Recent News for Nutrition Basics

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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

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Illinois Authorities Investigating Semi Trailer Crash; 13 Horses Dead

October 29, 2007

Illinois State Police and animal rights activists are attempting to learn why 59 Belgian draft horses were being transported in a double-decker trailer designed to haul cattle and pigs.

And the fate of the 46 horses that survived the... Read More

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Choose the Right Hay for Your Horses

October 26, 2007

You invest a lot of care and appreciation on your horses, so it is wise to spend some time considering their primary diet -- forages.

The horse evolved over time to be efficient as a grazing animal thriving on forages. As we adapted the horse... Read More

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Drought Continues to Challenge Horses, Owners

October 21, 2007

After a long, dry summer that left pastures scant and dusty and hay production plunging, drought conditions across the United States show no signs of letting up. And neither do the challenges facing horses and their owners.

According t... Read More

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'Soil Minerals: The Basis of Nutrition' PowerPoint Lecture Available

October 16, 2007

Authored and narrated by Kathryn Watts, BS, a Power Point lecture on CD entitled "Soil Minerals: The Basis of Nutrition" is now available for horse owners interested in equine health and hoof care. The science behind mineral nutrition in grass and ha... Read More

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International Disease Report Second Quarter 2007

October 03, 2007

This is an excerpt from Equine Disease Quarterly, funded by underwriters at Lloyd's, London, brokers, and their Kentucky agents.

The International Collating Centre, Newmarket, England, and other sources reported the... Read More

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Imported Hay Could Hold Hidden Health Dangers

September 23, 2007

As if hay scarcity and high prices aren’t enough, experts are warning horse owners that imported hay could also hide horse health dangers including seriously low amounts of essential vitamins such as A and E, excessive amounts of selenium, and... Read More

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Autumn Tips for Healthy Spring Pastures

September 12, 2007

From the three years of pastureland study done by the UK forage extension team, some common trends have emerged. One trend should trouble area farms because it directly limits the number of horses that can be supported on area pastures. Currently,... Read More

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Ethanol to Take a Bite out of Equine Food Supplies?

September 06, 2007

When the time came for Jamie Clifton to stockpile horse feed for the winter at Volunteer Equine Advocates, she found grain prices up and hay expensive and in tight supply. Now, she said, she's wondering how high horse feed commodity prices can... Read More

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Summer Flooding of Hay Fields and Pastures: Will Forage Survive?

September 02, 2007

Most forage crops perform best when soils have adequate, but not excessive, soil moisture. Standing water, flowing water and waterlogged soils following heavy summer rainstorms or extended periods of higher-than-normal rainfall patterns all can... Read More

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Feeding to Avoid Developmental Orthopedic Disease (DOD)

September 01, 2007

The way you feed young horses could help them develop strong, properly formed bones and joints. ... Read More

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Late Season Oats Can Reduce Autumn Hay Use

August 02, 2007

Oats, traditionally grown in the spring as a grain crop, can also be planted in the summer as a late season forage, providing a feed alternative for horse owners and livestock producers short on hay or pasture.

Based on five years of Ohio... Read More

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Barn Design Tips: A Place to Call Home

August 01, 2007

Placement of the barn in a convenient, well-drained location, close or adjacent to turnout areas should be your primary consideration. Access for hay, feed, or bedding delivery vehicles is important. Try to put the structure downwind from the house, ... Read More