Body Condition

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Needing a Pick-Me-Up

December 01, 2007

Is my mare's lack of energy due to the low weight? What are the other possible causes? ... Read More

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Obesity, Insulin Resistance, and Laminitis

July 31, 2007

Insulin resistance is a part of equine metabolic syndrome (EMS). There are three criteria for identifying the horse with EMS: Insulin resistance, prior (founder lines) or current laminitis, and general obesity or regional adiposity (areas of abnormal... Read More

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Adipobiology (The Study of Fat in the Body): An Emerging Field

July 02, 2007

What exactly does stored fat do to a horse's body? It wreaks serious havoc on at least 11 vital body functions. Nat Messer, DVM, Dipl. ABVP, an associate professor of equine medicine and surgery at the University of Missouri (UM), presented a... Read More

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Slimming Down

July 01, 2007

Couple consistent exercise with controlled calorie intake to promote weight loss in overweight horses.... Read More

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U.K. Equine Welfare Charity Launching 'Right Weight' Campaign

June 04, 2007

The International League for the Protection of Horses (ILPH), a U.K. equine welfare charity, has organized a campaign to help horse owners accurately measure their horses' weight and design nutrition plans to keep the pounds in check.... Read More

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Equine Metabolic Syndrome and the Easy Keeper

May 05, 2007

If your horse gains weight eating air, founders on grass every spring, and has a cresty neck, he could be insulin resistant. Insulin resistance is part of an equine health issue called Equine Metabolic Syndrome (EMS).

Equine Metabolic... Read More

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Managing the Hard Keeper

April 29, 2007

Horses lose weight for a variety of reasons--some medical, some man-made. Learn why your horse might be underweight and what you can do about it.

Have your veterinarian perform a complete physical examination to rule-out medical diseases or... Read More

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Obese Horses

March 23, 2007

Experts at the 2006 AAEP Convention discussed equine obesity in depth.... Read More

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Horse Management and Care

March 23, 2007

Management topics at the 2006 AAEP Convention included numerous tips for keeping older horses healthy.... 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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Carbohydrates: Sugars and Starches

January 01, 2007

Low-carb has found its way into equine diets, with owners demanding feed products with low carb levels. ... Read More

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4-H Members To Care For Neglected Horses

December 25, 2006

A group of 4-H club members are devoting their holiday break to helping two veterinarians and others feed and care for seven seriously malnourished horses rescued from a Dayton-area farm.

Members of the Making Strides 4-H Club started preparin... Read More

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Fat Fillies and Slothful Stallions: The Obesity Epidemic Hits Equine Companions

November 06, 2006

An archive of Pet Columns from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine is available online at www.cvm.uiuc.edu/petcolumns/. Requests for reprints of this article may be directed to Mandy Barth, 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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Feeding Horses in Winter (Book Excerpt)

October 04, 2006

A horse's nutrient requirements increase with cold weather; he needs more calories to generate heat to keep warm. Mature horses in good condition usually don't need grain, however, if they have good winter pasture or grass hay.... Read More

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ACVIM 2006: New Nutrition Software

September 14, 2006

Researchers have completed the new National Research Council (NRC) report that describes nutritional requirements of the horse. The report is expected to be released this fall to update the previous publication, which was distributed in 1989.... Read More

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Body Condition Score: Back to Basics

August 24, 2006

A horse’s body condition score can tell a lot about his overall well-being; how does your horse weigh in?... Read More

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Equine Body Condition Score Poster

August 24, 2006

Descriptions and illustrations of body condition scores for horses based on the Henneke body condition scale. ... Read More

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Underweight and Overactive

August 24, 2006

Suggestions for putting weight on thin and overactive horses.... Read More

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Overactive and Underweight

August 01, 2006

Sometimes it's challenging to keep weight on a horse. A hyperactive horse might burn off too many calories to stay in optimum body condition, while an old broodmare with digestive inefficiency can lose weight during the stress of lactation. We'll ... Read More

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Help, My Horse is Too Fat!

June 01, 2006

Q: My 14-year-old mare has severe obesity problems. The veterinarian ruled out Cushing's disease because she does not exhibit the typical Cushing's traits. I am afraid to work her for fear that any... Read More

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Henneke Body Condition

April 01, 2006

I am looking for a body score chart in layman's terms. I would like to include this chart in our handbook for Personal Ponies, a national nonprofit organization, but many people (including me) don't know what these terms actually mean. The two I... Read More

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Progressive Nutrition to Offer Equine Nutritionist Blog

March 17, 2006

Progressive Nutrition has launched a new web site featuring the Equine Nutritionist Blog. Blogging is one of the newest tools in high-tech web marketing, now available to the horse community.

The Equine Nutritionist Blog offers consumers... Read More

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Feeding the Problem Horse (Book Excerpt)

March 08, 2006

Some horses present special challenges, such as being too thin, too fat, or sick. Some horses are finicky and are hard to keep weight on, especially when working. The first option is to increase the feed's energy density by adding grain or fat to the... Read More

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Winter and Cold Weather Care (Book Excerpt)

January 25, 2006

During winter the horse needs additional forage to create more body heat, clean unfrozen water, and some kind of shelter or windbreak. In some climates he may need blanketing if his winter hair coat is inadequate. Cold weather is not a problem if... Read More