Proper nutrition, of course, is a critical factor in raising a healthy, sound foal--both for the broodmare before the foal is born as well as for the mare and foal throughout the foal's development.
About the Experts
Sarah L. Ralston, VMD, PhD, Dipl. ACVN, Associate Director-Teaching of the Rutgers Equine Science Center and an Associate Professor in the Department of Animal Sciences at Rutgers' School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, specializing in equine nutrition. She also leads the Young Horse Teaching and Research Program at Rutgers, in which students are actively engaged in training and nutrition/behavior research with yearling to 2-year-old horses. Her current research is focused on the effects of diet on metabolism, behavior, and the development of orthopedic disease in young horses, and she has additional interests in nutritional modulation of stress, metabonomics (the study of metabolic responses to drugs, environmental changes, and diseases), and pasture management. Previous research highlights were the pioneering work she did in nutrition for geriatric horses and post-surgical colics while at Colorado State University in the 1980s, and the discovery of the correlation of hyperinsulinemia with development of osteochondrosis in young Standardbreds.
- Study Evaluates Unintentional Weight Loss in Horses
- Drought, Heat Push Horse Feed Costs Skyward
- Help Sick Horses Heal with Nutrition
- Nutritional Considerations for Weanlings
- The Ins and Outs of Feeding the OTTB
- How to Feed an Orphan Foal
- Spring Turnout Tips for Horses
- New Insulin Resistance Test Method for Horses (AAEP 2011)
- Equine Supplements and Nutritional Requirements (AAEP 2011)
- Insulin Sensitivity Changes in Pregnant Mares