Feeding Old Horses

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Establishing Health Care Programs for Aging Horses

February 19, 2017

Recent large-scale surveys suggest clients want their veterinarians to provide more services for geriatric horses.... Read More

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How to Feed Senior Horses

February 13, 2017

Age is a number, not a disease, said Dr. Megan Shepherd. Remember this when tailoring a diet for your older horse.... Read More

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2017 Mid-Atlantic Nutrition Conference Takes Place April 5-6

February 10, 2017

Equine lecture topics will include feeding endocrine-challenged horses, allergies, equine aging, supplements, and more.... Read More

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Feed Tags: Four Components to Evaluate

February 03, 2017

Pay special attention to the purpose statement, guaranteed analysis, ingredients, and directions for use.... Read More

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How Much Grain Should I Feed My Colic-Prone Horse?

January 16, 2017

An owner with a colicky horse is worried that grain could be the culprit and wants to know how much to feed.... Read More

“Clients often ask, ‘What kind of grain should I use?’” Tanner says. “I always ignore that question and immediately ask, ‘What kind of hay are you giving them?’ If you have bad hay, you’re not going to fix that with more grain.” Tanner also recommends checking with your vet before giving your horse supplements, since nutraceuticals are not regulated by the FDA. “You could be wasting a good bit of money on something that’s not good for your horse,” he says.

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Resolve to Weigh Your Horse's Feed

January 09, 2017

Do you want to make sure your horse is getting the right amount of feed? Use a scale!... Read More

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Diseases That Affect Nutrient Delivery in Horses

January 08, 2017

Watch for these conditions that impact nutrient absorption and lead to weight loss.... Read More

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Feeding Older Horses With PPID, IR, or Metabolic Disease

January 02, 2017

Are there any parameters for offering senior feeds to horses diagnosed with Cushing's and laminitis?... Read More

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Cost-Effective Feeding for Horses

December 31, 2016

Find out how to design an affordable feeding program without compromising your horse's health.... Read More

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When is an Older Horse Ready for Senior Feed?

December 19, 2016

As horses age, they might require additional nutritional support. Get advice for feeding senior horses.... Read More

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Risks Associated With Feeding Horses Traditional Bran Mashes

December 12, 2016

While steeped in tradition, feeding bran mashes can cause GI distress in horses. Learn why, and discover alternatives.... Read More

Article

Equine Weight Management: Facts and Fiction

December 11, 2016

Are you trying to help your horse gain or lose weight? Here are some facts and fallacies to consider.... Read More

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Can Fat Help Horses Gain Weight in Winter?

December 05, 2016

Find out how to safely feed horses fat and if it's a good weight-gain solution.... Read More

Article

Researchers Seeking Input for Senior Horse Study

November 29, 2016

The team is looking at dental problems in old horses, changes owners make to feeding regimens, and more.... Read More

Commentary

Can Horses Eat Citrus?

November 28, 2016

A reader asks about the risks and benefits of her horse eating a favorite treat: grapefruit. Our nutritionist weighs in.... Read More

Article

Keeping the Aging Horse Comfortable

November 25, 2016

Here's how to manage senior horses' aging teeth, joints, lungs, and more.... Read More

“Clients often ask, ‘What kind of grain should I use?’” Tanner says. “I always ignore that question and immediately ask, ‘What kind of hay are you giving them?’ If you have bad hay, you’re not going to fix that with more grain.” Tanner also recommends checking with your vet before giving your horse supplements, since nutraceuticals are not regulated by the FDA. “You could be wasting a good bit of money on something that’s not good for your horse,” he says.

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Poll Recap: Weighty Feed Options

November 15, 2016

Of the 758 respondents, only 106 (14%) said they weigh everything their horse gets to eat. ... Read More

Article

Help Your Senior Horse Weather the Winter

November 14, 2016

Ensure your golden oldie gets the care and support he needs, even if he's weathered previous winters without trouble.... Read More

Commentary

Processed Horse Feeds: A Balance of Pros and Cons

October 31, 2016

Human nutritionists encourage eating whole foods and avoiding processed ones. Does the same logic apply to our horses?... Read More

Commentary

Fish Oil as an Omega-3 Source for Horses

October 24, 2016

Omega-3 fatty acids offer horses health benefits, but are fish sources okay for horses to eat?... Read More

Article

Exercise Benefits Senior Horses

October 23, 2016

Age-related issues can limit performance, but regular exercise remains important for older horses.... Read More

Article

Are Peppermints Spoiling My Horse's Diet?

October 19, 2016

Will giving my horse peppermints offset the hard work we're doing to help her lose weight? ... Read More

Commentary

Senior Feeds and the Unthrifty Horse

October 17, 2016

I used a senior equine feed to help my hard keeper gain weight. Now, should I switch him to a low-NSC product?... Read More

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Increasing Chew Time for Hay Cubes and Pellets

October 10, 2016

Horses can consume hay pellets or cubes rapidly. How can we slow them down to increase their time spent chewing?... Read More

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Pros and Cons of Feeding Horses Beet Pulp

October 03, 2016

An equine nutritionist answers common questions about beet pulp. ... Read More