Feeding Fats


10 Equine Nutrition Resources on TheHorse.com

March 17, 2014

Find resources on good nutritional practices to help keep your horses healthy and happy.... Read More


Feeding Horses to Increase Weight and Body Condition

February 26, 2014

Find out what you need to consider when feeding a horse to increase weight and body condition. ... Read More


Types of Horse Feeds

January 17, 2014

Not sure what options you have for feeding your horse? Here's a guide to feeds often found in equine diets.... Read More


Abnormal Eating Behaviors: Your Horse Ate What?

December 25, 2013

Anytime a horse is consuming unusual material, a thorough review of the diet is a good idea.... Read More


Omega Fatty Acids

December 13, 2013

Dr. Stacey Oke explains what omega fatty acids are and how they play a role in the horse's diet. ... Read More


Horses' Maintenance Energy Requirements Reviewed

December 01, 2013

Is your horse consuming enough calories? Learn how to calculate your horse's maintenance energy requirements.... Read More


Alltech to Host Lecture on DHA and Stallion Reproduction

November 27, 2013

Edward Squires, MS, PhD, Dipl. ACT (hon.), will deliver the lecture.... Read More


Supplementing Horse Diets with Omega Fatty Acids

October 18, 2013

Horses need a balance of both omega-3 and -6 fatty acids for optimal health and performance. ... Read More


Omega Fatty Acids: What Do They Do for Horses?

September 30, 2013

Omega-3 and -6 fatty acids must be obtained in sufficient amounts from the diet.... Read More


Can Fatty Acid Supplementation Help IR Horses?

August 04, 2013

Supplementation with a certain type of fatty acid appears to improve insulin sensitivity in IR horses. ... Read More


Healthy Horse Treats

February 01, 2013

Fed in moderation, most treats won't negatively impact a horse's overall diet.... Read More


Omega Basics: Easy as 1, 2, 3

September 08, 2012

Fats increase energy density of diets and are necessary to metabolize fat-soluble vitamins.... Read More


Psyllium for Glucose and Insulin Control

April 23, 2011

Veterinarians often recommend psyllium for use as a laxative, specifically for clearing sand out of horses' intestines to minimize the chances of sand colic. But new research indicates there might be another use for the phytogenic (plant-based) ... Read More


Evaluating Your Horse's Body Condition

April 20, 2011

Body condition scoring (BCS), an impartial way to evaluate a horse's weight and welfare, is a valuable tool that helps horse owners understand their horses' well-being. It is an important aid that can be used to make sound decisions regarding general... Read More


Supplementing the Equine Diet with Essential Fatty Acids

March 16, 2011

Research indicates that supplementing essential fatty acids in horses' diets is useful and might be required.... Read More


Understanding Carbohydrates in Equine Diets

February 04, 2011

When it comes to managing the carbohydrates in a horse's diet, knowing the basics of how horses digest food is half the battle. Laurie Lawrence, PhD, an equine nutritionist from the University of Kentucky's Department of Animal and Food Science who ... Read More


Endocrine Disease Table Topic (AAEP 2010)

January 27, 2011

One of the Table Topic discussions at the 2010 American Association of Equine Practitioners annual meeting, held Dec. 4-8 in Baltimore, Md., addressed equine endocrine disorders. Moderators and attendees discussed diagnostic testing for equine ... Read More


Breeding Horse Nutrition

December 01, 2010

Regardless of general feeding guidelines for breeding horses, body condition score (BCS) is the most objective assessment of a horse's fat covering and also the best predictor of reproductive performance or efficiency.... Read More


Omega-3 Fatty Acids Benefit Sport Horse Health

October 01, 2010

Increasing the amount of omega-3 fatty acid in a horse's diet can positively affect his health and endurance.... Read More


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


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


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


Fatty Acid Triheptanoin Comes Up Short for Horses with PSSM

April 03, 2010

Triheptanoin does not appear to be a good fat supplement for polysaccharide storage myopathy (PSSM) horses.... Read More


Omega-3 Fatty Acids: Consider the Source

December 02, 2009

The benefits of omega-3 fatty acids for horses are believed to be numerous: decreased inflammation in various tissues, increased immune response, maintenance of healthy membranes, and an upsurge in sperm production, to name just a... Read More


Study: Starch Limitation Key for Short-Term Blood Sugar Control

April 22, 2009

To better control blood sugar and insulin levels, horse owners are encouraged to limit starch intake in their animals, rather than only supplementing their horse's diet with fats, recommends Ingrid Vervuert, DrMedVet, PhD, and... Read More