Recent News for Nutrition

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Researchers Track Body Condition, Metabolic Conditions by Discipline

June 16, 2009

The sport in which horses participate often dictates the body condition in which they are maintained. Polo ponies are typically sleek and trim, their fitness evident in a tight, tucked-up appearance. The same can be said of most racehorses.... Read More

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Researchers Examine Oral Acetate for Equine Exercise Recovery

June 15, 2009

An inaugural study has found that a sodium acetate electrolyte solution given orally with a typical hay and grain meal following exercise enhanced skeletal muscle metabolism to restore depleted glycogen (energy) sources.... Read More

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Poisonous Hemlock: A Growing Problem

June 13, 2009

The association of poison hemlock with the death of Socrates in ancient Greece in 399 B.C. provides a glimpse of the toxic history of this plant. Two decades ago an aggressive search was required before a specimen could be found in Arkansas, but no... Read More

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Preventing Metabolic Disorders through Early Nutrition

June 12, 2009

Maternal nutrition and early foal nutrition could impact the development of the organs and systems that control energy metabolism later in life, suggest the authors of a recent research report. "In other species, it has been demonstrated... Read More

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Pastured Horses More Fit, Study Finds

June 09, 2009

Horses are better able to maintain fitness when turned out on large pasture, according to Patty Graham-Thiers, PhD, of Virginia Intermont College, Bristol, Va. She presented results of her recent study at the 2009 Equine Science Society... Read More

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Effects of Hay Carbs on PSSM Horses Examined

June 08, 2009

The study group's objectives were to determine if there is a difference in blood glucose and insulin response to feeding hay types with varying water soluble sugar and starch (NSC) content between horses with PSSM and control horses.... Read More

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Euthanasia Drug Found in Carcass Compost

June 05, 2009

Composting is one option for disposing of a horse carcass after euthanasia. Researchers at West Texas A&M recently conducted a study to determine if residues of sodium pentobarbital might remain in compost as a potential environmental hazard... Read More

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Feeding the Growing Foal

June 01, 2009

Start your foal out right to help avoid bone and tendon problems later in life. ... Read More

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Uneven Feet in Sport Horses Related to Other Conformation Traits

May 29, 2009

Researchers examined the effects of uneven feet on equine performance and linked this to other faults. ... Read More

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Equine Nutrition in Less-than-Ideal Conditions: Dealing with Disaster

May 26, 2009

As horse owners put together a disaster plan and cope with difficult situations, one of the first concerns should be minimizing changes in feed management.... Read More

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Metformin a Therapy in Progress for Equine Insulin Resistance

May 25, 2009

Oregon State Researchers suggest that a low bioavailability and a rapid rate of elimination of the drug metformin might explain the "varied reports of clinical success" for improving insulin sensitivity in horses.

Metformin is an oral... Read More

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UK Incidence of Polysaccharide Storage Myopathy Reported

May 21, 2009

Not only is polysaccharide storage myopathy (PSSM) a common and important muscular disorder in various horse breeds in the United States, but according to a recent research report, it is also a common diagnosis in horses in the Unite... Read More

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Water: The Overlooked Nutrient

May 17, 2009

Water is vital for the health of horses; as such they should have access to it at all times.... Read More

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TheHorse.com en Español: La Muerte de Caballos Poleros Emprende una Investigación

May 14, 2009

This is one of a series of articles translated as part of our partnership with A Caballo, an equine publication based in Mexico, and Jorge Murga, DVM. Kee... Read More

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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