Recent News for Nutrition

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Hard at Work or Hardly Working? Equine Work Intensity

May 11, 2009

Optimal nutrition of the performance horse hinges foremost on the exercise it performs. Just as the diet of a human bodybuilder is dissimilar to that of a marathon runner, most horses are fed with performance goals in mind. Therefore, accurately... Read More

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Dose of Caution Recommended with Some Herbal Supplements

May 09, 2009

They're sold over the counter, on the Internet, and in tack shops, so herbal supplements must be safe for your horse, right? Not necessarily, report researchers from Norway and China. According to this group of scientists, some commonly use... Read More

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Esophageal Problem Hereditary in Friesians?

May 07, 2009

Megaesophagus, a chronic dilation of the esophagus, appears to occur at an atypically high rate in Friesians.... Read More

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University of Florida Vet Faculty Work to Solve Polo Pony Mystery

May 05, 2009

Postmortem testing conducted by University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine pathologists and toxicologists on a group of prized polo horses that collapsed and died April 19 in Wellington, Fla., drew international attention, with riveted... Read More

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Probiotics and Prebiotics

May 01, 2009

When the levels of the good bugs wane, pre- and probiotics might be able to help replenish them.... Read More

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Filling a Need? (Supplements)

May 01, 2009

Do your homework and consider your horse's entire nutritional picture before adding supplements.... Read More

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Pharmacy Releases Statement on Polo Pony Test Results

April 29, 2009

The pharmacy involved in the investigation into the recent death of 21 polo ponies in Wellington, Fla., has released a statement verifying that selenium was the excess ingredient in the medication prepared for the ponies.

Florida State... Read More

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State Vet: Selenium Overdose Likely Cause of Polo Pony Deaths

April 28, 2009

Florida State Veterinarian Thomas J. Holt, DVM, reported today that an overdose of selenium was the probable cause of death of the 21 polo horses that collapsed prior to a... Read More

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Polo Ponies: Pharmacy Says it Erred in Medication Prep

April 23, 2009

An official at a Florida pharmacy said Thursday the business incorrectly prepared a supplement given to 21 polo horses that died over the weekend while preparing to play in a championship match.

Jennifer Beckett of Franck's Pharmacy in Ocala,... Read More

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Pharmacy Releases Statement on Polo Pony Deaths

April 23, 2009

Franck's Pharmacy Chief Operations Officer Jennifer Beckett released the following statement April 23:

"On an order from a veterinarian, Franck's Pharmacy prepared medication that was used to treat the 21 horses on the Lechuza Polo... Read More

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No Clues from Preliminary Results of Pony Necropsies

April 22, 2009

Very preliminary results of necropsies done on horses that collapsed and died at a Palm Beach polo tournament on Sunday have not identified a diagnosis, said Florida Agricultur... Read More

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Study: Starch Limitation Key for Short-Term Blood Sugar Control

April 22, 2009

To better control blood sugar and insulin levels, horse owners are encouraged to limit starch intake in their animals, rather than only supplementing their horse's diet with fats, recommends Ingrid Vervuert, DrMedVet, PhD, and... Read More

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Florida Agriculture Officials Investigate Polo Pony Deaths

April 21, 2009

Florida Agriculture and Consumer Services Commissioner Charles Bronson has launched an investigation into the deaths of 21 horses that collapsed after arriving in Wellington,... Read More

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Lechuza Polo Team Releases Statement on Pony Deaths

April 21, 2009

The Lechuza Polo Team released the following statement April 20:

"This is tragic news. We are deeply concerned about the death of our ponies. For the last three decades, Lechuza Polo has participated in Polo Championships and... Read More

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Vet: Tests on Polo Ponies Could Take Weeks

April 21, 2009

It could be weeks before the results of toxicology tests on the 21 polo ponies that died in Wellington, Fla., on Sunday just prior to competing at the U.S. Open Championship ar... Read More

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Vets Investigate Wellington Polo Pony Deaths

April 20, 2009

The sudden death of 21 polo horses in Florida may have been caused by a toxin that has yet to be identified by tests and could have been in the animals' feed, vitamins, or supplements, veterinarians said Monday.

The horses from the... Read More

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Polo Association Releases Statement on Pony Deaths

April 20, 2009

The United States Polo Association has released the following statement:

"The United States Polo Association is participating in an investigation to determine the cause of death of over 20 polo ponies that died prior to a polo matc... Read More

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Cushing's or Metabolic Syndrome?

April 17, 2009

A horse with equine metabolic syndrome (EMS) is typically middle-aged with either generalized or regional adiposity (fat deposits). The horse with Cushing's or pituitary pars intermedia dysfunction (PPID) is typically older than the horse with EMS;... Read More

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Equine Diet and Behavior Link Explored

April 16, 2009

The authors found horses fed more hay displayed generally quieter behavior, and fewer stereotypic behaviors (such as cribbing or weaving), compared to horses fed infrequent and large high-starch meals.... Read More

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Michigan Extension Offers New Toxic Plant Bulletins

April 15, 2009

Horse owners do what they can to make sure their charges get healthy feed. But how do they know that the plants growing in their pastures are safe for equine consumption, and how do they grow good forage? Find out which plants can threaten horse... Read More

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Toxin Test Might Identify Horses with Diarrhea that Could be Debilitating

April 14, 2009

Early identification of a toxin produced by the diarrhea-causing bacterium Clostridium difficile, in the feces of horses with diarrhea might help identify which horses are at risk for developing serious disease, report... Read More

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Cutting Costs: Ditch Supplements That Are Unnecessary

April 13, 2009

In efforts to save money around the barn, researchers recommend horse owners carefully consider the supplements they're adding to their horses' feed. The researchers behind the 2008 study, "Read More

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Ingested Wires Cause Colic, Adhesions

April 04, 2009

When ingested, small wires can wreak havoc in the equine digestive system. They might even cause different segments of the tract to fuse together, leading to painful and usually fatal consequences, according to South African and American... Read More

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Causes of Laminitis (AAEP 2008)

April 01, 2009

Progression of obesity and insulin resistance exacerbates laminitis risk. As a horse gets fatter, insulin sensitivity decreases. Insulin resistance worsens with chronic obesity, making a horse more susceptible to laminitis and less tolerant ... Read More

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Competent Horse Care

April 01, 2009

Timely deworming, immunizations, and farrier work are only part of the equation. Ongoing observation is required to ensure your horse is properly fed and cared for.... Read More