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When Is Horse Feed Is Too Old To Use?

Reputable feed manufacturers blend fresh ingredients to create palatable concentrates for horses and then provide valuable nutritional information about the products on bags and tags. Aside from nutritional guarantees and ingredients, some stamp products with useful information pertaining to manufacture date and best-use practices. “Unlike many products destined for human consumption, bags of horse feed […]

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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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Cold Weather May Not Be The Only Thing Causing Horses To Shiver

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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Researchers Exploring New Sources Of Stem Cells

Use of stems cells for managing health issues in horses continues to rise, particularly for musculoskeletal conditions such as tendon and ligament injuries. Finding and processing sufficient healthy stem cells to meet demand has, however, turned out to be a stumbling block. One research team* suggests that stem cells can be successfully harvested from the bone […]

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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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Shelters for Horses: Why They Might Not Use Them

Equine experts recommend that horses have access to shelter to protect them from inclement weather. But if you’ve ever passed a field of horses in the dead of winter or the scorching heat, even if they have access to shelter, they often don’t seem to use it. A recent review article* on the use of shade by horses reinforced the […]

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Electrolytes And Muscle Function: What’s The Connection?

Electrolytes are necessary for normal muscle contraction and relaxation. “When electrolytes become depleted or imbalanced, fatigue and muscle cramps can result,” says Catherine Whitehouse, M.S., a nutritionist with Kentucky Equine Research (KER). Muscles contract with the help of an electrical charge. This contraction, in physiological terms, is called an action potential and is essential to […]

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