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

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

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

Equine Sense of Smell

Horses rely far more on chemical messages in the air than on their relatively indistinct eyesight. Read More

Blue Plate Special: Senior Horse Nutrition

Develop your senior horse's diet with geriatric conditions and challenges in mind. Read More

The Many Faces of Colic

Considering the length and volume of the equine digestive system, it’s little wonde Read More

Tackling Tendon and Ligament Injuries

The latest therapies for injured tendons and ligaments focus on rebuilding tissue to its original strength. Read More

Hay Feeders Uncovered

Is there a better way to feed hay to horses? There are dozens of hay feeder options, as it turns out, each with its own advantages. Hay feeders are designed to keep hay off the ground and sheltered from the elements to reduce wastage. Read More

Minerals and Vitamins

Vitamins and minerals pack a nutritional wallop several times the size of their portions. Read More

Filling a Need? (Supplements)

Do your homework and consider your horse's entire nutritional picture before adding supplements. Read More

Barn-O-Matic

The latest models of automated waterers and feeders can take some of the work out of horsekeeping, and automatic stall cleaners can even minimize your time wielding a pitchfork!

Finding it difficult to schedule enough Read More

12 Months of Feeding Tips

Here's how to roll with Mother Nature through the seasons, nutritionally speaking. Read More

Skin Deep

Your horse's skin is a huge and complex organ that serves as a barometer for his inner health.

We tend to think of a horse's skin as just the envelope that contains all the important stuff. But the skin is an organ--the Read More