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

Switching Horse Feeds Safely

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

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

Fall Feeding Tips for Horses

As autumn approaches, consider whether you need to make changes to your horse's diet in preparation for winter. Read More

Fats: Not Just a Fad

Fats serve many important functions for horses, from increasing calorie consumption to reducing gastric ulcer severity. 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

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

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

Are Fat Horses More Dominant Than Lean Ones?

Researchers found that dominant horses seem to be have higher body condition scores than their less-dominant herdmates. Read More

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