Body Condition

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Equine Metabolic Syndrome a Focus of Research

August 25, 2009

The Equine Science Society Symposium (ESS) is a gathering place for researchers involved in all aspects of equine health and well-being. For more than two decades, Kentucky Equine Research (KER) has presented findings from its nutrition and exercis... Read More

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Keeping Weekend Warrior Horses Fit

July 01, 2009

Horses that are mainly ridden on weekends require special care and training to avoid injury.

Some humans do it all the time: Pack a week's worth of activity into a weekend with pickup basketball games, long hikes, or... Read More

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Laminitis Risk Increased by Pasture Grass Sugars

June 29, 2009

Pasture-induced laminitis (sometimes referred to as founder) can be triggered when susceptible horses ingest high amounts of sugar or fructans that are naturally found in some pasture grasses.

Susceptible horses include, but are not limited... Read More

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Researchers Track Body Condition, Metabolic Conditions by Discipline

June 16, 2009

The sport in which horses participate often dictates the body condition in which they are maintained. Polo ponies are typically sleek and trim, their fitness evident in a tight, tucked-up appearance. The same can be said of most racehorses.... Read More

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Pastured Horses More Fit, Study Finds

June 09, 2009

Horses are better able to maintain fitness when turned out on large pasture, according to Patty Graham-Thiers, PhD, of Virginia Intermont College, Bristol, Va. She presented results of her recent study at the 2009 Equine Science Society... Read More

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Metformin a Therapy in Progress for Equine Insulin Resistance

May 25, 2009

Oregon State Researchers suggest that a low bioavailability and a rapid rate of elimination of the drug metformin might explain the "varied reports of clinical success" for improving insulin sensitivity in horses.

Metformin is an oral... Read More

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Hard at Work or Hardly Working? Equine Work Intensity

May 11, 2009

Optimal nutrition of the performance horse hinges foremost on the exercise it performs. Just as the diet of a human bodybuilder is dissimilar to that of a marathon runner, most horses are fed with performance goals in mind. Therefore, accurately... Read More

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Cushing's or Metabolic Syndrome?

April 17, 2009

A horse with equine metabolic syndrome (EMS) is typically middle-aged with either generalized or regional adiposity (fat deposits). The horse with Cushing's or pituitary pars intermedia dysfunction (PPID) is typically older than the horse with EMS;... Read More

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Causes of Laminitis (AAEP 2008)

April 01, 2009

Progression of obesity and insulin resistance exacerbates laminitis risk. As a horse gets fatter, insulin sensitivity decreases. Insulin resistance worsens with chronic obesity, making a horse more susceptible to laminitis and less tolerant ... Read More

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Competent Horse Care

April 01, 2009

Timely deworming, immunizations, and farrier work are only part of the equation. Ongoing observation is required to ensure your horse is properly fed and cared for.... 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

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Managing the Easy Keeper

March 01, 2009

Much like humans, horses need a proper diet and adequate exercise to maintain a healthy body weight.... Read More

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AAEP 2007 Convention Complete Coverage

February 12, 2009

A complete wrap-up of the 2007 American Association of Equine Practitioners Convention held in Orlando, Fla.... Read More

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Tart Cherry Juice May Reduce Muscle Damage

February 08, 2009

A recent human study has found that tart cherry juice blend (TCJB) had beneficial effects on exercising muscle. The objective was to determine if TCJB can lessen exercise-induced muscle damage in horses, as measured by serum enzymatic markers.... Read More

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Feeding Emaciated Horses (AAEP 2008)

February 04, 2009

Dr. Maria Luke explains her approach to rehabilitating emaciated horses. ... Read More

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Safely Increasing Weight in Emaciated Horses

January 31, 2009

Rehabilitating emaciated horses to nutritional health is a challenge--there's a fine line between not getting results and risking the horse's health by introducing too much, too soon.... Read More

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Starving Horse Series: Freeway Shows Signs of Improvement

January 23, 2009

Freeway, the starving horse that Sue Thompson of Clayton, Calif., rescued in late 2007 and has rehabilitated over the past year, could be a step closer to recovery. The Quarter... Read More

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Older Horses Require Extra Care

January 15, 2009

Stiff joints, poor teeth, and weight changes aren't just signs of aging in humans; they afflict horses, too.... Read More

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Horse Health Tips for Extreme Cold Weather

January 14, 2009

This winter has been unusually cold in some areas, with temperatures well below freezing for many days in a row. This extreme cold weather can be particularly dangerous to animals that live outdoors. The Michigan State University Veterinary... Read More

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Older Horses: Respecting Our Elders

January 06, 2009

Seasonal tips for enhancing & even extending the life of an older horse.... Read More

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12 Months of Feeding Tips

January 06, 2009

A 12-month rundown of some of the year’s most important feeding concerns. ... Read More

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Keeping Horses Warm

January 04, 2009

Winter is in full force, and horse owners need to make sure their animals stay warm, according to North Dakota State University Extension Service equine specialist Carrie Hammer, DVM, PhD.

Horse owners have several ways to do that. One of... Read More

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12 Months of Feeding Tips

January 01, 2009

Here's how to roll with Mother Nature through the seasons, nutritionally speaking.... Read More

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Older Horses: Respecting Our Elders

January 01, 2009

If your horse is already a senior, there's no reason to turn him out to pasture. Here's a seasonal look at some factors to consider for the care of your equine elder.... Read More

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Saving a Starving Horse: Part 2

January 01, 2009

The second part in aseries on saving Freeway, a horse rescued from starvation and neglect by a passer-by.... Read More