Recent News for Nutrition

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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

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Bute Toxicity in Neonates

May 01, 2002

Q: My wife and I were told that giving Bute (phenylbutazone) to a mare in foal can cause heart defects in the foal, similar to aspirin taken by women in early pregnancy. Is there any connection? A: Signs of phenylbutazone toxicity in foals whose...... Read More

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Supplement Loss?

May 01, 2002

There are some regulatory rumblings that could change the way all of us feed and take care of our horses every day, whether you are a horse owner or a veterinarian. Many nutritional supplements are sold illegally. "What?" you might say. "How can... Read More

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Supplemental Work

April 24, 2002

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

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Mycotoxin Binders Not Labeled Legally

April 12, 2002

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says the claims made by some feed products that they contain mycotoxin binders is illegal. In Kentucky last year, many feeds and supplements were touted as having mycotoxin binders in the face of mare... Read More

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Fructan Possible Key to Laminitis

April 10, 2002

At sufficient doses, the fructan induces digestive upset and will cause an uncontrolled activation of MMPs (matrix metalloproteinases; these enzymes are thought to be a factor in laminar degradation), triggering laminitis.... Read More

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Electrolytes and Rehydration

April 03, 2002

Electrolyte pastes can increase water consumption, improving rehydration following administration of furosemide (Salix). A recently published study was done at Michigan State University on the effects of rehydration during the 36 hours after... Read More

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Mesquite Tree Beans Toxic?

April 01, 2002

My horse recently had a horrible colic episode due to mesquite tree beans. Every summer these trees produce large bean pods, which evidently taste like candy to horses. According to my vet, they also slow down gut motility--hence the colic. ... Read More

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Which Trees are Toxic?

April 01, 2002

It's hard to imagine that a natural part of our environment could possibly be harmful to our horses. However, many plants are not only poisonous, but potentially deadly to horses. Many plants and trees have strong medicinal qualities; early... Read More

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Restricting Grazing

April 01, 2002

There are some food needs that just can't be argued against: 1) Humans need popcorn plus a cola at the movies; 2) Women need chocolate anytime; 3) Horses need forage at all times. While these combinations aren't equal in terms of supplying... Read More

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Sample Letter to Legislators Concerning Supplements Available

March 25, 2002

A member of The Horse’s Editorial Advisory Board has offered this sample letter for horse owners and members of the horse industry who oppose the impending crackdown on animal nutritional supplements. (See Read More

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Supplements Facing Federal Regulation, Ban

March 21, 2002

There are some regulatory rumblings that could change the way all of us feed and take care of our horses every day. Unless the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved an ingredient for use in an animal feed or supplement product, it is... Read More

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Regulation of Equine Supplements

March 21, 2002

The following is an in-depth explanation of the supplement regulation issue. For a condensed version, visit Read More