Kristen M. Janicki, MS, PAS

Kristen M. Janicki, a lifelong horsewoman, was born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Sciences from the attend the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and later attended graduate school at the University of Kentucky, studying under Dr. Laurie Lawrence in the area of Equine Nutrition. Kristen began her current position as a performance horse nutritionist for Mars Horsecare, US, Inc., and Buckeye Nutrition, in 2010. Her job entails evaluating and improving the performance of the sport horse through proper nutrition.

Articles by Kristen Janicki

Starch in Horse Diets

Although it can be damaging if fed improperly, starch is an important part of a horses' diets. Here's what to remember. Read More

Understanding Horses' Water Requirements

Water is one of the essential nutrients a horse needs to perform a number of life-support functions. Read More

Mind the Gap: Feeding the Toothless Horse

If your horse has few to no teeth, he might not be chewing and digesting the nutrients he needs to maintain his health. Read More

Keeping Pastured Horses Safe during Drought

Drought-related toxicity in horses is rare but typically has serious consequences if it occurs. Read More

Understanding Hay Analysis Results

Hay analysis can help owners better balance their horses' diets and meet nutritional requirements. Read More

Blister Beetle Basics

Blister beetles in your horse's alfalfa can be deadly. Here's what to watch for and how to keep your horses healthy. Read More

Cresty Neck Prevalence, Risk Factors Evaluated

Risk factors identified include height, a previous history of laminitis, breed, herd size, and more. Read More

Switching Horse Feeds Safely

Switch your horse's feed type or amount gradually to minimize his risk of digestive upset. Read More

How Much Food and Water do My Horses Need if I Evacuate?

Here are some tips on leaving food and water for horses should you need to evacuate without them during a disaster. Read More

Baled Alfalfa or Alfalfa Pellets: Which is Better?

You're faced with the choice of offering your horse alfalfa pellets or hay. Which should you choose? Read More

The Ins and Outs of Feeding the OTTB

Careful dietary consideration is needed when transitioning a Thoroughbred from racing to a pleasure or sport career. Read More

The Long-Lost Classic-Format Three-Day Event

Learn about the long-format event and why veterinarians are crucial to these competitions. Read More

Post-Winter Weight Gain

Here's how to feed your hard keeper once temperatures start rising. Read More

Equine Nutrition in America: Perceptions and Practices

Researchers recently evaluated how well the horse industry uses the available resources to improve feeding practices. Read More

Nutrient Digestibility in Healthy Adult and Senior Horses

Researchers determined that healthy aged horses are able to digest various nutrients similarly to healthy adult horses. Read More

What's in a Supplement?

Here's what current research, or lack thereof, is telling us about common equine supplement ingredients. Read More

Study: Hops Can Help Reduce Fructan Fermentation

Vets could potentially use hops extract to mediate health conditions associated with carbohydrate overload. Read More

How Do Muzzles Impact Horses' Grass Selection and Intake?

Researchers found the muzzles reduced horses' grass consumption by 30% but did not impact the animals' forage choice. Read More

Prevalence and Risk Factors for Obesity

Researchers went looking for the cause of Great Britain's growing equine obesity problem. Here's what they found. Read More

Hay Grid Feeders Can Reduce Horses' Intake

Horses consumed less of the offered hay when fed in the grid feeder (48%) than when fed on the ground (60%). Read More

Forage Options

My horse will not eat any hay in his stall. What are my options for forage in his stall at night? Read More

Do Horses Select Feed based on Macronutrient Needs?

Scientists evaluated if horses can select a nutrient-rich feed if their diet is deficient in that substance. Read More

5 Facts about Flax

What exactly is flax and how does it benefit the horse? Here are five things to know about flaxseed. Read More

5 Tips for Packing the Pounds on Performance Horses

Here's what to consider when managing a hard-keeping equine athlete. Read More

Top 5 Equine Nutrition Resolutions to Keep in 2014

Maintaining a healthy weight and diet is just as important for our horses as it is for us. Read More