Recent News for Nutrition Basics

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UK Extension Agents to Host 11th Pastures Please!! Workshop

November 22, 2017

The event will take place Jan. 22, 2018, at the Scott County Extension Office, in Georgetown, Kentucky.... Read More

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Caring for Senior Horses in Cold Weather

November 21, 2017

Learn how to help older horses stay warm and maintain weight this winter.... Read More

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Tips for Preparing Your Horse Barn for Winter

November 20, 2017

Check your hay supply, ensure water sources will remain thawed, be sure pasture fencing is secure, and more.... Read More

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Do Horses Need Hay Around the Clock?

November 20, 2017

A horse owner asks if she's feeding her horse enough hay often enough. Nutritionist Dr. Clair Thunes responds.... Read More

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The Latest on Feeding Laminitic Horses

November 20, 2017

If your horse falls into the at-risk category, consider these diet changes.... Read More

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Monthly Equine Wellness Tips

November 19, 2017

Find a year's worth of tips to keep your horse healthy in every season.... Read More

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Alternative Fiber Sources for Horses

November 19, 2017

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

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Selenium and Cribbing: Is There a Relationship?

November 15, 2017

Researchers found that the cribbers in their study were deficient in selenium.... Read More

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Fat Options to Help Your Horse Hold Weight During the Winter

November 13, 2017

Oil? Rice bran or flax seeds? Fat-fortified feed? Learn how to pick the best option for horses that are hard-keepers.... Read More

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Pasture Management 101: High-Traffic Areas and Overgrowth

November 13, 2017

Appropriately managing high-traffic areas and pasture overgrowth can help improve your horse's habitat and health.... Read More

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Blood Test Misses Mark for Diagnosing Equine Gastric Ulcers

November 12, 2017

Still, the researchers say they hope continued research on the topic will make equine gastric ulcers easier to diagnose.... Read More

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Five Tips for Feeding Mature, Healthy Hard Keepers

November 06, 2017

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

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Food Enrichment Activities for Donkeys

November 05, 2017

Is your donkey bored? Here are suggestions for adding entertaining food to your donkey's environment.... Read More

The fecal sample on the left is from a healthy horse, while the one on the right comes from a horse with acute colitis. (Graness, Swidsinski, Schusser: Equine fecal bacterial microbiota. University of Leipzig, Charite’ Humboldt University, Germany; Poster, Colic Research Symposium, Lexington, 2017).

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Equine Gut Microbiota Research Update

November 04, 2017

Learn about the innerworkings of horses' digestive tracts and how the bacteria that reside there impact health.... Read More

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Aloe Vera vs. Omeprazole for Equine Gastric Ulcer Treatment

October 31, 2017

While aloe vera appeared to have some benefits, researchers say omeprazole remains the treatment of choice.... Read More

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Feeding Young Horses: Graduating to a Grown-Up Diet

October 29, 2017

Consider growth rate and nutrient balance when deciding what to feed young horses.... Read More

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Why Do Electrolytes Encourage Horses to Drink?

October 29, 2017

Our nutrition expert looks at why a horse might choose to drink water with electrolytes over plain water.... Read More

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Horse Pasture Management Workshop Taking Place in Louisville

October 28, 2017

The equine-focused workshop will be held at the American Forage and Grassland Council conference on Jan. 15, 2018.... Read More

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Evaluating Fall Horse Pastures: Green is Good, Brown is Bad

October 28, 2017

If your cool-season grass pastures are green during the fall, chances are they're healthy and productive.... Read More

Corn is a high-energy grain commonly found in livestock rations. However, it’s also high in starch and should not be fed to horses with metabolic issues.

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Corn in Horse Feed: Good or Bad?

October 23, 2017

With some measures in place, corn can be a valuable calorie source for horses in heavy work, our nutritionist says.... Read More

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Equine Guelph Offers Courses for Racing Grooms, Trainers

October 20, 2017

A digestive health course will be free for the first 50 registrants from each of Ontario's three racing sectors.... Read More

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Grasping Insulin Resistance in Horses

October 18, 2017

Two leading researchers explain insulin's effects on the body and how to manage the IR horse. ... Read More

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Pasture Management 101: Drought, Excess Rain, and Erosion

October 16, 2017

Protect pastures by using rotational grazing and managing manure.... Read More

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Fall Colic Prevention for Horses

October 16, 2017

Nutritionist Dr. Clair Thunes shares advice on how to reduce your horse's risk of colicking this fall. ... Read More

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Horse Weight Management FAQs

October 16, 2017

There's lots to consider when helping a horse gain, lose, or maintain weight. Don't worry. We're here to help.... Read More