Recent News for Nutrition

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Sun Cured/Dehydrated Alfalfa

November 01, 2005

In 2005, feed regulatory officials were informed that sun-cured alfalfa products might be used in products labeled as dehydrated alfalfa, thereby substituting a product of possibly inferior nutritional quality to unsuspecting consumers. This... Read More

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Antioxidants and Heaves

November 01, 2005

When a horse inhales mold spores or other irritants, neutrophils (specific types of white blood cells) release reactive oxidants--generally very reactive substances that can break down mold in the airways. That's not a bad thing, really. "But if... Read More

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Latest Nutrition Tools

November 01, 2005

Hot, dry Tucson, Ariz., doesn't conjure up images of equine nutrition research, but leading animal scientists convened there May 31-June 4 to present their latest findings on a variety of equine science topics. The following article highlights... Read More

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Growing Grass After the Hurricanes

October 21, 2005

Will grass re-establish in Gulf Coast area pastures that were covered in murky, salty, or contaminated floodwaters for several weeks in September? That is a question agronomy researchers at Louisiana State University (LSU) aim to answer in the... Read More

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Hoof Supplements (Book Excerpt)

October 19, 2005

A number of nutritional factors are promoted as hoof growth aids. Such products may include gelatin, numerous vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and other dietary supplements.... Read More

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Equine Genetic Disease: Who's At Risk?

October 01, 2005

Many DNA sequence variations are fine; they just give rise to the broad spectrum of colors, sizes, and other characteristics we see in the horse population. Some variations, however, cause problems. These might range from a genetic predisposition... Read More

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Analyzing Forages

October 01, 2005

We all know a horse's primary food is pasture grass and/or hay (forage). The quality of the forage is, thus, a major factor affecting his health. Do you know if your horse's forage meets his needs? Truly, most of us don't--but we should.... Read More

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EMND and Glucose Metabolism

October 01, 2005

Study results indicate horses with equine lower motor disease (EMND) had an increased glucose metabolism rate.... Read More

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Oral Potassium for Endurance?

October 01, 2005

Endurance riding can lead to significant losses of water and electrolytes, which can cause clinical illnesses related to increased neuromuscular excitability, including cardiac arrhythmia, muscle cramping and twitching, and gut motility changes.... Read More

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Clover Photosensitivity

October 01, 2005

A rainy, cool summer in Manitoba, Canada, was turning to fall when Thunder, a 2-year-old Paint/Arab cross gelding with lots of white across his body, began to show signs of colic. He was treated for colic four times in two days. Annette Fleming,... Read More

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The Underweight Horse

September 05, 2005

Managing and caring for a persistently underweight horse can be difficult and frustrating for the owner and/or caretaker. A number of factors can be involved or contribute to the condition. A primary and initial evaluation should focus on the b... Read More

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Quick Barn Fixes

September 01, 2005

You can create a functional, safe barn in an existing structure on your property with some practical, ... Read More

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Supplementing for Semen Quality

September 01, 2005

Cooling and freezing equine semen damages cell membranes, which results in loss of motility and general viability known as "cold shock." Most domestic species have high concentrations of polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) in the semen, but the... Read More

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Drought Stress and Pasture Quality

August 26, 2005

Drought causes pastures to dry up, weeds to flourish, and horses to get thin without supplemental feeding. But there are other things going on in your fields that you need to know about in order to protect your horses from problems such as... Read More

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National Hay Association Convention to Be Held In Lexington

August 23, 2005

More than 100 members of the National Hay Association are expected to attend the organization's annual 110th convention, which will be held at the Embassy Suites in Lexington, Ky., on Sept. 29- Oct. 1. Tom Creech, owner of Charles T. Creech, Inc... Read More

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Afleet Alex Progressing; BC Classic Questionable

August 23, 2005

Trainer Tim Ritchey said Tuesday that Preakness and Belmont (both gr. I) winner Afleet Alex's fracture is healing nicely, but with an extra week of walking prescribed, there is a question whether the colt can make the Oct. 29 Breeders' Cup... Read More

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Feed Label Laws

August 03, 2005

Oregon implemented a provisional equine feed label law on June 1 that would allow feed manufacturers to add non-structural carbohydrates (NSC) to the list of nutrient requirements already found on feed bags in that state. Adding NSC to the feed... Read More

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Joint Supplements as Preventative Medicine

August 03, 2005

In the past several years there has been an explosion of supplements marketed as protecting and maintaining joint health. Early in the development of these products, information regarding their labeled usage was limited. However, increasing... Read More

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Mineral and Electrolyte Balance

August 01, 2005

Developing a good strategy for mineral/electrolyte replacement during rest stops when traveling with horses ... Read More

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Choosing Feeders: Rack 'Em Up

August 01, 2005

There are so many types of hay racks, mangers, and feed bins available, how do you know the best one to choose? What factors should you consider? Read on for tips on picking the right feeder for your horse's needs.... Read More

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High-Octane Diets

August 01, 2005

It probably comes as no surprise that a horse taking on the rigors of a 100-mile endurance race or a three-day event might need a different diet from one that ambles the trails around home or carries a child through the occasional weekend show. The... Read More

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Feeding Hope or Hype?

July 01, 2005

You notice that your competition horse is starting to shorten his stride occasionally. He is stiff and takes longer to warm up. Perhaps he's showing other signs of physical discomfort. Your veterinarian examines him, and the result is what you... Read More

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Whisper Syndrome Update: Titer Results Inconclusive

July 01, 2005

A treating vet in Virginia still isn't sure what made three of his clients' horses sick this spring while generating widespread concern on an Internet message board as "Whisper Syndrome" (for background information, see Read More

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Feed Needs of Older Horses

June 01, 2005

As our horses age and their bodies start to fail, we have to meet their changing nutritional needs. ... Read More

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"Whisper Syndrome" Update

May 31, 2005

A treating veterinarian in southwestern Virginia still isn't sure what made three of his clients' horses sick this spring while generating widespread concern on an Internet message board. Titer results searching for a definitive diagnosis or... Read More