Recent News for Nutrition Basics

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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

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New Report on Water Quality and Livestock Health

August 14, 2008

The University of Wyoming's College of Agriculture, in collaboration with two state agencies, has published a report on water quality as it pertains to the health of livestock and wildlife.

"The target audience is anyone with an interest in... Read More

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Equine 'Thumps' Are More than Mere Hiccups

August 05, 2008

One of the best known cures for relieving someone of the hiccups is a good, old-fashioned scare. However, what do you do when it seems that your horse has a case of the hiccups? Sneaking up behind a 1,000 pound Thoroughbred and yelling "Boo!," i... Read More

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Obesity: Big-Boned Beastie

August 01, 2008

Obese horses should be taken off pasture, except for very short (30-minute) turnout periods two or three times a day for exercise, and a grazing muzzle should be used at these times.... Read More

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Ethanol from Corn--Where's the Horse Feed?

August 01, 2008

Increased production of ethanol and other demands placed on traditional crops will force horse owners to look at feeding in a whole new light.

We often tend to view the equine industry as a separate entity--one that stands... Read More

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Mid-Atlantic Animal Import Center Feasibility Study Released

August 01, 2008

The Maryland Department of Agriculture's Maryland Horse Industry Board today released the Mid-Atlantic Animal Import Center Feasibility Study, which identified the Midfield Cargo Complex of the Thurgood Marshall Baltimore Washington Internationa... Read More

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Making Hay

August 01, 2008

Learn what goes into growing and harvesting quality hay so you can recognize and select it for your horses.

The difference between good hay and poor hay is often in the harvesting. Poor timing of harvest processes or bad... Read More

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Feeding Frenzy

August 01, 2008

It seems like we've spent a lot of time talking about hay in the past year, but for owners of an animal that should consume 1-2% of its body weight each day in forage (grass, hay, or as part of a "complete" diet), this is becoming a critical and... Read More

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Insulin Resistance and Sensitivity, Causes and Management

July 23, 2008

Insulin sensitivity and insulin resistance in horses have become increasingly important areas of research in equine medicine over the past several years, as evidenced by the timely and popular presentations at this year's American College of... Read More

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Laminitis, PPID: The Science of Seasons Behind Them

July 20, 2008

Research groups reported their findings of the impact of seasonal variations for pituitary glad dysfunction.... Read More

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Horse Owners Cautioned about Hardy Toxic Plant

July 17, 2008

With cases reported already this year, horse owners are being cautioned about a toxic plant that flourishes during drought and in overgrazed conditions.

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