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Chia Seeds And Equine Health

Chia seeds have risen in popularity as an additive to both horse and human diets. These very tiny seeds are high in fiber, protein, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, but they are best known for their omega 3 and 6 content. With a 30 percent fat content, they have a ratio of 3:1 omega 3 to […]

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Rider Weight And Equine Welfare: A Hot-Button Issue

Previous scientific studies have shown that horses have negative physiological responses and abnormal gait symmetry when they carry what are deemed “heavier” riders, which are those where the horse:rider weight ratio increases from 25 to 30 percent. New research spearheaded by Janne Winther Christensen, from Aarhus University in Denmark, was presented at the 2019 International […]

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Study: Can Bell Boots Improve Limb Strength?

Like humans, all horses are “sided,” meaning they have a dominant side and a weaker side. This asymmetry could be natural or related to an old injury. Like humans, horses must be encouraged to work on their weaker side. To strengthen the weaker limb and build muscle force, a horse owner can place a bell […]

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Study: Do Grazing Muzzles Cause Stress?

While horses and ponies wearing grazing muzzles may look a bit like Hannibal Lecter, the apparatus serves an essential purpose: Limiting an equine’s intake of grass so they don’t become obese and prone to the potential harmful ramifications being overweight brings. Grazing muzzles can reduce forage intake by between 30 and 83 percent, reports The […]

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Updated Equine Weight App Released

The University of Minnesota has updated their app to help horse owners better calculate the weight of a horse. The Healthy Horse App uses new equations to calculate weight, which is important information of owners and caretakers know to feed and administer medication properly. The app caters to young and adult Miniature Horses, stock horses, […]

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‘You Can’t Weigh Ability’: Godolphin Weight Notice Causes Mixed Reactions

While Godolphin is promising healthy measures to assist its exercise riders, a company-wide notice requiring them to weigh below 67 kg (about 148 lbs) by February 1st is raising a lot of eyebrows. According to racingpost.com, Professional Jockeys Association senior nutritionist Dan Martin believes that the tight timeframe will encourage some riders to resort to the […]

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Helping Senior Equines Weather Winter Weather

Similar to the human lifespan, the equine lifespan has increased over the years, due in no small part to a deeper understanding of equine care and improved veterinary medicine. Like older people, older horses need some additional care to ensure they maintain a good quality of life when temperatures plummet. Owners and managers should pay […]

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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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Q and A: How To Feed An Underweight Horse

In a recent question and answer column on TheHorse.com, a reader asked veterinarian Dr. Clair Thunes, PhD about the best ways to put weight on an off-track Thoroughbred she recently adopted. The horse, says the reader, is selective in what it wants to eat and is generally disinterested in hay and pellets. Thunes, who is […]

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Breeding Stallions: Nutrition Matters

Achieving and maintaining a stallion in appropriate body condition tops the list of nutritional concerns for stallion managers. Too often, stallions become ribby because of breeding efforts or anxiety, or obese due to spring grass and inactivity. Body Condition Priming a stallion’s weight for breeding season starts well before the first mare of the year […]

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