Recent News for Nutrition

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The Disease of Obesity in Horses

September 01, 2010

Obesity can cause reproduction problems, bone and joint stress, insulin resistance, laminitis, and more.... Read More

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Overseeding Horse Pastures in Central Kentucky

August 20, 2010

Overseeding horse pastures is a pasture management practice that helps ensure good ground cover, quality grazing, and an aesthetically pleasing pasture in the coming year without major pasture renovations. Overseeding consists of pla... Read More

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Study: MADD Likely Caused by Fungus on Maple Leaves

August 17, 2010

After investigating the deaths of 14 horses that had grazed on pastures near maple leaves, a Dutch research team suggested the fungus responsible for European tar spot that covers the maple leaves causes the deadly disease "MADD."... Read More

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Target Vitamin E Deficiency Early to Improve Outcomes of Horses with EMND

August 13, 2010

The prognosis for horses with equine motor neuron disease (EMND) caused by prolonged vitamin E deficiency is usually poor, but veterinarians from the University of Minnesota showed that early diagnosis and treatment can help these animals.... Read More

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Basic Conditioning of the Equine Athlete

August 02, 2010

Basic conditioning of the equine athlete involves consideration of the event in which the horse will be competing, the level of competition that you expect the horse to achieve, the time you have in which to condition the horse, and the horse... Read More

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Laminitis Lowdown

August 01, 2010

The laminitis mystery is far from solved, but researchers continue to discover new clues about its causes, treatment, and prevention. Laminitis, an often devastating hoof disease that can strike horses of any breed without warning, is a major issue... Read More

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Focus on Health: The External Horse

August 01, 2010

Maintaining a horse's hair coat takes a lot of energy, protein, and certain trace elements and minerals. ... Read More

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Stallion Management: Excerpt from Breeders' Guide to Mare, Foal & Stallion Care

July 24, 2010

General considerations for good stallion management are maintenance of the stallion in excellent health and a stress-free environment that promotes normal sexual behavior and sperm production. The size and construction of housing for the stallion is ... Read More

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Toxin Topic: Slaframine Intoxication

July 17, 2010

The wet spring weather and abundant clover growth in Central Kentucky has made 2010 a bumper year for slaframine toxin, or "slobber toxin." Slaframine is a mycotoxin produced by the fungus Rhizoctonia leguminicola. This fun... Read More

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Poor Nutrition Impacts Hooves

July 15, 2010

In recent years more horse people have expressed an interest in the effects of poor nutrition and hoof health.... Read More

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High Doses of Vitamin E Benefit Older Horses

July 14, 2010

Very high doses of vitamin E appear to benefit older horses' immune systems.... Read More

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Benefits of Multi-Species Grazing Can be Maximized

July 05, 2010

Multi-species grazing has several benefits that favor both fields and animals, according to Jodie Pennington, PhD, small ruminant educator with Lincoln University Extension in Missouri. Multi-species grazing is the practice of using t... Read More

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Stymied by Long-Stem Versus Short-Stem Forages?

July 01, 2010

Nutritionists normally recommend horses consume some "long-stem" forage each day. Long-stem forage is best defined as hay or pasture. This recommendation respects the natural desire of horses to graze, as horses are hardwired to spend... Read More

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Analyzing Feed and Forage for Horses

July 01, 2010

Awareness of what your horse is eating can help you determine if his dietary needs are being met and, if not, what can be added to meet those needs. With respect to the nutritional needs of a horse, it is important to know the meaning... Read More

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Mediterranean Tall Fescue/Endophyte Combination Might Be Fatal to Horses

June 30, 2010

A new, potentially fatal syndrome in horses called equine fescue edema has been reported by Australian scientists in the Australian Veterinary Journal. The researchers noted that all affected horses in the study were grazing pastures sown with...... Read More

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Weed of the Month: Goosegrass

June 24, 2010

Goosegrass is a warm-season grass that germinates and emerges in spring and grows throughout the summer until the first killing frost. Goosegrass usually produces a prostrate rosette-like growth that is formed from flattened stems almost parall... Read More

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Toxin Topic: Red Maple Toxicosis

June 22, 2010

Red maple trees Acer rubrum are beautiful trees that grow extensively throughout eastern North America. However, horse owners should be aware these trees can pose a serious risk to horses. Ingestion of wilted or dried maples leaves can... Read More

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Studies Track Horses' Movement Patterns

June 15, 2010

Where the wild horses roam free, daily hoof tracks can be followed for miles. Now thanks to new, lightweight GPS technology, Australian researchers are no longer following tracks but recording satellite signals from various wild horse herds as well ... Read More

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U.S. FDA and NIH Launch Safety Reporting Portal

June 07, 2010

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) recently launched the Safety Reporting Portal (SRP) website -- www.safetyreporting.hhs.gov -- allowing increased accessibility to submit reports concerning FDA-r... Read More

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Forages: The Foundation of Equine Gastrointestinal Health

June 05, 2010

Horses have evolved over millions of years as grazers, with specialized digestive tracts adapted to digest and utilize diets containing high levels of plant fiber. They are capable of processing large quantities of forage to meet their nutrient... Read More

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Potential Biomarker for Tying-up Found

June 01, 2010

In an equine study using "proteomic" technology that systematically analyzed the proteins in skeletal muscle biopsies, a research team from The Netherlands identified a form of the protein creatine kinase that could be a marker for ac... Read More

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Feeding the Starved Horse

June 01, 2010

When dealing with a starved horse, how should you feed him? How much, how often, and what type of feed will bring the horse back to good health without causing more problems? The starved horse is in a most delicate health predicament... Read More

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Toxin Topic: Adverse Drug Effects

May 28, 2010

Therapeutic drugs such as antibiotics, anti-inflammatory and pain relief medications, anesthetics, and antiparasitic drugs can dramatically improve the health and well-being of horses. Without these drugs, many horses would die or suffer seriou... Read More

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Collagen Shown More Effective for Arthritic Horses

May 26, 2010

Type II collagen might be more effective than glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate for arthritic horses.... Read More

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Pony Rescued After Falling into Well

May 20, 2010

All's well that ends well, and so it is for Cherrios, a pony who tumbled 50 feet deep into a well on May 18 and is cheerfully running around again today with his pasturemates.

"He's a very playful pony, and he probably a... Read More