Kristen M. Janicki, MS, PAS

Kristen M. Janicki, a lifelong horsewoman, was born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Sciences from the attend the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and later attended graduate school at the University of Kentucky, studying under Dr. Laurie Lawrence in the area of Equine Nutrition. Kristen began her current position as a performance horse nutritionist for Mars Horsecare, US, Inc., and Buckeye Nutrition, in 2010. Her job entails evaluating and improving the performance of the sport horse through proper nutrition.

Articles by Kristen Janicki

Researchers Examine Disorders in Horses Lacking Dental Care

All horses had issues, with older animals having more fractures, gaps between teeth, and cavities than younger ones. Read More

Five Tips for Feeding Mature, Healthy Hard Keepers

Does your otherwise healthy horse have trouble keeping pounds on? Here are five tips for feeding hard keepers. Read More

Equine Ration Balancer Pellets Explained

When fed with forage, ration balancer pellets supplement equine diets without excess calories. Read More

Does Weight Gain Due to Grazing Cause Insulin Resistance?

Changes in Finnhorse mares' body weight and condition and in gene expression did not appear to evoke insulin resistance. Read More

Are Fat Horses More Dominant Than Lean Ones?

Researchers found that dominant horses seem to be have higher body condition scores than their less-dominant herdmates. Read More

Alternative Fiber Sources for Horses

Hay cubes, complete feeds, and forage byproducts can help horse owners stretch their hay supply if needed. Read More

Starch in Horse Diets

Although it can be damaging if fed improperly, starch is an important part of a horses' diets. Here's what to remember. Read More

Understanding Horses' Water Requirements

Water is one of the essential nutrients a horse needs to perform a number of life-support functions. Read More

Mind the Gap: Feeding the Toothless Horse

If your horse has few to no teeth, he might not be chewing and digesting the nutrients he needs to maintain his health. Read More

Keeping Pastured Horses Safe during Drought

Drought-related toxicity in horses is rare but typically has serious consequences if it occurs. Read More

Understanding Hay Analysis Results

Hay analysis can help owners better balance their horses' diets and meet nutritional requirements. Read More

Blister Beetle Basics

Blister beetles in your horse's alfalfa can be deadly. Here's what to watch for and how to keep your horses healthy. Read More

Cresty Neck Prevalence, Risk Factors Evaluated

Risk factors identified include height, a previous history of laminitis, breed, herd size, and more. Read More

Switching Horse Feeds Safely

Switch your horse's feed type or amount gradually to minimize his risk of digestive upset. Read More

How Much Food and Water do My Horses Need if I Evacuate?

Here are some tips on leaving food and water for horses should you need to evacuate without them during a disaster. Read More

Baled Alfalfa or Alfalfa Pellets: Which is Better?

You're faced with the choice of offering your horse alfalfa pellets or hay. Which should you choose? Read More

The Ins and Outs of Feeding the OTTB

Careful dietary consideration is needed when transitioning a Thoroughbred from racing to a pleasure or sport career. Read More

The Long-Lost Classic-Format Three-Day Event

Learn about the long-format event and why veterinarians are crucial to these competitions. Read More

5 Tips for Feeding Weanlings

With increased energy, protein, and mineral requirements, weanlings require carefully planned diets. Read More

Spring Horse Feeding Considerations

Consider your horse's diet when helping him make a smooth transition from winter to spring. Read More

Spring Turnout Tips for Horses

Proper turnout management and monitoring body condition are important steps to keeping your horse healthy. Read More

Nutritional Considerations for Breeding Stallions

As breeding season approaches, owners should consider a few key points about studs' nutritional needs. Read More

Post-Winter Weight Gain

Here's how to feed your hard keeper once temperatures start rising. Read More

5 Tips for Feeding Foals

Proper nutrition is critical for growth and development. Learn the right way to feed your foal. Read More

Equine Nutrition in America: Perceptions and Practices

Researchers recently evaluated how well the horse industry uses the available resources to improve feeding practices. Read More