Vitamins & Minerals
April 23, 2010
Organic forms of zinc and copper could have beneficial effects on the mechanical properties of horsehair.... Read More
April 05, 2010
A recent study found that horses with pica--a propensity for consuming non-food items--have lower iron and copper blood levels than horses who restricted themselves to food items, only. According to researchers from Turkey, "prophylactic u... Read More
March 17, 2010
Coverage of equine neurology topics at the 2010 American Association for Equine Practitioners Convention.... Read More
March 12, 2010
Proteins, composed of essential and nonessential amino acids, are important nutrients for horses.... Read More
February 26, 2010
Lysine is one of the 20 amino acids essential to horses, but often is the most deficient in their diets due to its inadequate levels in commonly-fed cereal grains. Amino acids are the building blocks of protein, which form muscle, enzymes, and ... Read More
February 23, 2010
SmartPak has introduced a new "Guide to Supplements and Horse Care," a publication that provides horse owners with a new way to learn about their horse's health and supplements.
Interested barns, pony clubs, 4-H clubs, ... Read More
February 01, 2010
Your horse needs certain nutrients in his diet, but they don't work unilaterally on his body. Instead, they help each other to help your horse. If you understand how these nutrients support each other, you can make better feeding choices. ... Read More
December 04, 2009
The diet you offer your gestating mare, particularly in the last trimester, can influence development of the placenta as well as the level of immunoglobulins (IgGs) in the colostrum, reports a research team from North Dakota and... Read More
November 01, 2009
Vitamins and minerals pack a nutritional wallop several times the size of their portions.... Read More
June 27, 2009
Horses might serve as good management tools for pastures moderately polluted by trace elements, according to Spanish researchers. And provided the animals receive adequate, systematic monitoring through biological sampling, they can be kept on... Read More
April 13, 2009
In efforts to save money around the barn, researchers recommend horse owners carefully consider the supplements they're adding to their horses' feed. The researchers behind the 2008 study, "
March 17, 2009
Lydia F. Gray, DVM, MA, described 9 keys to understanding equine nutrition at the 2008 AAEP Convention.... Read More
February 03, 2009
Sand's heavy, abrasive nature makes it worth specific investigation when it comes to impaction in the equine intestine, according to a group of Israeli researchers who conducted a 12-year review of horses undergoing surgery to relieve... Read More
January 01, 2009
Here's how to roll with Mother Nature through the seasons, nutritionally speaking.... Read More
December 28, 2008
In a survey of leading three-day event riders, researchers found that the majority of riders fed their horses based on research-driven recommendations, but the number of supplements used per horse did raise some eyebrows.
During the Jersey... Read More
September 14, 2008
Just because a supplement comes in fancy packaging with a tamper-resistant foil seal and promises of efficacy does not necessarily mean that it is safe for your horse.
According to the Committee on Examining the Safety of Dietary... Read More
August 05, 2008
One of the best known cures for relieving someone of the hiccups is a good, old-fashioned scare. However, what do you do when it seems that your horse has a case of the hiccups? Sneaking up behind a 1,000 pound Thoroughbred and yelling "Boo!," i... Read More
July 01, 2008
One topic that horse owners repeatedly wonder about is that of electrolytes and specifically how and when they should be used. In... Read More
June 29, 2008
Cook County, Illinois, Sheriff's police say a horse was killed when it ran into traffic in unincorporated Palos Township.
Sheriff's police spokesman Bill Cunningham says the horse was on a riding trail near the Swallow Cliff Woods on... Read More
June 15, 2008
Vitamin E, widely referred to as the Wonder Supplement, might indeed live up to its reputation. According to a recent study, healthy adult horses fed vitamin E had higher concentrations of the vitamin in both blood and cerebrospinal fluid than... Read More
May 01, 2008
Providing a complete diet for your horse does not have to be time-consuming or expensive.... Read More
April 07, 2008
Does your horse have a cresty neck? Does he gain weight on air? Does he develop laminitis at the mere sight of spring grass? If so, your horse could have insulin resistance. Lydia F. Gray, DVM, MA, medical director/staff veterinarian for SmartPa... Read More
March 01, 2008
Here's what we know about the efficacy of this popular hoof supplement.
Conditions such as chronic laminitis, cracked... Read More
December 26, 2007
Scientific studies performed over the past decade have demonstrated the widespread availability of poor quality and potentially unsafe dietary supplements for both human and animal consumption. These include supplements that:
- Do not... Read More
October 16, 2007
Authored and narrated by Kathryn Watts, BS, a Power Point lecture on CD entitled "Soil Minerals: The Basis of Nutrition" is now available for horse owners interested in equine health and hoof care. The science behind mineral nutrition in grass and ha... Read More
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