Recent News for Nutrition


Nutrition Can Help Manage Tying-Up in Sport Horses

May 10, 2010

Thanks to advances in identifying specific causes of tying-up, development of diagnostic tests, and improved recognition of the impact of diet and exercise on horses that tie up, affected horses can be successfully managed. Stephanie Valberg, D... Read More


Atypical Myopathy Outbreak Survival Rate Running at 5%

May 09, 2010

Survival rates are low in the current European atypical myopathy outbreak, according to an alert group led by Belgian researchers.

To date, at least 49 horses have died from the disease, as opposed to only four confirmed survivals in... Read More


Spring Green: Sprucing Up Your Pastures

May 06, 2010

Picture the perfect horse farm in your mind, and you probably envision contented horses grazing velvety green fields that roll away in every direction. When you visit an actual horse pasture, however, reality often includes manure piles surroun... Read More


Horses' Grass Choices Depend on Nutritional Value

May 04, 2010

Give your horse two choices: tall grass or low grass. Which one will he choose?

That answer depends a lot on the quality and nutritional composition of the grass, according to a new study by French researchers.

Although ho... Read More


Feeding the Immune System: Nutrient Support for Horses

May 01, 2010

Both humans and horses must consume nutrients to support all body systems, including the immune system. But how do we know which nutrients support the immune system?... Read More


Atypical Myopathy Cases Discovered in Europe

April 28, 2010

An ongoing spring outbreak of atypical myopathy has caused a reported 47 cases in Europe to date, according to an alert group led by Belgian researchers.

Reports of new cases continue to stream into the data being collected by the At... Read More


Organic Zinc, Copper May Help Horsehair Health

April 23, 2010

Organic forms of zinc and copper could have beneficial effects on the mechanical properties of horsehair.... Read More


Weed of the Month: Canada Thistle

April 22, 2010

Canada thistle is distributed across the northern United States and Canada. It's listed as noxious in many states and classified as a prohibited noxious weed seed in many state seed laws. ... Read More


Warmer Weather Calls for Close Monitoring of Stored Grain

April 21, 2010

With early onset of warm temperatures, stored grain operators need to monitor inventory closely. ... Read More


Purina Recalls Horse Feed Products

April 19, 2010

Feed manufacturer Purina Mills recalled two lots of its Strategy Professional Formula GX horse feed April 16 after metal fragments were discovered in certain 50-pound bags of the products.... Read More


Toxin Topic: Anticoagulant Rodenticides

April 18, 2010

Many horse owners do not realize that baits used to kill mice, rats, and small rodents are also poisonous to horses and other mammals. Several types of rodenticide baits are available, but the most commonly used products are the anticoagulant ... Read More


Horses with Pica Lack Trace Elements, Researchers Report

April 05, 2010

A recent study found that horses with pica--a propensity for consuming non-food items--have lower iron and copper blood levels than horses who restricted themselves to food items, only. According to researchers from Turkey, "prophylactic u... Read More


Fatty Acid Triheptanoin Comes Up Short for Horses with PSSM

April 03, 2010

Triheptanoin does not appear to be a good fat supplement for polysaccharide storage myopathy (PSSM) horses.... Read More


Allergy Control through Antioxidants and Digestive Support

April 02, 2010

Phytonutrients are class of natural compounds showing tremendous value in controlling inflammation.... Read More


High-Tech Tools Uncover Cause of Mustang Deaths

April 01, 2010

Forensic scientists solved the mystery of what killed a large portion the the wild mustang herd in southern Nevada using a technique called stable isotope ratio mass spectrometry. In July 2007, 71 horses of the 250-head herd of wild horses were...... Read More


Equine Spring Transition Tips

April 01, 2010

Dr. Kristina Hiney, PhD, Omega Fields Equine Nutrition Advisor, has prepared a series of seasonal tips to help horse owners transitioning their horses from one season to another.... Read More


Osteoarthritis: Not Just an Old Horse Disease

April 01, 2010

Studies show 60% of all equine lamenesses are related to osteoarthritis, and while it is incurable, there are treatments available and research is ongoing. More than 60% of equine lameness is attributable to OA.... Read More


Pasture Sugars

April 01, 2010

Grass is grass, right? Wrong! That lovely green pasture you've diligently watered and kept weed-free can be like Jekyll and Hyde. If your horse is at risk for grass founder or has a low tolerance for high levels of sugar... Read More


Equine Pharmacology, Therapeutics, and Toxicology

March 26, 2010

The equine pharmacology, therapeutics, and toxicology program at the Gluck Equine Research Center focuses on interactions among performance-enhancing drugs and therapeutic medications in performance horses. Early work focused on the detection o... Read More


Colic Surgery? Protein Expression Test Could Help Guide Decision

March 25, 2010

Expression of a particular protein in fat tissue is positively associated with an increased rate of postoperative mortality in horses, researchers recently reported. The research was led by Melissa Packer, BVetMed, MRCVS, who recently... Read More


Conditioning the Trail Horse (Book Excerpt)

March 24, 2010

Most people wouldn't think of getting up from a desk job and heading off into the mountains or hill country for long hikes without first getting into condition. The same should be true for your horse. Your trail horse should be conditioned ... Read More


Horses Needed for Equine Metabolic Syndrome Research Project

March 22, 2010

Equine metabolic syndrome is a devastating disease characterized by the three main features of obesity, insulin resistance, and laminitis. Certain breeds or individual horses are predisposed to EMS, and are often referred to as "easy keepers." These... Read More


New Young Horse Feeding Recommendations Based on Breed

March 16, 2010

Breed-specific growth models help fine-tune feeding recommendations for young horses in the near future. ... Read More


Hay Feeders Reduce Waste

March 12, 2010

Horse owners can nearly halve their hay wastage by selecting the right round bale feeder for their pasture.... Read More


Horse Protein Needs and Sources

March 12, 2010

Proteins, composed of essential and nonessential amino acids, are important nutrients for horses.... Read More