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Study: Seasonal Weather Impacts Growing Horses

Young, growing horses experience rapid changes in their body mass and size, as well as in their hoof length and size. In order to determine how seasonal weather affects younger horses, researchers at the University of Connecticut created a study that used 16 stock horses under the age of four. They studied weather’s effects on […]

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An Unwelcome Inheritance: Morgan Horses And Welsh Ponies More Likely To Inherit EMS

Researchers have learned that genetics have more of an influence on a horse’s risk of developing equine metabolic syndrome (EMS) than previously thought. EMS is a complex disorder associated with an increased risk of laminitis from insulin dysregulation and fatty deposits, altered adipokine concentrations, inability to lose weight or abnormal levels of fat in the […]

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Obesity In Horses: Soon To Be A Thing Of The Past?

Therapies that target the microbial population in the hindgut of horses may also be able to address equine obesity, according to one new study. Drs. Coleman, Whitfield-Cargile, Madrigal and Cohen of Texas A&M report that they have identified important differences between obese and non-obese horses—specifically with regards to their intestinal microbiota. Horses are hindgut fermenters; […]

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Tips To Speed Up Shedding Season From The Inside Out

Shedding winter coats is a pain and can seem to last forever, but the payoff of a slick, sleek summer coat is well worth the time and effort it takes to remove all the dead winter hair. There are some things that can hasten the shedding process, like keeping horses in work. Horses that are […]

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Study Suggests Equine Stem Cells May Be Used To Work Around Antibiotic Resistance

Antibiotic resistance is of great concern in equine medicine. It has recently been found that equine stem cells, which are widely used in horses for musculoskeletal injuries, produce molecules that can be used to fight bacterial infections; these cells may be able to be used as alternatives to antibiotics. The antibacterial properties of mesenchymal stem/stromal […]

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Sunflower Seeds for Horses: Yea or Nay?

Sunflower seeds have become commonplace in feed rooms across the country. They are a rich source of fat that may promote skin health, a shiny coat, and perhaps even weight gain in horses. Are all sunflower seeds the same? Of course not. Classic sunflower seeds, like those consumed at sporting events and used in the […]

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Pasture Pointers To Increase Horse Health

Pasture quantity and quality affects the nutritional value it offers horses, as does the season and the amount of grazing time offered. A horse consumes more grass per hour in pastures that are lush; overgrazed or weedy pastures will offer little in the way of nutritional value and will be consumed more slowly. Here are […]

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Water, Vitamins And Carbs Key To Equine Athlete Recovery

Horses that are asked to do strenuous work, like those that race, event or compete in endurance, expend massive amounts of energy during competition. There are ways to nutritionally support these athletes, including ensuring the horse’s diet includes enough Vitamin E, that the horse is well-hydrated and providing supplemental vitamins to help muscles recover. To […]

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