Recent News for Nutrition

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Caring for Senior Horses in Cold Weather

November 21, 2017

Learn how to help older horses stay warm and maintain weight this winter.... Read More

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Tips for Preparing Your Horse Barn for Winter

November 20, 2017

Check your hay supply, ensure water sources will remain thawed, be sure pasture fencing is secure, and more.... Read More

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Do Horses Need Hay Around the Clock?

November 20, 2017

A horse owner asks if she's feeding her horse enough hay often enough. Nutritionist Dr. Clair Thunes responds.... Read More

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The Latest on Feeding Laminitic Horses

November 20, 2017

If your horse falls into the at-risk category, consider these diet changes.... Read More

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Monthly Equine Wellness Tips

November 19, 2017

Find a year's worth of tips to keep your horse healthy in every season.... Read More

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Alternative Fiber Sources for Horses

November 19, 2017

Need to stretch your hay supply? Consider adding hay cubes, complete feeds, or forage byproducts.... Read More

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UK to Host 2018 Equine Showcase, Breeders' Short Course

November 17, 2017

Presenters will cover topics including safety, horse welfare, equine reproduction, horse management, and more.... Read More

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Selenium and Cribbing: Is There a Relationship?

November 15, 2017

Researchers found that the cribbers in their study were deficient in selenium.... Read More

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Fat Options to Help Your Horse Hold Weight During the Winter

November 13, 2017

Oil? Rice bran or flax seeds? Fat-fortified feed? Learn how to pick the best option for horses that are hard-keepers.... Read More

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Pasture Management 101: High-Traffic Areas and Overgrowth

November 13, 2017

Appropriately managing high-traffic areas and pasture overgrowth can help improve your horse's habitat and health.... Read More

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Blood Test Misses Mark for Diagnosing Equine Gastric Ulcers

November 12, 2017

Still, the researchers say they hope continued research on the topic will make equine gastric ulcers easier to diagnose.... Read More

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Does Spirulina Benefit Horses With EMS?

November 11, 2017

Compared to a control diet Spirulina supplementation led to weight loss and reduced fasting insulin levels.... Read More

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Black Walnut Risks in Horse Pastures

November 08, 2017

Is my horse at risk of developing laminitis if he grazes near black walnut trees and walks through fallen walnuts?... Read More

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Five Tips for Feeding Mature, Healthy Hard Keepers

November 06, 2017

Does your otherwise healthy horse have trouble keeping pounds on? Here are five tips for feeding hard keepers.... Read More

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Food Enrichment Activities for Donkeys

November 05, 2017

Is your donkey bored? Here are suggestions for adding entertaining food to your donkey's environment.... Read More

The fecal sample on the left is from a healthy horse, while the one on the right comes from a horse with acute colitis. (Graness, Swidsinski, Schusser: Equine fecal bacterial microbiota. University of Leipzig, Charite’ Humboldt University, Germany; Poster, Colic Research Symposium, Lexington, 2017).

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Equine Gut Microbiota Research Update

November 04, 2017

Learn about the innerworkings of horses' digestive tracts and how the bacteria that reside there impact health.... Read More

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Aloe Vera vs. Omeprazole for Equine Gastric Ulcer Treatment

October 31, 2017

While aloe vera appeared to have some benefits, researchers say omeprazole remains the treatment of choice.... Read More

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Feeding Young Horses: Graduating to a Grown-Up Diet

October 29, 2017

Consider growth rate and nutrient balance when deciding what to feed young horses.... Read More

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Why Do Electrolytes Encourage Horses to Drink?

October 29, 2017

Our nutrition expert looks at why a horse might choose to drink water with electrolytes over plain water.... Read More

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Horse Pasture Management Workshop Taking Place in Louisville

October 28, 2017

The equine-focused workshop will be held at the American Forage and Grassland Council conference on Jan. 15, 2018.... Read More

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Evaluating Fall Horse Pastures: Green is Good, Brown is Bad

October 28, 2017

If your cool-season grass pastures are green during the fall, chances are they're healthy and productive.... Read More

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Six Steps to Keep Aging Performance Horses Healthy

October 27, 2017

Find tips on how to extend horses' "health spans," maximize performance years, and maintain a good quality of life.... Read More

Corn is a high-energy grain commonly found in livestock rations. However, it’s also high in starch and should not be fed to horses with metabolic issues.

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Corn in Horse Feed: Good or Bad?

October 23, 2017

With some measures in place, corn can be a valuable calorie source for horses in heavy work, our nutritionist says.... Read More

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Scientists Study Elapid Snakebites in Horses

October 21, 2017

If diagnosed and treated promptly and properly, survival rates can be quite high for equine elapid snakebite patients.... Read More

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Equine Guelph Offers Courses for Racing Grooms, Trainers

October 20, 2017

A digestive health course will be free for the first 50 registrants from each of Ontario's three racing sectors.... Read More