Recent News for Nutrition Basics

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UK College of Agriculture: Time to Inventory, Purchase Hay

November 13, 2010

Due to dry conditions, many horse owners across Kentucky and surrounding areas are already into their winter feeding programs. Horse owners need to inventory their hay supplies now to ensure they have enough to last through the winter.... Read More

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Cold Weather Diets

November 12, 2010

While young or old horses might need feed changes, healthy horses usually tolerate winter weather.... Read More

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Molds and Mycotoxins In Horse Feed: Basic Facts

November 11, 2010

Mycotoxins are harmful secondary compounds produced by molds that are found in soil and vegetable matter including grains, forages, and feed.... Read More

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Fit or Fat? (Equine Body Condition)

November 01, 2010

Most owners get mixed results the first time they try to assess their horse using the Henneke body condition scale. However, it is a useful tool every conscientious owner should master.... Read More

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Water Quality Testing

October 26, 2010

Your horse's water can be tested for physical/physiochemical properties, excessive nutrients, or toxicity. ... Read More

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Ask the Vet LIVE Q&A: Common Colic Questions Recording Now Available

October 19, 2010

TheHorse.com's Ask the Vet LIVE session on Common Colic Questions, held on Oct. 13, is now available for listening on demand. Scores of questions on colic causes, risk factors, prevention, and treatment, and more were answered by veterinarians... Read More

Horses, like people, can often gain or lose weight slowly over time, so owners may need their vet’s fresh set of eyes to identify a weight problem. A wellness exam can also identify metabolic conditions such as Cushing’s disease, says Tanner.

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Adult Horse Weight Calculator

October 12, 2010

Estimate your horse's weight using body length and heart girth measurements.... Read More

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Wetting/Soaking Hay for Horses with Respiratory Problems

October 12, 2010

My vet has had me soaking my horse's hay for an hour, but I see you indicating just to wet it down.... Read More

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Fall Transition Tips

October 08, 2010

Fall's arrival means it's time to get your horse and farm ready for winter. ... Read More

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Choosing Horse Supplements: a Miracle in a Bottle

October 01, 2010

Owners should selet and administer their horses' supplements with care.... Read More

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Stringhalt in Horses

October 01, 2010

Stringhalt seems to make horses yank their legs up and halt them there momentarily before taking their next step. This is the outward sign of neurologic disease, sometimes caused by toxicity, sometimes of unknown origin.... Read More

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Feeding Horses After Colic Surgery

October 01, 2010

Nutrition is one of the most important aspects of managing a horse following colic surgery. Horse owners should follow basic feeding principles and tailor some elements toward the horse's specific condition to create an optimal recovery environment.... Read More

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Fall Brings Ritual of Hay Buying for Horses

September 30, 2010

Fall weather brings with it the seasonal chore of buying and storing hay for the winter.... Read More

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Minerals: Important for Quality Horse Nutrition

September 21, 2010

When it comes to a horse's enjoyment and quality of life, he might need more than just a pasture and some oats. While most horses get the majority of their nutrients from pasture and grain, many might not be receiving the mineral nutrition... Read More

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Toxin Topic: Alsike Clover and Red Clover

September 15, 2010

Alsike clover (Trifolium hybridum) and red clover (Trifolium pratense) are valuable forage crops in North America and are often included in pasture seed mixes. However, these plants can be associated with disease conditions in all animals including ... Read More

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Understanding Tall Fescue

September 12, 2010

Tall fescue is an extremely hardy, well-adapted grass species used for hay and pasture in the central and eastern United States and the Pacific Northwest. Although tall fescue has gotten a bad reputation in the horse industry, it is a safe and ... Read More

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Recurrent Colic Diagnosis for Horses

September 01, 2010

Recurrent colic is typically defined as three or more episodes of transient or prolonged colic occurring over a period of months or upwards of a year. Although a practitioner cannot always determine a definitive etiology without exploratory surgery... Read More

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The Dieting Horse

September 01, 2010

Weight management is an important issue in equine medicine with metabolic syndrome and insulin resistance.... Read More

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Farm Safety Tips

September 01, 2010

How do you create the safest possible environment for your horses? ... Read More

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Multi-Species Grazing: Horses and Cows and Goats, Oh My!

September 01, 2010

A handful of horses graze in a pasture one week; a herd of goats mow down its bushes and weeds the next. This multi-species rotational grazing system has its advantages, but whether they outweigh the disadvantages will depend on your situation... Read More

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The Disease of Obesity in Horses

September 01, 2010

Obesity can cause reproduction problems, bone and joint stress, insulin resistance, laminitis, and more.... Read More

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Overseeding Horse Pastures in Central Kentucky

August 20, 2010

Overseeding horse pastures is a pasture management practice that helps ensure good ground cover, quality grazing, and an aesthetically pleasing pasture in the coming year without major pasture renovations. Overseeding consists of pla... Read More

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Study: MADD Likely Caused by Fungus on Maple Leaves

August 17, 2010

After investigating the deaths of 14 horses that had grazed on pastures near maple leaves, a Dutch research team suggested the fungus responsible for European tar spot that covers the maple leaves causes the deadly disease "MADD."... Read More

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Target Vitamin E Deficiency Early to Improve Outcomes of Horses with EMND

August 13, 2010

The prognosis for horses with equine motor neuron disease (EMND) caused by prolonged vitamin E deficiency is usually poor, but veterinarians from the University of Minnesota showed that early diagnosis and treatment can help these animals.... Read More

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Basic Conditioning of the Equine Athlete

August 02, 2010

Basic conditioning of the equine athlete involves consideration of the event in which the horse will be competing, the level of competition that you expect the horse to achieve, the time you have in which to condition the horse, and the horse... Read More