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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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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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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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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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Contaminated Hay Culprit In Multiple FEI Drug Positives; Rulings Reversed

Two horses who competed at an international 3* show jumping competition in Portugal last year and subsequently tested positive for a banned substance have been exonerated due to contamination issues. Last year show jumpers Blaze of Glory II and Sirene De La Motte both tested positive for Sparteine, which at the time was classified as […]

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Research Update: Soaking Hay Reduces Nitrates

Horses with heaves and other breathing issues do best when specific management changes are made, like allowing them to be outside as much as possible, removing them from barns before stalls are cleaned and aisles are swept, and soaking hay before it is fed. Soaking hay reduces the breathable mold and dust particles, allowing the […]

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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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Some Like It Cold: Using Cryotherapy To Avoid Laminitis In Horses

A sudden increase in carbohydrates—either by accidentally ingesting large amounts of concentrates or overindulging in lush pastures—can contribute to the onset of laminitis. As such, horse owners go out of their way to limit carbohydrates. Other causes of laminitis can’t be avoided as easily. Take, for example, supporting-limb laminitis that occurs following an injury in one limb. “The nutritional […]

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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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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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