Kathleen Crandell

Bran Mash: A Mashup Of Myths

On cold winter days, a hot beverage helps fight off chills. Many people like to do the same for their horses, often in the form of a warm bran mash. A common belief is that it will help warm the horse and have a laxative effect. However, neither is true! Although bran mashes often make […]

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Horse Owners Should Test Natural Water Sources For Iron

Iron plays important roles in the horse’s body, including oxygen transport and cellular respiration, which produces the energy expended by horses during exercise. Too little iron leaves horses dull and lethargic, whereas too much can build up in the body. “Excess dietary iron ultimately accumulates in the liver and certain types of blood cells. Abnormal accumulation of any mineral […]

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Possible Tie Between Selenium And Cribbing

Stereotypic behaviors such as weaving, cribbing, and stall-walking occur commonly in high-performance horses as well as many companion horses. In addition to being unsightly, potentially damaging to the barn, and raising welfare concerns, stereotypic behaviors also result in important health issues such as dental disorders, temporohyoid joint damage, poor performance, weight loss, and colic. “Cribbing is the […]

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Sunflower Seeds for Horses: Yea or Nay?

Sunflower seeds have become commonplace in feed rooms across the country. They are a rich source of fat that may promote skin health, a shiny coat, and perhaps even weight gain in horses. Are all sunflower seeds the same? Of course not. Classic sunflower seeds, like those consumed at sporting events and used in the […]

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What If They’re Shivering Because Of Something Other Than The Cold?

Cold weather may be affecting many horses and owners in the Northern Hemisphere, but ambient temperature has absolutely no impact on whether or not a horse has shivers, despite its bone-chilling name. While widely recognized in certain breeds of horses over the past several centuries, until recently little was known about the cause of this […]

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Eye See You: Omega-3s Can Aid In Equine Eye Health

From cognitive disorders and depression to cardiovascular disease, cancer, immune disorders, asthma, and more, fish-derived omega-3 fatty acids support many body systems. We know horses benefit from fish oil supplementation, and new research* shows that pain stemming from the cornea can also be improved with nutritional supplements containing omega-3s. In the study*, researchers describe a condition called […]

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Study: Broodmare Body Condition At Conception Has Long-Term Fetal Growth Implications

Pop quiz: When does an equine fetus undergo the most profound growth and development? You’re right! It was a trick question. Fetal foals gain about 1 lb (0.45 kg) a day during the last 90 days of gestation. Sure, that’s impressive, but consider for a moment that in a split second, a single sperm fertilizes […]

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Stall Vices Linked To Digestive Discomfort In Horses

Horses evolved wandering miles each day and grazing in herds. Now, many horses lead a very different life, spending most of their time in stalls, eating two large meals a day, and having little contact with other horses. This shift from migratory foraging to stationary meal-eating can cause disturbances in health and behavior. For example, long-term […]

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Behaviorists Suggest Many Domestic Horses Do Not Receive The Care They Need

What does a domesticated horse need? If you consider only the five freedoms, horses need remarkably little: feed, water, a pain- and disease-free life, the ability to express normal behavior, and an environment free of fear and distress. Is providing only the basics enough, or do we owe our equine companions more? Considering the lifestyle of […]

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