Two UMN Equine Conferences Offered In February 2020

The University of Minnesota will be offering two equine conferences in early February that are geared toward horse owners and professionals. Hosted at the Leatherdale Equine Center on the St. Paul campus, the first conference will be held on Friday, Feb. 7. Dr. Brian Nielsen, of Michigan State University, will speak on the effects of […]

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Five Management Strategies To Help A Horse Live Longer

The way a horse is managed throughout his life has a direct impact on how long he lives. With proper care that includes disease prevention, parasite control, routine dental care and others, a horse has a good chance of living well into his twenties or even longer, reports EQUUS. Poor mobility, founder, and the inability […]

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Chia Seeds And Equine Health

Chia seeds have risen in popularity as an additive to both horse and human diets. These very tiny seeds are high in fiber, protein, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, but they are best known for their omega 3 and 6 content. With a 30 percent fat content, they have a ratio of 3:1 omega 3 to […]

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Aging Equines By Teeth May Not Be Accurate For Icelandic Horses

Horse owners and caretakers are familiar with using a horse’s teeth to judge generally how old the equine is, but one breed in particular, the Icelandic horse, is difficult to age by conventional dental guidelines. Drs. Jarosław Łuszczyński, Magdalena Pieszka, Weronika Petrych and Monika Stefaniuk-Szmukier noted that many times the age assessment based on teeth […]

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Man-Made Chemicals Linked To Equine Metabolic Syndrome

Research from the University of Minnesota has shown that endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs) in a horse’s environment may lead to the development of equine metabolic syndrome (EMS). Typically manmade, these chemicals are found in plastics, personal care products and pesticides. They are prevalent in the environment and mimic hormones, blocking a horse’s real hormones from accomplishing […]

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Feeding Tips For Elderly Equines

As horses age, their dietary needs change; some equines may have trouble gaining weight while others become obese. Their teeth may wear down or fall out, making chewing difficult. The ability to absorb nutrients from feed may diminish, as well. Saliva production diminishes as a horse ages, so moistening his feed is a good way […]

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Low-Intensity Exercise Reaps Additional Benefits Besides Weight Loss

While restricting caloric intake in horses that need to lose weight is important, new research shows that low-intensity exercise is also key to helping horses shed pounds and garner additional health benefits. A study done by the University of Melbourne used 24 horses and ponies with a body condition score of at least 7 (out […]

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Can Diet Deter Skin Issues In Horses?

Scratches, also known as mud fever, pastern dermatitis or grease heel, is an infection that occurs on the back of a horse’s heels, but can spread up a horse’s cannon bones. Scratches can occur in horses that are turned out in wet or muddy conditions, those that have cuts on their legs from insect bites […]

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The Dirty Truth: Why Horses Eat Soil

Though many horse owners worry something is amiss in an equine diet when their horse is sampling soil, it’s not uncommon for horses to nibble dirt. A natural activity, dirt is a part of the equine diet, says Dr. Amy Gill, for the following reasons: Dirt contains microbes that benefit the equine digestive system. Dirt […]

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