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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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What Makes Horses Unhappy?

While no scientific studies have been done as to why some farms and living situations make horses anxious and upset, it’s abundantly clear that individual horses tend to care for a specific type of facility and care. While an owner may never be able to pinpoint what caused the horse’s distress, it oftentimes is easier […]

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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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Basic Components Of A Horse Hay Analysis

Hay is the main source of forage for many horses, especially if pasture is insufficient or not available. “Because hay often makes up such an important part of the diet, its nutritional value should be considered. A basic forage analysis can help horse owners and managers adjust concentrates and supplements based on the nutritional value […]

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Laminitic Horses Needed For Research Trial

Equine laminitis is a potentially devastating condition that has plagued horse owners for decades. Despite the amount of research dollars spent on finding a solution, no significant strides in recovery or management rates have been made. There have been no new medications developed, but many therapies have been explored, with some having merit while others […]

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Breeding Stallions: Nutrition Matters

Achieving and maintaining a stallion in appropriate body condition tops the list of nutritional concerns for stallion managers. Too often, stallions become ribby because of breeding efforts or anxiety, or obese due to spring grass and inactivity. Body Condition Priming a stallion’s weight for breeding season starts well before the first mare of the year […]

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