Body Condition

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Poll Recap: Beet Pulp Buffet

December 10, 2013

Of 1,286 voters, 841 (65%) indicated they feed beet pulp to their horses.... Read More

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5 Tips for Feeding Mature, Healthy Hard Keepers

December 03, 2013

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

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Horse Body Weight, Age Important Laminitis Risk Factors

November 10, 2013

The risk factors associated with laminitis are many. But which are most important for owners to watch for?... Read More

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Determining Horses' Body Weight and Ideal Condition

November 04, 2013

To determine your horse's nutrient needs, you need to calculate his body weight and condition. Here's how.... Read More

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Broodmare Nutrition: Preparing for Fall and Winter

October 23, 2013

Mares in good body condition have a reservoir of stored fat that can be used during cold winter weather.... Read More

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Maintaining Ideal Body Condition in Athletic Horses

October 19, 2013

Here's what to consider if your athletic horse isn't maintaining ideal body weight and condition.... Read More

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A Better Weigh

October 11, 2013

Learn how to use the body condition score system to classify horses' body conditions.... Read More

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Is Your Horse Too Fat? There's an App for That

August 22, 2013

Knowing the weight of a horse can help owners better determine their animal's nutritional needs. ... Read More

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New Mobile Apps Available for Horse Owners

July 25, 2013

The help horse owners more precisely plan hay purchases and evaluate horses' body weight. ... Read More

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Turnout Time's Impact on Grass Consumption and Fecal pH

July 14, 2013

Researchers showed that reduced time on pasture increases consumption rate and decreases fecal pH in horses. ... Read More

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Poll Recap: Readers Weigh In on Equine Diets

July 02, 2013

Of the 688 voters, 77% indicated they had, at one time or another, used a diet to reduce a horse's weight.... Read More

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Researchers Examining Weight Gain, Loss in Varying Breeds

June 14, 2013

New study results suggest that some horse and pony breeds tend to hold on to weight better than others.... Read More

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Inevitable Longevity: June Sneak Peeks

June 10, 2013

Our older horses have carried us, quite literally, through different life phases. Simply, they're family.... Read More

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Understanding and Managing Equine Obesity

June 01, 2013

One equine nutritionist describes factors contributing to equine obesity and provides management tips.... Read More

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How To: Condition Your Horse for Summer Riding

May 24, 2013

Dr. Erica McKenzie shares how to get your horse into riding shape after a winter's rest.... Read More

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The Horse: Top 10 Horse Health Videos of 2012

January 02, 2013

We've compiled a list of the 10 most popular videos of 2012. Did your favorites make the list?... Read More

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The Horse: Top 10 Horse Health Articles of 2012

January 01, 2013

The staff at TheHorse.com tallied the most popular articles of 2012. Did your favorites make the list?... Read More

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Diet Restriction for Equine Weight Loss

December 29, 2012

Researchers found that dietary restriction to 1.25% of body mass can promote weight loss, to a certain extent.... Read More

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Study Evaluates Unintentional Weight Loss in Horses

October 23, 2012

Researchers pinpointed a definitive cause of weight loss in 60% of evaluated cases.... Read More

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Hands-on Events, Veterinary Talks at UC Davis Horse Day 2012

October 04, 2012

Discussion topics will include nutrition, emergency care, dentistry, shoeing, genetics, and body conditioning.... Read More

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Effect of Restricted Grazing on Hindgut pH and Fluid Balance

October 03, 2012

Restricted pasture access does not have negative effects on hindgut fermentation or fluid balance.... Read More

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Equine Cushing's Disease (PPID)

September 18, 2012

Pituitary Pars Intermedia Dysfunction (PPID, or equine Cushing’s disease) is a common endocrine disorder.... Read More

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Starch Digestion in Horse Diets

September 02, 2012

Although it can be damaging if fed improperly, starch is an important part of the horse's diet.... Read More

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Underweight Horses: Surveillance, Management Considerations

August 27, 2012

Low body weight in horses can trace to many issues, including dental problems and chronic disease.... Read More

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Nutrition for Rehabilitating the Starved Horse

August 21, 2012

UC Davis researchers found that high-quality alfalfa hay is most effective for rehabilitating a starved horse.... Read More