Feeding Foals and Young Horses

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Seasonal Manure Changes

April 19, 2017

A veterinarians answers a reader's question on why some horses have seasonal runny manure.... Read More

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Harmonious Housing Practices for Horses

April 15, 2017

By paying attention to horse herd hierarchy, you can help ensure harmony in the barn and beyond.... Read More

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Study: Management Practices Can Help OCD Lesions Resolve

April 08, 2017

How young horses are fed and housed can impact how osteochondral lesions evolve, and even help them heal.... Read More

Veterinarians and nutritionists agree: High-quality forage is the foundation of a healthy equine diet. Available options vary by region and season, and are usually available as hay or pasture. Take a look at some popular forages for horses in our slideshow.

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Forages for Feeding Horses

March 30, 2017

Available forages for horses vary by region and season. Here's a look at some of the most common. ... Read More

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Carbohydrates Defined

March 29, 2017

Carbohydrates are the main source of dietary energy for horses and are important for fast, quick-burning power.... Read More

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Choosing Hay for a Yearling Horse

March 27, 2017

Our nutrition expert considers grain hays, grass hay, and alfalfa for feeding growing horses.... Read More

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UK to Host Second Equine Nutrition Short Course

March 25, 2017

Presentation topics include feeding through a horse's life cycle, evaluating body condition, nutrition myths, and more.... Read More

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New Perspectives on Foal Nutrition

March 25, 2017

Dr. Laurie Lawrence shares results of studies on mare milk composition and foals' GI microbial colonization.... Read More

Pellet feeds are usually highly palatable to horses and offer appropriate nutrition when feed per manufacturer instructions. Some feeds are complete, meaning no additional forage is needed, while others are concentrates or ration balancers meant to supplement hay or pasture.

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Horse Grains and Feeds

March 23, 2017

Flip through feeds and pelleted forages commonly found in the equine diet.... Read More

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Fat in the Equine Diet

March 22, 2017

Fat is an energy powerhouse that is a horse's most abundant energy source.... Read More

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What is a Nutraceutical?

March 20, 2017

Are you confused about nutraceuticals in your horse's diet? Learn more from our equine nutrition expert.... Read More

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Horses' Maintenance Energy Requirements Reviewed

March 20, 2017

Is your horse consuming enough calories? Learn how to calculate your horse's maintenance energy requirements.... Read More

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What Nutrients Does Your Horse Need?

March 10, 2017

A horse requires specific nutrients that you must consider when developing his feeding program.... Read More

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Poll Recap: Picky Eaters

March 07, 2017

Of the 413 respondents, 212 (51%) have dealt with an equine picky eater. ... Read More

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7 Equine Nutrition Myths Busted

March 03, 2017

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

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The Horse, FeedXL Team for National Nutrition Month

March 01, 2017

Get information-packed nutrition content throughout March.... Read More

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Minding the Great Tooth Transition in Horses

March 01, 2017

The transition from baby to permanent teeth can go smoothly, but it can also hit some roadblocks along the way.... Read More

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Feeding Broodmares During Late Gestation

February 28, 2017

With a rapidly growing foal on board, late gestation can pose nutritional challenges for pregnant mares.... Read More

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Protein and Equine Ration Balancers: Let's Do the Math

February 27, 2017

Nutritionist Dr. Clair Thunes explains why ration-balancer protein contents might seem high but aren't.... Read More

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Trace Mineral Basics: Zinc and Copper

February 27, 2017

Learn more about these trace minerals that are vital to horse health. ... Read More

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Mare and Foal Nutrition Study Creates New Areas of Interest

February 26, 2017

Researchers recently conducted a study on the effects of starch source on mare and foal hindgut bacteria.... Read More

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2016 AAEP Convention Wrap-Up

February 22, 2017

Read our in-depth coverage of topics from the 2016 American Association of Equine Practitioners Convention in Orlando.... Read More

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Feed Weanlings Carefully to Support Growth, Reduce DOD

January 23, 2017

A forage-based, total mixed-ration cube fed free choice supported weanling growth rates without increasing DOD cases.... Read More

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Do Probiotics Help Prevent Foal Diarrhea?

January 22, 2017

The probiotic researchers tested had "disappointing" results, but not all studies have yielded negative results.... Read More

“Clients often ask, ‘What kind of grain should I use?’” Tanner says. “I always ignore that question and immediately ask, ‘What kind of hay are you giving them?’ If you have bad hay, you’re not going to fix that with more grain.” Tanner also recommends checking with your vet before giving your horse supplements, since nutraceuticals are not regulated by the FDA. “You could be wasting a good bit of money on something that’s not good for your horse,” he says.

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Resolve to Weigh Your Horse's Feed

January 09, 2017

Do you want to make sure your horse is getting the right amount of feed? Use a scale!... Read More