kentucky equine research

Coenzyme Q10 in Racehorse Nutrition

Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) plays a key role in mitochondrial function and is essential for the production of energy. CoQ10 is also a powerful antioxidant, capable of regenerating other antioxidants, such as vitamin E and vitamin C. In horses, certain forms of CoQ10 are well-absorbed and supplementation has been shown to increase CoQ10 levels in equine […]

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Risk Of Joint Infections Low In Horses After Injection

Keeping joints healthy often requires a proactive approach: routine exercise, weight management, minimization of trauma, and regular use of oral joint health supplements such as glucosamine hydrochloride, hyaluronic acid, omega-3 fatty acids, and chondroitin sulfate. “Kentucky Equine Research offers several high-quality joint supplements that can be given to young, sound horses prior to the onset of osteoarthritis to help […]

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Bladder Stones: A Tricky, But Rare Issue In Horses

On December 26, Canadian champion grass horse Conquest Enforcer was euthanized due to complications from a bladder stone. After finishing last in the Grade 3 Red Bank Stakes three months earlier, Conquest Enforcer was back in training in Florida when veterinarians took the 5-year-old horse into surgery to resolve a problem with his urinary flow. […]

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Ultrasonography For Healthy Mares And Foals

Mares require veterinary care throughout pregnancy to ensure well-being. These examinations help identify potential issues, allowing owners time to make changes in management to benefit the mare and her developing foal. Examples include (1) identification of changing needs to their hoof care and (2) dietary energy modifications to ensure she is not over- or underfed during gestation, and […]

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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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Risk Factors For Squamous Vs. Glandular Ulcers In Horses

Despite being grouped together under the umbrella term “equine gastric ulcer syndrome,” one group of veterinary researchers* recently suggested that equine glandular gastric disease (EGGD) should actually be considered a distinct entity from equine squamous gastric disease (ESGD). This recommendation comes in the wake of their findings that different management and risk factors contribute to […]

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The Right Diet Can Help Horses Recovering From Diarrhea

Potential causes of diarrhea, often referred to as colitis, runs long. If your horse suffers a bout of colitis, what feeding strategies can you use to help repair the gastrointestinal tract? “Diet can impact either the progression or resolution of colitis. Appropriately feeding any horse with colitis could help save his life as the sequelae associated […]

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Novel Treatment For Big Head Disease In Horses

Tiludronate, a bisphosphonate medication licensed for “the control of clinical signs associated with navicular syndrome,” appears to have a new use: treatment of big head disease in horses. “Otherwise known as nutritional secondary hyperparathyroidism or NSH, big head disease results in abnormal skeletal development caused by excessive resorption, or breakdown, of bone,” explained Kathleen Crandell, Ph.D., a […]

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Benefits And Challenges To Cryotherapy For Laminitic Horses

Laminitis remains a common and devastating condition that frequently results in long-term incapacitation, recurrence of disease, and even loss of life. While laminitis can’t always be predicted or avoided, sepsis-related laminitis secondary to colic, colitis, or uterine infections, for example, may be avoided with cryotherapy. “Cryotherapy involves the controlled cooling of a horse’s hooves using either ice water or […]

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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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