horse nutrition

Feeding Frenzy: Proper Nutrition For Evacuated Horses

The headlines have been filled lately with wildfires, hurricanes and flooding that has forced horse owners across the country to either relocate with equines in tow or shelter in place and prepare as best they can. While it can be impossible to know for how long horses will be unable to return to their home […]

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Too Much of a Good Thing: When Extra Nutrients Become Harmful To Horses

Many owners feel they are depriving their horses if they aren’t feeding them a bunch of supplements. “If a little is good, a lot is better” is often the philosophy, with the reasoning being a horse will simply release extra nutrients in waste with no harm done. Experts say this is a common misconception and […]

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Four Misconceptions About Beet Pulp That Can Lead To Diet Mismanagement

Beet pulp is a common fixture in many barn feed rooms. An easy-to-digest fiber, it’s also a good source of carbohydrate-based calories. Made from the sugar industry byproduct of sugar beets, beet pulp is dried and shredded or processed into pellets before being packaged as horse feed. While beet pulp is fed around the world, many misconceptions […]

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Changes At Feeding Time Can Help Cut Down The Risk Of Sand Colic

The accumulation of sand in the gastrointestinal tract of horses can cause painful obstructions. Though sand impactions can occur at various points along the tract, including the stomach, small intestine, cecum, and ascending colon, those involving the ascending colon are most often noted at surgery. “Feeding on the ground and grazing short grasses can cause […]

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To Supplement Or Not To Supplement, That Is The Question

The shelves of almost any tack and equipment shop are lined with feed supplements, promising to help owners balance their horses’ diets. But do most horses really need supplements to get the proper amounts of trace minerals? The answer is complicated, according to a recent report by The Horse. The average horse in little or average […]

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Diet Adjustments Can Help Ease Weaning Process For Foals

Along the timeline of a horse’s usual existence, weaning occurs early in life—often between four and six months of age. The process of removing a foal from his or her doting dam may result in a variety of physiological responses, including: Stress, including a concomitant increase in circulating levels of the stress hormone, cortisol; Undesirable […]

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Hands On: Hay Texture Provides Clues About Its Quality

Who doesn’t love throwing their horses soft, fluffy hay? Experienced horse owners use their eyes, noses, and hands to help determine hay quality. Visually, the hay should be a pleasant color, ranging from deep green to light yellowish-green, and should be free of weeds, thorns, and other unwanted vegetation. Further, properly cured hay will smell […]

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CHS Issues Recall Of Equine Products Due To Excessive Copper Levels

CHS Inc. announced today it has implemented a voluntary recall of 50-pound packages of its Kountry Buffet 14% Text and Provider 15% Pellet, both for Mature Cattle, Horses, Goats & Sheep due to excessive levels of copper. No illnesses or deaths have been reported to date. Consumption of the affected product may cause potential health […]

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The ABCs Of Vitamin E

Vitamin E is an essential part of a horse’s nutritional needs, yet it is one of the few vitamins a horse cannot produce internally. Horses with adequate access to fresh green forage typically get enough vitamin E through grass, as well as enough fat from the grass to properly digest the vitamin. Vitamin E impacts a […]

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Schoenthal Reaping Rewards Of Homegrown Feed

Trainer Phil Schoenthal has had an unusual hobby the past three years: when he’s not conditioning his horses, he’s ducking in and out of a hydroponic growing shed he built onto his barn at Laurel Park. Schoenthal had noticed that his horses had become slow to drink water during chilly winters, when their buckets often […]

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