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

Soil Selenium Levels and Equine White Muscle Disease

Selenium-deficient foals are at risk for white muscle disease, which leads to skeletal and cardiac muscle abnormalities. Read More

Feeding the Ulcer-Prone Horse

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

Improving Horse Health Through Nutrition in the New Year

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

Understanding Horse Water Requirements

Water is one of the essential nutrients a horse needs to perform a number of life-support functions. Read More

Understanding Hay Analysis Results

Hay analysis can help owners better balance their horses' diets and meet nutritional requirements. Read More

How Hard are My Lesson Horses Really Working?

A trainer asks how to classify her horses' workload when considering their nutritional needs. 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

Alternative Fiber Sources for Horses

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

5 Tips for Feeding Frequent Travelers

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

Switching Horse Feeds Safely

Switch your horse's feed type or amount gradually to minimize his risk of digestive upset. Read More

Feeding Horses on Stall Rest

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

Feeding Choke-Prone Horses

Find out which horses are at the highest risk for feed-related choke and what you can do to reduce that risk. Read More

Where Do Horse Owners Get Supplement Advice?

Owners considered veterinarians the most reliable information source, which researchers found encouraging. Read More

Study: Fat Ponies Will Work for Food

Researchers found that some ponies are willing to exercise themselves ... as long as there's food involved. Read More

Fall Feeding Tips for Horses

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

Planning Hay Purchases

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

Alfalfa Chaff vs. Pellets: Can Form Affect Gastric Ulcers?

Alfalfa products with smaller particle sizes appear to be more effective in helping limit gastric lesion formation. 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

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

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