Karen Briggs

Karen Briggs is the author of six books, including the recently updated Understanding Equine Nutrition as well as Understanding The Pony, both published by Eclipse Press. She's written a few thousand articles on subjects ranging from guttural pouch infections to how to compost your manure. She is also a Canadian certified riding coach, an equine nutritionist, and works in media relations for the harness racing industry. She lives with her band of off-the-track Thoroughbreds on a farm near Guelph, Ontario, and dabbles in eventing.

Articles by Karen Briggs

Harvesting and Storing Horse Hay

Take an inside look at how hay is harvested, learn how to store the forage properly, and find out when to discard bales. Read More

Understanding Forages

Learn about the different types of forages you can include in your horse's diet and what to consider about each. Read More

Minerals 101

Here's a rundown of the most important macro- and microminerals in your horse's diet. Read More

The Importance of Minerals in Horses' Diets

Minerals make up a tiny fraction of a horse's diet, but are critical for body functions. Here's what you need to know. Read More

Fat-Soluble Vitamins 101

Here's what you should know about how fat-soluble vitamins function and why they're important to your horse. Read More

Water-Soluble Vitamins 101

Learn about water-soluble vitamins, how they function, and why they're important to your horse. Read More

Does Your Horse Need a Vitamin Supplement?

Vitamins are an important part of a horse's diet. But does your horse need a vitamin supplement? Consider the following. Read More

Vitamins and Horses

Vitamins are tiny organic compounds that have a huge impact on your horse's health. Here's what you need to know. Read More

How to Feed Fat to Horses

You've got plenty of options to choose from when adding fat to a horse's diet. Here's a rundown of what to consider. Read More

Benefits of Feeding Fats to Horses

Fat isn't a miracle ingredient, but it appears to have some benefits for sport horses, broodmares, and more. Read More

Dietary Fat's Role in Equine Athletic Performance

Find out how horses' bodies use nutrients for athletic endeavors and why fat can benefit equine athletes. Read More

Fats in Your Horse's Diet

Studies have shown that horses can tolerate as much as 20% fat in their diet with no ill effects. Read More

Delivering Energy to Horses

What are the best ways to get your horse the dietary energy he needs? Here are some tips. Read More

Determining Dietary Energy

How much digestible energy does your horse need each day? Here's how to find out. Read More

Energy and Carbs in the Equine Diet

If forage provides maintenance energy, then cereal grains are the turbocharged portion of your horse's diet. Read More

Finding Fiber in Horse Feeds

For most horses, grass and hay are the most common fiber sources. But there are other fiber options as well. Read More

Assessing Fiber Quality in Horse Feed

Not all fiber is created equal, and different forms can vary widely in terms of quality and digestibility. Read More

The Importance of Fiber in Horse Diets

Fiber the most important ingredient in every equine diet. Learn why your horse needs plenty of this nutrient. Read More

How Much Protein is Enough?

Learn about protein excesses and deficiencies and how to determine how much protein your horse needs each day. Read More

Assessing Protein Levels in Horse Feeds

Crude protein numbers on feed bags can be deceptive. Here's what to understand about assessing protein levels. Read More

Understanding Protein in Horses' Diets

Protein is probably the most misunderstood component of horse diets. Here's what you need to know. Read More

Your Horse's Water Sources: Things to Consider

Providing your horse with water might seem like an easy task, but it's not always as simple as it sounds. Read More

The Hydrated Horse

How important is water in your horse's diet? Learn about the importance of keeping your equids well-hydrated. Read More

What Does a Horse Need in His Diet?

Take a tour through the horse's innards and learn about the links between his physiology and his diet. Read More

Your Barn's First-Aid Kit

A barn's first-aid kit, with all the essentials in one place, is a great idea for any horse owner. Read More