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 M. Janicki, MS, PAS

Planning Hay Purchases

Learn how to plan forage purchases with this practical guide to hay cuttings, types, and quality. Read More

New Tool Detects Effects of Endophytic Alkaloid Consumption

Researchers tested Doppler ultrasonography to detect vasoconstriction due to endophytic alkaloid consumption. Read More

Digestive Capacity in Weanling and Mature Horses Studied

Researchers compared the digestibility of a high-forage diet when fed to weanling versus mature horses. Read More

Selenium Status' Impact on Equine Antioxidant Factors

Researchers recently evaluated selenium status' impact on antioxidant factors in mature horses. Read More

Spring Horse Feeding Considerations

Consider your horse's diet when helping him make a smooth transition from winter to spring. Read More

Endophyte-Infected Fescue Seeds' Effects on Equine Exercise Recovery

Researchers say endophyte-infected tall fescue seed consumption could negatively affect exercise recovery. Read More

Effects of Soaking on Protein, Mineral Loss in Hay

Soaking hay can cause protein and mineral loss, depending on the time submerged and water temperature. Read More

Nutritional Considerations for Breeding Stallions

As breeding season rapidly approaches, owners might consider a few key points about stud nutritional needs. Read More

Pre- and Probiotics for Horses

Providing pre- and probiotics, coupled with proper nutrition, can have positive effects on horses' health. Read More

Feed Tags: Four Components to Evaluate

Pay special attention to the purpose statement, guaranteed analysis, ingredients, and directions for use. Read More

Horses' Voluntary Intake of Four Hay Types

Horses showed a clear preference for alfalfa compared to the other types of hay offered. Read More

Effect of Restricted Grazing on Hindgut pH and Fluid Balance

Restricted pasture access does not have negative effects on hindgut fermentation or fluid balance. Read More

Study Evaluates Equine Fecal pH during Abrupt Feed Changes

No significant fecal pH decrease occurred, but it's important to change equine feed gradually, researchers say. Read More

Omega Basics: Easy as 1, 2, 3

Fats increase energy density of diets and are necessary to metabolize fat-soluble vitamins. Read More

Starch Digestion in Horse Diets

Although it can be damaging if fed improperly, starch is an important part of the horse's diet. Read More

Effects of Selenium Source on Mares and Foals

Foals of mares consuming organic selenium had higher blood selenium concentrations than other foals. Read More

Alternative Fiber Sources for Horses

Hay cubes, complete feeds, and forage byproducts can help horse owners stretch their hay supply if needed. Read More

Study Evaluates Horses' Voluntary Consumption of Teff Hay

When horses were not given a choice of forage, teff hay intake was no different than timothy hay intake. Read More

Keeping Pastured Horses Safe during Drought

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

Equine Ration Balancer Pellets Explained

When fed with forage, ration balancer pellets supplement equine diets without excess calories. Read More

The Ins and Outs of Feeding the OTTB

Careful dietary consideration is needed when transitioning a Thoroughbred from racehorse to pleasure horse. Read More

Selenium and Vitamin E to Alleviate Signs of Tying Up

Selenium and vitamin E work together to alleviate muscle damage and signs of tying up in horses. Read More

Understanding Hay Analysis Results

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

Protein's Role in Fueling Performance Horses

Protein--made up of amino acids--mainly functions in muscle, tendon, and ligament development and repair. Read More