Body Condition

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Safely Increasing Weight in Emaciated Horses

January 31, 2009

Rehabilitating emaciated horses to nutritional health is a challenge--there's a fine line between not getting results and risking the horse's health by introducing too much, too soon.... Read More

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Starving Horse Series: Freeway Shows Signs of Improvement

January 23, 2009

Freeway, the starving horse that Sue Thompson of Clayton, Calif., rescued in late 2007 and has rehabilitated over the past year, could be a step closer to recovery. The Quarter... Read More

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Older Horses Require Extra Care

January 15, 2009

Stiff joints, poor teeth, and weight changes aren't just signs of aging in humans; they afflict horses, too.... Read More

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Horse Health Tips for Extreme Cold Weather

January 14, 2009

This winter has been unusually cold in some areas, with temperatures well below freezing for many days in a row. This extreme cold weather can be particularly dangerous to animals that live outdoors. The Michigan State University Veterinary... Read More

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Older Horses: Respecting Our Elders

January 06, 2009

Seasonal tips for enhancing & even extending the life of an older horse.... Read More

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12 Months of Feeding Tips

January 06, 2009

A 12-month rundown of some of the year’s most important feeding concerns. ... Read More

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Keeping Horses Warm

January 04, 2009

Winter is in full force, and horse owners need to make sure their animals stay warm, according to North Dakota State University Extension Service equine specialist Carrie Hammer, DVM, PhD.

Horse owners have several ways to do that. One of... Read More

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12 Months of Feeding Tips

January 01, 2009

Here's how to roll with Mother Nature through the seasons, nutritionally speaking.... Read More

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Older Horses: Respecting Our Elders

January 01, 2009

If your horse is already a senior, there's no reason to turn him out to pasture. Here's a seasonal look at some factors to consider for the care of your equine elder.... Read More

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Saving a Starving Horse: Part 2

January 01, 2009

The second part in aseries on saving Freeway, a horse rescued from starvation and neglect by a passer-by.... Read More

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Saving a Starving Horse: Part 1

December 31, 2008

She could've just kept driving. But instead of dismissing the idea of intervention as someone else's sad... Read More

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Survey Finds Eventers Nutritionally Sound, but Oversupplemented

December 28, 2008

In a survey of leading three-day event riders, researchers found that the majority of riders fed their horses based on research-driven recommendations, but the number of supplements used per horse did raise some eyebrows.

During the Jersey... Read More

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Teff Hay for Foundered Horses: A Good Fit?

December 22, 2008

In California, teff is being called the "perfect grass for foundered horses." But is teff hay always safe for horses that are intolerant of high-sugar forage? Teff grass (Eragrostis teff) is a new type of grass being introduced around the... Read More

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Feeding Horses When Temperatures Drop

November 30, 2008

Winter presents a challenge to horse owners when it comes to feeding their horses. Low temperatures, harsh winds and rain, snow, and ice all contribute to the increasing nutrient requirements a horse has to keep themselves warm and maintain their ... Read More

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Measuring the Physiologic Response to Nutrition

November 24, 2008

Whether for weight gain or loss, speed or shine, nearly everything we offer our horses is given to bring about a desired effect. Stacie Appleton, PhD, and Mike Jerina, BS, presented a demonstration on "Measuring the Physiologic ... Read More

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Caring for Older Horses: The Elmer Bandit Diet

November 23, 2008

As it turns out, feeding Elmer requires careful consideration and a serious time commitment.... Read More

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Feeding to Lessen Inflammation

October 31, 2008

At the Purina Equine Veterinary Conference, held Oct. 17-19 in St. Louis, Mo., Karen Davison, PhD, manager of Equine Technical Services for the Horse Business Group of Purina Mills discussed managing inflammation and oxidative stress in horses... Read More

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Soy Safety: Depends on the Source, Nutritionists Say

October 27, 2008

Horses have varying protein requirements, depending on stage of life or performance level. Protein, the essential building block for new cellular growth, provides the amino acids necessary for maintaining all normal body functions in a... Read More

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Researchers: Mare's Condition Appears to Impact Sex of Foal

October 18, 2008

A recent study of wild horses in New Zealand has found that broodmares that are healthiest at the time of conception are more likely to have colts.

The study, conducted by researchers Elissa Cameron, MSc, PhD, and Wayne Linklater, PhD, foun... Read More

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Foal's Playfulness a Reflection of Gender, Mare's Condition

October 16, 2008

The body condition of a mare and the sex of her foal will determine how much the foal plays, according to a new study by researchers at the Mammal Research Institute at the University of Pretoria in South Africa.

The group, led by Elissa... Read More

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Diagnosing Insulin Resistance: Q&A with Researchers

August 28, 2008

Over the past few years researchers have described a strong association between insulin resistance and laminitis in equines. They are working now on defining standard testing protocols and interpretations to identify horses at highest risk for... Read More

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Obesity: Big-Boned Beastie

August 01, 2008

Obese horses should be taken off pasture, except for very short (30-minute) turnout periods two or three times a day for exercise, and a grazing muzzle should be used at these times.... Read More

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Insulin Resistance and Sensitivity, Causes and Management

July 23, 2008

Insulin sensitivity and insulin resistance in horses have become increasingly important areas of research in equine medicine over the past several years, as evidenced by the timely and popular presentations at this year's American College of... Read More

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Exotic Tastes: Equine Flavor Preferences

July 15, 2008

Does your horse have a favorite flavor?

Eight research horses in England did. Deborah Goodwin, BSc, PhD, research director of Applied Animal Behaviour Programmes at the University of Southampton, set out to discover what flavors horses... Read More

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Metabolic Disorders

July 10, 2008

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