Recent News for Nutrition Basics

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Possible Beet Pulp Shortage Reported in Eastern U.S.

August 17, 2008

A lack of plain beet pulp in several East Coast feed stores is fueling some speculation that a shortage could be in the works.

Beet pulp is a byproduct from the process of extracting simple sugars from sugar beets for the manufacture of... Read More

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New Report on Water Quality and Livestock Health

August 14, 2008

The University of Wyoming's College of Agriculture, in collaboration with two state agencies, has published a report on water quality as it pertains to the health of livestock and wildlife.

"The target audience is anyone with an interest in... Read More

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Equine 'Thumps' Are More than Mere Hiccups

August 05, 2008

One of the best known cures for relieving someone of the hiccups is a good, old-fashioned scare. However, what do you do when it seems that your horse has a case of the hiccups? Sneaking up behind a 1,000 pound Thoroughbred and yelling "Boo!," i... Read More

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Obesity: Big-Boned Beastie

August 01, 2008

Obese horses should be taken off pasture, except for very short (30-minute) turnout periods two or three times a day for exercise, and a grazing muzzle should be used at these times.... Read More

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Ethanol from Corn--Where's the Horse Feed?

August 01, 2008

Increased production of ethanol and other demands placed on traditional crops will force horse owners to look at feeding in a whole new light.

We often tend to view the equine industry as a separate entity--one that stands... Read More

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Mid-Atlantic Animal Import Center Feasibility Study Released

August 01, 2008

The Maryland Department of Agriculture's Maryland Horse Industry Board today released the Mid-Atlantic Animal Import Center Feasibility Study, which identified the Midfield Cargo Complex of the Thurgood Marshall Baltimore Washington Internationa... Read More

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Making Hay

August 01, 2008

Learn what goes into growing and harvesting quality hay so you can recognize and select it for your horses.

The difference between good hay and poor hay is often in the harvesting. Poor timing of harvest processes or bad... Read More

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Feeding Frenzy

August 01, 2008

It seems like we've spent a lot of time talking about hay in the past year, but for owners of an animal that should consume 1-2% of its body weight each day in forage (grass, hay, or as part of a "complete" diet), this is becoming a critical and... Read More

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Insulin Resistance and Sensitivity, Causes and Management

July 23, 2008

Insulin sensitivity and insulin resistance in horses have become increasingly important areas of research in equine medicine over the past several years, as evidenced by the timely and popular presentations at this year's American College of... Read More

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Laminitis, PPID: The Science of Seasons Behind Them

July 20, 2008

Research groups reported their findings of the impact of seasonal variations for pituitary glad dysfunction.... Read More

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Horse Owners Cautioned about Hardy Toxic Plant

July 17, 2008

With cases reported already this year, horse owners are being cautioned about a toxic plant that flourishes during drought and in overgrazed conditions.

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Hazards Could be Hidden in Hay

July 16, 2008

Just 24 hours after Betsy Bueno of Santa Rosa, Calif., began feeding her horses a new batch of hay, one colicked and began to show neurologic signs. Within days, two of her 12 horses required euthanasia and seven were showing similar clinical... Read More

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Exotic Tastes: Equine Flavor Preferences

July 15, 2008

Does your horse have a favorite flavor?

Eight research horses in England did. Deborah Goodwin, BSc, PhD, research director of Applied Animal Behaviour Programmes at the University of Southampton, set out to discover what flavors horses... Read More

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Don't Guess. Test Your Hay

July 03, 2008

In our effort to 'cover all the bases,' many of us feel we have to supplement with fortified grains in an effort to feel secure that we are providing enough vitamins, minerals and protein in our horses diet. Grain may present an unnecessary amount... Read More

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Electrolyte Basics

July 01, 2008

Principles that will help you know when and how to supplement horses with electrolytes.

One topic that horse owners repeatedly wonder about is that of electrolytes and specifically how and when they should be used. In... Read More

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Michigan State Expo to Give Horse Hay Buying Guidance

July 01, 2008

Like nearly everything else, the cost of horse hay is increasing. Buyers who want to purchase a quality product and sellers who want to provide a marketable commodity can attend an educational seminar during Michigan State University's Ag Expo,... Read More

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Runaway Illinois Horse Killed by Vehicle

June 29, 2008

Cook County, Illinois, Sheriff's police say a horse was killed when it ran into traffic in unincorporated Palos Township.

Sheriff's police spokesman Bill Cunningham says the horse was on a riding trail near the Swallow Cliff Woods on... Read More

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Midwest Flooding to Impact Corn Prices, Horse Feed

June 20, 2008

Just when horse owners became resigned to escalating corn prices due to ethanol demand, Midwest corn fields were swamped by floodwaters the Mississippi River's banks just couldn't contain.

Now with acres of corn fields deluged, growers and... Read More

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Readers Respond: Where's the Hay?

June 19, 2008

Almost 1,300 readers of TheHorse.com responded to a poll asking, "Are you having problems getting hay?"

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Gasoline, Weather Fueling Hay Prices

June 16, 2008

When her barn operator's hay supply fell short last fall, Kentucky horse owner Linda Jones struggled mightily with high prices and limited availability to keep her two Saddlebreds fed.

"I'm stocking up now," Jones said. "I don't... Read More

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Vitamin E and Horse Health: Myth or Miracle?

June 15, 2008

Vitamin E, widely referred to as the Wonder Supplement, might indeed live up to its reputation. According to a recent study, healthy adult horses fed vitamin E had higher concentrations of the vitamin in both blood and cerebrospinal fluid than... Read More

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Risk Factors for Atypical Myopathy

June 07, 2008

Aggressive research efforts by Belgian veterinarians have culminated in the identification of numerous indicators or factors--including horse management and pasture characteristics--associated with atypical myopathy, a rapidly developing and fatal di... Read More

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Decreasing Risk of Enterolithiasis: Hay Type and Pasture

June 02, 2008

Too much alfalfa, too little oat and grass hay, and limited access to pasture grazing are important factors that put horses at risk for developing enterolithiasis (intestinal stones that have the potential to cause colic). ... Read More

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The Seized Horse

June 01, 2008

The economy is hurting and many horse owners have lost their jobs, homes, and, in some cases, their horses. Drought, pressure to raise grain rather than hay, and rising fuel costs have pushed hay prices to unprecedented highs. In an ideal world,... Read More

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North Dakota Database Connects Horse Owners, Hay Sellers

May 13, 2008

Drought conditions in parts of western North Dakota have some livestock producers in need of additional forage. Farmers and ranchers who have forage for sale can list it on a North Dakota State University (NDSU) database designed to help feed... Read More