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

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

Feeding Young Horses Alfalfa

Is it okay to feed my growing 3-year-old horse alfalfa hay? Read More

5 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

Study Evaluates Horse Waste, Feed Management Practices

Researchers studied whether horse farms use best management practices to reduce environmental contamination. Read More

Study: Horses Able to Stay Fit When Kept at Pasture

Pastured horses maintained the their fitness level, plus had greater bone mineral content than other horses. Read More

Researchers Evaluating Inflammatory Markers of Laminitis

Blood levels of certain anti-inflammatory markers might indicate a horse is at increased risk of laminitis. Read More

Zinc's Role in Young Horses' Immunity

Low serum zinc levels were associated with an impaired immune function in yearlings and 2-year-olds. Read More

Can Fatty Acid Supplementation Help IR Horses?

Supplementation with a certain type of fatty acid appears to improve insulin sensitivity in IR horses. Read More

Turnout Time's Impact on Grass Consumption and Fecal pH

Researchers showed that reduced time on pasture increases consumption rate and decreases fecal pH in horses. Read More

Digesting Different Hay Forms

Bales aren't the only hay option. Here's some information about different hay forms horse owners can consider. Read More

Feed's Effect on Horses' Dehydration Response

A research team concluded that providing food without water can increase dehydration in horses. Read More

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

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

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