Recent News for Nutrition

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Horse Protein Needs and Sources

March 12, 2010

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

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Laminitis y los Pastos de Primavera (TheHorse.com en Español)

March 11, 2010

Spanish translation of an article on controlling access to spring pasture grasses to prevent laminitis.... Read More

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TheHorse.com en Español: Revisión a Enfermedad Equina de los Pastos

March 09, 2010

Spanish translation of an article reviewing equine grass sickness (enfermedad equina de los pastos).... Read More

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Hay Banks Help Horses, Owners in Need

March 08, 2010

As some recession-weary horse owners struggle to feed their animals, hay banks in some states are helping those most in need.

Hay banks provide owners with enough hay to keep their horses healthy during times of crisis, often up to o... Read More

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Broodmare Nutrition Requirements Ramped Up

March 08, 2010

Mare nutritional status is a critical component in foal health from conception through weaning.... Read More

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Phytonutrients for Controlling Free Radicals in Horses

March 07, 2010

Phytonutrients are a class of compounds showing value in controlling inflammation and its negative effects.... Read More

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Avoid Moldy Corn in Horse Feed

March 01, 2010

Farmers across the Midwest struggled last year to harvest their crops in what turned out to be an unseasonably wet autumn. These conditions led to reports of widespread mold in this year's corn crop. Moldy corn is a hazard for all species o... Read More

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Hard Keeper Help?

March 01, 2010

Reader's question about why her Thoroughbred horse (stallion) won't put on weight despite excellent care, and a veterinarian's response discussing nutritional management, veterinary examinations, and genetics. ... Read More

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Year-Round Pasture Management

March 01, 2010

Proper pasture management prevents erosion and nutrient loss from the soil, which also helps improve stream and water quality. In addition, pastures can provide an excellent "free-choice" exercise plan for horses. But the most important role pasture... Read More

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Beat Botulism

March 01, 2010

Botulism is largely avoidable, but immediate veterinary treatment could help save an affected horse's life.... Read More

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Horse Lysine Requirements Focus of Study

February 26, 2010

Lysine is one of the 20 amino acids essential to horses, but often is the most deficient in their diets due to its inadequate levels in commonly-fed cereal grains. Amino acids are the building blocks of protein, which form muscle, enzymes, and ... Read More

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Managing Pastures to Avoid Tall Fescue Toxicity

February 25, 2010

Broodmare farm operators in the southeastern United States are interested in managing tall fescue toxicity because of the pregnancy complications it can cause.

The University of Kentucky Horse Pasture Evaluation Program, has evaluate... Read More

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SmartPak Offers Free Supplement Guide

February 23, 2010

SmartPak has introduced a new "Guide to Supplements and Horse Care," a publication that provides horse owners with a new way to learn about their horse's health and supplements.

Interested barns, pony clubs, 4-H clubs, ... Read More

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USDA Seeks Comments on Genetically Engineered Alfalfa

February 17, 2010

The comment period for a draft environmental impact statement evaluating the potential environmental effects of deregulating alfalfa genetically engineered to be resistant to the herbicide glyphosate, known commercially as Roundup, has been ext... Read More

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Hyaluronic Acid and Steroids: Effects on Equine Cartilage Cells

February 13, 2010

Osteoarthritis (OA) is a major cause of wastage in the equine industry, especially considering that an estimated 81% of the 9.3 million horses in America are involved in equitation and performance. A mainstay treatment for OA is the use of ... Read More

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Improve Pastures this Spring

February 09, 2010

Horse owners wanting to add to or improve the forage species in their existing pastures should consider using either the frost seeding method in February and early March, or interseeding later in the spring months.

Frost seedin... Read More

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Texas Filly Shot, Information Reward Offered

February 03, 2010

Law enforcement authorities in Parker County, Texas, hope the offer of a $10,700 cash reward will result in the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for the shooting death of a young Quarter Horse last month.

On Jan. 24 ra... Read More

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Winter Care for Older Horses

February 01, 2010

Owners need to consider how they will meet their older horses' nutrient requirements during the winter.... Read More

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Horse Nutrients in Tandem

February 01, 2010

Your horse needs certain nutrients in his diet, but they don't work unilaterally on his body. Instead, they help each other to help your horse. If you understand how these nutrients support each other, you can make better feeding choices. ... Read More

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Painkillers and Gastric Ulcers in Horses, AAEP 2009

January 28, 2010

If you've ever given the common oral non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug phenylbutazone (Bute) to a horse, you've probably been warned that it can cause stomach (gastric) ulcers if you give too much or give it for too long. Thus, there... Read More

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Freeze Stops European Atypical Myopathy Reports

January 21, 2010

The largest outbreak of equine atypical myopathy in Europe has ended with freezing winter temperatures, with a record number of 371 reported cases, according to a group of researchers in Belgium.

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Horse Vets Say: Hold the Persimmons, Please (AAEP 2009)

January 21, 2010

Persimmons are tropical, bright orange fruits that are claimed to have many health benefits in humans, from helping prevent cancer to arresting the hiccups. However, they have a dark side--they can form hard "concretions," or fiber ma... Read More

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Equine Grass Sickness Reviewed

January 07, 2010

A fatal gastrointestinal disease once limited to Scotland is being seen more frequently in certain parts of the world due to geographical progression, said British researchers. Frequently occurring throughout Great Britain, equine gr... Read More

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Equine Endocrine Disorders Discussed at AAEP

January 02, 2010

The two major endocrine disorders affecting horses--equine metabolic syndrome (EMS) and pituitary pars intermedia dysfunction (PPID or equine Cushing's disease)--were hot topics at the 2009 American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP... Read More

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The Horse's Digestive System

January 01, 2010

Brushing up on our knowledge about how the horse's digestive tract functions can help us feed horses more wisely, avoiding some of the feed-related problems that might lead to colic and other gastrointestinal (GI) tract ailments.... Read More