Recent News for Nutrition

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AAFCO Takes Action Against Feeds Containing Kava

September 16, 2003

The Association of American Feed Control Officials, Inc. (AAFCO) announced to its members and to the feed industry on Aug. 4, 2003, that kava should not be used as an ingredient in animal feeds. An enforcement strategy event for kava in animal... Read More

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Salting Hay for Storage

September 01, 2003

Q: I was told that using rock salt on hay that is kept in a small area would keep it from molding. Is this true, and would it do anything to the hay other than keep it dry?      Julie... Read More

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Blister Beetle Poisoning in Florida

September 01, 2003

At press time, three horses had died of blister beetle poisoning in Clay County, Fla., and two others returned home following treatment at the University of Florida after eating alfalfa hay contaminated with blister beetles. The hay was delivere... Read More

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High-Tech Horse Raising

August 13, 2003

Tracking the growth of young horses is going high-tech with a computer program called Gro-Trac. Developed by Kentucky Equine Research (KER), the program allows breeders to compare the growth rates of horses on their farms to others of the same... Read More

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Blister Beetles Kill Horses

August 05, 2003

Three horses recently died of blister beetle poisoning in Clay County, Fla., and two have returned after treatment at the University of Florida following ingestion of alfalfa hay contaminated with blister beetles. The hay was delivered from a... Read More

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Deciphering Nutraceutical Labels

August 01, 2003

Did you ever go to the tack store and try to figure out the exact amounts per serving of each ingredient contained in some of the nutraceutical products? It can be an important issue if your horse's joint supplement, vitamin supplement, and food... Read More

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Supplements: Is It Worth the Money?

August 01, 2003

There are valuable compounds, nutraceuticals, and supplements out there that are proven, produced by reputable manufacturers, and supported by science and/or make valid claims. Are you a careful enough consumer to make sure you are buying those produ... Read More

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A Meal Away from Mom

July 01, 2003

The question of whether to feed foals concentrate separate from mares (called creep feeding) has often posed a dilemma for horse owners. On one hand, owners want to be certain that foals are getting all required nutrients and growing to their... Read More

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Does Fat Really Impact Digestion of Fiber?

July 01, 2003

Dietary fats are important components of performance horses' diets because they are calorie-dense and energy-rich. Previous studies have shown, however, that diets high in soybean oil interfere with fiber digestion in trotters. It is unclear... Read More

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Building Better Athletes Through Nutrition

July 01, 2003

Nutritional strategies for raising and competing sounder Thoroughbreds, many of which can be applied to horses of all breeds, was presented by Laurie Lawrence, PhD, at the Thoroughbred International Exposition and Conference (TIEC). Lawrence, wh... Read More

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Supplementing Enzymes in the Equine Diet

June 25, 2003

Researchers have discovered that supplementing enzymes could help digestion of starch in the equine small intestine. "With dietary enzyme supplementation and enhanced small intestinal starch digestion, the feeding of cereal grains to horses will... Read More

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Antioxidants for Exercising Horses

June 25, 2003

Could feeding antioxidants to your horse help him through a performance problem? ... Read More

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The Mycotoxin Problem

June 25, 2003

There can be a number of reasons why a horse might have performance problems. A diagnosis can be frustrating, but one reason that might be overlooked is mycotoxicosis. It wasn’t until recently that the significance of mycotoxins was realized,... Read More

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Dietary Clues to Tying-Up

June 20, 2003

Recurrent exertional rhabdomyolysis (RER, a type of tying-up) is an inherited disorder in Thoroughbreds. Research suggests that RER involves an abnormality in the regulation of calcium in muscle cells. High-grain diets have been implicated as... Read More

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Alltech Symposium Serves International Audience

June 03, 2003

Attended by delegates from more than 60 countries, Alltech’s International Feed Industry Symposium provided an abundance of information for those involved with horses, poultry, pigs, dairy and beef cattle, agronomy, aquaculture, and companion... Read More

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What's Right for Your Horse?

June 01, 2003

Joint trauma can severely limit performance and seriously affect the quality of your horse's daily life. Owners want and need to know how best to manage equine joint disease. The most important factor in successful treatment is early... Read More

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The Magnificent Seven

June 01, 2003

Ever wonder why some minerals (such as copper, zinc, iron, and selenium) are referred to as "trace minerals" while other minerals (such as calcium and phosphorus) are not? According to some nutrition texts, the term "trace" was originally used... Read More

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Obesity is Dangerous, Warns UK Researcher

May 07, 2003

Laminitis specialist Robert Eustace, BVSc, Cert EO, Cert. EP, MRCVS, director of The Laminitis Clinic in Wiltshire, England, wants horse obesity to be declared a welfare concern. In a campaign launched at the annual meeting of the International... Read More

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Feeding Yearlings: Preparing for the Sale

May 01, 2003

As the breeding season winds down and spring becomes summer, the primary focus on breeding farms is preparation of yearlings for the sales. The stakes are clearly high as vast sums of money are on the line--rightly or wrongly, the overall... Read More

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Glucosamine Supplement Efficacy

May 01, 2003

Glucosamine is a popular nutritional supplement that horses are fed in hopes of protecting them from osteoarthritis. Researchers studying the mechanisms of osteoarthritis have identified several compounds, called markers, that are unique to the... Read More

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Equine Metabolic Syndrome and Laminitis

May 01, 2003

Of particular interest to horse owners was Johnson's black-and-white linkage of the newly termed EMS condition with laminitis and obesity. "Obesity-associated insulin refractory state" was Johnson's precise description of "Equine Metabolic Syndrome" ... Read More

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Pasture Management and MRLS

April 07, 2003

In the spring of 2001, hundreds of mares in Central Kentucky lost their pregnancies in peculiar abortions attributed to mare reproductive loss syndrome (MRLS). Since then, horse farm managers have gone back to square one in reviewing their... Read More

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Faulty Bone Formation

April 01, 2003

A disease that can be debilitating in young horses is osteochondrosis. This affliction has its genesis during the youngster's growing years and can compromise the horse's ability to perform later in life if it is not dealt with early.... Read More

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Broodmare Diet Basics

April 01, 2003

The body condition of a broodmare can affect reproductive performance and milking ability. Recent research has indicated that mares should be kept in a minimum body condition score of 5.5 (see "Selected Body Condition Scores and Descriptions,"... Read More

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Pregnant Mares and Supplements

April 01, 2003

Eleven months is a very long time to wait for a foal. I know from personal experience that the further along the mare is, the more your hopes and dreams for your "perfect foal" grow. It doesn't matter if the foal is bred to gallop to the wire or... Read More