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

Forage Options for Finicky Eaters

My senior horse will not eat any hay in his stall. Are there any other forage options? 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

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

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

5 Tips for Feeding Weanlings

Don't wait until your foal is weaned to plan a diet that meets his increased energy, protein, and mineral requirements. Read More

Does Equine Metabolic Syndrome Affect Gut Microbes?

EMS horses had less microbial diversity than healthy horses, potentially impairing gut health and affecting metabolism. Read More

5 Tips for Feeding Lactating Mares

Lactating mares must maintain weight while providing foals with critical nutrients. Here's how to feed them. Read More

Feeding Horses for Joint Health

Proper nutrition can literally make or break joint health. Here's what you should know. Read More

5 Tips for Feeding Foals

Proper nutrition is critical for growth and development. Learn the right way to feed your foal. Read More

Effects of Obesity on Mares' Follicles and Oocytes

Researchers found that obesity appears to negatively impact mares' follicles and oocytes and, thus, their fertility. Read More

Feeding Horses With Endocrine Disorders

Nutritional management revolves around weight loss and low-sugar and -starch diets. Read More

7 Equine Nutrition Myths Busted

Decipher fact vs. fiction when it comes to the complicated world of feeding horses. 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

What's All the Hype? Feeding the Energetic Horse

Find out how some simple diet changes might help calm your hyperactive horse. Read More

Feed Tags: Four Components to Evaluate

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

Equine Ration Balancer Pellets Explained

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

Can Weight Loss Predict Chronic Grass Sickness Outcomes?

Weight loss--both the amount and rate--can help predict chronic equine grass sickness survival, researchers found. Read More

Can Owners Help Horses Achieve Weight Loss at Home?

Weight loss is possible in most situations, provided the owner remains actively involved in the nutrition program. Read More

Does Energy Intake Influence Equine Forage Preference?

Horses appear to select forages based on smell and taste rather than energy intake, researchers found. Read More

Weights and Measures: Equine Feed Practices in the U.S.

Researchers determined that both veterinarians and owners need more equine nutrition education. Read More

What Supplements Do Eventing and Dressage Horses Consume?

Joint health and mobility supplements were the most frequently used in both disciplines, researchers found. Read More

Spring Horse Feeding Considerations

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

Spring Turnout Tips for Horses

Proper turnout management and monitoring body condition are important steps to keeping your horse healthy. Read More

Nutritional Considerations for Breeding Stallions

As breeding season approaches, owners should consider a few key points about studs' nutritional needs. Read More

Could Coconut Meal Benefit Some Horses?

Coconut, or copra, meal could be useful for horses requiring low-NSC diets, researchers found Read More