Kristen M. Janicki, MS, PAS

Kristen M. Janicki, a lifelong horsewoman, was born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Sciences from the attend the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and later attended graduate school at the University of Kentucky, studying under Dr. Laurie Lawrence in the area of Equine Nutrition. Kristen began her current position as a performance horse nutritionist for Mars Horsecare, US, Inc., and Buckeye Nutrition, in 2010. Her job entails evaluating and improving the performance of the sport horse through proper nutrition.

Articles by Kristen Janicki

Planning Hay Purchases

Learn how to plan forage purchases with this practical guide to hay cuttings, types, and quality. Read More

Switching Horse Feeds Safely

Switch your horse's feed type or amount gradually to minimize his risk of digestive upset. Read More

Mind the Gap: Feeding the Toothless Horse

If your horse has few to no teeth, he might not be chewing and digesting the nutrients he needs to maintain his health. Read More

Can Weight Loss Predict Chronic Grass Sickness Outcomes?

Weight loss--both the amount and rate--can help predict chronic equine grass sickness survival, researchers found. Read More

Fall Feeding Tips for Horses

As autumn approaches, consider whether you need to make changes to your horse's diet in preparation for winter. Read More

Fats: Not Just a Fad

Fats serve many important functions for horses, from increasing calorie consumption to reducing gastric ulcer severity. Read More

5 Tips for Packing the Pounds on Performance Horses

Here's what to consider when managing a hard-keeping equine athlete. Read More

Can Owners Help Horses Achieve Weight Loss at Home?

Weight loss is possible in most situations, provided the owner remains actively involved in the nutrition program. Read More

Blister Beetle Basics

Blister beetles in your horse's alfalfa can be deadly. Here's what to watch for and how to keep your horses healthy. Read More

Understanding Horses' Water Requirements

Water is one of the essential nutrients a horse needs to perform a number of life-support functions. Read More

7 Equine Nutrition Myths Busted

Decipher fact vs. fiction when it comes to the complicated world of feeding horses. Read More

How Much Food and Water do My Horses Need if I Evacuate?

Here are some tips on leaving food and water for horses should you need to evacuate without them during a disaster. Read More

Does Energy Intake Influence Equine Forage Preference?

Horses appear to select forages based on smell and taste rather than energy intake, researchers found. Read More

Weights and Measures: Equine Feed Practices in the U.S.

Researchers determined that both veterinarians and owners need more equine nutrition education. Read More

The Ins and Outs of Feeding the OTTB

Careful dietary consideration is needed when transitioning a Thoroughbred from racing to a pleasure or sport career. Read More

What Supplements Do Eventing and Dressage Horses Consume?

Joint health and mobility supplements were the most frequently used in both disciplines, researchers found. Read More

Senior Feeds: Not Just for Old Horses

Don't balk at the S-word on the feed label--it might be just what your adult horse needs. Read More

5 Tips for Feeding Weanlings

Don't wait until your foal is weaned to plan a diet that meets his increased energy, protein, and mineral requirements. Read More

How Hard are My Lesson Horses Really Working?

A trainer asks how to classify her horses' workload when considering their nutritional needs. Read More

Spring Horse Feeding Considerations

Consider your horse's diet when helping him make a smooth transition from winter to spring. Read More

Spring Turnout Tips for Horses

Proper turnout management and monitoring body condition are important steps to keeping your horse healthy. Read More

Sugars and Starches: They're Not All Bad!

Although owners are frequently warned against the consequences of feeding these carbs, horses need them in their diets. Read More

5 Tips for Feeding Foals

Proper nutrition is critical for growth and development. Learn the right way to feed your foal. Read More

5 Tips for Feeding Lactating Mares

Lactating mares must maintain weight while providing foals with critical nutrients. Here's how to feed them. Read More

Nutritional Considerations for Breeding Stallions

As breeding season approaches, owners should consider a few key points about studs' nutritional needs. Read More