Horse Nutrition Commentary Series

The Horse's experts answer your equine nutrition questions. Learn about feeding hay, grain, supplements, concentrates and more for optimum health.

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How to Introduce and Use a Grazing Muzzle for Horses

May 22, 2017

An equine nutritionist offers tips for reducing your horse's pasture intake with a grazing muzzle. ... Read More

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Senior Equine Feeds and Fiber

May 14, 2017

Our equine nutritionist explains why senior feeds are high in fiber and why that's good for your older horses.... Read More

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Understanding Calories and Energy for Horses

May 01, 2017

In most cases, energy requirement recommendations are an estimate of what a horse needs. ... Read More

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Feeding Type-1 PSSM Horses

April 17, 2017

Balanced nutrition and exercise can help horses with type-1 PSSM lead active, healthy lives.... Read More

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How Do I Transition My Horse to Pasture?

April 03, 2017

Our equine nutritionist shares tips for keeping your horse healthy and your pastures in good shape this spring. ... Read More

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Choosing Hay for a Yearling Horse

March 27, 2017

Our nutrition expert considers grain hays, grass hay, and alfalfa for feeding growing horses.... Read More

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What is a Nutraceutical?

March 20, 2017

Are you confused about nutraceuticals in your horse's diet? Learn more from our equine nutrition expert.... Read More

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DMG and Creatine in the Equine Diet

March 13, 2017

Do these supplement ingredients improve performance?... Read More

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Protein and Equine Ration Balancers: Let's Do the Math

February 27, 2017

Nutritionist Dr. Clair Thunes explains why ration-balancer protein contents might seem high but aren't.... Read More

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Nutrition Loss in Stored Hay

February 13, 2017

Is your hay more than six months old? Then it might be losing vitamin A and E. ... Read More

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Will Whey Protein Improve My Horse's Topline?

February 06, 2017

Our equine nutrition expert addresses toplines, horse protein needs, and whether whey is the way to go.... Read More

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Why Does My Horse Chew Wood?

January 30, 2017

Our equine nutrition expert offers advice to keep horses from chewing on barn wood and fenceposts.... Read More

“Clients often ask, ‘What kind of grain should I use?’” Tanner says. “I always ignore that question and immediately ask, ‘What kind of hay are you giving them?’ If you have bad hay, you’re not going to fix that with more grain.” Tanner also recommends checking with your vet before giving your horse supplements, since nutraceuticals are not regulated by the FDA. “You could be wasting a good bit of money on something that’s not good for your horse,” he says.

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Resolve to Weigh Your Horse's Feed

January 09, 2017

Do you want to make sure your horse is getting the right amount of feed? Use a scale!... Read More

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Feeding Older Horses With PPID, IR, or Metabolic Disease

January 02, 2017

Are there any parameters for offering senior feeds to horses diagnosed with Cushing's and laminitis?... Read More

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When is an Older Horse Ready for Senior Feed?

December 19, 2016

As horses age, they might require additional nutritional support. Get advice for feeding senior horses.... Read More

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Risks Associated With Feeding Horses Traditional Bran Mashes

December 12, 2016

While steeped in tradition, feeding bran mashes can cause GI distress in horses. Learn why, and discover alternatives.... Read More

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A Short Guide to Horse Hay Analysis

November 07, 2016

A horse owner asks if hay analysis is necessary. Our nutrition expert offers an answer and advice on getting a sample.... Read More

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Fish Oil as an Omega-3 Source for Horses

October 24, 2016

Omega-3 fatty acids offer horses health benefits, but are fish sources okay for horses to eat?... Read More

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Best Alternatives to Daily Supplementation for Horses

August 08, 2016

What do you do if you can't get to the barn to supplement your horse every day? A nutritionist offers advice.... Read More

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What's the Best Weight Loss Plan for My Horse?

August 01, 2016

A bossy gelding has ballooned during the summer months, and his owner seeks advice for a safe and effective diet.... Read More

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Is it Okay to Ride My Ulcer-Prone Horse After Feeding?

July 25, 2016

Old wisdom tells us not to feed horses before exercise. But this outdated belief might be hurting your horse.... Read More

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Feeding Horses Chia: Consider Calcium and Phosphorus Balance

June 13, 2016

Chia is calcium-rich, but inverted calcium-to-phosphorus ratios can cause horses big problems. Here's what to know.... Read More

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Free-Feeding Hay: When Will My Horse Slow Down?

May 16, 2016

Our nutrition expert offers advice for ensuring free-fed horses don't overeat hay.... Read More

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Spring Cleaning Your Feed Room

May 09, 2016

Save time and money by giving your feed room a good spring cleaning with these tips.... Read More

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Feeding Broodmares

May 02, 2016

An equine nutritionist explains how a broodmare's nutritional needs change during her pregnancy. ... Read More