Recent News for Nutrition

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Malicious Mycotoxins

August 01, 2002

Leave your saddle sitting in a corner of your tack room after you and your horse are caught in a rainstorm, and you'll get an eye-opening look into the world of fungi and molds. Within days, your leather tack will have sprouted a patchy coat of... Read More

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Locked Into Place

August 01, 2002

Much has been learned about exertional rhabdomyolysis (tying-up) in recent years, but unfortunately some of that knowledge has been troubling. For example, at least one newly recognized cause of tying-up in foals has, in identified cases, always... Read More

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Skunk Cabbage Toxic to Horses?

August 01, 2002

Recently our horses have begun eating skunk cabbage that grows on the property. They have not done so before. They have plenty of grass plus hay and grain, all of which they also eat. One veterinarian says it is harmful to them; another says... Read More

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Polysaccharide Storage Myopathy and Back Pain

August 01, 2002

As many as 40% of all cases of equine back pain are the result of soft tissue injury. The primary causes include chronic and recurrent exertional rhabdomyolysis (CER and RER, respectively), and an inherited enzyme deficiency called polysaccharid... Read More

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Carbohydrates for Energy

August 01, 2002

In human nutrition, carbohydrates or "carbs" have a bit of a bad name these days. A quick trip through the local book store or over the Internet leads us to believe that dietary carbohydrates are the source of all evil. When weight loss is the... Read More

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Poison Control: Spraying Insecticides on Pastures

August 01, 2002

During the optimal Eastern tent caterpillar (ETC) eradication period (when larvae are still in trees), Lee Townsend, PhD, extension entomologist at the University of Kentucky (UK), recommended a list of insecticides for horse owners and farm... Read More

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Can Garlic Help Your Horse Fight Disease?

August 01, 2002

Garlic has been touted to have many health-related properties, from boosting your horse's immune system to repelling bugs just by the garlic odor in his sweat. In a recent study completed at the Equine Research Centre in Guelph, Ontario, a garli... Read More

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Providing Care for Your Senior Horse

August 01, 2002

Technology and advances in medicine have given us tools to keep our horses alive longer.... Read More

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Bringing Up Baby

July 01, 2002

Your young horse is growing up. From birth to age two, a horse will achieve 90% or more of his full adult height. But growing up too fast can cause problems, including an increased risk of developmental orthopedic disease (DOD), which includes... Read More

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Tying-Up in Horses

July 01, 2002

Tying-up is the most common muscle problem in horses. This syndrome is also called azoturia, set fast, paralytic myoglobinuria, and chronic exertional rhabdomyolysis (ER). HYPP (hyperkalemic periodic paralysis) in Quarter Horses is a different... Read More

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The Science Behind Herbs

July 01, 2002

Science is beginning to catch up with traditional uses of "holistic" medicine, and it is important to understand the reasons and risks behind using herbal products. The third annual Nutraceutical Alliance (NA) conference was held May 10-11, 2002... Read More

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Wanted: Consumer Involvement

June 28, 2002

In recent months, there has been a good deal of discussion regarding the legality of many ingredients that horse and pet owners take for granted in supplements. Much of this discussion has centered on the proposed enforcement action by the... Read More

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Groups Join Together to Help Fire Victims

June 27, 2002

Colorado and Arizona are experiencing the worst wildfires in their histories--thousands of people and horses have been evacuated from their farms. Farnam Companies responded last Friday to an urgent call for 800-900 bales of hay that were needed... Read More

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Copper Sulfate and Ergot

June 21, 2002

Making sure that copper requirements are met in the overall diet of horses is prudent. However, there is no real need to test soils for copper, and certainly no evidence that fertilizing with copper sulfate will minimize the occurrence of the ergot... Read More

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Poison Control: Spraying Pastures with Insecticides

June 19, 2002

No definite cause of mare reproductive loss syndrome (MRLS) has been identified, but a recent discovery that Eastern tent caterpillars (ETC) can cause early fetal losses (and likely contributed to MRLS) has scientists at the University of... Read More

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Eastern Tent Caterpillars Cause Early Fetal Loss

June 11, 2002

A recent study funded by Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation, Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital, and several other entities, identified an association between the administration of starved Eastern Tent Caterpillars (ETC) and early pregnancy... Read More

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MSM and Inflammation

June 05, 2002

Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM), a white, tasteless crystalline powder, is already a favored supplement in the horse industry. Years before any scientific evidence supported its use, it had earned a reputation for helping alleviate many of the... Read More

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FDA Orders Recall of Mercury-Containing Drug

June 03, 2002

The government has ordered a nationwide recall of a horse drug sold over the Internet called Miracle Leg Paint, because it contains mercury that is poisonous both to horses and to people, according to an Associated Press report. 

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Regulation of Supplements

June 01, 2002

Recently, an alarm was sounded that "the authorities" are trying to take away supplement products sold over-the-counter to horse owners. Some people have portrayed it as if Big Brother were trying to keep useful products away from the animals... Read More

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Diagnosing Hind Limb Gait Abnormalities

June 01, 2002

Provided a neurological examination is normal, the most common causes of abnormal hind limb gaits are stringhalt, upward fixation of the patella, and fibrotic myopathy.

Stringhalt

Stringhalt is an involuntary hyperflexion of one... Read More

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Supplemental Cooperation

June 01, 2002

Since last month's column, a big step forward was taken by some manufacturers in the supplement industry. This step forestalled any "en masse" immediate regulatory action; however, it does not mean state feed regulators can't or won't enforce... Read More

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Feeding Laminitic Broodmares

June 01, 2002

My best friend's broodmare has unilateral laminitis (laminitis in one front hoof); she is a 19-year-old Quarter Horse and is currently five months pregnant. The concern is what to feed her to keep the foal healthy, and to keep her from suffering.... Read More

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Supplement Regulation News

June 01, 2002

The threat of a supplement regulatory crackdown motivated 25 ingredient suppliers, manufacturers, and distributors to join with the National Animal Supplement Council (NASC) on April 3-4 to hammer out a proposed Compliance Plus program. This... Read More

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National Animal Supplement Council Submits Proposal

May 17, 2002

The supplement manufacturing industry has submitted a proposal to federal regulatory agencies that includes provisions for establishing common industry standards for manufacturing processes, allowing focus toward finished product safety through... Read More

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Animal Supplement Crackdown

May 01, 2002

Many supplements used by horse owners and veterinarians every day are illegal and thus could be taken off the market. State regulators say that after five years of trying to get manufacturers to meet legal requirements, they are cracking down on... Read More