Kristen M. Janicki, MS, PAS

Kristen M. Janicki, a lifelong horsewoman, was born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Sciences from the attend the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and later attended graduate school at the University of Kentucky, studying under Dr. Laurie Lawrence in the area of Equine Nutrition. Kristen began her current position as a performance horse nutritionist for Mars Horsecare, US, Inc., and Buckeye Nutrition, in 2010. Her job entails evaluating and improving the performance of the sport horse through proper nutrition.

Articles by Kristen Janicki

Switching Horse Feeds Safely

Switch your horse's feed type or amount gradually to minimize his risk of digestive upset. Read More

How Much Food and Water do My Horses Need if I Evacuate?

Here are some tips on leaving food and water for horses should you need to evacuate without them during a disaster. Read More

Baled Alfalfa or Alfalfa Pellets: Which is Better?

You're faced with the choice of offering your horse alfalfa pellets or hay. Which should you choose? Read More

The Ins and Outs of Feeding the OTTB

Careful dietary consideration is needed when transitioning a Thoroughbred from racing to a pleasure or sport career. Read More

The Long-Lost Classic-Format Three-Day Event

Learn about the long-format event and why veterinarians are crucial to these competitions. Read More

5 Tips for Feeding Weanlings

With increased energy, protein, and mineral requirements, weanlings require carefully planned diets. Read More

Spring Horse Feeding Considerations

Consider your horse's diet when helping him make a smooth transition from winter to spring. Read More

Spring Turnout Tips for Horses

Proper turnout management and monitoring body condition are important steps to keeping your horse healthy. Read More

Nutritional Considerations for Breeding Stallions

As breeding season approaches, owners should consider a few key points about studs' nutritional needs. Read More

Post-Winter Weight Gain

Here's how to feed your hard keeper once temperatures start rising. Read More

5 Tips for Feeding Foals

Proper nutrition is critical for growth and development. Learn the right way to feed your foal. Read More

Equine Nutrition in America: Perceptions and Practices

Researchers recently evaluated how well the horse industry uses the available resources to improve feeding practices. Read More

Nutrient Digestibility in Healthy Adult and Senior Horses

Researchers determined that healthy aged horses are able to digest various nutrients similarly to healthy adult horses. Read More

What's in a Supplement?

Here's what current research, or lack thereof, is telling us about common equine supplement ingredients. Read More

5 Tips for Feeding Lactating Mares

Lactating mares must maintain weight while providing foals with critical nutrients. Here's how to feed them. Read More

Study: Hops Can Help Reduce Fructan Fermentation

Vets could potentially use hops extract to mediate health conditions associated with carbohydrate overload. Read More

How Do Muzzles Impact Horses' Grass Selection and Intake?

Researchers found the muzzles reduced horses' grass consumption by 30% but did not impact the animals' forage choice. Read More

Fall Feeding Tips for Horses

As temperatures drop, consider making changes in horses' feeding programs in preparation for winter. Read More

Prevalence and Risk Factors for Obesity

Researchers went looking for the cause of Great Britain's growing equine obesity problem. Here's what they found. Read More

How Hard are my Lesson Horses Really Working?

A trainer asks how to classify her horses' workload when considering their nutritional needs. Read More

Hay Grid Feeders Can Reduce Horses' Intake

Horses consumed less of the offered hay when fed in the grid feeder (48%) than when fed on the ground (60%). Read More

Forage Options

My horse will not eat any hay in his stall. What are my options for forage in his stall at night? Read More

Do Horses Select Feed based on Macronutrient Needs?

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

5 Facts about Flax

What exactly is flax and how does it benefit the horse? Here are five things to know about flaxseed. Read More

5 Tips for Packing the Pounds on Performance Horses

Here's what to consider when managing a hard-keeping equine athlete. Read More