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Q and A: How To Feed An Underweight Horse

In a recent question and answer column on TheHorse.com, a reader asked veterinarian Dr. Clair Thunes, PhD about the best ways to put weight on an off-track Thoroughbred she recently adopted. The horse, says the reader, is selective in what it wants to eat and is generally disinterested in hay and pellets. Thunes, who is […]

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Contaminated Feed Kills Six Horses In Minnesota

Six horses were killed after eating feed from Gilman Co-op Creamery in Gilman, MN, which was tainted with monensin. An antimicrobial for cattle and poultry, monensin is toxic to horses in even small doses. The feed that killed the horses was a custom blend made specifically for the farm where the horses were located. The […]

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Drought In Australia Affecting Even Large Thoroughbred Farms

Drought conditions in Australia are affecting all livestock owners, including large Thoroughbred breeding farms, with an increased cost for hay and the potential for limited quality hay in the near future. Farms like Yarraman Stud and Arrowfield are considering or have implemented an additional fee on horse owners to cover the rising cost of quality […]

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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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Myth Busters: Three Common Feeding Trends That Are Actually Bad For Horses

It can be difficult to meet the complex nutritional needs of horses; many well-intentioned feeding customs have become mainstays in horse care though they can actually be detrimental to a horse’s wellbeing. Here are three of them. Myth One: Only work horses when they have an empty stomach. While it may be uncomfortable for a […]

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Is ‘Hay All Day’ Too Much Or Just Enough For Horses?

There are many schools of thought about feeding horses hay. Some say horses should have access to hay all day, every day to keep their digestive tract working consistently and properly. Others recommend feeding a few flakes of hay at meal time is sufficient for most horses. Clair Thunes, PhD, addressed the issue recently for […]

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Can Horses Have Food Allergies? Study Says It’s Hard To Know

Food allergies are a way of life for many people. Whether it’s a simple reaction like tomatoes or sprouts giving a case of hives or something more dire like a severe reaction to peanuts, nearly everyone either has one or knows of someone who does. As common as food allergies are in people and even […]

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Making Changes Gradually To A Horse’s Diet Prevents Gastric Upset

Horses rely on fiber, such as hay, pasture grass and concentrated feeds, for the majority of their nutrients, thanks in large part to a digestive system designed to properly process such material. The bacteria and protozoa in a horse’s stomach ferment and break down the fibrous material a horse consumes, converting it into nutrients and […]

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An Ounce Of Prevention: Easier To Prevent Impaction Colic Than Treat It

Impaction colic in horses can take place in the large or small intestine. This type of colic is a buildup of feed or hay that completely blocks the ability of material to pass, leading to bloating, distention and painful stretching of the intestine. The blood supply to vital tissues can also be cut off, adding […]

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Four Tips For Feeding Mares In Late Gestation

The nutritional requirements for in-foal mares are more robust than the average horse. Not only are they in need of specific vitamins, minerals and fats in order to maintain their health and condition, but they also need specific nutrients to maintain that of their unborn foal. While the nutritional requirements of mares don’t change dramatically […]

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