Karen Briggs

Karen Briggs is the author of six books, including the recently updated Understanding Equine Nutrition as well as Understanding The Pony, both published by Eclipse Press. She's written a few thousand articles on subjects ranging from guttural pouch infections to how to compost your manure. She is also a Canadian certified riding coach, an equine nutritionist, and works in media relations for the harness racing industry. She lives with her band of off-the-track Thoroughbreds on a farm near Guelph, Ontario, and dabbles in eventing.

Articles by Karen Briggs

Creating an Equine Diet: What to Remember

Don't panic over formulating a balanced diet for your horse. Here are some important tips to remember. Read More

What Does a Horse Need in His Diet?

Take a tour through the horse's innards and learn about the links between his physiology and his diet. Read More

The Hydrated Horse

How important is water in your horse's diet? Learn why you need to keep your equid well-hydrated. Read More

Assessing Hay Quality

Much of a hay quality assessment can be done the old-fashioned way: break open a bale and scratch 'n' sniff! Read More

Your Horse's Water Sources: Things to Consider

Providing your horse with water might seem like an easy task, but it's not always as simple as it sounds. Read More

Nutrition-Related Problems: Hyperlipemia

With hyperlipemia, the body thinks it is starving and releases large quantities of stored fats into the bloodstream. Read More

Nutrition-Related Problems: Moldy Corn Poisoning

Moldy corn poisoning is the most common mycotoxin-related syndrome in horses. Here's what you should remember. Read More

Nutrition-Related Problems: Enteroliths

Enteroliths are stony formations that can block horses' digestive tracts and trigger colic signs. Read More

Nutrition-Related Problems: Ionophore Poisoning

Horse feed contaminated with even a tiny amount of an ionophore antibiotic can result in long-term problems or death. Read More

Nutrition-Related Problems: Alsike Clover Poisoning

Alsike clover (Trifolium hybridum) has been linked to two different health problems in horses. Read More

Nutrition-Related Problems: Colic

Learn how a horse's diet can increase or decrease his risk of developing colic. Read More

Nutrition-Related Problems: Gastric Ulcers

Dietary management can help gastric-ulcer-prone horses' digestive systems remain healthy. Read More

Nutrition-Related Problems: Developmental Orthopedic Disease

Developmental orthopedic disease is a catch-all phrase for syndromes contributing to poor skeletal development in foals. Read More

Understanding Pelleted Horse Feeds

Learn how pelleted feeds are produced, and weigh their pros and cons. Read More

Choosing Grains for Your Horse's Diet

Commercially prepared feeds take the guesswork out of whether your horse receives the vitamins and minerals he needs. Read More

How Grains are Processed for Horses

Here's what happens to processed grains as the make their way from the field to your horse's feed bucket. Read More

Grains 101

Learn about some of the most common grains fed to horses around the world. Read More

Alternatives to Baled Hay for Horses

Though baled hay is the mainstay of most equine diets, it's not the only forage option. Here are some alternatives. Read More

Harvesting and Storing Horse Hay

Take an inside look at how hay is harvested, learn how to store the forage properly, and find out when to discard bales. Read More

Understanding Forages

Learn about the different types of forages you can include in your horse's diet and what to consider about each. Read More

Minerals 101

Here's a rundown of the most important macro- and microminerals in your horse's diet. Read More

The Importance of Minerals in Horses' Diets

Minerals make up a tiny fraction of a horse's diet, but are critical for body functions. Here's what you need to know. Read More

Fat-Soluble Vitamins 101

Here's what you should know about how fat-soluble vitamins function and why they're important to your horse. Read More

Water-Soluble Vitamins 101

Learn about water-soluble vitamins, how they function, and why they're important to your horse. Read More

Does Your Horse Need a Vitamin Supplement?

Vitamins are an important part of a horse's diet. But does your horse need a vitamin supplement? Consider the following. Read More