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Nighttime Nibbles: Why Horses Need Constant Access To Forage

Most equine owners and caretakers know a horse needs to have something in his stomach almost constantly to avoid issues like colic, ulcers and mental stress. But what about during the night, when he should be asleep? Research shows that horses need something to nibble even when it’s dark out–but the solution isn’t just to […]

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Study: Do Grazing Muzzles Cause Stress?

While horses and ponies wearing grazing muzzles may look a bit like Hannibal Lecter, the apparatus serves an essential purpose: Limiting an equine’s intake of grass so they don’t become obese and prone to the potential harmful ramifications being overweight brings. Grazing muzzles can reduce forage intake by between 30 and 83 percent, reports The […]

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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 Much Hay To Feed Horses: Where To Begin

Horses thrive on diets rife with forages, whether it is a medley of pasture grasses, baled hay, or another forage product, such as hay cubes, hay pellets, or haylage. They are capable of processing huge quantities of forage to meet their nutritional demands, but where does a horse owner start in determining how much forage to […]

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Pasture Renovations Make Big Difference For Central Kentucky Farm

Last year Central Kentucky’s Mill Ridge Farm was dealing with foaling problems, including lack of milk production in their mares and dystocias.  Upon the guidance of veterinarian Dr. Stuart Brown, II, the farm enlisted the help of University of Kentucky’s College of Agriculture, Food and Environment’s Pasture Evaluation Program. UK forage extension specialist Jimmy Henning […]

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Is Your Foal Nutritionally Ready For Weaning Day?

Weaning is a time of major transition for foals, both nutritionally and psychologically. In addition to being separated from their dams, milk becomes completely absent from the diet. Following weaning, foals must acquire all of their nutrition from forage and a concentrate. Because weaning is a significant stressor, foals are also at high risk for […]

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Advantages of Hay Nets and Hay Feeders

While forage is the most important part of a horse’s diet, circumstances arise when intake should be limited. Obese horses and ponies with metabolic conditions, for example, may need to have calorie intake controlled carefully to avoid overconsumption of energy. Limiting forage intake can mean less time spent chewing, and with this comes a reduction […]

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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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The Real Reason To Feed Hay Before Grain

While the majority of barn owners have fed hay before grain for ages, many can’t tell you exactly why they continue on that management path—except that that’s what they’ve always done. While the ideal situation would be for horses to have access to forage 24/7, so hay would always be fed before grain, this type […]

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Compensating For Winter Hay Deficiencies

Poor nutrition over winter is a common occurrence for the feral horse, but there is no reason for the well managed domestic horse to have these challenges. Understanding the deficiencies in older hay can help you maintain optimal nutrition. It’s the time of year when even last year’s hay isn’t so new anymore and hay […]

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