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

5 Tips for Feeding Frequent Travelers

Prepare in advance to ensure your horse stays healthy during transport and once he's arrived at his destination. Read More

Could Coconut Meal Benefit Some Horses?

Coconut, or copra, meal could be useful for horses requiring low-NSC diets, researchers found Read More

Feeding Horses on Stall Rest

Take steps to manage your horse's weight and behavior while he's cooped up. Read More

Do Muzzles Slow Horses' Pelleted Feed Intake?

Wearing a grazing muzzle during feeding is a simple, effective intervention for horses prone to choke, scientists found. Read More

Improving Horse Health Through Nutrition in the New Year

When it comes to feeding your horses, don't make the same mistakes you've made in the past in the new year. Read More

Protein's Role in Fueling Performance Horses

Protein--made up of amino acids--mainly functions in muscle, tendon, and ligament development and repair. Read More

Digesting Different Hay Forms

Bales aren't the only hay option. Here's some information about different hay forms horse owners can consider. Read More

Planning Hay Purchases

Learn how to plan forage purchases with this practical guide to hay cuttings, types, and quality. Read More

Fall Feeding Tips for Horses

As temperatures drop, consider whether you need to make changes to your horse's diet in preparation for winter. Read More

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