skinny On Skinny Horses

Getting skinny horses to gain weight can be tough, but the only way to pack on the pounds is to maximize energy consumption. This is traditionally done through adding additional quality forage, adding grain or adding in a high-calorie supplement. Many horses can gain weight by being turned out on high-quality pasture for grazing for […]

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How To Add Weight To A Stubbornly Skinny Thoroughbred

Q: I’m unhappy with my 14-year-old Thoroughbred gelding’s weight. Shuster is 16.3 hands (170 cm) and ribby. In the year that I’ve owned him, he’s gained a lot of weight, but he’s still not close to where I need him to be, even though he’s consuming this daily: 8 lb (3.6 kg) grass hay, 3 […]

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Senior Feeds: Not Just For Senior Horses

Senior horse feed can benefit more than those horses who are long in the tooth: It can provide valuable nutrients to younger horses, as well. “Senior feeds” have been developed over the last 20 years in response to research that has demonstrated some unique age-related physical changes with age, reports The Horse. These changes can include […]

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