Recent News for Nutrition Basics

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GetSmart Series: Managing Insulin Resistance

April 07, 2008

Does your horse have a cresty neck? Does he gain weight on air? Does he develop laminitis at the mere sight of spring grass? If so, your horse could have insulin resistance. Lydia F. Gray, DVM, MA, medical director/staff veterinarian for SmartPa... Read More

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Feeding Horses with Endocrine Disorders

April 05, 2008

Nicholas Frank, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM, associate professor of large animal clinical sciences at the University of Tennessee, spoke about equine endocrine disorders that are the most manageable by dietary control. There are two main endocrine... Read More

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Alfalfa Hay Reduces Ulcer Severity

April 02, 2008

If your horse has ulcers, giving him omeprazole isn't the only thing you can do to help reduce the severity of the problem. Noah Cohen, VMD, PhD, MPH, Dipl. ACVIM, discussed a study that found alfalfa hay reduced the severity of ulcers in young, ... Read More

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EPM Prevention

April 01, 2008

How can you keep your horses safe from EPM?

The best way to keep your horses healthy is prevent them from getting sick. Sounds absurdly simple, right? In theory, this works. But in the real world of trying to protect horse... Read More

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Laminitis and Controlling Spring Pasture Access

March 31, 2008

Equine veterinarians have known for years that some horses can handle the spring grass, while others will become ill and develop laminitis, a painful disease process in which the hoof wall separates from its attachments in the foot.... Read More

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100 Horses Seized from Alberta Farm, Recovering

March 20, 2008

Officials removed a herd of 100 horses from a farm near Edmonton, Alberta, Feb. 26, after the Alberta Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) received complaints about the animals allegedly being without food or shelter. The... Read More

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Transition Horses to Spring Pasture Gradually

March 11, 2008

When grasses start greening up in the spring, you might be tempted to turn your horse loose in the pasture to chow down on the new grass.

But be aware that any sudden change in your horse's diet could cause health problems, said Steve Jones... Read More

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Biotin: Does it Work?

March 01, 2008


Here's what we know about the efficacy of this popular hoof supplement.

Conditions such as chronic laminitis, cracked... Read More

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Feeds and Supplements

March 01, 2008


The key to a good feed program is to start with the proper type of forage for the individual, then (if needed) pick the right concentrate or supplement.

Most horse owners try to provid... Read More

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Podcast Offers Explanation of Equine Weight Assessment

February 25, 2008

The International League for the Protection of Horses (ILPH) has a new podcast (a downloadable audio file) available on the group's Web site as part of its Right Weight Road Show. The fat scoring podcast offers owners the opportunity to listen to... Read More

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Agriculture Officials Helping North Carolina Horse Owners Find Hay

February 23, 2008

The North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (NCDA&CS) has launched several initiatives to assist livestock producers and equine owners in locating and transporting hay to their farms to cope with the ongoing... Read More

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Ileus: When the Gut Stops

February 01, 2008

Ileus is one of the leading postoperative causes of death in horses. ... Read More

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Michigan Equine Survey Reports 20% Population Increase

January 21, 2008

Michigan's equine population has climbed nearly 20% since 1996, according to the preliminary results of a new study conducted by investigators from Michigan State University (MSU), the Michigan Horse Council, and the National Agricultural... Read More

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Readers Respond: Winter Refreshment

January 17, 2008

More than 1,500 readers of TheHorse.com responded to a poll asking, "How do you encourage adequate hydration during cold weather?"

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Transitioning to Alternative Forages: Use Caution

January 11, 2008

Whether it is the result of weather conditions making forage scarce or prohibitively expensive, or if there's some other reason, there could come a time when horse owners need to consider alternative sources of forage. Equine nutritionists say that... Read More

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Be a Hay Connoisseur

January 01, 2008

Good owners know whether the hay they are feeding is the right type and the right quality.... Read More

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FDA Dietary Supplement Rule Not Applicable to Veterinary Products

December 26, 2007

Scientific studies performed over the past decade have demonstrated the widespread availability of poor quality and potentially unsafe dietary supplements for both human and animal consumption. These include supplements that:

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Alfalfa Might Buffer Gastric Acid Production, Prevent Ulcers

December 19, 2007

Feeding grain, confinement, exercise, and overall environmental stress factors are thought to cause ulcers, he said. It's commonly thought that horses turned out on pastures are better off than those that are confined. However, if grass hay is the on... Read More

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Needing a Pick-Me-Up

December 01, 2007

Is my mare's lack of energy due to the low weight? What are the other possible causes? ... Read More

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Hay Prices Highest Since Records Began; Officials Warn of Scams

November 30, 2007

Agriculture experts around the country are warning hay farmers and buyers to watch for scams amid a feed shortage and resulting high prices.

In Washington, hay prices have passed $200 per ton in some areas, and winter is still weeks away. The... Read More

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Hitting High Hay Prices: Readers Respond

November 21, 2007

Nearly 2,400 readers of TheHorse.com responded to a poll asking, "How much are you paying for small square bales of hay?"... Read More

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Southeastern Drought Affecting Feed Prices, Horse Sales

November 19, 2007

Some horse owners are looking toward a dire winter as hay prices soar, and rescue workers worry about animal neglect and abandonment in the coming months.

Both groups blame the drought, which wiped out hay crops across the South and affecte... Read More

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Penn State Professor Says African Grass Could Replace Timothy, Others

November 02, 2007

An Ethiopian summer annual grass called teff could be a valuable asset to growers, according to a crop specialist in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.

Marvin Hall, MS, PhD, professor of forage management, said he is optimistic tha... Read More

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Belching Horse

November 01, 2007

I have a 16-year-old Tennessee Walking Horse who appears to be in perfect condition, except he belches. Often.... Read More

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Carb Testing Program for Horse Feed and Hay

October 30, 2007

When it comes to horses, what does "low carb" mean? Lower than what? "There are several analytical procedures that measure sugar, and each one measures a slightly different fraction," said Kathryn Watts, BS, owner of Rocky Mountain Research & Consult... Read More