Recent News for Nutrition

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Grassroots Effort Helps Feed Oregon Horses

December 31, 2008

Financially strapped horse owners in Central Oregon are getting help feeding their horses this winter thanks to a hay donation program established by a Bend couple. The program distributes bales of hay, either donated by individuals or purchased... Read More

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Survey Finds Eventers Nutritionally Sound, but Oversupplemented

December 28, 2008

In a survey of leading three-day event riders, researchers found that the majority of riders fed their horses based on research-driven recommendations, but the number of supplements used per horse did raise some eyebrows.

During the Jersey... Read More

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Teff Hay for Foundered Horses: A Good Fit?

December 22, 2008

In California, teff is being called the "perfect grass for foundered horses." But is teff hay always safe for horses that are intolerant of high-sugar forage? Teff grass (Eragrostis teff) is a new type of grass being introduced around the... Read More

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Herb Shown to Reduce Inflammation in Equine Study

December 13, 2008

Move over glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate, there might be a new supplement in town. In a clinical trial involving 74 trotting horses, LitoVet, a rose hip powder manufactured specifically for animals by HybenVital in Denmark, had an ... Read More

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Stable Air Quality a Breath of Fresh ... Endotoxin?

December 06, 2008

If you think you are pampering and protecting your horse in his cushy, comfortable stall instead of turning him out on pasture, think again. Michigan State University researchers have found that stabled horses are exposed to eight... Read More

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Glucosamine in a Cushing's Horse?

December 01, 2008

Q: As soon as my 20-year-old gelding was diagnosed with equine Cushing's disease, I eliminated glucosamine from his diet. However, he appears to have become gradually and increasingly stiff and short-strided without it. I really think that it helped ... Read More

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Supplement Safety

December 01, 2008

Standards help to ensure, manage, and effectively monitor risk of use for products and ingredients for horses.... Read More

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Premium or Economy Feed

December 01, 2008

When evaluating a feeding program it is vital to know how to calculate cost per head per day.... Read More

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Feeding Horses When Temperatures Drop

November 30, 2008

Winter presents a challenge to horse owners when it comes to feeding their horses. Low temperatures, harsh winds and rain, snow, and ice all contribute to the increasing nutrient requirements a horse has to keep themselves warm and maintain their ... Read More

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MSM Shows Protective Effect in First Equine Study

November 25, 2008

In the first peer-reviewed, published study to evaluate the effects of the nutritional supplement methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) in horses, Spanish researchers found that MSM exerted a protective effect against the detrimental physiologic changes... Read More

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Measuring the Physiologic Response to Nutrition

November 24, 2008

Whether for weight gain or loss, speed or shine, nearly everything we offer our horses is given to bring about a desired effect. Stacie Appleton, PhD, and Mike Jerina, BS, presented a demonstration on "Measuring the Physiologic ... Read More

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Caring for Older Horses: The Elmer Bandit Diet

November 23, 2008

As it turns out, feeding Elmer requires careful consideration and a serious time commitment.... Read More

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North Carolina Horse Toxicity Investigation Continues

November 17, 2008

Veterinarians are still searching for what caused the deaths of four horses in Fairview, N.C., earlier this month.

An analysis of the animals' feed failed to reveal the presenc... Read More

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Beyond the Feed Tag: Horse Feed Ingredients, Quality and Safety Issues

November 16, 2008

The tag on every animal feed product is labeled with information required by the FDA, with ingredients listed in descending order of predominance--from most to least inclusion. "However, this is not always enforced and there is no guarantee that list... Read More

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Beet Pulp Shortage Continues, Could Repeat

November 14, 2008

Plain shredded beet pulp, a source of digestible fiber for many horses, has been hard to come by this year for a number of East Coast horse owners. Some have wondered when supplies will replenish. While a temporary supply will be available soon,... Read More

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Toxin Suspected in North Carolina Horse Deaths

November 13, 2008

Veterinarians are trying to determine the cause of an illness that has killed four horses in Fairview, N.C., since last Thursday.

Affected horses show a rapid deterioration in muscle condition. Other clinical signs include lethargy, shaking,... Read More

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Forage Options for Special Needs Horses

November 08, 2008

Horses are often fed diets that also contain high levels of grains and supplements to maximise growth or productivity. Katie Young, PhD, consulting equine nutritionist for Purina Mills, presented information on forage options for horses with commonly... Read More

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7 Tips for Selecting and Feeding a Complete Feed

November 01, 2008

Here are seven tips for selecting and feeding complete feeds.... Read More

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Feeding to Lessen Inflammation

October 31, 2008

At the Purina Equine Veterinary Conference, held Oct. 17-19 in St. Louis, Mo., Karen Davison, PhD, manager of Equine Technical Services for the Horse Business Group of Purina Mills discussed managing inflammation and oxidative stress in horses... Read More

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Soy Safety: Depends on the Source, Nutritionists Say

October 27, 2008

Horses have varying protein requirements, depending on stage of life or performance level. Protein, the essential building block for new cellular growth, provides the amino acids necessary for maintaining all normal body functions in a... Read More

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Prices Down on Agricultural Commodities

October 21, 2008

Wheat prices have plummeted from historic highs to their lowest levels in 16 months amid the turmoil in the credit markets and huge wheat crops worldwide, analysts say.

The sell-off of commodity futures contracts began in earnest in... Read More

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Readers Report Trends in This Year's Hay Market

October 21, 2008

More than 1,900 readers of TheHorse.com responded to a poll asking, "Have you purchased hay for the coming winter?"

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Armyworms Attack Texas Hayfields, Oats

October 19, 2008

Texas farmers are once again battling armyworms and the voracious creatures are attacking fields and pastures in formidable numbers.

"There are probably more armyworms this year than in previous years," Allen Knutson, an entomologist with... Read More

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Researchers: Mare's Condition Appears to Impact Sex of Foal

October 18, 2008

A recent study of wild horses in New Zealand has found that broodmares that are healthiest at the time of conception are more likely to have colts.

The study, conducted by researchers Elissa Cameron, MSc, PhD, and Wayne Linklater, PhD, foun... Read More

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Foal's Playfulness a Reflection of Gender, Mare's Condition

October 16, 2008

The body condition of a mare and the sex of her foal will determine how much the foal plays, according to a new study by researchers at the Mammal Research Institute at the University of Pretoria in South Africa.

The group, led by Elissa... Read More