Recent News for Nutrition Basics

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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

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Do Tapeworms Cause Colic? Age-Old Question Remains Unanswered

May 09, 2008

Further complicating the debate regarding whether or not the equine tapeworm Anoplocephala perfoliata causes colic in horses, Canadian researchers did not find evidence of a significant association between A. perfoliata infection and... Read More

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Gastrointestinal Disease, Colic, and Carbohydrate Nutrition

May 05, 2008

How is feeding carbohydrates related to gastrointestinal (GI) disease? The propensity to feed high-grain and high-concentrate diets instead of relying on high-fiber diets has increased the incidence of colic.... Read More

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Fiber in Hay: What's the Magic Number?

May 01, 2008

Horses evolved to eat a lot of fiber, spending up to 17 hours a day grazing various forage plants. But not all fiber is created equal, especially when it comes to hay.

Hay carries a few challenges compared to living forages. One, compared t... Read More

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Conscientious Ownership

May 01, 2008

In recent months, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, and The Denver Post have reported on the apparent increase in the number of unwanted, neglected, or... Read More

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Weight Loss in Horses

May 01, 2008

Thin body condition of a horse might represent true "weight loss," or, more likely, it might be secondary to inadequate calorie intake over a period of time. The identification of a thin horse is usually not difficult--the horse's owner, stable... Read More

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Understanding Feeds for the Busy Owner

May 01, 2008

Providing a complete diet for your horse does not have to be time-consuming or expensive.... Read More

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Water and Dehydration Study Clarification

April 24, 2008

A 2008 Equine Veterinary Journal (EVJ) publication examining dehydration in working horses was summarized and printed onTheHorse.com on April 24, 2008, prior to its actual publication in EVJ. It was reviewed and approved by the... Read More

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Annual Dental Exams Important for Horse Health

April 22, 2008

Going to the dentist annually is not only necessary for humans; it is an important part of equine health. Annual dental exams are extremely important for horses young and old to help ensure the animals comfort and performance.

Cleet Griffin,... Read More

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Prepare for a Reduced Hay Crop in 2008

April 22, 2008

The USDA has released several crop reports that indicate the number of hay acres will be down in 2008.

The department also reported that the existing hay supply is lower than previous years. This information, combined with higher input cost... Read More

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Feeding Senior Horses

April 20, 2008

A horse that is kept healthy and disease-free in its younger years has the potential to live well into its 20s and 30s, stated David Pugh, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACT, ACVN, of Fort Dodge Animal Health in his presentation on feeding the geriatric horse a... Read More

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Kentucky Horse Pasture Evaluation Program Available

April 17, 2008

Optimal use of horse pastures has always been important. As news of the high price and limited supply of hay continues to worry horse owners, the health of horse pastures becomes ever more critical.

Consulting with forage experts might be... Read More

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Mare Seized in South Carolina Abuse Case Delivers Healthy Foal

April 14, 2008

Caretakers of the horses seized in a recent South Carolina abuse case got some good news last month, when one of the mares delivered a full-term foal.

"She's just beautiful," said Kelly Graham, director of public relations for the Richland... Read More

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Risk Factors for Gastric Ulcers in Thoroughbreds

April 09, 2008

Up to 86% of Australian Thoroughbred racehorses have been reported to have gastric ulcers. Many factors can contribute to ulcers, and researchers at Murdoch University set out to determine which ones were the most significant for this population... Read More

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GetSmart Series: Managing Insulin Resistance

April 07, 2008

Does your horse have a cresty neck? Does he gain weight on air? Does he develop laminitis at the mere sight of spring grass? If so, your horse could have insulin resistance. Lydia F. Gray, DVM, MA, medical director/staff veterinarian for SmartPa... Read More

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Feeding Horses with Endocrine Disorders

April 05, 2008

Nicholas Frank, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM, associate professor of large animal clinical sciences at the University of Tennessee, spoke about equine endocrine disorders that are the most manageable by dietary control. There are two main endocrine... Read More

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Alfalfa Hay Reduces Ulcer Severity

April 02, 2008

If your horse has ulcers, giving him omeprazole isn't the only thing you can do to help reduce the severity of the problem. Noah Cohen, VMD, PhD, MPH, Dipl. ACVIM, discussed a study that found alfalfa hay reduced the severity of ulcers in young, ... Read More