Body Condition

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Researchers Develop Regional Fat Scoring System for Horses

May 30, 2017

The system measures fat deposits near the stomach and small intestine, around the heart, neck crest, and rump.... Read More

Commentary

Nutrition and the Equine Topline

May 29, 2017

Find out how proper nutrition, including high-quality protein, could help improve muscling over your horse's back.... Read More

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Feeding the Endocrine-Challenged Horse

May 29, 2017

Laminitis risk is the No. 1 reason we worry about equine metabolic conditions such as EMS and PPID when feeding horses.... Read More

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Poll Recap: Drylots for Horses

May 23, 2017

Of the 579 respondents, 443 (77%) said they use drylots to help manage their horses' weight. ... Read More

Commentary

How to Introduce and Use a Grazing Muzzle for Horses

May 22, 2017

An equine nutritionist offers tips for reducing your horse's pasture intake with a grazing muzzle. ... Read More

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Effects of Obesity on Mares' Follicles and Oocytes

May 05, 2017

Researchers found that obesity appears to negatively impact mares' follicles and oocytes and, thus, their fertility.... Read More

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Equine Metabolic Syndrome Clinical Signs

April 27, 2017

Weight gain is a common sign of EMS. But what other indicators should horse owners watch for? ... Read More

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Elzinga Wins Second UK Vet Science 3-MT Competition

April 26, 2017

Sarah Elzinga, MS, is studying inflammation and insulin dysregulation in the horse. ... Read More

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Helping an Easy Keeper Breathe Easy

April 26, 2017

My older horse has respiratory allergies. Is there anything I can do to help him breathe easier while wearing a muzzle?... Read More

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Are Foals of Obese Mares At Risk for Musculoskeletal Issues?

April 25, 2017

Overweight mares often produce heavier foals, which studies have shown are at-risk for musculoskeletal disorders.... Read More

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Poll Recap: Equine Weight Management Challenges

April 18, 2017

Of the 576 respondents, 277 (48%) said their horses are easy keepers and gain weight easily.... Read More

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Managing and Caring for the EMS Horse

April 13, 2017

Equine metabolic syndrome can cause obesity, insulin resistance, and laminitis. Find out how to care for your EMS horse.... Read More

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Researchers Evaluate Parasite Patterns in Feral Horses

April 05, 2017

Overall horses coped well with parasites. But the heavier the parasite load, the lower the horse's body condition score.... Read More

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Supplementation Strategies for Performance Horses

March 27, 2017

Performance horses need customized diets to meet their energy requirements, as hay alone likely won't suffice.... Read More

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UK to Host Second Equine Nutrition Short Course

March 25, 2017

Presentation topics include feeding through a horse's life cycle, evaluating body condition, nutrition myths, and more.... Read More

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Broodmares' Nutritional Needs During Late Gestation

March 24, 2017

A pregnant mare should maintain a healthy weight to support both the fetus' and her own calorie needs.... Read More

Here at <em>The Horse</em>, we've been anxiously counting down the days until spring. Check out some of our top tips from our Countdown to Spring Challenge to get your horses and farm ready!

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Countdown to Spring Challenge

March 20, 2017

Our staff has been anxiously counting down to spring. Check out our top tips to get your horses and farm ready! ... Read More

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How to Put Weight Back On Your Horse

March 20, 2017

Feeding the correct type of calories wisely can help promote weight gain and improved body condition.... Read More

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Spring Calories Count for Horses

March 13, 2017

Your horse came out of winter in good body condition. Find out how can you keep that trend going as the grass greens.... Read More

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Feeding Broodmares During Late Gestation

February 28, 2017

With a rapidly growing foal on board, late gestation can pose nutritional challenges for pregnant mares.... Read More

Article

The 'Creaky' Performance Horse

February 22, 2017

Seasoned sport horses often need a little extra TLC to continue performing well into middle age.... Read More

Article

Tips for Refeeding Malnourished Horses

February 20, 2017

Time, patience, and care are critical because full rehabilitation can take weeks, months, or even longer. ... Read More

Commentary

Will Whey Protein Improve My Horse's Topline?

February 06, 2017

Our equine nutrition expert addresses toplines, horse protein needs, and whether whey is the way to go.... Read More

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Addressing the 'Air Fern' in Your Barn

January 30, 2017

Roly-poly, cresty-necked horses and ponies are in harm's way. Here's how to help your overweight equid shed pounds.... 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