Recent News for Nutrition

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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

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Drought: Kentucky Hay Supply Up but Not Back to Normal

October 13, 2008

Even though the majority of the state is in the midst of a drought, hay supplies in Kentucky are up from last year. However, some livestock producers will still need to find an additional hay source to get through the winter, said Tom Keene, hay... Read More

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Straight to the Horse's Mouth

October 12, 2008

Although equine dentists cannot have their patients lie down in a reclining chair for easy access to those hard-to-reach molars, the field has progressed greatly in the past 20 years. It is now possible to perform a root canal or a tooth extraction ... Read More

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100 Horses Dead at Embryo Transfer Farm; Botulism Suspected

October 10, 2008

Around 100 horses have died at EquiTransfer, a Marion County, Fla., embryo transfer farm. Veterinary officials say that botulism from haylage might be to blame.

EquiTransfer is owned by veterinarians Jose Dávila, DVM, and his wife, Francis... Read More

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Poisonous Plant Risk Increases as Pasture Grass Goes Dormant

October 10, 2008

As autumn rolls around, pastures become depleted as grass and plant growth slows prior to going dormant for winter. So, it's not surprising that this time of year can also bring an increase in reports of horses becoming ill from... Read More

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Polysaccharide Storage Myopathy (PSSM): Search for Underlying Causes Continues

October 06, 2008

Despite having recently identified a genetic defect that results in polysaccharide storage myopathy (PSSM) in many horses, the underlying cause of PSSM remains to be determined in others.... Read More

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Emerging Pathogen Lawsonia Detailed in New Study

October 03, 2008

Lawsonia intracellularis is known to be the causative agent of proliferative enteropathy (a spreading disease involving the intestines) in horses and is an important emerging... Read More

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Poisoning in Horses: Common Toxic Substances

October 01, 2008

Poisoning in horses is not a common occurrence, but when poisoning occurs, effects can be disastrous and far-reaching. Listing all toxic substances is impossible, as virtually everything on the planet can be toxic at sufficiently high dosages.... Read More

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ACVIM Conference Highlights

October 01, 2008

Among the hot topics this year were nutritional supplements, infectious disease, and metabolism problems.

What do nutritional supplements, infectious diseases, and snake bites have in common? All were considered "hot... Read More

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Herbs for Horses

October 01, 2008

While there is some scientific evidence that herbs can be used as effective treatments and preventives in humans and animals, "natural" does not always mean "benign."

You probably know the types: Eager Ellen, who is sold... Read More

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Good as Gold? More Research Supports Glucosamine

September 30, 2008

Questions and concerns abound surrounding the use of oral joint health supplements for horses with osteoarthritis, and so researchers continue their quest to determine if and how glucosamine works to decrease pain and inflammation caused by... Read More

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More Evidence Supports Glucosamine for Joint Disease

September 25, 2008

Skeptics continue to doubt the effects of glucosamine and other oral joint health supplements, but mounting research seems to be proving, one step at a time, that there is more to these products than meets the eye.

Canadian researchers, led... Read More

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Genetic Mutation for Polysaccharide Storage Myopathy Widespread

September 20, 2008

Veterinary researchers from the University of Minnesota have identified a gene potentially responsible for polysaccharide storage myopathy (PSSM) in Quarter Horses and, in doing so, they uncovered a number of research leads to pursue. In a... Read More

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Southern Hay Option is Highly Digestible, Costs Peanuts

September 19, 2008

Perennial peanut hay is getting rave reviews as an extraordinarily delicious forage option for horses. Even better, it doesn't result in explosive energy, gives a glossy coat, is easily digestible, needs no pesticides, and is not... Read More

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Safety of Nutritional Supplements for Horses Unknown, Researchers Say

September 14, 2008

Just because a supplement comes in fancy packaging with a tamper-resistant foil seal and promises of efficacy does not necessarily mean that it is safe for your horse.

According to the Committee on Examining the Safety of Dietary... Read More

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Horse Facility Acreage: Reader Poll Results

September 05, 2008

More than 2,100 readers of TheHorse.com responded to a poll asking, "How many acres are there where your horse lives?"... Read More

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Equine Tapeworms Free Special Report Now Available

September 04, 2008

Horse owners and hands-on care providers can now learn more about equine tapeworms and how to prevent the problems they cause in horses in a free special report available on TheHorse.com and sponsored by Read More

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Joint Injections and Cartilage Health: More Fuel for the Fire

September 03, 2008

The potential impact of intra-articular medications on the health of cartilage in joints has been debated for decades. Adding fuel to the fire is the recent finding that two common joint medications not only support cartilage cells, they also... Read More

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Senior Horse Nutrition

September 01, 2008

Base your senior horse's diet on a full assessment of his health and management to help his well-being. ... Read More

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Horses Absorb Components of Gelatin, Researchers Find

August 28, 2008

In 2006, a pair of researchers who reviewed the literature on gelatin (hydrolyzed collagen) in humans found that it is absorbed intestinally and accumulates in cartilage. They also reported that supplementing gelatin led to a significant increas... Read More

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Diagnosing Insulin Resistance: Q&A with Researchers

August 28, 2008

Over the past few years researchers have described a strong association between insulin resistance and laminitis in equines. They are working now on defining standard testing protocols and interpretations to identify horses at highest risk for... Read More

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Equine Nutrition With No Grain

August 26, 2008

A three-year study by nutritionist Sarah Ralston, VMD, PhD, Dipl. ACVN, of Rutgers University in New Jersey, and her collaborators involved feeding draft cross weanlings and yearlings total mixed rations (TMRs) that contained processed forages, ... Read More

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Minnesota Horse Owners Warned of Toxic Plant Issue

August 25, 2008

Due to last year's drought and recent dry conditions in parts of Minnesota, the state's Extension service is again warning horse owners that hoary alyssum could become a problem for their animals. Hoary alyssum is a perennial weed... Read More