Body Condition

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Fatty Acid Triheptanoin Comes Up Short for Horses with PSSM

April 03, 2010

Triheptanoin does not appear to be a good fat supplement for polysaccharide storage myopathy (PSSM) horses.... Read More

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Pasture Sugars

April 01, 2010

Grass is grass, right? Wrong! That lovely green pasture you've diligently watered and kept weed-free can be like Jekyll and Hyde. If your horse is at risk for grass founder or has a low tolerance for high levels of sugar... Read More

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Conditioning the Trail Horse (Book Excerpt)

March 24, 2010

Most people wouldn't think of getting up from a desk job and heading off into the mountains or hill country for long hikes without first getting into condition. The same should be true for your horse. Your trail horse should be conditioned ... Read More

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New Young Horse Feeding Recommendations Based on Breed

March 16, 2010

Breed-specific growth models help fine-tune feeding recommendations for young horses in the near future. ... Read More

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Horse Protein Needs and Sources

March 12, 2010

Proteins, composed of essential and nonessential amino acids, are important nutrients for horses.... Read More

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Broodmare Nutrition Requirements Ramped Up

March 08, 2010

Mare nutritional status is a critical component in foal health from conception through weaning.... Read More

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Hard Keeper Help?

March 01, 2010

Reader's question about why her Thoroughbred horse (stallion) won't put on weight despite excellent care, and a veterinarian's response discussing nutritional management, veterinary examinations, and genetics. ... Read More

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Equine Endocrine Disorders Discussed at AAEP

January 02, 2010

The two major endocrine disorders affecting horses--equine metabolic syndrome (EMS) and pituitary pars intermedia dysfunction (PPID or equine Cushing's disease)--were hot topics at the 2009 American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP... Read More

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Nutrition: Monitor, Manage Horse Energy Intake

December 29, 2009

Eating well is not always eating safely; horse managers who ignore that lesson when feeding their animals might be creating digestive problems for their horses. "Many feeding management recommendations for horses are related to supplying energy ... Read More

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Gestational Weight Gain in Mares

December 16, 2009

It's generally known that a mare gains weight during gestation, but University of Kentucky (UK) researchers are studying how much weight a normal mare should gain for the health of the fetus.

A 1,100-pound mare will produce a foa... Read More

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New Horse Weight Management Book Available

December 14, 2009

Knowing whether your horse is overweight and understanding how to manage the problem is crucial to your horse's wellbeing. Understanding Your Horse's Weight is the newest addition to Eclipse Press' Horse Health Care Library.... Read More

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Weighty Issues

December 01, 2009

Equine obesity increases a horse's risk for equine metabolic syndrome, laminitis, and insulin resistance. Owners can bring horses to a healthy body condition by replacing grain rations with a fiber-rich, low-carbohydrate diet and increasing exercise.... Read More

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Weighty Issues

November 25, 2009

Owners can lower equine obesity by replacing grain rations with a fiber-rich, low-carbohydrate diet. ... Read More

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U.K. Couple Sentenced in Pony Obesity Cruelty Case

November 05, 2009

A couple in the United Kingdom have become the first horse owners convicted of obesity-related animal cruelty under that country's Animal Welfare Act, said a report from Read More

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Empty Leg and an Attitude?

November 01, 2009

Q:Please help. No matter who we talk to we can't seem to figure out what's going on with my daughter's 14-year-old American Saddlebred gelding. He is losing weight, but he is eating everything in sight, and... Read More

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Prevent Weight Gain to Minimize Metabolic Changes in Horses

October 16, 2009

Weight gain and obesity in horses should be avoided to prevent insulin resistance, increased insulin and leptin blood levels, and laminitis, and to maintain a healthy metabolic state. To date, "it is unknown whether obesity is the primary ... Read More

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Insulin Resistance: Variation in Blood Test Levels

October 14, 2009

A blood sample is usually a key step in diagnosing a horse as insulin resistant. But a recent study showed that one sample might not give enough information for an accurate diagnosis, because the horse's blood sugar and insulin fluctuates daily. ... Read More

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Kentucky Horse Council Facilitates Meeting of Equine Rescues

September 19, 2009

Equine rescue facilities in Kentucky and throughout the nation are experiencing an overflow of surrendered horses. Increasingly, such facilities struggle with funding and necessary support for ongoing management and care of the... Read More

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Understanding Beet Pulp as an Equine Feed

September 07, 2009

Beet pulp has been a popular feed for horses for years without many people really knowing why. ... Read More

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Equine Metabolic Syndrome a Focus of Research

August 25, 2009

The Equine Science Society Symposium (ESS) is a gathering place for researchers involved in all aspects of equine health and well-being. For more than two decades, Kentucky Equine Research (KER) has presented findings from its nutrition and exercis... Read More

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Keeping Weekend Warrior Horses Fit

July 01, 2009

Horses that are mainly ridden on weekends require special care and training to avoid injury.

Some humans do it all the time: Pack a week's worth of activity into a weekend with pickup basketball games, long hikes, or... Read More

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Laminitis Risk Increased by Pasture Grass Sugars

June 29, 2009

Pasture-induced laminitis (sometimes referred to as founder) can be triggered when susceptible horses ingest high amounts of sugar or fructans that are naturally found in some pasture grasses.

Susceptible horses include, but are not limited... Read More

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Researchers Track Body Condition, Metabolic Conditions by Discipline

June 16, 2009

The sport in which horses participate often dictates the body condition in which they are maintained. Polo ponies are typically sleek and trim, their fitness evident in a tight, tucked-up appearance. The same can be said of most racehorses.... Read More

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Pastured Horses More Fit, Study Finds

June 09, 2009

Horses are better able to maintain fitness when turned out on large pasture, according to Patty Graham-Thiers, PhD, of Virginia Intermont College, Bristol, Va. She presented results of her recent study at the 2009 Equine Science Society... Read More

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Metformin a Therapy in Progress for Equine Insulin Resistance

May 25, 2009

Oregon State Researchers suggest that a low bioavailability and a rapid rate of elimination of the drug metformin might explain the "varied reports of clinical success" for improving insulin sensitivity in horses.

Metformin is an oral... Read More