Recent News for Nutrition Basics

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Magnesium Supplementation: Is It Necessary?

June 26, 2011

Science has shown us that horses require magnesium to keep their bodies functioning properly, so should owners... Read More

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Forage Clinics for Horse Owners Scheduled

June 25, 2011

Two Purdue University Extension and Historic Prophetstown forage clinics designed to teach horse owners to ... Read More

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Digestive Health Through the Seasons

June 24, 2011

With a little forethought you can maintain that all-important digestive health throughout the year.... Read More

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Is There a Science Behind Equine Nutrition?

June 18, 2011

A lack of scientific research in equine nutrition makes it difficult to base a feeding program solely on ... Read More

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Monitoring and Preventing Equine Proliferative Enteropathy

June 14, 2011

Prevention and monitoring strategies for equine proliferative enteropathy, a disease that affects weanlings ... Read More

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Feeding Behavior: What's Natural for Your Horse?

June 11, 2011

How do you design a feeding program that mimics how horses' feeding habits have evolved? ... Read More

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Equine Proliferative Enteropathy: A Growing Concern

June 04, 2011

Equine proliferative enteropathy, a gastrointestinal disease of foals and weanlings that's increasing in ... Read More

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Veterinarians Release Uncle Mo's Diagnosis

June 03, 2011

Uncle Mo has a case of cholangiohepatitis, which, is a severe inflammation of the bile passages and adjacent ... Read More

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Blister Beetles: Deadly in Horse Hay

June 02, 2011

Owners should be aware of a potentially fatal tagalong in healthy-looking alfalfa hay: blister beetles.... Read More

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Feeding Your Horse to Perform

June 01, 2011

A high-performance horse's body needs fuel to run efficiently and at its optimal level. ... Read More

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Toxin Topic: Landscaping Plants to Avoid

May 28, 2011

Owners often base plant choices in aesthetics, but toxicity should be considered when planting near horses.... Read More

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Nitrogen Losses in Soil During Wet Weather

May 26, 2011

Wet weather has caused many farm managers to worry about nitrogen losses in their fields, especially in fields... Read More

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Feeding Horses with Neurologic Disease

May 20, 2011

Horses with neurologic disease often receive oral vitamin E supplementation.... Read More

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Gastrointestinal Tract Infection Will Decide Uncle Mo's Derby Fate

May 05, 2011

Owner Mike Repole said a decision on whether Uncle Mo, the current second favorite, will run in Saturday's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands will be made late today May 5, or early tomorrow. After the one-time Derby favorite exercised over the ... Read More

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Summer Slim-Down (for a Belgian horse)

May 02, 2011

I have 9-year-old Belgian gelding that I'm trying to slim down for showing this summer, but I do want to make sure he is getting all of his nutritional requirements, especially for the winter. Can you give me some ideas for a feeding regimen?... Read More

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Green Farm Makeover

May 01, 2011

Can we as horse owners make a few changes to our horse keeping habits to help lessen our draw on the ecosystem? We can make everyday changes such as recycling and conserving water, but what else can we do to reduce our impact on the environment?... Read More

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Psyllium for Glucose and Insulin Control

April 23, 2011

Veterinarians often recommend psyllium for use as a laxative, specifically for clearing sand out of horses' intestines to minimize the chances of sand colic. But new research indicates there might be another use for the phytogenic (plant-based) ... Read More

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Potential Vitamin K Supplement Eyed for Equine Bone Health

April 21, 2011

A particular form of vitamin K could be a potential candidate for increasing equine bone density while decreasing breakdown. However, veterinarians caution that this is not a viable supplementation route to pursue until further research on the effect... Read More

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Evaluating Your Horse's Body Condition

April 20, 2011

Body condition scoring (BCS), an impartial way to evaluate a horse's weight and welfare, is a valuable tool that helps horse owners understand their horses' well-being. It is an important aid that can be used to make sound decisions regarding general... Read More

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Gastric Ulcers and Weanlings: Effects of Diet Type

April 16, 2011

Gastric ulcers can affect horses of all breeds, ages, shapes, and sizes, including weanlings.... Read More

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Supporting Healthy Equine Blood Sugar

April 08, 2011

Healthy blood sugar is a major factor in equine health. When glucose is not efficiently delivered to or utilized by the target cells, a horse's ability to produce sustained metabolic energy is greatly diminished. This can result in a series of ... Read More

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Yes, Your Horse Is Fat

April 07, 2011

Horse owners must be able to acknowledge that a horse is overweight and needs to drop a few pounds.... Read More

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Ask the Vet LIVE Q&A: Poisonous Plants Now Available

April 05, 2011

TheHorse.com's free Ask the Vet LIVE Q&A chat on Poisonous Plants was held March 30, and the audio recording is now available. Just about every pasture or horse property on the planet has undesirable plants or weeds on it. What weeds, trees, and ... Read More

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Search for the Cause of Equine Atypical Myopathy

April 04, 2011

Equine atypical myopathy (EAM), a seasonal, pasture-associated muscle disorder of unknown etiology (cause), presents a particular challenge to veterinarians. The disease is characterized by a generalized complete degeneration of muscle fibers, which ... Read More

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UC Davis to Host Equine Medicine Symposium for Owners

April 01, 2011

The University of California, Davis, annual equine medicine symposium is scheduled for April 9. This year's topic is "The Golden Years: Helping Your Horse Mature Gracefully," and it will cover everything you ever wanted to know about helping your ... Read More