Recent News for Nutrition

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Understanding Energy Content in Horse Feeds

June 20, 2016

Find out why horse feed labels don't simply list calorie content.... Read More

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The Hydrated Horse

June 19, 2016

How important is water in your horse's diet? Learn why you need to keep your equid well-hydrated.... Read More

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Help Your Horse Beat the Heat

June 18, 2016

As tough as steamy summers can be on humans, they can be even harder on horses.... Read More

Nursing foals acquire essential "good" bacteria for proper hindgut fermentation through their mares' udder and milk.

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Young Horse Digestive Health

June 17, 2016

Understanding how your growing foal's digestive system works can help you recognize and avoid potential problems. ... Read More

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10 Hot Weather Horse Care Tips

June 17, 2016

Janet Johnston, DVM, Dipl. ACVIM, ACVS, shares 10 tips to keep horses comfy and safe in the summer heat.... Read More

Having a laboratory test your hay for its nutritional content can help you and your veterinarian make decisions about how to best feed your horse and determine if hay soaking is necessary.

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Assessing Hay Quality

June 16, 2016

Much of a hay quality assessment can be done the old-fashioned way: break open a bale and scratch 'n' sniff! ... Read More

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California Tainted Feed Lawsuit Refiled

June 16, 2016

The lawsuit seeks damages for owners whose horses ingested feed allegedly tainted with monensin.... Read More

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Senior Horses and Choke Risk

June 15, 2016

Do older horses that eat senior feeds have a higher risk of choke? ... Read More

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Nature vs. Nurture: What Shapes a Foal's Future?

June 14, 2016

What affects a foal's demeanor and makes him his own, unique self? Let's have a look at what science has to say.... Read More

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Poll Recap: Readers Share Details of Horses' Daily Diets

June 14, 2016

Of the 674 respondents, 614 (91%) said their horses' daily diet includes grain, feed, concentrates, or supplements.... Read More

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7 Equine Nutrition Myths Busted

June 13, 2016

Decipher fact vs. fiction when it comes to the complicated world of feeding horses. ... Read More

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Feeding Horses Chia: Consider Calcium and Phosphorus Balance

June 13, 2016

Chia is calcium-rich, but inverted calcium-to-phosphorus ratios can cause horses big problems. Here's what to know.... Read More

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How Much Food and Water do My Horses Need if I Evacuate?

June 12, 2016

Here are some tips on leaving food and water for horses should you need to evacuate without them during a disaster.... Read More

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Researchers Evaluate Field Glucose Test in Ponies

June 11, 2016

Researchers hope the test will help them predict laminitis risk based on ponies' insulin responses to food.... Read More

The typical swollen face and big head associated with nutritional secondary hyperparathyroidism.

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What is Big-Head Disease?

June 07, 2016

This condition, caused by an unbalanced diet, can have serious musculoskeletal implications for affected horses.... Read More

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How to Get a Horse to Drink When Away From Home

June 06, 2016

Find out why some horses won't consume water away from home and learn how to keep him hydrated.... Read More

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Researchers Evaluate Parasite Patterns in Feral Horses

June 06, 2016

Overall horses coped well with parasites. But the heavier the parasite load, the lower the horse's body condition score.... Read More

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Does Energy Intake Influence Equine Forage Preference?

June 05, 2016

Horses appear to select forages based on smell and taste rather than energy intake, researchers found.... Read More

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Chia or Flax: Which is Better for My Horse?

May 30, 2016

Discover the differences between these two trendy omega-3-packed seeds that can be used to supplement equine diets.... Read More

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A Look Back at the Feeding of Performance Horses

May 30, 2016

Find out how feeding recommendations and diets for performance horses have changed over the years. ... Read More

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UK Graduate Student Spotlight: Sarah Elzinga

May 29, 2016

Elzinga hopes to gain a better understanding of mechanisms that could predispose a horse to developing laminitis.... Read More

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Researchers Study Glucose and Insulin Testing in Donkeys

May 29, 2016

Researchers found that test results should be interpreted differently for donkeys than they are for horses.... Read More

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Effects of Climate Change on Tall Fescue, Endophytes

May 28, 2016

Some types of fescue infected with common endophyte strains could become more toxic when temperatures increase.... Read More

Grooming helps improve horses' skin and coat condition and allows us to identify any unusual injuries, skin conditions, or behavioral changes. And grooming before riding is an important way to prevent irritation caused by dirt and debris trapped under tack. Additionally, research shows grooming can serve as a bonding experience for horse and human and produces marked relaxation in both.

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10 New Horse Owner Resources on TheHorse.com

May 26, 2016

From feeding to vaccines and colic to lameness, here are some basic resources to get the new horse owner started.... Read More

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Research Prompts New Tall Fescue Sample Handling Procedures

May 26, 2016

The UKVDL's new sample handling procedures appear to allow for more accurate ergovaline testing results.... Read More