Recent News for Nutrition Basics

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Battling Dehydration in Horses with Hypertonic Saline (AAEP 2010)

March 14, 2011

When horses have hemorrhaged or have experienced fluid losses from dehydration, they can end up in a dangerous state of low blood volume, called hypovolemia. Veterinarians use hypertonic saline to restore blood pressure while administering additional... Read More

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UC Davis Offers Discounted Preventive Care Package

March 09, 2011

Veterinarians from the University of California, Davis', William R. Pritchard Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital are helping clients protect their horses from influenza, tetanus, dental problems, and other health risks by providing owners with a ... Read More

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20 Things Your Horse's Teeth are Telling You

March 01, 2011

Brush up on your equine oral health knowledge with these facts about dental anatomy, issues, and exams.... Read More

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Carbohydrates 101 for Horses

March 01, 2011

Carbohydrates are important energy sources for horses, and they are required for digestive health.... Read More

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Nutritional Support for the Lactating Mare and Growing Foal

February 27, 2011

Providing your broodmare with a proper diet is critical to producing a healthy foal.... Read More

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University of Kentucky Pasture Evaluation Program Enjoys Continued Success

February 23, 2011

The University of Kentucky initiated its Pasture Evaluation Program in 2005, which has since grown along with its number of participants. Sponsored by the UK Equine Initiative, the program began in response to the Mare Reproductive Loss Syndrome ... Read More

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Morris Animal Foundation Funds Equine Arteritis Virus Study

February 22, 2011

The Morris Animal Foundation (MAF) announced Feb. 2 that it would fund $10,800 for researchers at the University of Kentucky's Gluck Equine Research Center to conduct a genome-wide association study of horses for susceptibility to equine arteritis ... Read More

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Providing Nutritional Support for the Equine Skeletal System

February 14, 2011

Nutritional supplements can support healthy joint, bone, and connective tissue function in horses. ... Read More

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Electrolytes: Readers Split on Supplementing Horses' Water

February 08, 2011

TheHorse.com asked, "Do you supplement your horse's diet with electrolytes?"... Read More

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Equine Proliferative Enteropathy: Developing a Challenge Model (AAEP 2010)

February 08, 2011

It isn't every day that a new disease or ailment is discovered, as many of the most common equine health problems have been around for several decades, if not centuries. But within the past decade a new disease has emerged that appears most ... Read More

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Understanding Carbohydrates in Equine Diets

February 04, 2011

When it comes to managing the carbohydrates in a horse's diet, knowing the basics of how horses digest food is half the battle. Laurie Lawrence, PhD, an equine nutritionist from the University of Kentucky's Department of Animal and Food Science who ... Read More

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Horse Health Recommendations for Extreme Winter Conditions

February 04, 2011

Dr. Pamela Wilkins offers these recommendations for horse safety in extreme winter conditions.... Read More

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Barn Fire Prevention

February 01, 2011

Farm owners and managers can take certain steps to minimize the chances of a barn fire occurring.... Read More

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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