Vitamins & Minerals

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Refeeding Malnourished Horses

December 09, 2010

Few sights are more tragic than malnourished or starved horses. Outright neglect does occur, but not all underweight horses are victims of abuse. Horses might be recovering from serious conditions that have led to weight loss, and their ... Read More

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Panicky Horse? Vitamin B Might Help

December 01, 2010

Sue McDonnel, PhD, tells us what we can do to decrease the likelihood of a horsey panic attack.... Read More

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Choosing Horse Supplements: a Miracle in a Bottle

October 01, 2010

Owners should selet and administer their horses' supplements with care.... Read More

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Minerals: Important for Quality Horse Nutrition

September 21, 2010

When it comes to a horse's enjoyment and quality of life, he might need more than just a pasture and some oats. While most horses get the majority of their nutrients from pasture and grain, many might not be receiving the mineral nutrition... Read More

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Target Vitamin E Deficiency Early to Improve Outcomes of Horses with EMND

August 13, 2010

The prognosis for horses with equine motor neuron disease (EMND) caused by prolonged vitamin E deficiency is usually poor, but veterinarians from the University of Minnesota showed that early diagnosis and treatment can help these animals.... Read More

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Focus on Health: The External Horse

August 01, 2010

Maintaining a horse's hair coat takes a lot of energy, protein, and certain trace elements and minerals. ... Read More

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High Doses of Vitamin E Benefit Older Horses

July 14, 2010

Very high doses of vitamin E appear to benefit older horses' immune systems.... Read More

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Analyzing Feed and Forage for Horses

July 01, 2010

Awareness of what your horse is eating can help you determine if his dietary needs are being met and, if not, what can be added to meet those needs. With respect to the nutritional needs of a horse, it is important to know the meaning... Read More

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Twelve New Equine Fact Sheets Available From TheHorse.com

May 12, 2010

This week TheHorse.com has launched 12 free, handy Fact Sheets on topics of interest to hands-on horse owners. These are invaluable additions to the more than 30 widely acclaimed Fact Sheets that TheHorse.com launched in 2009...... Read More

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Feeding the Immune System: Nutrient Support for Horses

May 01, 2010

Both humans and horses must consume nutrients to support all body systems, including the immune system. But how do we know which nutrients support the immune system?... Read More

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Equine Supplements

May 01, 2010

Supplements, or nutraceuticals, are thought to have some beneficial effects for horses.... Read More

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Hoof Supplements

May 01, 2010

Oral supplements might be indicated for horses with dry, cracked, or brittle hooves.... Read More

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Vitamins and Minerals

May 01, 2010

They represent only a tiny portion of your horse’s feed intake, but they pack a nutritional wallop.... Read More

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Organic Zinc, Copper May Help Horsehair Health

April 23, 2010

Organic forms of zinc and copper could have beneficial effects on the mechanical properties of horsehair.... Read More

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Horses with Pica Lack Trace Elements, Researchers Report

April 05, 2010

A recent study found that horses with pica--a propensity for consuming non-food items--have lower iron and copper blood levels than horses who restricted themselves to food items, only. According to researchers from Turkey, "prophylactic u... Read More

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Neurology

March 17, 2010

Coverage of equine neurology topics at the 2010 American Association for Equine Practitioners Convention.... Read More

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Horse Protein Needs and Sources

March 12, 2010

Proteins, composed of essential and nonessential amino acids, are important nutrients for horses.... Read More

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Horse Lysine Requirements Focus of Study

February 26, 2010

Lysine is one of the 20 amino acids essential to horses, but often is the most deficient in their diets due to its inadequate levels in commonly-fed cereal grains. Amino acids are the building blocks of protein, which form muscle, enzymes, and ... Read More

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SmartPak Offers Free Supplement Guide

February 23, 2010

SmartPak has introduced a new "Guide to Supplements and Horse Care," a publication that provides horse owners with a new way to learn about their horse's health and supplements.

Interested barns, pony clubs, 4-H clubs, ... Read More

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Horse Nutrients in Tandem

February 01, 2010

Your horse needs certain nutrients in his diet, but they don't work unilaterally on his body. Instead, they help each other to help your horse. If you understand how these nutrients support each other, you can make better feeding choices. ... Read More

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Broodmare Diet Impacts Placenta and Colostrum

December 04, 2009

The diet you offer your gestating mare, particularly in the last trimester, can influence development of the placenta as well as the level of immunoglobulins (IgGs) in the colostrum, reports a research team from North Dakota and... Read More

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Minerals and Vitamins

November 01, 2009

Vitamins and minerals pack a nutritional wallop several times the size of their portions.... Read More

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Grazing Horses in Moderately Polluted Areas

June 27, 2009

Horses might serve as good management tools for pastures moderately polluted by trace elements, according to Spanish researchers. And provided the animals receive adequate, systematic monitoring through biological sampling, they can be kept on... Read More

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Cutting Costs: Ditch Supplements That Are Unnecessary

April 13, 2009

In efforts to save money around the barn, researchers recommend horse owners carefully consider the supplements they're adding to their horses' feed. The researchers behind the 2008 study, "Read More

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9 Keys to Equine Nutrition

March 17, 2009

Lydia F. Gray, DVM, MA, described 9 keys to understanding equine nutrition at the 2008 AAEP Convention.... Read More