New Hay And Fescue Education Brochures Available To Horse Owners

Ensuring your horse is consuming essential nutrients -- and staying away from grasses that look nutritious but can pose a health risk -- are the topics of two new client-education brochures published by the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) in conjunction with educational partners Purina Mills, Inc. and Bayer Corporation, Animal Health.

"Hay Quality and Horse Nutrition" discusses the two categories of hay, how hay can help meet a horse's nutritional needs, and evaluating hay's quality before purchase.

"Fescue in the Horse's Diet" explains the significant health risks associated with horses eating endophyte fungus-infected tall fescue. The careful management of horses and pastures is outlined for horse owners.

"Each brochure helps owners learn about the basic principles of maintaining a healthy and happy horse," said Frank Moore, Purina Mills Horse Business Group Director. "We are pleased to again join Bayer Corporation, Animal Health, and AAEP in providing horse owners with essential equine-care information."

The new offerings become the fourth and fifth brochures to join the client-education series. Other brochures available are "Foal Growth and Nutrition," "The Overweight Horse" and "The Older Horse." Brochures are made available to veterinarians through AAEP or by calling Bayer's Partners' Equine Program at 800/633-3796. Horse owners can obtain the brochures through any participating AAEP-member veterinarian. To contact a veterinarian in your area, call Bayer's Equine Connection, the National AAEP Locator Service at 800/GET-A-DVM (800/438-2386).

The American Association of Equine Practitioners, headquartered in Lexington, Kentucky, was founded in 1954 as a non-profit organization dedicated to the health and welfare of the horse. Currently, AAEP reaches more than 5 million horse owners through its 6,500 members worldwide and is actively involved in ethics issues, practice management, research and continuing education in the equine veterinary profession and horse industry.

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