Body Condition


Soy Safety: Depends on the Source, Nutritionists Say

October 27, 2008

Horses have varying protein requirements, depending on stage of life or performance level. Protein, the essential building block for new cellular growth, provides the amino acids necessary for maintaining all normal body functions in a... Read More


Researchers: Mare's Condition Appears to Impact Sex of Foal

October 18, 2008

A recent study of wild horses in New Zealand has found that broodmares that are healthiest at the time of conception are more likely to have colts.

The study, conducted by researchers Elissa Cameron, MSc, PhD, and Wayne Linklater, PhD, foun... Read More


Foal's Playfulness a Reflection of Gender, Mare's Condition

October 16, 2008

The body condition of a mare and the sex of her foal will determine how much the foal plays, according to a new study by researchers at the Mammal Research Institute at the University of Pretoria in South Africa.

The group, led by Elissa... Read More


Diagnosing Insulin Resistance: Q&A with Researchers

August 28, 2008

Over the past few years researchers have described a strong association between insulin resistance and laminitis in equines. They are working now on defining standard testing protocols and interpretations to identify horses at highest risk for... Read More


Obesity: Big-Boned Beastie

August 01, 2008

Obese horses should be taken off pasture, except for very short (30-minute) turnout periods two or three times a day for exercise, and a grazing muzzle should be used at these times.... Read More


Insulin Resistance and Sensitivity, Causes and Management

July 23, 2008

Insulin sensitivity and insulin resistance in horses have become increasingly important areas of research in equine medicine over the past several years, as evidenced by the timely and popular presentations at this year's American College of... Read More


Exotic Tastes: Equine Flavor Preferences

July 15, 2008

Does your horse have a favorite flavor?

Eight research horses in England did. Deborah Goodwin, BSc, PhD, research director of Applied Animal Behaviour Programmes at the University of Southampton, set out to discover what flavors horses... Read More


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Slimming Down

July 01, 2007

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


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


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).

Equine Metabolic... Read More


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