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Bad Bedding? Straw Hard On Equine Lungs

Straw bedding and dry hay can be risk factors for inflammatory airway disease (IAD) in performance horses, a new study shows. Julie Dauvillier, Fe ter Woort and Emmanuelle van Erck‐Westergren, who represent the Equine Sports Medicine Practice in Waterloo, Belgium, studied the role of fungi in IAD. Horses affected with IAD generally have poor performance, […]

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Study: Magnesium Doesn’t Mellow Horses As Originally Believed

Thought for years to have a calming effect on equines, magnesium may not be the miracle relaxer it has been touted to be. A new Australian study shows that the mineral may not slow reaction speed responses. These finding are contrary to a 2015 study using Standardbreds that showed magnesium aspartate to significantly reduce average […]

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Edible Bale Wrap Will Reduce Wasted Hay

BioNet is an edible hay bale wrap designed to reduce wasted hay and silage. Designed by three Imperial College PhD students, the biopolymer is completely edible with no ill effects to animals that ingest it. Though no official testing has been completed, the wrapping has reached the finals of the Imperial College London Venture Catalyst […]

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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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Basic Components Of A Horse Hay Analysis

Hay is the main source of forage for many horses, especially if pasture is insufficient or not available. “Because hay often makes up such an important part of the diet, its nutritional value should be considered. A basic forage analysis can help horse owners and managers adjust concentrates and supplements based on the nutritional value […]

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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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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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