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Cleft Palate Doesn’t Spell The End For Foals

Often when you hear the term “cleft palate,” you think of it in relation to a human, not a horse. But the congenital defect known as palatoschisis ranks as the most common craniofacial abnormality. Caused by incomplete fusion of tissues along the midline of the soft palate, it can inhibit swallowing, resulting in nasal discharge […]

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Keep Your Horses In Good Weight Through The Winter

For many across the country, winter has definitely arrived. With cold temperatures  and snow-covered pastures, it can be hard to keep weight on horses in the winter months, but there are some simple, high calorie feed additives that can help to keep horses happy and healthy through the season. Kentucky Equine Research (KER), a global nutrition company based […]

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‘Definitely Worth It:’ Caring For Older Horses In Winter Requires Extra Vigilance

We all want our horses to age gracefully, but it takes being mindful and proactive about how your horse is handling the aging process to help them stay healthier and active longer. A horse’s nutritional needs evolve as they age, and so too should their diet. What was once the right feed for his workload […]

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Eating For Two – Be Sure Your Pregnant Mare Gets The Right Nutrients

A mare’s nutritional needs can change significantly once she becomes pregnant, and will evolve from one trimester to the next. The team at Kentucky Equine Nutrition put together six guidelines to help you keep your mare and future newborn foal happy and healthy throughout the pregnancy process. They say a key to the process is […]

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Is There A Link Between Worms and Weight Loss?

Worms can wreak havoc with a horse’s health. Horses infected with worms can experience a wide variety of side effects, ranging from colic, slow growth, poor hair coats and even death. While weight loss is often lumped in with these other side effects and is presumed to be due to strongyles in the large intestine preventing […]

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Goodbye, Green: Autumn Brings Declining Pasture Growth

Summer is slowly turning into fall, and with that change comes some visible change outside. Pasture growth that was fast, steady, and lush in the spring is beginning to show signs of slowing down. Horses that were maintained on pasture forage alone in the spring and summer may need additional hay or alfalfa cubes supplemented […]

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New Furosemide Research Reveals Unexpected Impacts Of The Medication

It’s no secret that furosemide (Lasix, Salix) is both effective in preventing or lessening exercise-induced pulmonary hemorrhage, or that the drug has been shown to make horses lose weight through dehydration—a side effect many people believe makes the substance attractive as a performance enhancer. Scientists at Kentucky Equine Research wanted to learn more about the […]

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The Battle Of The Bulge: Keeping Horses At A Healthy Weight

Obesity is one of the leading health problems Americans face, but it’s not just people battling the bulge. According to Kentucky Equine Research, between 25% and 50% of horses in developed countries are carrying more weight than is healthy and are considered obese. Some of the many side effects for horses who are obese include […]

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Shedding Light On Self-Mutilation In Horses

It’s often said that horses investigate with their mouths, and when at play they often nip at each other. When a horse repeatedly bites itself to the point of breaking the skin, the behavior is termed self-mutilation, and it can quickly evolve into a major problem. While many times self-mutilation can be a sign of […]

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The Importance Of Babies’ First Meals

Proper nutrition is important for a horse of any age, but when the horse is a newborn foal, its first few meals can have a significant impact on the rest of its life. Newborn foals lack antibodies that combat infection. These antibodies are first introduced to a foal through their mother’s first milk, or colostrum, […]

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