Recent News for Nutrition Basics


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


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


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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Hazards Could be Hidden in Hay

July 16, 2008

Just 24 hours after Betsy Bueno of Santa Rosa, Calif., began feeding her horses a new batch of hay, one colicked and began to show neurologic signs. Within days, two of her 12 horses required euthanasia and seven were showing similar clinical... Read More


Exotic Tastes: Equine Flavor Preferences

July 15, 2008

Does your horse have a favorite flavor?

Eight research horses in England did. Deborah Goodwin, BSc, PhD, research director of Applied Animal Behaviour Programmes at the University of Southampton, set out to discover what flavors horses... Read More


Don't Guess. Test Your Hay

July 03, 2008

Knowing the nutrient composition of hay is vital to assuring horse's needs are being met. ... Read More


Electrolyte Basics

July 01, 2008

Principles that will help you know when and how to supplement horses with electrolytes.

One topic that horse owners repeatedly wonder about is that of electrolytes and specifically how and when they should be used. In... Read More


Michigan State Expo to Give Horse Hay Buying Guidance

July 01, 2008

Like nearly everything else, the cost of horse hay is increasing. Buyers who want to purchase a quality product and sellers who want to provide a marketable commodity can attend an educational seminar during Michigan State University's Ag Expo,... Read More


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


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


Readers Respond: Where's the Hay?

June 19, 2008

Almost 1,300 readers of 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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Water and Dehydration Study Clarification

April 24, 2008

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


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