Recent News for Nutrition Basics

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Caring for Older Horses: The Elmer Bandit Diet

November 23, 2008

As it turns out, feeding Elmer requires careful consideration and a serious time commitment.... Read More

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Beet Pulp Shortage Continues, Could Repeat

November 14, 2008

Plain shredded beet pulp, a source of digestible fiber for many horses, has been hard to come by this year for a number of East Coast horse owners. Some have wondered when supplies will replenish. While a temporary supply will be available soon,... Read More

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Forage Options for Special Needs Horses

November 08, 2008

Horses are often fed diets that also contain high levels of grains and supplements to maximise growth or productivity. Katie Young, PhD, consulting equine nutritionist for Purina Mills, presented information on forage options for horses with commonly... Read More

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7 Tips for Selecting and Feeding a Complete Feed

November 01, 2008

Here are seven tips for selecting and feeding complete feeds.... Read More

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Feeding to Lessen Inflammation

October 31, 2008

At the Purina Equine Veterinary Conference, held Oct. 17-19 in St. Louis, Mo., Karen Davison, PhD, manager of Equine Technical Services for the Horse Business Group of Purina Mills discussed managing inflammation and oxidative stress in horses... Read More

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Soy Safety: Depends on the Source, Nutritionists Say

October 27, 2008

Horses have varying protein requirements, depending on stage of life or performance level. Protein, the essential building block for new cellular growth, provides the amino acids necessary for maintaining all normal body functions in a... Read More

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Prices Down on Agricultural Commodities

October 21, 2008

Wheat prices have plummeted from historic highs to their lowest levels in 16 months amid the turmoil in the credit markets and huge wheat crops worldwide, analysts say.

The sell-off of commodity futures contracts began in earnest in... Read More

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Readers Report Trends in This Year's Hay Market

October 21, 2008

More than 1,900 readers of TheHorse.com responded to a poll asking, "Have you purchased hay for the coming winter?"

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Armyworms Attack Texas Hayfields, Oats

October 19, 2008

Texas farmers are once again battling armyworms and the voracious creatures are attacking fields and pastures in formidable numbers.

"There are probably more armyworms this year than in previous years," Allen Knutson, an entomologist with... Read More

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Researchers: Mare's Condition Appears to Impact Sex of Foal

October 18, 2008

A recent study of wild horses in New Zealand has found that broodmares that are healthiest at the time of conception are more likely to have colts.

The study, conducted by researchers Elissa Cameron, MSc, PhD, and Wayne Linklater, PhD, foun... Read More

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Foal's Playfulness a Reflection of Gender, Mare's Condition

October 16, 2008

The body condition of a mare and the sex of her foal will determine how much the foal plays, according to a new study by researchers at the Mammal Research Institute at the University of Pretoria in South Africa.

The group, led by Elissa... Read More

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Drought: Kentucky Hay Supply Up but Not Back to Normal

October 13, 2008

Even though the majority of the state is in the midst of a drought, hay supplies in Kentucky are up from last year. However, some livestock producers will still need to find an additional hay source to get through the winter, said Tom Keene, hay... Read More

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Straight to the Horse's Mouth

October 12, 2008

Although equine dentists cannot have their patients lie down in a reclining chair for easy access to those hard-to-reach molars, the field has progressed greatly in the past 20 years. It is now possible to perform a root canal or a tooth extraction ... Read More

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100 Horses Dead at Embryo Transfer Farm; Botulism Suspected

October 10, 2008

Around 100 horses have died at EquiTransfer, a Marion County, Fla., embryo transfer farm. Veterinary officials say that botulism from haylage might be to blame.

EquiTransfer is owned by veterinarians Jose Dávila, DVM, and his wife, Francis... Read More

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Poisonous Plant Risk Increases as Pasture Grass Goes Dormant

October 10, 2008

As autumn rolls around, pastures become depleted as grass and plant growth slows prior to going dormant for winter. So, it's not surprising that this time of year can also bring an increase in reports of horses becoming ill from... Read More

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Shipping and Showing

October 01, 2008

Monitor and optimize your horse's training, diet, general health, and shipping experience in order to help him perform his best.

For some, nothing compares to the excitement of a horse show. The anticipation of months of... Read More

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Southern Hay Option is Highly Digestible, Costs Peanuts

September 19, 2008

Perennial peanut hay is getting rave reviews as an extraordinarily delicious forage option for horses. Even better, it doesn't result in explosive energy, gives a glossy coat, is easily digestible, needs no pesticides, and is not... Read More

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Safety of Nutritional Supplements for Horses Unknown, Researchers Say

September 14, 2008

Just because a supplement comes in fancy packaging with a tamper-resistant foil seal and promises of efficacy does not necessarily mean that it is safe for your horse.

According to the Committee on Examining the Safety of Dietary... Read More

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Horse Facility Acreage: Reader Poll Results

September 05, 2008

More than 2,100 readers of TheHorse.com responded to a poll asking, "How many acres are there where your horse lives?"... Read More

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Equine Tapeworms Free Special Report Now Available

September 04, 2008

Horse owners and hands-on care providers can now learn more about equine tapeworms and how to prevent the problems they cause in horses in a free special report available on TheHorse.com and sponsored by Read More

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Diagnosing Insulin Resistance: Q&A with Researchers

August 28, 2008

Over the past few years researchers have described a strong association between insulin resistance and laminitis in equines. They are working now on defining standard testing protocols and interpretations to identify horses at highest risk for... Read More

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Equine Nutrition With No Grain

August 26, 2008

A three-year study by nutritionist Sarah Ralston, VMD, PhD, Dipl. ACVN, of Rutgers University in New Jersey, and her collaborators involved feeding draft cross weanlings and yearlings total mixed rations (TMRs) that contained processed forages, ... Read More

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Minnesota Horse Owners Warned of Toxic Plant Issue

August 25, 2008

Due to last year's drought and recent dry conditions in parts of Minnesota, the state's Extension service is again warning horse owners that hoary alyssum could become a problem for their animals. Hoary alyssum is a perennial weed... Read More

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Tracking Young Horse Reactions on Different Feeds

August 22, 2008

Young horses might be easier to train if they temporarily lay off the sweets, according to a study. ... Read More

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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