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

How to Feed Fat to Horses

You've got plenty of options to choose from when adding fat to a horse's diet. Here's a rundown of what to consider. Read More

Benefits of Feeding Fats to Horses

Fat isn't a miracle ingredient, but it appears to have some benefits for sport horses, broodmares, and more. Read More

Dietary Fat's Role in Equine Athletic Performance

Find out how horses' bodies use nutrients for athletic endeavors and why fat can benefit equine athletes. Read More

Fats in Your Horse's Diet

Studies have shown that horses can tolerate as much as 20% fat in their diet with no ill effects. Read More

Delivering Energy to Horses

What are the best ways to get your horse the dietary energy he needs? Here are some tips. Read More

Determining Dietary Energy

How much digestible energy does your horse need each day? Here's how to find out. Read More

Energy and Carbs in the Equine Diet

If forage provides maintenance energy, then cereal grains are the turbocharged portion of your horse's diet. Read More

Finding Fiber in Horse Feeds

For most horses, grass and hay are the most common fiber sources. But there are other fiber options as well. Read More

Assessing Fiber Quality in Horse Feed

Not all fiber is created equal, and different forms can vary widely in terms of quality and digestibility. Read More

The Importance of Fiber in Horse Diets

Fiber the most important ingredient in every equine diet. Learn why your horse needs plenty of this nutrient. Read More

How Much Protein is Enough?

Learn about protein excesses and deficiencies and how to determine how much protein your horse needs each day. Read More

Assessing Protein Levels in Horse Feeds

Crude protein numbers on feed bags can be deceptive. Here's what to understand about assessing protein levels. Read More

Understanding Protein in Horses' Diets

Protein is probably the most misunderstood component of horse diets. Here's what you need to know. 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

The Hydrated Horse

How important is water in your horse's diet? Learn about the importance of keeping your equids well-hydrated. 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

Your Barn's First-Aid Kit

A barn's first-aid kit, with all the essentials in one place, is a great idea for any horse owner. Read More

Equine Sense of Smell

Horses rely far more on chemical messages in the air than on their relatively indistinct eyesight. Read More

Blue Plate Special: Senior Horse Nutrition

Develop your senior horse's diet with geriatric conditions and challenges in mind. Read More

The Many Faces of Colic

Considering the length and volume of the equine digestive system, it’s little wonde Read More

Tackling Tendon and Ligament Injuries

The latest therapies for injured tendons and ligaments focus on rebuilding tissue to its original strength. Read More

Forage Alternatives (Book Excerpt)

If your horse suffers from chronic respiratory allergies (such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, also called "broken wind" or "heaves"), has dental troubles that make chewing hay difficult, or is very elderly, one of these alternative forms Read More

Hay Quality (Book Excerpt)

Much of the assessment of the quality of your hay can be done the old-fashioned way: Break open a bale and scratch n' sniff! Good quality hay should be green rather than yellow or brown. Read More

Understanding Forages (Book Excerpt)

The protein content of hay is largely determined when it is cut--the younger the hay, the higher the protein. Hay cut past the mid-bloom stage (when about 50% of the plants have flowered and gone to seed) is a good deal lower in protein content, and Read More

Hay Feeders Uncovered

Is there a better way to feed hay to horses? There are dozens of hay feeder options, as it turns out, each with its own advantages. Hay feeders are designed to keep hay off the ground and sheltered from the elements to reduce wastage. Read More