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Choosing Feeders: Rack 'Em Up

August 01, 2005

There are so many types of hay racks, mangers, and feed bins available, how do you know the best one to choose? What factors should you consider? Read on for tips on picking the right feeder for your horse's needs.... Read More

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Whisper Syndrome Update: Titer Results Inconclusive

July 01, 2005

A treating vet in Virginia still isn't sure what made three of his clients' horses sick this spring while generating widespread concern on an Internet message board as "Whisper Syndrome" (for background information, see Read More

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"Whisper Syndrome" Update

May 31, 2005

A treating veterinarian in southwestern Virginia still isn't sure what made three of his clients' horses sick this spring while generating widespread concern on an Internet message board. Titer results searching for a definitive diagnosis or... Read More

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Nutrition During Stall Rest

January 01, 2005

I purchased a 3-year-old Thoroughbred gelding with a fractured knee. My veterinarian put him on lay-up for an additional... Read More

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Nutritional and Metabolic Concerns with Equine Forages

November 17, 2004

While many of us want to simplify nutrition for our horses, selecting the best forage for a horse isn't always simple, particularly if he is chronically laminitic and/or metabolically challenged. Diets for these horses require particular care;... Read More

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Fall and Winter Bring Forage Risks

November 10, 2004

Now that we've had our first frost in Central Kentucky (and many areas have had more than that), your pastures might be higher in carbohydrates and thus more dangerous for laminitic and/or metabolically challenged horses (such as Cushingoid... Read More

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Nutritional Value of Forages

November 09, 2004

To feed your horse the best forage for his needs, you have to understand the plants and what affects their nutrient content, said Jerry Chatterton, PhD, Research Leader of the USDA Agricultural Research Service, Forage and Range Research... Read More

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Horses and Hurricane Charley

October 01, 2004

Despite widespread structural damage and economic devastation to areas of Florida, the horse population fared well in the path of Hurricane Charley. At least three horses were euthanized in Florida from injuries resulting from flying debris... Read More

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Buying Better Hay -- Stacks of Decisions

October 01, 2004

The quality of hay is important to maintaining proper digestion. Quality hay contains nothing harmful (dust, mold, weeds, or foreign objects), provides the necessary nutrients for the horse consuming it, and is palatable.... Read More

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Feeding the Cushingoid Horse

October 01, 2004

Can you provide more information on feeding the Cushing's horse? I am worried my horse isn't getting essential vitamins.... Read More

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Cutting Down on Carbs (For Your Horse)

November 17, 2003

In an attempt to avoid the rich diets that can worsen obesity and laminitis in insulin-resistant horses (those said to be suffering from peripheral Cushing's disease), many owners feed hay instead of lush pasture or grain. However, Kathryn Watts... Read More

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Problems for Horse Owners Caused by This Summer's Wet Weather

October 14, 2003

From Penn State University's Dairy & Animal Science News

The wet weather this summer has not only increased the price of quality hay, but creates the right conditions for increased mold, fungi and mycotoxins in hay and... Read More

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Salting Hay for Storage

September 01, 2003

I was told that using rock salt on hay that is kept in a small area would keep it from molding. Is this true?... Read More

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Blister Beetle Poisoning in Florida

September 01, 2003

At press time, three horses had died of blister beetle poisoning in Clay County, Fla., and two others returned home following treatment at the University of Florida after eating alfalfa hay contaminated with blister beetles. The hay was delivere... Read More

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The Mycotoxin Problem

June 25, 2003

There can be a number of reasons why a horse might have performance problems. A diagnosis can be frustrating, but one reason that might be overlooked is mycotoxicosis. It wasn’t until recently that the significance of mycotoxins was realized,... Read More

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AAEP 2002: Recent Developments in Equine Nutrition

February 04, 2003

A lot has happened in the field of equine research in the last five years. Ginger Rich, PhD, of Rich Equine Nutritional Consulting in Eads, Tenn.; and Leslie Breuer, PhD, of LH Breuer and Associates, updated veterinarians and others who attended... Read More

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Groups Join Together to Help Fire Victims

June 27, 2002

Colorado and Arizona are experiencing the worst wildfires in their histories--thousands of people and horses have been evacuated from their farms. Farnam Companies responded last Friday to an urgent call for 800-900 bales of hay that were needed... Read More

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Copper Sulfate and Ergot

June 21, 2002

Making sure that copper requirements are met in the overall diet of horses is prudent. However, there is no real need to test soils for copper, and certainly no evidence that fertilizing with copper sulfate will minimize the occurrence of the ergot... Read More

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Fescue Field Management

March 01, 2002

It is estimated that 35 million acres of United States pasture are planted with tall fescue (Festuca arundinacea), and roughly 700,000 horses graze these fescue pastures. This plant is a cool-season plant, so it grows in cooler climates,... Read More

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Happy New Year

September 12, 2001

Sometimes it's good to take a step back and look at the big picture. Maybe you will discover that the way you've put hay in the loft all these years can be done differently to save you time (and an aching back). Maybe you've decided that you wan... Read More

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Morris' New Studies

January 01, 2001

 The Morris Animal Foundation is pleased to report the realization of a goal to fund $2 million in health studies by the year 2000. The Foundation also has added a variety of animal health studies to its growing list of vital investigations... Read More

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Forage Alternatives

January 01, 2001

Man might not live by bread alone, but horses can live on forage just fine. As grazing, herbivorous animals, forage (grasses and plants that grow on pastureland) is what they're designed to eat. Other components of the equine diet--grains, fats,... Read More

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Weighing In

October 01, 2000

Accepted wisdom in the horse world tells us that an "average" light horse weighs about 1,000 pounds, or 450 kg. A draft horse, upwards of double that. But does that rather arbitrary figure really mean anything? After all, what is an "average"... Read More

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Michigan Hay Surplus

December 02, 1999

A very favorable summer growing season over much of Michigan has produced a tremendous supply of surplus hay for many farms. According to Jerry Lindquist, the coordinator of the Michigan Hay Seller's List and Michigan State University (MSU)... Read More

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Hay FAQ

December 01, 1999

Ask any Average Joe on the street what a horse eats, and chances are he’ll answer, ‘hay.’ Even those who’ve never picked a foot or mucked a stall recognize that fibrous dried forage as the foundation of a horse’s diet. Given that, it’s surprisin... Read More