Scientific Proof Not Necessary For Owners Seeking Help With Excited Equines

Horse owners seeking ways to calm fractious horses don’t seem to mind if the products they use have been tested testing to prove they work, a new study shows. Research conducted by Drs. Diane Ross of the North Highland College and Jayne Roberts of Equijay, Brisbane, Australia, created a study that was distributed to horse […]

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Horses May Show Stress In Unusual Ways

Horses are prey animals whose flight response is deeply ingrained in their DNA. Because of this, most horses are reactive to unfamiliar sights and sounds, despite domestication. However, most horses adapt to new environments quickly as they learn that what they perceived as stressful is no longer a threat. Some horses, however, do not adjust […]

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Magnesium: Help For Equine Headshaking?

Researchers at the University of California, Davis report that headshaking is significantly diminished when horses are given an IV of magnesium sulfate. A study, led by Dr. Shara Sheldon, used six geldings that had not responded well to conventional treatment for headshaking, investigated magnesium sulphate (Epsom salts) as a potential treatment. Headshaking related to the trigeminal […]

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Study: Magnesium Doesn’t Mellow Horses As Originally Believed

Thought for years to have a calming effect on equines, magnesium may not be the miracle relaxer it has been touted to be. A new Australian study shows that the mineral may not slow reaction speed responses. These finding are contrary to a 2015 study using Standardbreds that showed magnesium aspartate to significantly reduce average […]

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Purina® Introduces Outlast™ Gastric Support Supplement

Purina Animal Nutrition announces a new product line formulated to support gastric health in horses. Outlast™ Gastric Support Supplement, Race Ready® GT and Ultium® Gastric Care horse feeds are now available at participating retailers. Research shows up to 90 percent of active horses experience gastric discomfort, affecting health, attitude and performance. Purina’s Gastric Support products contain a proprietary seaweed-derived […]

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Study: Magnesium-Based Calming Supplements May Take The Edge Off

These days, it seems like there’s a supplement available to fix almost any deficiency or ailment in a horse, including behavioral issues. One of the most popular temperament issues supplement manufacturers may try to solve is nervousness or excess energy, which prompts many horse owners to reach for a magnesium-based product. Magnesium is thought to […]

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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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Is magnesium a necessary supplement for your horse?

While magnesium is a necessary macromineral for horses to keep their bodies functioning properly, an Auburn University researcher says adding a supplement is likely an unneccesary step. “As there is generally a large amount of magnesium in vegetative matter (i.e., grass, hays, and grains), deficiency is rare in horses,” says associate professor of equine internal […]

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