Kristen M. Janicki, MS, PAS

Kristen M. Janicki, a lifelong horsewoman, was born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Sciences from the attend the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and later attended graduate school at the University of Kentucky, studying under Dr. Laurie Lawrence in the area of Equine Nutrition. Kristen began her current position as a performance horse nutritionist for Mars Horsecare, US, Inc., and Buckeye Nutrition, in 2010. Her job entails evaluating and improving the performance of the sport horse through proper nutrition.

Articles by Kristen M. Janicki, MS, PAS

How Do Muzzles Impact Horses' Grass Selection and Intake?

Researchers found the muzzles reduced horses' grass consumption by 30% but did not impact the animals' forage choice. Read More

Fall Feeding Tips for Horses

As temperatures drop, consider making changes in horses' feeding programs in preparation for winter. Read More

Prevalence and Risk Factors for Obesity

Researchers went looking for the cause of Great Britain's growing equine obesity problem. Here's what they found. Read More

How Hard are my Lesson Horses Really Working?

A trainer asks how to classify her horses' workload when considering their nutritional needs. Read More

Hay Grid Feeders Can Reduce Horses' Intake

Horses consumed less of the offered hay when fed in the grid feeder (48%) than when fed on the ground (60%). Read More

Forage Options

My horse will not eat any hay in his stall. What are my options for forage in his stall at night? Read More

5 Tips for Feeding Lactating Mares

Lactating mares must maintain weight while providing foals with critical nutrients. Here's how to feed them. Read More

Do Horses Select Feed based on Macronutrient Needs?

Scientists evaluated if horses can select a nutrient-rich feed if their diet is deficient in that substance. Read More

5 Tips for Feeding Weanlings

With increased energy, protein, and mineral requirements, weanlings require carefully planned diets. Read More

5 Tips for Feeding Foals

Proper nutrition is critical for growth and development. Learn the right way to feed your foal. Read More

5 Facts about Flax

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

5 Tips for Packing the Pounds on Performance Horses

Here's what to consider when managing a hard-keeping equine athlete. Read More

Switching Horse Feeds Safely

Switch your horse's feed type or amount gradually to minimize his risk of digestive upset. Read More

Top 5 Equine Nutrition Resolutions to Keep in 2014

Maintaining a healthy weight and diet is just as important for our horses as it is for us. Read More

Feeding Young Horses Alfalfa

Is it okay to feed my growing 3-year-old horse alfalfa hay? Read More

5 Tips for Feeding Mature, Healthy Hard Keepers

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

Study Evaluates Horse Waste, Feed Management Practices

Researchers studied whether horse farms use best management practices to reduce environmental contamination. Read More

Study: Horses Able to Stay Fit When Kept at Pasture

Pastured horses maintained the their fitness level, plus had greater bone mineral content than other horses. Read More

Researchers Evaluating Inflammatory Markers of Laminitis

Blood levels of certain anti-inflammatory markers might indicate a horse is at increased risk of laminitis. Read More

Zinc's Role in Young Horses' Immunity

Low serum zinc levels were associated with an impaired immune function in yearlings and 2-year-olds. Read More

Can Fatty Acid Supplementation Help IR Horses?

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

Turnout Time's Impact on Grass Consumption and Fecal pH

Researchers showed that reduced time on pasture increases consumption rate and decreases fecal pH in horses. Read More

Digesting Different Hay Forms

Bales aren't the only hay option. Here's some information about different hay forms horse owners can consider. Read More

Feed's Effect on Horses' Dehydration Response

A research team concluded that providing food without water can increase dehydration in horses. Read More

Planning Hay Purchases

Learn how to plan forage purchases with this practical guide to hay cuttings, types, and quality. Read More