Recent News for Nutrition

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International Disease Report Second Quarter 2007

October 03, 2007

This is an excerpt from Equine Disease Quarterly, funded by underwriters at Lloyd's, London, brokers, and their Kentucky agents.

The International Collating Centre, Newmarket, England, and other sources reported the... Read More

Routine hoof care is critical for your horse’s soundness and well-being. “A lot of times, when horses are on pasture, not in performance and not getting ridden very often, hoof problems arise due to longer intervals between care,” Tanner says. Whether a horse is barefoot or shod, “routine trimming by a skilled farrier,” is essential to reduce the possibility of laminitis, he adds.

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Older Horses Part 4: Hoof and Joint Care

October 01, 2007

The aging process brings with it some inevitable changes in horses. ... Read More

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Morris Animal Foundation Funding 11 Equine Studies in 2008

September 25, 2007

In 2008, the Morris Animal Foundation (MAF) will fund about 120 animal health studies, including 11 new and continuing studies for horses. Equine enthusiasts are invited to sponsor or co-sponsor one of these studies with a total gift of $3,000 o... Read More

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Imported Hay Could Hold Hidden Health Dangers

September 23, 2007

As if hay scarcity and high prices aren’t enough, experts are warning horse owners that imported hay could also hide horse health dangers including seriously low amounts of essential vitamins such as A and E, excessive amounts of selenium, and... Read More

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Autumn Tips for Healthy Spring Pastures

September 12, 2007

From the three years of pastureland study done by the UK forage extension team, some common trends have emerged. One trend should trouble area farms because it directly limits the number of horses that can be supported on area pastures. Currently,... Read More

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Unacceptably High Fungal Levels Identified in Horse Feeds

September 08, 2007

High levels of fungal species and mycotoxins (the toxins produced by some fungi) have been identified in equine feeds. This contamination can result in nutrient losses from the food, and it can negatively impact the health and productivity of... Read More

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Ethanol to Take a Bite out of Equine Food Supplies?

September 06, 2007

When the time came for Jamie Clifton to stockpile horse feed for the winter at Volunteer Equine Advocates, she found grain prices up and hay expensive and in tight supply. Now, she said, she's wondering how high horse feed commodity prices can... Read More

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British Group Calling for Pulling Parties to Remove Toxic Weed

September 06, 2007

The British Horse Society (BHS) has placed a call for volunteers to organize ragwort-pulling parties during its Ragwort Awareness Week to remove the deadly weed where it is growing on, and near to, grazing land. The second BHS... Read More

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Summer Flooding of Hay Fields and Pastures: Will Forage Survive?

September 02, 2007

Most forage crops perform best when soils have adequate, but not excessive, soil moisture. Standing water, flowing water and waterlogged soils following heavy summer rainstorms or extended periods of higher-than-normal rainfall patterns all can... Read More

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Feeding to Avoid Developmental Orthopedic Disease (DOD)

September 01, 2007

The way you feed young horses could help them develop strong, properly formed bones and joints. ... Read More

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Toxic Weed Hoary Alyssum Found in Drought-Affected Pastures

August 24, 2007

The 2007 growing season's drought conditions are causing challenges for anyone who handles plants or animals. Horse owners are no exception, and to a list of concerns including a shortage of hay and lack of pasture growth they need to add... Read More

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Scientific Review Reports Pros and Cons of Equine Herbal Supplements

August 20, 2007

According to a recent scientific review, there is only limited evidence supporting the administration of herbal supplements in horses, despite their widespread use in the industry. Further, adverse events associated with herbal supplementation... Read More

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Managing Hyperkalemic Periodic Paralysis

August 08, 2007

At the 2006 American Association of Equine Practitioners Convention, Dr. Sharon Spier spoke about HYPP.... Read More

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The Role of Obesity in Insulin Resistance

August 04, 2007

"Not all obese individuals are insulin-resistant, and not all IR-affected horses are obese. But IR-associated medical problems are more likely to develop in concert with obesity in individuals born with IR," said Nat Messer, DVM, Dipl. ABVP, an... Read More

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Late Season Oats Can Reduce Autumn Hay Use

August 02, 2007

Oats, traditionally grown in the spring as a grain crop, can also be planted in the summer as a late season forage, providing a feed alternative for horse owners and livestock producers short on hay or pasture.

Based on five years of Ohio... Read More

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Barn Design Tips: A Place to Call Home

August 01, 2007

Placement of the barn in a convenient, well-drained location, close or adjacent to turnout areas should be your primary consideration. Access for hay, feed, or bedding delivery vehicles is important. Try to put the structure downwind from the house, ... Read More

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What's 'Sweet' in Sweet Feed?

August 01, 2007

Maintain perspective on additional sweetening compounds added to concentrated feeds and pellets. ... Read More

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Feeds and Supplements for Older Horses

August 01, 2007

Equine nutritionists discuss a variety of feeds and feeding practices to help horses cope with problems.... Read More

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Feed Supplements for Horses

August 01, 2007

A feed supplement is anything fed to a horse in addition to a natural diet of forage. Technically grain is a supplement. But the term has come to mean any additional nutrients (such as certain vitamins and minerals, extra protein, energy, etc.) tha... Read More

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Horses Chew Different Feeds in Different Ways

July 31, 2007

Horses eating a diet consisting mostly of pellets or grain could require more dental maintenance than horses eating predominantly hay or pasture grasses, according to researchers at Michigan State University who used motion capture techniques to... Read More

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Obesity, Insulin Resistance, and Laminitis

July 31, 2007

Insulin resistance is a part of equine metabolic syndrome (EMS). There are three criteria for identifying the horse with EMS: Insulin resistance, prior (founder lines) or current laminitis, and general obesity or regional adiposity (areas of abnormal... Read More

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Avocado Soybean Unsaponifiable (ASU) Extracts Earn a Passing Grade for Equine Osteoarthritis

July 30, 2007

Avocado and soybean unsaponifiable (ASU) extracts--the fraction of oil that does not form soap after hydrolysis--are some of the newest joint products to grace the equine nutritional supplement shelves. The beneficial effects of ASU for horses... Read More

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Oral Joint Supplements: Do They Work?

July 29, 2007

Low bioavailability of oral glucosamine, poor product quality, low recommended doses, and a lack of scientific evidence showing efficacy of popular oral joint supplements are major concerns.... Read More

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Science, Public Perception Clash on Drug Testing

July 22, 2007

As the industry continues to grapple with use of medication--legal or illegal--in racehorses, will science or public perception win out?

That debate played out yet again July 20 during the National Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective... Read More

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Overweight Horse Study: More on Improved Forages

July 20, 2007

More than half of 300 horses involved in a study at at the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine (VMRCVM) and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Virginia Tech were found to be overweight or obese. The researchers... Read More