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Common Nutrient Deficiencies in Horses

June 04, 2014

Nutrient deficits can lead to equine motor neuron disease, osteochondritis dissecans, epiphysitis, and more.... Read More

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Insulin Sensitivity Compared among Breeds

May 19, 2014

Researchers confirmed that metabolic differences exist between breeds, even if equids aren't overweight.... Read More

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The Energy Content of Horse Feeds

November 12, 2013

Weight management requires an understanding of energy. As it relates to nutrition, energy refers to calories.... Read More

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Insulin Resistance and Iron Overload

April 23, 2013

How can you reduce iron overload in horses that already are insulin resistant and have foundered?... Read More

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Managing Equine Cushing's Disease

June 01, 2012

Certain feeding strategies can help your horse weather equine Cushing's disease.... Read More

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Similar but Different: Equine Cushing's Disease and EMS

June 01, 2012

Test for the common endocrine disorders Cushing's disease and equine metabolic syndrome and treat accordingly.... Read More

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Commentary: Considerations for the IR Horse

March 11, 2012

Eleanor Kellon, VMD, of Uckele Health & Nutrition, shares her thoughts on insulin resistance in horses.... Read More

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Top Medicine Studies of 2011 (AAEP 2011)

February 15, 2012

A wrap-up of the most important, interesting, or applicable studies to equine medicine from Dr. Steve Reed.... Read More

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Equine Metabolism

February 01, 2012

The horse's metabolic processes provide the body with the fuels it needs to sustain itself.... Read More

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Risk Factors for Elimination During Endurance Rides Examined

September 21, 2011

Researchers examined which factors--such as lameness--prompt endurance horses' elimination from competition.... Read More

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Insulin Sensitivity Changes in Pregnant Mares

September 19, 2011

Researchers recently set out to examine how pregnancy impacts insulin sensitivity and glucose levels.... Read More

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Chronic Equine Weight Loss

January 01, 2011

A methodical evaluation of affected horses is more important than the lengthy list of possible diagnoses.... Read More

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Fit or Fat? (Equine Body Condition)

November 01, 2010

Most owners get mixed results the first time they try to assess their horse using the Henneke body condition scale. However, it is a useful tool every conscientious owner should master.... Read More

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The Disease of Obesity in Horses

September 01, 2010

Obesity can cause reproduction problems, bone and joint stress, insulin resistance, laminitis, and more.... Read More

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TheHorse.com en Español: El Otoño Trae Desafío Para el Diagnóstico y Manejo de la Enfermedad de Cushing

October 13, 2009

This is one of a series of articles translated as part of our partnership with A Caballo, an equine publication based in Mexico, and Jorge Murga, DVM. Keep an eye on... Read More

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Thoroughbreds Could Contribute to Human Diabetes Research

August 10, 2009

Not only can Thoroughbreds provide hours of entertainment for racing enthusiasts, they could also play an invaluable role in understanding obesity and Type 2 diabetes in humans, reports a group of Irish researchers.

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Finding and Testing Low-Sugar Forage

May 14, 2007

Did the brown, stemmy, overmature hay you thought was perfect for your easy keepers make them even fatter? ... Read More

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Warming Up to the Idea

February 01, 2007

Riders understand the importance of warming up as a way to ready the horse's mind and body for the challenges ahead, but there is more to a warm-up than simple preparation. Correctly done, prior exercise substantially benefits physical performance... Read More

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Anatomy and Physiology Part 11: Of Blood and Breath

November 01, 2006

There are few similarities between horses and automobiles, but in a manner of speaking, the horse's circulatory and respiratory systems constitute its engine. The food a horse consumes is its fuel. The fuel is converted into nutritional energy that... Read More

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An Equine Athlete's Heart

September 14, 2006

Trainers, owners, and researchers have long pondered the effects of a large heart (one that is naturally occurring and not a result of disease), and have even attempted to use heart size as a predictor of athletic ability.... Read More

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EMND and Glucose Metabolism

October 01, 2005

Study results indicate horses with equine lower motor disease (EMND) had an increased glucose metabolism rate.... Read More

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Feed Label Laws

August 03, 2005

Oregon implemented a provisional equine feed label law on June 1 that would allow feed manufacturers to add non-structural carbohydrates (NSC) to the list of nutrient requirements already found on feed bags in that state. Adding NSC to the feed... Read More

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A Closer Look at Insulin

April 01, 2005

When you think of insulin, you might think first of humans and diabetes. But horses have insulin, too ... ... Read More

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Metabolic Syndrome and Obesity in Horses

March 03, 2005

Equine nutritionists and wise horse owners have long known that obesity in horses is not a good thing. The obese horse often is incapable of performing even moderate tasks without becoming exhausted and, as a result, placing itself in danger of... Read More

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Equine Metabolic Syndrome

October 01, 2004

Equine metabolic syndrome (EMS), Cushing's disease, insulin resistance (IR), glucose intolerance, and glycemic indices of feeds have gotten a lot of press lately. The terms are taken from the human literature, where they have very specific... Read More