Recent News for Nutrition Basics

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Warming Up to the Idea

February 01, 2007

Riders understand the importance of warming up as a way to ready the horse's mind and body for the challenges ahead, but there is more to a warm-up than simple preparation. Correctly done, prior exercise substantially benefits physical performance... Read More

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Nebraska Vet Accused of Giving Horses Vodka Before Races

January 19, 2007

A veterinarian will be in court next week to face accusations he injected horses with vodka to calm their nerves before races at Fonner Park in Grand Island.

Jay Stewart faces four misdemeanor counts of attempting to influence a race by... Read More

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Illinois Horse Found Shot; Colt Dies

January 09, 2007

A 3-year-old mare was found dead in her pasture in St. Augustine, Ill., on Dec. 26, according to The Register-Mail, a Central Illinois... Read More

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KEEP Names New Executive Director

January 04, 2007

The Kentucky Equine Education Project has named Patrick Neely as its new executive director.

Neely, a University of Louisville undergrad and graduate of Washington University School of Law in St. Louis, previously served as campaign... Read More

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Carbohydrates: Sugars and Starches

January 01, 2007

Low-carb has found its way into equine diets, with owners demanding feed products with low carb levels. ... Read More

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4-H Members To Care For Neglected Horses

December 25, 2006

A group of 4-H club members are devoting their holiday break to helping two veterinarians and others feed and care for seven seriously malnourished horses rescued from a Dayton-area farm.

Members of the Making Strides 4-H Club started preparin... Read More

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Eating Like the Joneses

December 04, 2006

The majority of horses consume some sort of feed concentrate everyday, and most of that feed comes out of bags, according to a recent industry survey conducted by the USDA.

More than 90% of equine operations reported feeding some sort of... Read More

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Seasonal Tying-Up: Toxins or Deficiency?

December 02, 2006

In Minnesota, cases of pasture myopathy (muslce disease caused by pasture) associated with severe non-exercise-induced rhabdomyolysis (also know as tying-up) are often attributed to the toxins found in white snakeroot. However, researchers at th... Read More

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Fat Fillies and Slothful Stallions: The Obesity Epidemic Hits Equine Companions

November 06, 2006

An archive of Pet Columns from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine is available online at www.cvm.uiuc.edu/petcolumns/. Requests for reprints of this article may be directed to Mandy Barth, Read More

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Anatomy and Physiology Part 11: Of Blood and Breath

November 01, 2006

There are few similarities between horses and automobiles, but in a manner of speaking, the horse's circulatory and respiratory systems constitute its engine. The food a horse consumes is its fuel. The fuel is converted into nutritional energy that... Read More

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Bee Pollen Product Increases Appetite, Study Shows

October 12, 2006

Researchers at Michigan State University (MSU) have reported in a pilot study that a bee pollen-based product shows promise in improving athletic horses' feed intake.... Read More

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Feeding Horses in Winter (Book Excerpt)

October 04, 2006

A horse's nutrient requirements increase with cold weather; he needs more calories to generate heat to keep warm. Mature horses in good condition usually don't need grain, however, if they have good winter pasture or grass hay.... Read More

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The Equine Digestive System: A Food Factory

October 01, 2006

The equine digestive system is a complicated factory that is designed to process small amounts of food frequently and convert them into nutrients that can be absorbed and produce energy. The same, concerning the end result, could be said of the cow... Read More

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Pasture-Associated Laminitis and Countermeasures

September 24, 2006

Researchers with the Institute of Grassland and Environmental Research in Aberystwyth, Wales, suggested some possible preventative measures for pasture-associated laminitis in the July issue of the Journal of Nutrition.... Read More

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An Equine Athlete's Heart

September 14, 2006

Trainers, owners, and researchers have long pondered the effects of a large heart (one that is naturally occurring and not a result of disease), and have even attempted to use heart size as a predictor of athletic ability.... Read More

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ACVIM 2006: New Nutrition Software

September 14, 2006

Researchers have completed the new National Research Council (NRC) report that describes nutritional requirements of the horse. The report is expected to be released this fall to update the previous publication, which was distributed in 1989.... Read More

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Detecting Fluid Shifts in Dehydrated Horses: ACVIM 2006

September 14, 2006

Veterinarians could use a non-invasive procedure to detect fluid shifts in dehydrated horses and respond with treatment more readily than with usual methods such as blood work.... Read More

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Small Volume Resuscitation in Anesthetized Endotoxemic Horses

September 14, 2006

Endotoxemia occurs when toxins from the wall of Gram-negative bacteria crosses the intestinal wall and gains access to the bloodstream. Endotoxin becomes concentrated on the surface of white blood cells, causing them to secrete inflammatory agents. ... Read More

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Hay for the Laminitic Horse

September 01, 2006

Is there a particular type of grass hay that is better than others for maintenance diet for a laminitic horse?... Read More

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Drought Grips Areas of the United States

August 22, 2006

Drought and excessive heat could strain the nation's agricultural industry. From Florida to California farmers and ranchers have already felt the effects in decreased hay production and waning grazing pastures.

"A big concern right now i... Read More

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Overactive and Underweight

August 01, 2006

Sometimes it's challenging to keep weight on a horse. A hyperactive horse might burn off too many calories to stay in optimum body condition, while an old broodmare with digestive inefficiency can lose weight during the stress of lactation. We'll ... Read More

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Help, My Horse is Too Fat!

June 01, 2006

Q: My 14-year-old mare has severe obesity problems. The veterinarian ruled out Cushing's disease because she does not exhibit the typical Cushing's traits. I am afraid to work her for fear that any... Read More

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Severe Dehydration (Book Excerpt)

May 31, 2006

Dehydration can be a significant problem for the performance horse as well as for horses suffering from other disease processes. If you suspect dehydration, you can check easily your horse's hydration status if you have used one or more of the follow... Read More

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Nine Steps to a Better Feed Room

May 01, 2006

The best, most convenient feed rooms are organized, accessible, and easy to keep clean. That's important enough if you only have one or two horses, but once the numbers start increasing, these elements become imperative. Here are nine... Read More

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Water Makeovers on the Farm

May 01, 2006

There are many things to consider when supplying water for horses. If you depend on a stream, pond, or ditch (rather than a controlled system such as buckets, tanks, or automatic waterers), there could be concerns regarding water quality (for your ... Read More