Recent News for Nutrition

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Feed Label Laws

August 03, 2005

Oregon implemented a provisional equine feed label law on June 1 that would allow feed manufacturers to add non-structural carbohydrates (NSC) to the list of nutrient requirements already found on feed bags in that state. Adding NSC to the feed... Read More

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Joint Supplements as Preventative Medicine

August 03, 2005

In the past several years there has been an explosion of supplements marketed as protecting and maintaining joint health. Early in the development of these products, information regarding their labeled usage was limited. However, increasing... Read More

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Mineral and Electrolyte Balance

August 01, 2005

Developing a good strategy for mineral/electrolyte replacement during rest stops when traveling with horses ... Read More

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Choosing Feeders: Rack 'Em Up

August 01, 2005

There are so many types of hay racks, mangers, and feed bins available, how do you know the best one to choose? What factors should you consider? Read on for tips on picking the right feeder for your horse's needs.... Read More

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High-Octane Diets

August 01, 2005

It probably comes as no surprise that a horse taking on the rigors of a 100-mile endurance race or a three-day event might need a different diet from one that ambles the trails around home or carries a child through the occasional weekend show. The... Read More

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Feeding Hope or Hype?

July 01, 2005

You notice that your competition horse is starting to shorten his stride occasionally. He is stiff and takes longer to warm up. Perhaps he's showing other signs of physical discomfort. Your veterinarian examines him, and the result is what you... Read More

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Whisper Syndrome Update: Titer Results Inconclusive

July 01, 2005

A treating vet in Virginia still isn't sure what made three of his clients' horses sick this spring while generating widespread concern on an Internet message board as "Whisper Syndrome" (for background information, see Read More

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Feed Needs of Older Horses

June 01, 2005

As our horses age and their bodies start to fail, we have to meet their changing nutritional needs. ... Read More

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"Whisper Syndrome" Update

May 31, 2005

A treating veterinarian in southwestern Virginia still isn't sure what made three of his clients' horses sick this spring while generating widespread concern on an Internet message board. Titer results searching for a definitive diagnosis or... Read More

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SmartPak Equine Receives Award for Innovation

May 23, 2005

SmartPak Equine announced May 23 that it has received a 2005 Innovation Award from the Smaller Business Association of New England. SmartPak, best known for offering custom-packed nutritional supplements in its patented SmartPak packaging, is th... Read More

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Benefits of Joint Supplements Reaffirmed

May 19, 2005

Cosequin has previously been shown to improve lameness grade in horses with radiographic evidence of joint cartilage damage, and studies have explored possible mechanisms of action for FCHG49 glucosamine hydrochloride and TRH122 low molecular weight ... Read More

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Probiotics: Worth the Price?

May 01, 2005

Probiotics have been used by people for at least a century to promote good health. Hard scientific evidence has proven that probiotics can be beneficial to humans. As it so often does, the horse world saw this good thing and adapted it to equine... Read More

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Black Walnut Tree Shavings as Trail Mulch?

April 01, 2005

Q: This summer we are planning to start making riding trails on our heavily wooded property. As we cut down the branches and trees, we plan to chip the wood to mulch the trails. However, we have a good number of black walnut trees, and I am wondering... Read More

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Foals of Non-Milking Mares

April 01, 2005

I have a gorgeous palomino Quarter Horse mare that I would like to breed, but I have a problem. She ran into barbed wire as a yearling and she cannot produce milk as a result of that accident. The man who owned her before bred her twice, and he... Read More

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A Closer Look at Insulin

April 01, 2005

When you think of insulin, you might think first of humans and diabetes. But horses have insulin, too ... ... Read More

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Developmental Orthopedic Disease (DOD) and Mare Nutrition

March 24, 2005

A seminar for veterinarians on developmental orthopedic disease (DOD) in horses and ways it can be controlled through feeding and management practices was presented by Dan Burke, PhD, director of equine nutrition for Buckeye Nutrition, on Feb. 9... Read More

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USEF Names Kentucky Equine Research as Official Equine Nutritionist

March 17, 2005

The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) is pleased to name one of the world's foremost equine nutrition specialists as the Federation's Official Equine Nutritionist. Kentucky Equine Research (KER), based in Versailles, Ky., boasts more... Read More

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Farnam/Purina Partner on New Feeding Program

March 08, 2005

On March 7, Farnam, known for its wide variety of equine products from equine dewormers to fly sprays to equipment, and Purina, one of the country's most recognized and respected manufacturers of animal feeds, announced they had become partners... Read More

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Metabolic Syndrome and Obesity in Horses

March 03, 2005

Equine nutritionists and wise horse owners have long known that obesity in horses is not a good thing. The obese horse often is incapable of performing even moderate tasks without becoming exhausted and, as a result, placing itself in danger of... Read More

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Severe Dehydration

February 22, 2005

Dehydration can be a significant problem for the performance horse as well as for horses suffering from other disease processes. If you suspect dehydration, you can check easily your horse's hydration status if you have used one or more of the follow... Read More

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GI Disease in Foals

February 01, 2005

Despite advances in veterinary medicine, the first few weeks of a foal's life can still be risky. Many health problems can arise, including myriad gastrointestinal (GI) disorders that can quickly drain a youngster of health, vigor, and sometimes... Read More

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Sick Baby? Calories Count!

February 01, 2005

Focusing on proper nutrition can play a key role in getting your sick foal back on a healthy track.... Read More

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Transport and the Immune System

February 01, 2005

In a study published in the Equine Veterinary Journal investigating the effects of long-term transport on horses, Carolyn Stull, DVM, showed measurable changes in immunological status. She also found the immune systems of transported... Read More

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How to Manage Starved Horses and Effectively Work with Humane and Law Enforcement Officials

January 20, 2005

In an ideal scenario, horses that have been seized by humane organization officials and local law enforcement should be evaluated to determine if there's evidence of neglect or abuse, and to educate (owners) on how to take better care of the horses.... Read More

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Waterers That Work in Winter

January 01, 2005

Fresh water is important to horses all year, especially in winter. Some waterers are designed to remain functional in cold weather--with an insulated tank or bowl, a heater, or a combination of a heating unit and insulation. Following are some o... Read More