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

Feed Tags: Four Components to Evaluate

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

Feeding the Ulcer-Prone Horse

Learn how to craft a diet for the horse with painful lesions in his stomach. Read More

Equine Ration Balancer Pellets Explained

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

Alternative Fiber Sources for Horses

Need to stretch your hay supply this winter? Consider adding hay cubes, complete feeds, or forage byproducts. 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 Feeding Frequent Travelers

Heading south for the winter? Prepare in advance to keep your horse healthy during and after transport. Read More

Switching Horse Feeds Safely

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

Understanding Horses' Water Requirements

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

How Hard are My Lesson Horses Really Working?

A trainer asks how to classify her horses' workload when considering their nutritional needs. 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

Feeding Horses on Stall Rest

Take steps to manage your horse's weight and behavior while he's cooped up. Read More

Do Muzzles Slow Horses' Pelleted Feed Intake?

Wearing a grazing muzzle during feeding is a simple, effective intervention for horses prone to choke, scientists found. Read More

Improving Horse Health Through Nutrition in the New Year

When it comes to feeding your horses, don't make the same mistakes you've made in the past in the new year. 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

Researchers Examine Disorders in Horses Lacking Dental Care

All horses had issues, with older animals having more fractures, gaps between teeth, and cavities than younger ones. Read More

Five Tips for Feeding Mature, Healthy Hard Keepers

Does your otherwise healthy horse have trouble keeping pounds on? Here are five tips for feeding hard keepers. Read More

Does Weight Gain Due to Grazing Cause Insulin Resistance?

Changes in Finnhorse mares' body weight and condition and in gene expression did not appear to evoke insulin resistance. Read More