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

Fats: Not Just an Equine Diet Fad

Fats serve many important functions for horses, from increasing calorie consumption to reducing gastric ulcer severity. Read More

Sugars and Starches: They're Not All Bad!

Although owners are frequently warned against the consequences of feeding these carbs, horses need them in their diets. Read More

5 Tips for Packing the Pounds on Performance Horses

Here's what to consider when managing a hard-keeping equine athlete. Read More

Feeding the EOTRH Horse

Learn how to design a diet for horses suffering or recovering from this dental condition. Read More

Senior Feeds: Not Just for Old Horses

Don't balk at the S-word on the feed label. It might be just what your adult horse needs. Read More

Forage Options for Finicky Eaters

My senior horse will not eat any hay in his stall. Are there any other forage options? Read More

The Ins and Outs of Feeding the OTTB

Careful dietary consideration is needed when transitioning a Thoroughbred from racing to a pleasure or sport career. 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

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

5 Tips for Feeding Weanlings

Don't wait until your foal is weaned to plan a diet that meets his increased energy, protein, and mineral requirements. Read More

Does Equine Metabolic Syndrome Affect Gut Microbes?

EMS horses had less microbial diversity than healthy horses, potentially impairing gut health and affecting metabolism. Read More

5 Tips for Feeding Lactating Mares

Lactating mares must maintain weight while providing foals with critical nutrients. Here's how to feed them. Read More

Feeding Horses for Joint Health

Proper nutrition can literally make or break joint health. Here's what you should know. Read More

5 Tips for Feeding Foals

Proper nutrition is critical for growth and development. Learn the right way to feed your foal. Read More

Effects of Obesity on Mares' Follicles and Oocytes

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

Feeding Horses With Endocrine Disorders

Nutritional management revolves around weight loss and low-sugar and -starch diets. Read More

7 Equine Nutrition Myths Busted

Decipher fact vs. fiction when it comes to the complicated world of feeding horses. 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

What's All the Hype? Feeding the Energetic Horse

Find out how some simple diet changes might help calm your hyperactive horse. Read More

Feed Tags: Four Components to Evaluate

Pay special attention to the purpose statement, guaranteed analysis, ingredients, and directions for use. Read More

Feeding the Ulcer-Prone Horse

Learn how to craft a diet for the horse with painful lesions in his stomach. Read More

Equine Ration Balancer Pellets Explained

When fed with forage, ration balancer pellets supplement equine diets without excess calories. Read More

Alternative Fiber Sources for Horses

Need to stretch your hay supply this winter? Consider adding hay cubes, complete feeds, or forage byproducts. Read More

5 Facts About Flax

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

5 Tips for Feeding Frequent Travelers

Heading south for the winter? Prepare in advance to keep your horse healthy during and after transport. Read More