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Metabolic Disorders

July 10, 2008

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The Seized Horse

June 01, 2008

The economy is hurting and many horse owners have lost their jobs, homes, and, in some cases, their horses. Drought, pressure to raise grain rather than hay, and rising fuel costs have pushed hay prices to unprecedented highs. In an ideal world,... Read More

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Gastrointestinal Disease, Colic, and Carbohydrate Nutrition

May 05, 2008

How is feeding carbohydrates related to gastrointestinal (GI) disease? The propensity to feed high-grain and high-concentrate diets instead of relying on high-fiber diets has increased the incidence of colic.... Read More

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Weight Loss in Horses

May 01, 2008

Thin body condition of a horse might represent true "weight loss," or, more likely, it might be secondary to inadequate calorie intake over a period of time. The identification of a thin horse is usually not difficult--the horse's owner, stable... Read More

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Fiber in Hay: What's the Magic Number?

May 01, 2008

Horses evolved to eat a lot of fiber, spending up to 17 hours a day grazing various forage plants. But not all fiber is created equal, especially when it comes to hay.

Hay carries a few challenges compared to living forages. One, compared t... Read More

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Feeding Senior Horses

April 20, 2008

A horse that is kept healthy and disease-free in its younger years has the potential to live well into its 20s and 30s, stated David Pugh, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACT, ACVN, of Fort Dodge Animal Health in his presentation on feeding the geriatric horse a... Read More

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Mare Seized in South Carolina Abuse Case Delivers Healthy Foal

April 14, 2008

Caretakers of the horses seized in a recent South Carolina abuse case got some good news last month, when one of the mares delivered a full-term foal.

"She's just beautiful," said Kelly Graham, director of public relations for the Richland... Read More

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GetSmart Series: Managing Insulin Resistance

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

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Feeding Horses with Endocrine Disorders

April 05, 2008

Nicholas Frank, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM, associate professor of large animal clinical sciences at the University of Tennessee, spoke about equine endocrine disorders that are the most manageable by dietary control. There are two main endocrine... Read More

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100 Horses Seized from Alberta Farm, Recovering

March 20, 2008

Officials removed a herd of 100 horses from a farm near Edmonton, Alberta, Feb. 26, after the Alberta Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) received complaints about the animals allegedly being without food or shelter. The... Read More

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Podcast Offers Explanation of Equine Weight Assessment

February 25, 2008

The International League for the Protection of Horses (ILPH) has a new podcast (a downloadable audio file) available on the group's Web site as part of its Right Weight Road Show. The fat scoring podcast offers owners the opportunity to listen to... Read More

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Needing a Pick-Me-Up

December 01, 2007

Is my mare's lack of energy due to the low weight? What are the other possible causes? ... Read More

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Obesity, Insulin Resistance, and Laminitis

July 31, 2007

Insulin resistance is a part of equine metabolic syndrome (EMS). There are three criteria for identifying the horse with EMS: Insulin resistance, prior (founder lines) or current laminitis, and general obesity or regional adiposity (areas of abnormal... Read More

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Adipobiology (The Study of Fat in the Body): An Emerging Field

July 02, 2007

What exactly does stored fat do to a horse's body? It wreaks serious havoc on at least 11 vital body functions. Nat Messer, DVM, Dipl. ABVP, an associate professor of equine medicine and surgery at the University of Missouri (UM), presented a... Read More

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Slimming Down

July 01, 2007

Couple consistent exercise with controlled calorie intake to promote weight loss in overweight horses.... Read More

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U.K. Equine Welfare Charity Launching 'Right Weight' Campaign

June 04, 2007

The International League for the Protection of Horses (ILPH), a U.K. equine welfare charity, has organized a campaign to help horse owners accurately measure their horses' weight and design nutrition plans to keep the pounds in check.... Read More

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Equine Metabolic Syndrome and the Easy Keeper

May 05, 2007

If your horse gains weight eating air, founders on grass every spring, and has a cresty neck, he could be insulin resistant. Insulin resistance is part of an equine health issue called Equine Metabolic Syndrome (EMS).

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Managing the Hard Keeper

April 29, 2007

Horses lose weight for a variety of reasons--some medical, some man-made. Learn why your horse might be underweight and what you can do about it.

Have your veterinarian perform a complete physical examination to rule-out medical diseases or... Read More

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Obese Horses

March 23, 2007

Experts at the 2006 AAEP Convention discussed equine obesity in depth.... Read More

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Horse Management and Care

March 23, 2007

Management topics at the 2006 AAEP Convention included numerous tips for keeping older horses healthy.... Read More

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Nutrition to Go

March 01, 2007

A group of veterinarians gathered at the Land O' Lakes Purina Mills headquarters in St. Louis, Mo., last fall to participate in discussions on subjects that ranged from Cushing's disease to proper nutrition for horses young and old. Nicholas Frank,... Read More

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Carbohydrates: Sugars and Starches

January 01, 2007

Low-carb has found its way into equine diets, with owners demanding feed products with low carb levels. ... Read More

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4-H Members To Care For Neglected Horses

December 25, 2006

A group of 4-H club members are devoting their holiday break to helping two veterinarians and others feed and care for seven seriously malnourished horses rescued from a Dayton-area farm.

Members of the Making Strides 4-H Club started preparin... Read More

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Fat Fillies and Slothful Stallions: The Obesity Epidemic Hits Equine Companions

November 06, 2006

An archive of Pet Columns from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine is available online at www.cvm.uiuc.edu/petcolumns/. Requests for reprints of this article may be directed to Mandy Barth, Read More

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Bee Pollen Product Increases Appetite, Study Shows

October 12, 2006

Researchers at Michigan State University (MSU) have reported in a pilot study that a bee pollen-based product shows promise in improving athletic horses' feed intake.... Read More