Vitamins & Minerals

Article

Understanding Feeds for the Busy Owner

May 01, 2008

Providing a complete diet for your horse does not have to be time-consuming or expensive.... Read More

Article

GetSmart Series: Managing Insulin Resistance

April 07, 2008

Does your horse have a cresty neck? Does he gain weight on air? Does he develop laminitis at the mere sight of spring grass? If so, your horse could have insulin resistance. Lydia F. Gray, DVM, MA, medical director/staff veterinarian for SmartPa... Read More

Article

Biotin: Does it Work?

March 01, 2008


Here's what we know about the efficacy of this popular hoof supplement.

Conditions such as chronic laminitis, cracked... Read More

Article

FDA Dietary Supplement Rule Not Applicable to Veterinary Products

December 26, 2007

Scientific studies performed over the past decade have demonstrated the widespread availability of poor quality and potentially unsafe dietary supplements for both human and animal consumption. These include supplements that:

Article

'Soil Minerals: The Basis of Nutrition' PowerPoint Lecture Available

October 16, 2007

Authored and narrated by Kathryn Watts, BS, a Power Point lecture on CD entitled "Soil Minerals: The Basis of Nutrition" is now available for horse owners interested in equine health and hoof care. The science behind mineral nutrition in grass and ha... Read More

Article

Feeding to Avoid Developmental Orthopedic Disease (DOD)

September 01, 2007

The way you feed young horses could help them develop strong, properly formed bones and joints. ... Read More

Article

Feed Supplements for Horses

August 01, 2007

A feed supplement is anything fed to a horse in addition to a natural diet of forage. Technically grain is a supplement. But the term has come to mean any additional nutrients (such as certain vitamins and minerals, extra protein, energy, etc.) tha... Read More

Article

Drought Aftermath: Missouri Vets Reporting Vitamin E, Selenium Problems

June 11, 2007

While much of the Midwest has recovered from the drought that parched the area last year, horses are continuing to experience effects from the hot, dry summer of 2006. Due to a bad hay crop, University of Missouri-Columbia veterinarians are... Read More

Article

Equine Injury Reporting System to Begin at 30 Tracks

May 30, 2007

A uniform on-track equine injury reporting system developed by Mary Scollay, DVM, association veterinarian at Calder Race Course and Gulfstream Park, will be implemented as a pilot project at 30 racetracks beginning June 1, it was announced today b... Read More

Article

Vitamins for Your Horse

May 14, 2007

Horses can become vitamin-deficient, and these deficiencies can have devastating effects on their normal functions, but equally dangerous are toxicities from an overdose--a real possibility with some (but not all) of the vitamins.... Read More

Article

New Developments in Stallion Nutrition

February 01, 2007

Name a part of your horse you'd like to enhance--anything from his coat or hooves to his stamina--and there's likely a supplement for it. Marketed alongside the products that improve joint function and breathing ability, there are supplements... Read More

Article

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

Article

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

Download

Feeding to Prevent and Control Disease

August 24, 2006

Various equine diseases can be caused and/or cured by using specific feeding regimens. ... Read More

Article

Selenium: A Balancing Act

March 01, 2006

Selenium in a horse's diet is a balancing act--the horse has to have a small amount, and too much is fatal.... Read More

Article

Sun Cured/Dehydrated Alfalfa

November 01, 2005

In 2005, feed regulatory officials were informed that sun-cured alfalfa products might be used in products labeled as dehydrated alfalfa, thereby substituting a product of possibly inferior nutritional quality to unsuspecting consumers. This... Read More

Article

Antioxidants and Heaves

November 01, 2005

When a horse inhales mold spores or other irritants, neutrophils (specific types of white blood cells) release reactive oxidants--generally very reactive substances that can break down mold in the airways. That's not a bad thing, really. "But if... Read More

Article

Hoof Supplements (Book Excerpt)

October 19, 2005

A number of nutritional factors are promoted as hoof growth aids. Such products may include gelatin, numerous vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and other dietary supplements.... Read More

Article

Analyzing Forages

October 01, 2005

We all know a horse's primary food is pasture grass and/or hay (forage). The quality of the forage is, thus, a major factor affecting his health. Do you know if your horse's forage meets his needs? Truly, most of us don't--but we should.... Read More

Article

Mineral and Electrolyte Balance

August 01, 2005

Developing a good strategy for mineral/electrolyte replacement during rest stops when traveling with horses ... Read More

Article

Feeding Hope or Hype?

July 01, 2005

You notice that your competition horse is starting to shorten his stride occasionally. He is stiff and takes longer to warm up. Perhaps he's showing other signs of physical discomfort. Your veterinarian examines him, and the result is what you... Read More

Article

SmartPak Equine Receives Award for Innovation

May 23, 2005

SmartPak Equine announced May 23 that it has received a 2005 Innovation Award from the Smaller Business Association of New England. SmartPak, best known for offering custom-packed nutritional supplements in its patented SmartPak packaging, is th... Read More

Article

Farnam/Purina Partner on New Feeding Program

March 08, 2005

On March 7, Farnam, known for its wide variety of equine products from equine dewormers to fly sprays to equipment, and Purina, one of the country's most recognized and respected manufacturers of animal feeds, announced they had become partners... Read More

Article

Dangers of Vitamin E

December 06, 2004

Studies have recently found that people taking high-dose vitamin E supplements daily had an increased risk of dying, but equine nutritionists say we shouldn’t extrapolate that to horses.

Study lead author and internist Edgar R. Miller... Read More

Article

Joint Supplements and Vitamins

December 01, 2004

Q: I have a 2-year-old Quarter Horse gelding who has been in training for three months. When should I start giving him a joint supplement? Also, when should I begin giving him a vitamin supplement?