Recent News for Special Needs Nutrition

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Copra Meal or Rice Bran to Help Horses Gain Weight?

January 22, 2018

Is rice bran or coconut (copra) meal a better option to help a horse gain weight? Our nutritionist shares her thoughts.... Read More

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What Makes Some Stallion Semen Subpar?

January 18, 2018

Learn about 14 factors that can affect your stallion's fertility.... Read More

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My Horse Lost a 'Baby Tooth.' Should I Be Concerned?

January 17, 2018

What is the long-term prognosis for a young horse losing a tooth prematurely?... Read More

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Hard to Stomach: Equine Gastric Ulcer Syndrome

January 17, 2018

Learn to read the vast and varied signs of equine gastric ulcer syndrome.... Read More

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Is Sugar Beet Pulp Too High in Sugar for Horses?

January 14, 2018

Is the sugar content in beet pulp too high for some horses? Read an equine nutritionist's answer. ... Read More

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Possible Problems Caused by Feeding Horses Bran Mashes

January 07, 2018

A nutritionist explains possible problems caused by feeding bran mashes and alternative ways to keep your horse warm. ... Read More

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Senior Feeds and the Unthrifty Horse

December 31, 2017

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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How Season Impacts Horses' Insulin Secretion, Metabolism

December 30, 2017

Horses secrete more insulin during winter, which could pose problems for some pregnant mares, researchers say.... Read More

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TheHorse.com's Top Downloads of 2017

December 24, 2017

Find reports and forms on horse identification, scratches, supplements, harmonious housing, senior horses, and more.... Read More

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UK Graduate Student Spotlight: Morgan Pyles

December 24, 2017

Pyles' main research interest is mare and foal nutrition with a specific focus on how diet influences milk composition.... Read More

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5 Facts About Flax

December 18, 2017

What exactly is flax and how does it benefit the horse? Here are five things to know about flaxseed. ... Read More

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Feeding PPID and IR Senior Horses

December 18, 2017

From reducing PPID-associated muscle wasting to managing IR and obesity, here's what to consider for your old horse.... Read More

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How Hard are My Lesson Horses Really Working?

December 06, 2017

A trainer asks how to classify her horses' workload when considering their nutritional needs.... Read More

Navicular syndrome is typically diagnosed in mature horses 4 to 15 years old. It is most common in Quarter Horse, Thoroughbred, and Warmblood geldings.

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Does Low-Starch Horse Feed Equal Low-Calorie?

December 03, 2017

Find out why a horse might gain weight when switched to a feed marketed as "low-starch."... Read More

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Nature vs. Nurture: What Shapes a Foal's Future?

December 02, 2017

What affects a foal's demeanor and makes him his own, unique self? Let's have a look at what science has to say.... Read More

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Are Peppermints Spoiling My Horse's Diet?

November 29, 2017

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

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Winter Horse Feeding: Ration Balancer Feeds and Supplements

November 26, 2017

Learn the difference between ration balancer feeds and supplements and how they benefit horses when pastures are scarce.... Read More

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Caring for Senior Horses in Cold Weather

November 21, 2017

Learn how to help older horses stay warm and maintain weight this winter.... Read More

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Do Horses Need Hay Around the Clock?

November 19, 2017

A horse owner asks if she's feeding her horse hay often enough. Nutritionist Dr. Clair Thunes responds.... Read More

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UK to Host 2018 Equine Showcase, Breeders' Short Course

November 17, 2017

Presenters will cover topics including safety, horse welfare, equine reproduction, horse management, and more.... Read More

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Fat Options to Help Your Horse Hold Weight During the Winter

November 13, 2017

Oil? Rice bran or flax seeds? Fat-fortified feed? Learn how to pick the best option for horses that are hard-keepers.... Read More

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Five Tips for Feeding Mature, Healthy Hard Keepers

November 06, 2017

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

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Feeding Young Horses: Graduating to a Grown-Up Diet

October 29, 2017

Consider growth rate and nutrient balance when deciding what to feed young horses.... Read More

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Six Steps to Keep Aging Performance Horses Healthy

October 27, 2017

Find tips on how to extend horses' "health spans," maximize performance years, and maintain a good quality of life.... Read More

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Grasping Insulin Resistance in Horses

October 18, 2017

Two leading researchers explain insulin's effects on the body and how to manage the IR horse. ... Read More