Recent News for Nutrition Basics

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TheHorse.com en Español: Azùcares en Pastura y los Riesgos para Laminitis

December 18, 2009

This is one of a series of articles translated as part of our partnership with A Caballo, an equine publication based in Mexico, and Jorge Murga, DVM. ... Read More

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Gestational Weight Gain in Mares

December 16, 2009

It's generally known that a mare gains weight during gestation, but University of Kentucky (UK) researchers are studying how much weight a normal mare should gain for the health of the fetus.

A 1,100-pound mare will produce a foa... Read More

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New Horse Weight Management Book Available

December 14, 2009

Knowing whether your horse is overweight and understanding how to manage the problem is crucial to your horse's wellbeing. Understanding Your Horse's Weight is the newest addition to Eclipse Press' Horse Health Care Library.... Read More

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Broodmare Diet Impacts Placenta and Colostrum

December 04, 2009

The diet you offer your gestating mare, particularly in the last trimester, can influence development of the placenta as well as the level of immunoglobulins (IgGs) in the colostrum, reports a research team from North Dakota and... Read More

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Hay Feeders Uncovered

December 01, 2009

Is there a better way to feed hay to horses? There are dozens of hay feeder options, as it turns out, each with its own advantages. Hay feeders are designed to keep hay off the ground and sheltered from the elements to reduce wastage.... Read More

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Weighty Issues

December 01, 2009

Equine obesity increases a horse's risk for equine metabolic syndrome, laminitis, and insulin resistance. Owners can bring horses to a healthy body condition by replacing grain rations with a fiber-rich, low-carbohydrate diet and increasing exercise.... Read More

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Watch for Poisonous Weeds in Hay

November 19, 2009

Most weeds are not palatable and will be avoided by pastured livestock if adequate forage is available... Read More

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U.K. Couple Sentenced in Pony Obesity Cruelty Case

November 05, 2009

A couple in the United Kingdom have become the first horse owners convicted of obesity-related animal cruelty under that country's Animal Welfare Act, said a report from Read More

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Soaking Hay Key to Stable Dust Reduction

November 05, 2009

Horse owners' selection and preparation of their animals' feed has a greater influence on concentrations of dust and endotoxin in the stable than the type of bedding used, researchers recently reported.... Read More

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Minerals and Vitamins

November 01, 2009

Vitamins and minerals pack a nutritional wallop several times the size of their portions.... Read More

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Empty Leg and an Attitude?

November 01, 2009

Q:Please help. No matter who we talk to we can't seem to figure out what's going on with my daughter's 14-year-old American Saddlebred gelding. He is losing weight, but he is eating everything in sight, and... Read More

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First Fall Frost Brings Flurry of Forage Questions

October 21, 2009

The first frost of the autumn generally brings questions centered around three general topics:

  • Suspected toxicity of frosted alfalfa to grazing animals
  • Post-frost harvest of last alfalfa cutting
  • Toxic prussic acid... Read More

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Prevent Weight Gain to Minimize Metabolic Changes in Horses

October 16, 2009

Weight gain and obesity in horses should be avoided to prevent insulin resistance, increased insulin and leptin blood levels, and laminitis, and to maintain a healthy metabolic state. To date, "it is unknown whether obesity is the primary ... Read More

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University of Kentucky Researcher wins Prestigious Award; Will be Honored by President Obama

October 15, 2009

David McNear, PhD, assistant professor of rhizosphere science in the University of Kentucky's (UK) Plant and Soil Sciences Department, was recently awarded the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) for his research o... Read More

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Insulin Resistance: Variation in Blood Test Levels

October 14, 2009

A blood sample is usually a key step in diagnosing a horse as insulin resistant. But a recent study showed that one sample might not give enough information for an accurate diagnosis, because the horse's blood sugar and insulin fluctuates daily. ... Read More

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TheHorse.com en Español: El Otoño Trae Desafío Para el Diagnóstico y Manejo de la Enfermedad de Cushing

October 13, 2009

This is one of a series of articles translated as part of our partnership with A Caballo, an equine publication based in Mexico, and Jorge Murga, DVM. Keep an eye on... Read More

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Study: Horses' Diets Affect Gastrointestinal Bacteria

October 09, 2009

Horses fed a diet of only forage have greater bacterial stability and fewer "bad" fecal bacteria, such as Streptococcus spp, than horses that are also fed concentrates. This finding, reported by a group of Swedish researchers,... Read More

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EU Grants Authorization for Use of Yeast Additive in Horses

October 09, 2009

Global animal health and nutrition company Alltech announced yesterday that its Yea-Sacc1026, a live yeast culture based on Saccharomyces cerevisiae strain 1026, has been granted full European Union (EU) authorization as a feed... Read More

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Trailering Anxiety or Heat?

October 01, 2009

My 24-year-old Arab gelding recently came off the trailer very sweaty and with tremors in his muscles...... Read More

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Alfalfa Conference to Focus on Profitability

September 23, 2009

Dismal prices, sluggish sales, high production costs, and challenging weather conditions have left alfalfa farmers with little to no profit in 2009, prompting a focus on "Improving Your Odds of Profitability" at this year's Western Alfalfa and... Read More

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Kentucky Horse Council Facilitates Meeting of Equine Rescues

September 19, 2009

Equine rescue facilities in Kentucky and throughout the nation are experiencing an overflow of surrendered horses. Increasingly, such facilities struggle with funding and necessary support for ongoing management and care of the... Read More

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TheHorse.com en Español: Herbecidas en el Heno Retienen el Poder en el Estiércol

September 16, 2009

This is one of a series of articles translated as part of our partnership with A Caballo, an equine publication based in Mexico, and Jorge Murga, DVM. Keep an... Read More

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Colic: Diet Can Reduce Enterolith Risk, Review Finds

September 14, 2009

If your horse is at risk for intestinal stones or enteroliths (a common cause of obstruction-induced colic in horses), consider replacing an alfalfa-based diet with grass hay, said Diana M. Hassel, DVM, PhD, of Colorado State University.... Read More

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Establishing Pastures and Hayfields: Fall Conditions Ideal

September 13, 2009

Cool temperatures and abundant rainfall create ideal conditions for forage producers to establish or thicken grass pastures and hayfields.

"The continuous rainfall this summer was very good for forage growth, and soil moisture levels are... Read More

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Understanding Beet Pulp as an Equine Feed

September 07, 2009

Beet pulp has been a popular feed for horses for years without many people really knowing why. ... Read More