Recent News for Nutrition

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Feeding in Winter

November 16, 2004

A horse's nutrient requirements increase with cold weather; he needs more calories to generate heat to keep warm. Mature horses in good condition usually don't need grain, however, if they have good winter pasture or grass hay. A little alfalfa hay... Read More

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Fall and Winter Bring Forage Risks

November 10, 2004

Now that we've had our first frost in Central Kentucky (and many areas have had more than that), your pastures might be higher in carbohydrates and thus more dangerous for laminitic and/or metabolically challenged horses (such as Cushingoid... Read More

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Nutritional Value of Forages

November 09, 2004

To feed your horse the best forage for his needs, you have to understand the plants and what affects their nutrient content, said Jerry Chatterton, PhD, Research Leader of the USDA Agricultural Research Service, Forage and Range Research... Read More

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The Right Stuff

November 01, 2004

David O'Connor and Leon Harrel come from two totally separate equine worlds and compete in disciplines that have very little in common. They also are far removed from each other geographically. O'Connor, winner of the individual Olympic gold... Read More

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Is Millet a Problem in the Pasture?

November 01, 2004

I am considering moving my two mares to 10 acres of land that had been planted with millet feed last spring. Because of the lack of moisture, the millet only grew to be about five inches high, then dried out and died. I am going to wait and see... Read More

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Seal Will Help Ensure Quality of Animal Supplements

October 20, 2004

The Animal Supplement Council (NASC) has initiated a Quality Seal Program as part of its ongoing effort to improve and standardize the animal supplement industry . The seal is a way for consumers to know that when they buy a... Read More

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Feeding the Problem Horse

October 19, 2004

Editor's Note: This excerpt is from Chapter 3 of Care & Management of Horses by Heather Smith Thomas. The book is available from Read More

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Horses and Hurricane Charley

October 01, 2004

Despite widespread structural damage and economic devastation to areas of Florida, the horse population fared well in the path of Hurricane Charley. At least three horses were euthanized in Florida from injuries resulting from flying debris... Read More

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Buying Better Hay -- Stacks of Decisions

October 01, 2004

The quality of hay is important to maintaining proper digestion. Quality hay contains nothing harmful (dust, mold, weeds, or foreign objects), provides the necessary nutrients for the horse consuming it, and is palatable.... Read More

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A Clean Sweep

October 01, 2004

There's a reality show that airs on BBC America called "Life Laundry." It's all about folks who tend to keep lots of clutter piled up and lying around in big, sloppy messes in their houses or apartments. Then our team of heroes arrives, sorting... Read More

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Feeding Horses: Art, Science, or Both?

October 01, 2004

When feeding horses, two seemingly opposing aspects hold true: It's a little bit of art, and a little bit of science. On one hand, tradition reigns supreme when it comes to horse feeding. Many techniques have been passed down from generation to... Read More

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Equine Metabolic Syndrome

October 01, 2004

Equine metabolic syndrome (EMS), Cushing's disease, insulin resistance (IR), glucose intolerance, and glycemic indices of feeds have gotten a lot of press lately. The terms are taken from the human literature, where they have very specific... Read More

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Horse Care in the Fall

September 28, 2004

Fall deworming is important; winter is usually when internal parasites do the most damage and rob the horse of vital nutrients. By fall the worm eggs and larvae eaten during spring and summer have matured and are living in the digestive tract unless ... Read More

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Basic Concepts in Nutrition

September 01, 2004

The options and opinions on what to feed your horse are numerous. My goal in this article is to review the differences between the "simple-stomached" creatures (such as ourselves, dogs, cats, etc.) and the horse. In addition, we will take a look... Read More

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Locking Down Your Feeds

September 01, 2004

Grain and hay storage isn't a complicated process, but it is an integral part of horse management. ... Read More

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Hyperkalemic Periodic Paralysis and Colic

September 01, 2004

Q: I have a 4-year-old Quarter Horse gelding who is HYPP N/H positive. This horse is very gassy and tends to colic once a month, which causes a minor HYPP attack. I have tried everything, from changing his diet (no grain) to jus... Read More

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Pasture Management Recommendations

August 19, 2004

Carbohydrate research done on forages, although not specific to carbohydrate type, has provided information on pasture management that owners can use to manage their horses' intake of carbohydrates. This is particularly of interest to owners wit... Read More

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New Method of Counting Carbs

August 19, 2004

A new carbohydrate analysis method developed for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) might be able to help researchers answer some specific questions about equine forages. Until now, it has been difficult for forage... Read More

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Feeding Horses With Laminitis

August 01, 2004

What do you feed a horse with laminitis? Nothing, plus a bit of hay is a common diet. Does it work? Yes, and no. Expert opinions and modern research are showing that, in some cases, nothing might be the wrong answer when it comes to feedstuffs,... Read More

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Would You Drink It?

August 01, 2004

Have you ever taken a really good look at all of your horse's water sources, whether he is drinking from a large tank, pond, or automatic waterer? Have you asked yourself, "Would I drink this water? Do I really expect my horse to drink it?" If... Read More

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Endurance and Endotoxemia

July 01, 2004

Endotoxemia in horses is usually associated with severe infections, inflammation, and colic. Endotoxin from intestinal bacteria activates release of inflammatory mediators such as thromboxane B2 (TxB2), tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-alpha),... Read More

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Good/Bad Effects of Antioxidants

July 01, 2004

In a society that is trying to slow the aging process, free radicals and antioxidants are terms that are regularly tossed around. One might not realize their importance in horses, but researchers continue to pursue the details of how and why the... Read More

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Can Horses React to Poison Ivy and Poison Oak?

July 01, 2004

Q: There is quite a bit of poison oak and poison ivy on the acreage where I keep my horses. I have recently added a 2-year-old Thoroughbred mix, and she immediately broke out on her legs and muzzle with small rash-like,... Read More

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21 Kentucky Horses Lost In Flooding

June 09, 2004

One farm in Stanton, Ky., on the Red River lost 15 babies, five broodmares, and a stallion to flooding on Sunday, May 30. Heavy rains that day rapidly forced waters higher in the already swollen river, and within three hours the river had covere... Read More

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Processed Horse Feed 101

June 01, 2004

Perhaps you've never thought about why your horse's grain looks the way it does, whether it's a molasses-bathed mix of cracked corn and crimped oats, alfalfa-enriched pellets, or chunky nuggets. If you're like most modern... Read More