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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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Easy To Swallow: Miniature Camera Shows Inside Of Equine Intestines

A tiny camera can now give veterinarians a peek into the inner workings of equine intestines, showing them any ulcers or injuries they may contain. Dr. Renaud Leguillette, professor of equine internal medicine in the University of Calgary’s Department of Veterinary Clinical and Diagnostic Science, was interested to find out if  the camera, used in […]

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Safely Feeding Horses In Herds: It Can Be Done

While spending as much time as possible turned out is beneficial for horses, feeding them in groups can sometimes lead to problems as the more-dominant horses get most of the grain or hay, even when resources are plentiful. In the wild, stallions eat first, then mares, and finally young horses; in domesticated situations, dominance is […]

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Hit Snooze: Feeding ‘Late’ Is Just Fine

Horses fed at the same time each day become conditioned to expect meals at specific times; most horses have no issue letting it be known if their food is late. While it may seem like horses should to be fed at the same time every day (or that’s what they tell you anyway), there’s no […]

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How To Add Weight To A Stubbornly Skinny Thoroughbred

Q: I’m unhappy with my 14-year-old Thoroughbred gelding’s weight. Shuster is 16.3 hands (170 cm) and ribby. In the year that I’ve owned him, he’s gained a lot of weight, but he’s still not close to where I need him to be, even though he’s consuming this daily: 8 lb (3.6 kg) grass hay, 3 […]

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Horse Feeds: Understanding By-Product Ingredients

A number of nutritionally valuable ingredients are actually by-products of other feed- and food-manufacturing processes. By-products are eyed suspiciously by some horsemen but, in reality, they are often high-quality source of essential protein, fiber, and energy for horses. Soy and alfalfa are the major sources of protein (and essential amino acids) in horse feed, but […]

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Colic Care: Do’s And Don’ts

Colic can be a very scary situation, even if it’s a “mild” case that is resolved without surgical intervention. “Colic” is a broad term that can be applied to any abdominal discomfort. It can commonly occur with the ingestion of sand or too much grain; it can also be caused from an impaction or parasites, […]

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Best Practices For Feeding A Horse On Lay-Up

Your horse gets injured and needs to be on stall rest. You knew exactly what and how much to feed him when he was in work, but now that he is out of training and confined to his stall, what should you feed him to ensure his nutrition requirements are met, but he’s not bouncing […]

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Do Horses Suffer From Food Allergies?

Food allergies are on the rise in humans, but what about our equine counterparts? “Food allergies” are not necessarily immunologic in nature—many times what people dub an “allergy” is simply an adverse reaction to something that is ingested. Food allergies in horses are not common and can be difficult to diagnose. Food allergies in horses […]

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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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