Recent News for Nutrition

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Purina Veterinary Conference 2002

October 16, 2002

Only 20 miles from downtown St. Louis, Mo., is a 1,200-acre research farm owned by the nutrition company Purina Mills. On Oct. 3-5, 140-plus veterinarians and another 50 Purina Mills representatives gathered to tour that research facility and... Read More

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Last Year's Drought on This Year's Pasture?

October 11, 2002

Throughout Kentucky, the summer of 1999 will be remembered for hot days and a lack of rain. While the drought and its effects were readily noted this past summer and fall, horse owners need to consider what the drought may have done to their... Read More

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Testing Supplement Efficacy

October 10, 2002

How do you know if something, anything from a car to a blender to a vitamin supplement, works? You test it in a manner consistent with the way it’s going to be used, using specific, relevant measures of performance, and evaluate it according to... Read More

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Feed for Speed

October 01, 2002

Few dispute that nutrition is important for athletic performance in racehorses. However, I'd wager that there is much less agreement among horse owners, nutritionists, and veterinarians when asked to expound upon the "nitty gritty" of what works... Read More

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Cardiovascular Changes With Moldy Corn Poisoning

October 01, 2002

Fumonisins are toxic byproducts of the fungus Fusarium verticilloides, which often grows on corn. These mycotoxins can cause leukoencephalomalacia (moldy corn poisoning) in horses, and are undetectable to the naked eye. Horses exposed to... Read More

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Probiotics and Yeast Cultures

October 01, 2002

My personal experience has been very positive in using probiotics and yeast in the equine diet. My question is about the best formulation of the products. Does using only yeast culture with no bacteria diminish the effects? Which bacteria ar... Read More

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Comfrey Targeted for Enforcement Action

September 26, 2002

The Enforcement Strategy for Marketed Ingredients (ESMI) Working Group of the Association of Animal Feed Control Officers (AAFCO) cited an increasing number of unapproved or undefined ingredients appearing in animal feed and pet food as well as... Read More

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Putting Weight on Hard Keepers

September 01, 2002

Is your horse a "hard keeper?" If so, you are well aware of how difficult it is to maintain adequate or desirable body condition in this type of horse. The reality is that no two horses are the same when it comes to the amount of feed (and numbe... Read More

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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