Recent News for Special Needs Nutrition

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Ready Mares in Fall for Foals in Spring

December 01, 2016

Reproductive health, vaccination status, and nutrition are key to readying your mare to care for her foal.... Read More

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Researchers Seeking Input for Senior Horse Study

November 28, 2016

The team is looking at dental problems in old horses, changes owners make to feeding regimens, and more.... Read More

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Can Horses Eat Citrus?

November 27, 2016

A reader asks about the risks and benefits of her horse eating a favorite treat: grapefruit. Our nutritionist weighs in.... Read More

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Keeping the Aging Horse Comfortable

November 25, 2016

Here's how to manage senior horses' aging teeth, joints, lungs, and more.... Read More

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Understanding Healthy Foals' Caloric Requirements

November 19, 2016

Foal nutrition can be complicated, making it important for owners to understand newborns' nutritional needs.... Read More

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5 Facts About Flax

November 19, 2016

What exactly is flax and how does it benefit the horse? Here are five things to know about flaxseed. ... Read More

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Mare and Foal Nutrition

November 16, 2016

Can I use alfalfa pellets or beet pulp to meet my mare and her 7-month-old foal's calcium requirements?... Read More

“Clients often ask, ‘What kind of grain should I use?’” Tanner says. “I always ignore that question and immediately ask, ‘What kind of hay are you giving them?’ If you have bad hay, you’re not going to fix that with more grain.” Tanner also recommends checking with your vet before giving your horse supplements, since nutraceuticals are not regulated by the FDA. “You could be wasting a good bit of money on something that’s not good for your horse,” he says.

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Poll Recap: Weighty Feed Options

November 15, 2016

Of the 758 respondents, only 106 (14%) said they weigh everything their horse gets to eat. ... Read More

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Managing Pregnant Mares

November 15, 2016

How to feed, house, and even exercise your mommy-to-be. ... Read More

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Help Your Senior Horse Weather the Winter

November 14, 2016

Ensure your golden oldie gets the care and support he needs, even if he's weathered previous winters without trouble.... Read More

Commentary

Processed Horse Feeds: A Balance of Pros and Cons

October 31, 2016

Human nutritionists encourage eating whole foods and avoiding processed ones. Does the same logic apply to our horses?... Read More

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My Horse Lost a 'Baby Tooth.' Should I Be Concerned?

October 26, 2016

What is the long-term prognosis for a young horse losing a tooth prematurely?... Read More

Commentary

Fish Oil as an Omega-3 Source for Horses

October 24, 2016

Omega-3 fatty acids offer horses health benefits, but are fish sources okay for horses to eat?... Read More

Article

Exercise Benefits Senior Horses

October 23, 2016

Age-related issues can limit performance, but regular exercise remains important for older horses.... Read More

Article

Are Peppermints Spoiling My Horse's Diet?

October 19, 2016

Will giving my horse peppermints offset the hard work we're doing to help her lose weight? ... Read More

Commentary

Senior Feeds and the Unthrifty Horse

October 17, 2016

I used a senior equine feed to help my hard keeper gain weight. Now, should I switch him to a low-NSC product?... Read More

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Increasing Chew Time for Hay Cubes and Pellets

October 10, 2016

Horses can consume hay pellets or cubes rapidly. How can we slow them down to increase their time spent chewing?... Read More

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Pros and Cons of Feeding Horses Beet Pulp

October 03, 2016

An equine nutritionist answers common questions about beet pulp. ... Read More

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Feeding Foals

October 03, 2016

A foal's diet is critical to development, disease prevention, and more. Here's how to feed foals through weaning.... Read More

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Mind the Gap: Feeding the Toothless Horse

September 23, 2016

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

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Poll Recap: Horse Treats: Yay or Neigh?

September 20, 2016

Of the 1,452 respondents 579 (40%) said they occasionally treat their horse to apples or carrots.... Read More

Commentary

Complete Feeds vs. Ration Balancers: What's the Difference?

September 19, 2016

One's designed to be the horse's whole diet, while the other should be added to a ration. Which is best for your horse?... Read More

Commentary

Feeding PPID Horses

September 12, 2016

Our nutrition expert explains how diet changes can help horses with pituitary pars intermedia dysfunction (PPID).... Read More

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Feeding a Senior Hinny

September 07, 2016

My 30-year-old hinny is losing weight. How can I help him regain his weight without causing him harm?... Read More

Commentary

Feeding the Horse With Asthma

August 29, 2016

Recurrent airway obstruction is a medical condition, but feed changes might help your horse breathe better.... Read More