Recent News for Nutrition Basics

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Fescue Field Management

March 01, 2002

It is estimated that 35 million acres of United States pasture are planted with tall fescue (Festuca arundinacea), and roughly 700,000 horses graze these fescue pastures. This plant is a cool-season plant, so it grows in cooler climates,... Read More

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Getting Your Horse in Shape

February 01, 2002

As spring approaches, visions of green grass, budding trees, and active wildlife might seem just around the corner for some. But for many of us, spring is but a dream, for we must endure a few more weeks of cold, snow, and ice-covered terrain.... Read More

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Feeding for Performance

February 01, 2002

Feeding high-performance horses is a challenge. If nutritional requirements are met appropriately, performance can be improved over those horses which are fed imbalanced diets in irregular amounts. When working with a veterinarian or nutritionis... Read More

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The ABCs of Vitamin Nutrition

February 01, 2002

Although horses only need relatively small quantities of vitamins, the lack of those tiny amounts can be devastating to your horse's health.

Vitamins comprise one of the six general groups of nutrients--the other groups are water,... Read More

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Can You Influence Hoof Growth?

February 01, 2002

We ask an awful lot of an animal who walks on his middle toenails. Humans have recognized for centuries that the foundation of a horse's soundness lies in his hooves--"No foot, no horse" is about as basic a principle as there is. It all comes... Read More

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Endotoxemia and Gastrointestinal Disease

February 01, 2002

Endotoxemia is one of the most commonly encountered life-threatening conditions in horses with gastrointestinal disease. It is, by nature, a very disappointing and frustrating disease to encounter, and is the leading cause of death in adult horses... Read More

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Clostridium perfringens Genome Sequenced

January 24, 2002

Japanese scientists recently announced that they have sequenced the genome of Clostridium perfringens. The organism can cause diarrhea, scours, and other intestinal problems in horses. Clostridia are normally found in various environments... Read More

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Radiographic and Venogram Technique

January 21, 2002

“Pulling a handful of films from the processor hoping a few of them are good enough and knowing full well that most will not be diagnostic is not only frustrating, but a tremendous financial black hole for all concerned,” said Ric Redden, DVM, i... Read More

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Equine Digestive Physiology

January 09, 2002

An understanding of the horses' digestive tract, where feedstuffs are digested and how that impacts the end products of digestion, is necessary to help the horse meet these challenges. The digestive tract of the horse is divided into two sections... Read More

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"Glass Horse" Unveiled at Veterinary Convention

January 03, 2002

Hundreds of veterinarians waited patiently in line in San Diego, Calif., on the afternoon of Nov. 26—and not at the airport. They were waiting in the American Association of Equine Practitioners convention trade show to purchase a copy of “The... Read More

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Does Feeding Affect Behavior?

January 01, 2002

Next time you visit your local feed and tack store, peruse the horse supplement section. Chances are you will find at least one that claims to have a "calming" effect on horses. Whether or not these supplements live up to these claims is... Read More

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Matching Diet to Activity Level

December 01, 2001

When it comes to extracting the maximum effort out of your performance horse, there is no doubting the importance of a sound feeding program. He needs a balanced diet to replenish fuel reserves, repair tissue, and provide a foundation for... Read More

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How Does Your Horse Score?

November 01, 2001

Keeping a close eye on your horse's body condition and weight is perhaps the best way to gauge the effectiveness of a feeding program. We all want our horses to be in tip-top shape, well-muscled, and neither too fat nor too thin. The problem?... Read More

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Mating Mares Q&A

November 01, 2001

Readers ask questions of equine reproduction experts

Earlier this year, The Horse made a request to its Horse Health E-Newsletter subscribers: What questions do you have for specialists about breeding your mares? Our e-mail... Read More

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The Gastrointestinal (GI) Tract

October 16, 2001

Then there is the matter of the large colon, with its sacculated construction that seems made to order for twisting or strangulating when the pouches become distended by gas during a bout with colic.

There is also the matter of length. If... Read More

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How to Read a Feed Label

October 10, 2001

How long has it been since you really looked at the content of your horse's concentrate feed? If you're like many of us, you probably stand in line at the feed store, ask for "three bags of the 12%," heave the feed into the back of your truck,... Read More

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Exertional Rhabdomyolysis

October 10, 2001

Tying-up is a problem that has troubled horses and their owners for many years, and it has been known by many names. The old-timers who battled the syndrome in their draft horses following a Sunday away from the fields called it Monday morning... Read More

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Botulism

October 10, 2001

With foaling season upon us, vaccination for botulism is one of many management considerations facing North American horse breeders. This disease can be deadly in foals, and in adult horses which are unprotected, and it can be tremendously... Read More

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Fescue Toxicosis

October 09, 2001

Mares grazing on tall fescue pastures infected with a toxin have increased gestation lengths, mare and foal deaths, agalactia (absent milk secretion after birth), retained placentas, premature separation of the placenta at birth, and... Read More

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Studies on Vitamin E

October 09, 2001

Researchers at Oregon State University and elsewhere are continuing to examine the role of vitamin E in horse health, including disease prevention and therapy. In particular, vitamin E deficiencies and/or supplementation could be important... Read More

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Grains of Glory

October 09, 2001

It's five p.m., and up and down the aisle of a large boarding stable, the nickering and rumbling begin. What's the cause of the excitement? Nothing more than a metal scoop digging into a bin of grain, a sound that tips off every equine resident... Read More

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Housing Your Horse

October 05, 2001

In the back of your mind somewhere there lurks a Dream Barn. Go on, admit it. You've planned it down to the last luxurious detail--from the Olympic-sized riding arena (with the climate-impervious perfect footing) right down to the automatic fly... Read More

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Probiotics and Digestive Aids: Microbes to the Rescue

October 05, 2001

While the horse receives the bulk of the nutrients as his food is broken down, he's not the only one who benefits; the microbes take their share and thus maintain their populations. Their presence is essential to the horse, who could not digest fiber... Read More

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Risk Management for MRLS in 2002 Detailed; Cause Still Unconfirmed

October 05, 2001

Researchers have not pinpointed the cause of mare reproductive loss syndrome (MRLS), but on Tuesday night they gave Central Kentucky farm managers some proactive steps in hopes of preventing its effects next year. Dr. Scott Smith, the dean of th... Read More

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Amazing Minerals

October 04, 2001

Of all the ingredients of a horse's diet, minerals are unique. They contain no carbon, which makes them inorganic molecules. In fact, essentially, they’re rocks--and it can be difficult to imagine their being digested by a horse. But minerals are a... Read More