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

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

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


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

Drug Protocol Turns Rescued Mares into Nurse Mares

A medication protocol that can induce lactation in "open" mares has changed the way prominent Kentucky Standardbred nursery, Walnut Hall Ltd., manages its nurse mare herd, while giving more than 20 rescued mares a new

Walnut Hall's vet, Joe Read More

USDA Ordered to Release NAIS Data

Agricultural journalist Mary-Louise Zanoni has succeeded in keeping the USDA from applying Privacy Act safeguards to information it has collected from livestock owners as part of the Read More

Industry Debates Animal Identification System's Impact on Horses

Despite considerable opposition from groups who say the program is unworkable or an invasion of privacy, the National Animal Identification System (NAIS) is making inexorable inroads into the lives of horse owners.

Jim Morehead, DVM, Read More

Animal Relief En Route to Myanmar

After weeks of resistance from the military regime which governs Myanmar (a country in southeast Asia formerly known as Burma), animal welfare workers from the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) finally have been given permission to Read More

Insurance: Not Sexy, But Essential

Insurance: It's not sexy. No one wants to think about it. Heck, I wasn't all that keen to write about it. But when something happens, aren't we glad we have it? Let's face the ugly truth. In today's litigious society, insurance is a must. While we Read More

Vitamins for Your Horse

Horses can become vitamin-deficient, and these deficiencies can have devastating effects on their normal functions, but equally dangerous are toxicities from an overdose--a real possibility with some (but not all) of the vitamins. Read More

Therapeutic Equipment

Before you invest in a therapeutic modality, look not just for testimonials and anecdotal reports, but for hard scientific proof and comparable applications in human medicine. Before using any type of modality on your horse, be sure to discuss Read More

Product Spotlight: Equine Vacations

A full-color catalogue of exotic destinations where you can gallop a horse through the surf, trot through fields of lavender, or Paso up a mountainside to catch your first glimpse of Macchu Pichu...it's fantasy-inducing. There's virtually no horse Read More

Toronto Police Horse Killed On Duty

The city of Toronto is mourning the death of 9-year-old "Brigadier," a member of the Metro Police Mounted Unit. The horse had both front legs broken in what is being described as the deliberate impact of a minivan on Friday, Feb. 24. Read More

Citizens Push for "Brigadier's Law"

A deliberate hit-and-run incident that resulted in the death of a Metro Toronto police horse on Feb. 24 has galvanized Canadians to amend the Criminal Code to better protect law enforcement service animals.

After attending Brigadier's Read More

Memorial Service for Police Horse Touches Toronto

More than 1,500 people honored the memory of Brigadier, an equine member of the Metro Toronto Police mounted unit who was tragically killed in the line of duty, by attending a special memorial service in downtown Toronto on Monday, March Read More