Recent News for Nutrition Basics

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Equine Ulcers ... For Life?

February 01, 2011

Some horses are more predisposed to getting gastric ulcers, due to management, performance, or temperament... Read More

Straw, the byproduct of grain production, is economical horse bedding. While it’s not as absorbent as other options, straw is often recommended for foaling stalls because it won’t stick to wet newborns.

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Postpartum Problems in Mares

February 01, 2011

Post-foaling problems caused by dystocia and other factors can be serious and immediate treatment is critical.... Read More

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Identifying and Managing Equine Metabolic Syndrome (EMS)

January 31, 2011

Diagnosing EMS and taking steps to manage it can allow your horse to live a healthy and productive life. ... Read More

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Cold Weather Colic in Horses

January 28, 2011

Cold winds and changing winter weather might not seem like contributing factors for equine colic; however, these conditions can foster changes in routine and eating habits that could affect your horse's well-being. "A common wintertime equine health ... Read More

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Second Annual Breeders' Short Course Recap

January 27, 2011

The University of Kentucky College of Agriculture partnered with the University of Minnesota (U of M) to present the 2nd Annual Kentucky Breeders' Short Course held Jan. 21 and 22 in Lexington. The first day of the course was designed for ... Read More

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Endocrine Disease Table Topic (AAEP 2010)

January 27, 2011

One of the Table Topic discussions at the 2010 American Association of Equine Practitioners annual meeting, held Dec. 4-8 in Baltimore, Md., addressed equine endocrine disorders. Moderators and attendees discussed diagnostic testing for equine ... Read More

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Dieting Tips for Obese Horses

January 26, 2011

According to Alex Dugdale, MA, VetMB, DVA, Dipl. ECVA, MRCVS, a senior lecturer in the school of veterinary science at the University of Liverpool in England, "obesity (in horses) creeps up on us." When it comes to battling obesity, keeping the horse... Read More

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Microbial Colonization of the Foal's GI Tract

January 23, 2011

Colonization of the foal’s GI tract by pathogenic organisms can lead to diarrhea.... Read More

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Managing Pasture-Associated Laminitis

January 11, 2011

Laminitis is not a modern condition--it has been recognized for well over 2,000 years. The Greek philosopher Aristotle even referred to it around 350 B.C. as 'Barley Disease,' presumably because it was associated even then with excessive grain ... Read More

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Feeding to Achieve a Moderate Body Condition

January 10, 2011

Every horseperson has seen the telltale signs of a thin horse: the disproportionately skinny neck, the protruding spine, the row of ribs, and the jutting hipbones. Thanks in part to advances made in feeding management, veterinary care, parasite... Read More

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Forage Buffering Capacity Relevant in Gastric Ulcer Prevention

January 09, 2011

The capacity of feeds and forages to counteract changes in gastric pH (their buffering capacity) plays an important role in the prevention of gastric ulcers in horses. Alfalfa hay has been shown to be more effective in reducing the severity of ulcers... Read More

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Nutritional Needs for Mares in Late Gestation

January 06, 2011

Breeders with mares in late gestation need to remember that the mothers-to-be have different nutritional needs than open (nonpregnant) mares. In the last 90 days of pregnancy, fetal growth increases the mare's energy requirements. Since grain mixes ... Read More

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Vitamin E for Neurologic Disease in Horses (AAEP 2010)

January 05, 2011

You might already know that vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant that helps protect cell membranes and tissues from damage by reactive free radical molecules. You might even know that it's been recommended to help treat several neurologic diseases in ... Read More

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Fescue: A Danger to Pregnant Mares

January 02, 2011

In many parts of the world horse pastures contain a fair percentage of fescue, a hardy perennial grass that thrives despite heavy hoof traffic, intense grazing, and adverse growing conditions. Unfortunately, there's a drawback: 75% of all fescue is ... Read More

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Bran Mash: What's it Really Good For?

January 01, 2011

What's in a bran mash? And what is it meant to do?... Read More

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Chronic Weight Loss

January 01, 2011

Chronic weight loss in the horse presents a diagnostic challenge that requires careful attention to detail. ... Read More

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The Hardy Horse

January 01, 2011

Our horses have several unique ways to stay comfortable in severe weather.... Read More

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Chronic Equine Weight Loss

January 01, 2011

A methodical evaluation of affected horses is more important than the lengthy list of possible diagnoses.... Read More

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The Fight to Conquer Equine Laminitis

January 01, 2011

Teams of veterinarians and farriers from around the country gathered at the fifth International Conference on Laminitis and Diseases of the Foot to discuss the most cutting-edge information available for the fight to conquer laminitis.... Read More

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Hay Cubes as Alternative Forage Source

December 31, 2010

According to Kentucky Equine Research nutritionist Kathleen Crandell, PhD, hay cubes are an option to consider as an alternative forage source for horses. "The most popular types of forage cubes are made from coarsely chopped alfalfa hay, timothy hay... Read More

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Ask the Vet LIVE: Feeding Foals and Young Horses Recording Now Available

December 27, 2010

TheHorse.com's Ask the Vet LIVE on Feeding Foals and Young Horses, held on Dec. 15, is now available for listening on demand. Questions about developmental orthopedic disease in horses, grains, forages, supplements, breed differences, and more... Read More

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Feeding the Starved Horse

December 27, 2010

When dealing with a starved horse, how should you feed him? How much should you feed, how often, and what type of feed will bring the horse back to good health without causing more problems? The starved horse is in a most delicate health predicament... Read More

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Retailers Increase Partnership with Animal Supplement Council

December 26, 2010

Leading retailers that sell animal health supplements are partnering with National Animal Supplement Council (NASC) to reduce incidences of regulatory action and to provide consumers with guidance on purchasing reputable products for animals.

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Antioxidants for Top Performance

December 19, 2010

Oxidation is a metabolic process that allows horses to transform carbohydrates, fats, and proteins into energy... Read More

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Dirt an Important Source of Iron for Horses

December 18, 2010

Horses constantly ingest dirt when they graze. While excessive dirt consumption sometimes causes problems such as sand accumulation in the large intestine, the dirt that horses normally consume while grazing supplies some essential nutrients... Read More