Nutrition Deficiences


Obsessed with Salt

August 31, 2016

My filly is licking and biting her salt block obsessively. Is it possible for her to eat too much salt?... Read More


Feeding Horses Chia: Consider Calcium and Phosphorus Balance

June 13, 2016

Chia is calcium-rich, but inverted calcium-to-phosphorus ratios can cause horses big problems. Here's what to know.... Read More

The typical swollen face and big head associated with nutritional secondary hyperparathyroidism.


What is Big-Head Disease?

June 07, 2016

This condition, caused by an unbalanced diet, can have serious musculoskeletal implications for affected horses.... Read More


UK Graduate Student Spotlight: Kelsey Smith

March 26, 2016

Smith's research is focused on determining the dietary requirement for the amino acid threonine in growing horses.... Read More


Nutritional Management of Growing Horses

October 17, 2015

Growing horses require specific nutrients, vitamins, and minerals to aid in proper development.... Read More


Skinny Horse Help

July 27, 2015

Learn how to determine if your horse is underweight and what feeding options are available for hard keepers.... Read More


Your Horse Ate What?

July 12, 2015

Readers share some of the strange things that their horse have consumed.... Read More


Electrolyte Primer

June 22, 2015

Not every horse needs electrolytes to regulate water content in the body, but some do. Here's what to consider.... Read More


Common Nutrient Deficiencies in Horses

May 18, 2015

Find out if your horse could be at risk of suffering subtle but serious vitamin and mineral imbalances.... Read More

Karen Davison, PhD, of Purina wraps up her talks during the Purina Professional Horse VIP Meeting with a humorous jumper meme.


Horse Nutrition Tweets from the Purina Horse VIP Event

September 19, 2014

Read our editor's take-home equine nutrition tweets from the Purina Professional Horse VIP Meeting Sept. 15-17.... Read More


Vitamins and Horses

September 15, 2014

Vitamins are tiny organic compounds that have a huge impact on your horse's health. Here's what you need to know.... Read More


Do Horses Select Feed based on Macronutrient Needs?

May 09, 2014

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


Infographic: Feeding Your Horse

May 01, 2014

Are you confused about equine nutrition? Learn how to feed your horse in our step-by-step visual guide.... Read More


Nutrient Deficiencies in Horse Diets

March 22, 2014

If a horse's minimum nutrient requirements are not met, he could show signs of a deficiency. ... Read More


Possible Reasons Why Horses Eat Dirt

December 23, 2013

My horses eat dirt, even with mineral and salt blocks available to them. Why do they do this?... Read More


Maintaining Ideal Body Condition in Athletic Horses

October 19, 2013

Here's what to consider if your athletic horse isn't maintaining ideal body weight and condition.... Read More


Apple Cider Vinegar for Horses

June 17, 2013

Is it okay to supplement a horse with apple cider vinegar?... Read More


Feeding for Immunity

December 03, 2012

Craft your horse's diet to help ward off infection and illness... Read More


Feed Tags: Four Components to Evaluate

November 04, 2012

Pay special attention to the purpose statement, guaranteed analysis, ingredients, and directions for use.... Read More


Supplementing Wisely

November 01, 2012

Assess your horse's overall diet, nutrient needs, health status, and workload before supplementing him.... Read More


Customizing Senior Horse Diets

June 07, 2012

Appropriate forage, forage alternatives, and/or concentrates can keep aged horses at a healthy body condition.... Read More


Selenium and Vitamin E to Alleviate Signs of Tying Up

May 20, 2012

Selenium and vitamin E work together to alleviate muscle damage and signs of tying up in horses.... Read More


Calcium and Phosphorus Ratios in Equine Diets

July 08, 2011

Ensuring your horse maintains a balanced calcium and phosphorus ratio in his diet is critical, as horses with ... Read More


Magnesium Supplementation: Is It Necessary?

June 26, 2011

Science has shown us that horses require magnesium to keep their bodies functioning properly, so should owners... Read More


Horses Needed for Metabolic Syndrome and Laminitis Research

February 25, 2011

The equine genetics research group at the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine is collaborating with Ray Geor, BVSc, MVSc, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM, professor and chair of the department of large animal clinical sciences at Michigan ... Read More