Recent News for Nutrition

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Forage Alternatives

January 01, 2001

Man might not live by bread alone, but horses can live on forage just fine. As grazing, herbivorous animals, forage (grasses and plants that grow on pastureland) is what they're designed to eat. Other components of the equine diet--grains, fats,... Read More

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Bizarre Behavior

January 01, 2001

We have a new problem with our old family pony. Pokey is a Shetland gelding that we have had since our first of five daughters was five years old. We figured he was about 10 years old in 1978 when we got him, so he is now just over 30. Pokey... Read More

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Morris' New Studies

January 01, 2001

 The Morris Animal Foundation is pleased to report the realization of a goal to fund $2 million in health studies by the year 2000. The Foundation also has added a variety of animal health studies to its growing list of vital investigations... Read More

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Comments on Joint Supplements

January 01, 2001

In the November 2000 issue of The Horse, an article discusses equine joint supplements and the "most controversial areas of supplementation." The... Read More

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Tying-Up in Horses: Causes and Management

January 01, 2001

Perhaps the most frustrating of all problems that affect the athletic horse is the syndrome known as tying-up. Tying-up is a broad term that frequently is used to describe a wide variety of muscle disorders that affect the performance horse.... Read More

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AAEP Convention Preview: State-of-the-Art Topic

January 01, 2001

Milne Lecture Features 3-D Anatomy Software

The Frank J. Milne Lecture is named for AAEP past president and distinguished life member Frank J. Milne. Each year, the lecture focuses on subjects and techniques considered... Read More

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Two Illnesses Might Have Cyanide Link

January 01, 2001

Cyanide has been identified as a potential risk or contributing factor in two illnesses that have dominated horse industry headlines this year. Scientists at the University of Kentucky’s Maxwell H. Gluck Equine Research Center in Lexington, Ky.,... Read More

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Blood Builders (Hematinics)

December 01, 2000

Administration of hematinics (also known as "blood builders") to horses, either in the form of dietary supplements or as injectable compounds, is commonly practiced by owners, trainers, and veterinarians. The general objective in using these... Read More

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Fat Burning

November 01, 2000

For the most part, the word "fat" has bad connotations in our society today--fat often is used to describe an overweight or obese state. When we think of dietary fat and the proportion of calories in our diet that is derived from various sources... Read More

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Joint Supplements Controversy

November 01, 2000

In this issue, we discuss one of the hottest, and most controversial, areas of supplementation on the equine market--glucosamine, chondroitin sulfate, and other oral supplements for horses with signs of osteoarthritis or degenerative joint... Read More

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Vitamin E and Equine Motor Neuron Disease

November 01, 2000

Thomas J. Divers, DVM, Dipl. ACVIM, ACVECC, reported at the Cornell at Saratoga Symposium on Equine Health Care that many of the questions about equine motor neuron disease (EMND) have been answered. EMND was first reported in 1990 by the late... Read More

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Weighing In

October 01, 2000

Accepted wisdom in the horse world tells us that an "average" light horse weighs about 1,000 pounds, or 450 kg. A draft horse, upwards of double that. But does that rather arbitrary figure really mean anything? After all, what is an "average"... Read More

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Horsekeeping On Small Acreage

October 01, 2000

When it comes to small horse pastures, pasturettes, or ranchettes, less equals more. More stress on pasture grasses, more likelihood of overgrazing, more pressure on fencing, more routine maintenance. But with proper management, pasturettes can... Read More

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Supplements And Drugs

October 01, 2000

There is much confusion among horse owners about products. This stems from the avalanche of new products being marketed over-the-counter as nutraceuticals or nutritional supplements. The claims made about these products often are what classifies... Read More

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What Causes Poor Exercise Performance?

September 01, 2000

A huge amount of time, effort, and money often are invested in the preparation of horses for various athletic events, including Thoroughbred and Standardbred racing, three-day eventing, steeplechasing, dressage, hunter-jumper events, reining,... Read More

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Hoof Supplements: Feeding The Feet

September 01, 2000

Fed in the recommended amounts, the vast majority of hoof supplements will do no harm to your horse, but beware of feeding higher levels than suggested on the label, or doubling up with multiple supplements.... Read More

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MSM Studies

September 01, 2000

A new study is being performed to evaluate the effectiveness of MSM in reducing pain and inflammation in Standardbred racehorses. The study is sponsored by Carolwood Corporation (maker of an MSM product) and conducted by Ronald Reigel, DVM.... Read More

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Performance Boosters

August 01, 2000

They purport to "Increase power." "Delay fatigue." "Increase stamina." "Build muscle." "Reduce recovery time." "Extensive research has proven..." Doubtless, most of you have seen and read advertisements for nutritional supplements in... Read More

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Health Scheduling

August 01, 2000

For first-time horse owners, getting a new horse can border on the overwhelming. You have to find a suitable boarding barn or create adequate stabling on your own property and buy tack, grooming equipment, cooling sheets and/or blankets. Yo... Read More

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Long in the Tooth

July 01, 2000

Old age treats some horses better than others. Many continue to lead happy, healthy lives well into their 30s--a little slower, maybe, with some loss of muscle tone or a bit of a swayback, but otherwise in good flesh and good spirits until... Read More

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How Much Bute Is Too Much?

July 01, 2000

My veterinarian recently prescribed "Bute" when my gelding came up sore after an endurance ride. He advised a specific dosage, but I wonder if I could be helping my horse more by increasing the amount of Bute or giving it to him more often.... Read More

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Helping Your Horse through Its Golden Years

July 01, 2000

Fortunately for our nation's horse population, interest in equine geriatrics among veterinarians and researchers has been increasing. As a result, it has been found that not only do senior horses have different preventive care... Read More

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Fescue Toxicosis And Treatment

July 01, 2000

When tall fescue first arrived in the United States during the 1940s, it was considered a wonder grass. It was easy to establish, it yielded a good amount of forage, it was tolerant of a wide range of management regimens, and it could handle a... Read More

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Alternative Therapies: Quality or Quackery?

June 01, 2000

In spite of (or perhaps because of) the ongoing debate about the merits of chiropractic, acupuncture, and other "alternative" treatments, these and other modalities are exploding in popularity. First embraced by human medicine, methods ranging from... Read More

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Use and Abuse of Natural Products

June 01, 2000

Editor's Note: There are veterinary professionals who have welcomed alternative, holistic, and complementary therapies and modalities with open arms, adding these tools and treatments to their arsenal of care for equine patients. And there ar... Read More