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

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

Keeping Pastured Horses Safe during Drought

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

Understanding Hay Analysis Results

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

Cresty Neck Prevalence, Risk Factors Evaluated

Risk factors identified include height, a previous history of laminitis, breed, herd size, and more. Read More

The Long-Lost Classic-Format Three-Day Event

Learn about the long-format event and why veterinarians are crucial to these competitions. Read More

Post-Winter Weight Gain

Here's how to feed your hard keeper once temperatures start rising. Read More

Equine Nutrition in America: Perceptions and Practices

Researchers recently evaluated how well the horse industry uses the available resources to improve feeding practices. Read More

Nutrient Digestibility in Healthy Adult and Senior Horses

Researchers determined that healthy aged horses are able to digest various nutrients similarly to healthy adult horses. Read More

What's in a Supplement?

Here's what current research, or lack thereof, is telling us about common equine supplement ingredients. Read More

Study: Hops Can Help Reduce Fructan Fermentation

Vets could potentially use hops extract to mediate health conditions associated with carbohydrate overload. Read More

How Do Muzzles Impact Horses' Grass Selection and Intake?

Researchers found the muzzles reduced horses' grass consumption by 30% but did not impact the animals' forage choice. Read More

Prevalence and Risk Factors for Obesity

Researchers went looking for the cause of Great Britain's growing equine obesity problem. Here's what they found. Read More

Hay Grid Feeders Can Reduce Horses' Intake

Horses consumed less of the offered hay when fed in the grid feeder (48%) than when fed on the ground (60%). 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

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

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