Herbal Supplements

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Dose of Caution Recommended with Some Herbal Supplements

May 09, 2009

They're sold over the counter, on the Internet, and in tack shops, so herbal supplements must be safe for your horse, right? Not necessarily, report researchers from Norway and China. According to this group of scientists, some commonly use... Read More

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Filling a Need? (Supplements)

May 01, 2009

Do your homework and consider your horse's entire nutritional picture before adding supplements.... Read More

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9 Keys to Equine Nutrition

March 17, 2009

Lydia F. Gray, DVM, MA, described 9 keys to understanding equine nutrition at the 2008 AAEP Convention.... Read More

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Herb Shown to Reduce Inflammation in Equine Study

December 13, 2008

Move over glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate, there might be a new supplement in town. In a clinical trial involving 74 trotting horses, LitoVet, a rose hip powder manufactured specifically for animals by HybenVital in Denmark, had an ... Read More

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Supplement Safety

December 01, 2008

Standards help to ensure, manage, and effectively monitor risk of use for products and ingredients for horses.... Read More

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Herbs for Horses

October 01, 2008

While there is some scientific evidence that herbs can be used as effective treatments and preventives in humans and animals, "natural" does not always mean "benign."

You probably know the types: Eager Ellen, who is sold... Read More

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Safety of Nutritional Supplements for Horses Unknown, Researchers Say

September 14, 2008

Just because a supplement comes in fancy packaging with a tamper-resistant foil seal and promises of efficacy does not necessarily mean that it is safe for your horse.

According to the Committee on Examining the Safety of Dietary... Read More

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Readers Respond: Herbs For Horses

August 14, 2008

More than 1,600 readers of TheHorse.com responded to a poll asking, "Would you consider using herbal supplements, such as aloe vera juice, milk thistle, ginger, etc., in your horse's feed or as a topical... Read More

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FDA Dietary Supplement Rule Not Applicable to Veterinary Products

December 26, 2007

Scientific studies performed over the past decade have demonstrated the widespread availability of poor quality and potentially unsafe dietary supplements for both human and animal consumption. These include supplements that:

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Scientific Review Reports Pros and Cons of Equine Herbal Supplements

August 20, 2007

According to a recent scientific review, there is only limited evidence supporting the administration of herbal supplements in horses, despite their widespread use in the industry. Further, adverse events associated with herbal supplementation... Read More

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Feed Supplements for Horses

August 01, 2007

A feed supplement is anything fed to a horse in addition to a natural diet of forage. Technically grain is a supplement. But the term has come to mean any additional nutrients (such as certain vitamins and minerals, extra protein, energy, etc.) tha... Read More

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AAEP Convention 2006: Lameness

March 01, 2007

Oral Joint Supplements: Do They Work?

In 2005, nutraceutical... Read More

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Nutrition to Go

March 01, 2007

A group of veterinarians gathered at the Land O' Lakes Purina Mills headquarters in St. Louis, Mo., last fall to participate in discussions on subjects that ranged from Cushing's disease to proper nutrition for horses young and old. Nicholas Frank,... Read More

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Bee Pollen Product Increases Appetite, Study Shows

October 12, 2006

Researchers at Michigan State University (MSU) have reported in a pilot study that a bee pollen-based product shows promise in improving athletic horses' feed intake.... Read More

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Noni Juice--A NSAID?

September 14, 2006

Although more research is needed, Tahitian Noni Equine Essentials, an herbal product made from the Morinda citrifolia tree, could have uses as an anti-inflammatory agent, according to a cooperative study by the University of Wisconsin School of Vete... Read More

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Supplements of Benefit to the Performance Horse (Book Excerpt)

November 30, 2005

A balanced vitamin supplement may best provide the additional needed vitamins. However, once again, it is important not to overestimate the intensity of exercise and competition your horse performs so that you do not oversupplement with potentially h... Read More

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Feeding Hope or Hype?

July 01, 2005

You notice that your competition horse is starting to shorten his stride occasionally. He is stiff and takes longer to warm up. Perhaps he's showing other signs of physical discomfort. Your veterinarian examines him, and the result is what you... Read More

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SmartPak Equine Receives Award for Innovation

May 23, 2005

SmartPak Equine announced May 23 that it has received a 2005 Innovation Award from the Smaller Business Association of New England. SmartPak, best known for offering custom-packed nutritional supplements in its patented SmartPak packaging, is th... Read More

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Transport and the Immune System

February 01, 2005

In a study published in the Equine Veterinary Journal investigating the effects of long-term transport on horses, Carolyn Stull, DVM, showed measurable changes in immunological status. She also found the immune systems of transported... Read More

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Seal Signifies Quality of Animal Supplements

December 01, 2004

The Animal Supplement Council (NASC) has initiated a Quality Seal Program as part of its ongoing effort to improve and standardize the animal supplement industry. The seal is a way for consumers to know that when they buy a product, they buy fro... Read More

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Seal Will Help Ensure Quality of Animal Supplements

October 20, 2004

The Animal Supplement Council (NASC) has initiated a Quality Seal Program as part of its ongoing effort to improve and standardize the animal supplement industry . The seal is a way for consumers to know that when they buy a... Read More

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Good/Bad Effects of Antioxidants

July 01, 2004

In a society that is trying to slow the aging process, free radicals and antioxidants are terms that are regularly tossed around. One might not realize their importance in horses, but researchers continue to pursue the details of how and why the... Read More

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AAEP 2003: Therapeutic Options Forum

February 03, 2004

Many options for treating equine ailments exist--some are more traditionally performed by veterinarians in some regions, and some are often labeled as alternative therapies and might tend to fall more to non-veterinarians. Who can legally handle... Read More

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The Role of Antioxidants

January 01, 2004

Oxidation is a process the body uses for normal energy production and immune function. This is part of the process that enables the body to transform nutrients such as carbohydrates, fats, and proteins into energy. During oxidation (the "burning... Read More

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AAFCO Takes Action Against Feeds Containing Kava

November 01, 2003

The Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) announced to its members and to the feed industry on Aug. 4 that kava should not be used as an ingredient in animal feeds. An enforcement strategy event for kava in animal feeds,... Read More