Recent News for Nutrition-Related Problems

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Bute Toxicity in Neonates

May 01, 2002

Q: My wife and I were told that giving Bute (phenylbutazone) to a mare in foal can cause heart defects in the foal, similar to aspirin taken by women in early pregnancy. Is there any connection? A: Signs of phenylbutazone toxicity in foals whose...... Read More

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Mycotoxin Binders Not Labeled Legally

April 12, 2002

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says the claims made by some feed products that they contain mycotoxin binders is illegal. In Kentucky last year, many feeds and supplements were touted as having mycotoxin binders in the face of mare... Read More

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Mesquite Tree Beans Toxic?

April 01, 2002

My horse recently had a horrible colic episode due to mesquite tree beans. Every summer these trees produce large bean pods, which evidently taste like candy to horses. According to my vet, they also slow down gut motility--hence the colic. ... Read More

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Which Trees are Toxic?

April 01, 2002

It's hard to imagine that a natural part of our environment could possibly be harmful to our horses. However, many plants are not only poisonous, but potentially deadly to horses. Many plants and trees have strong medicinal qualities; early... Read More

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Water Contamination

December 01, 2001

Any treatise you've ever read on caring for horses probably includes the line, "Provide access to plenty of fresh, clean water." Although we all understand that this is good advice--all living things need this simple, essential liquid--we don't... Read More

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Non-Toxic Linseed

November 01, 2001

Horse owners wanting to take advantage of flaxseed's omega-3 content can rest easy. Flaxseed, or linseed, has a reputation as a toxic substance to horses when fed uncooked--earned because the seeds contain a small amount of cyanogenetic... Read More

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When Your Horse Thinks He's a Termite...

November 01, 2001

Q: Is chewing pressure-treated wood (the green-tinged wood) dangerous for horses?

Catherine

Q: Our horses have started eating our fences and tree bark quite frequently this year.... 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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New MRLS Theory Suggested

October 12, 2001

The examination of mycotoxins, wild cherry trees, molds, cyanide, odd climatic conditions, and unusually heavy caterpillar infestation has led to one more possible theory to how mare reproductive loss syndrome was triggered this... 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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HYPP: Hyperkalemic Periodic Paralysis

October 10, 2001

They gave the muscular Quarter Horse colt an ambitious name: Impressive. He lived up to the name in such dramatic fashion that it became a household word in Quarter Horse circles - especially among breeders and exhibitors involved in showing... 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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Medical Messengers--British Equine Veterinary Association

October 08, 2001

The annual meeting of the British Equine Veterinary Association provided a wealth of information on topics ranging from tendons and ligaments to muscle diseases, from disorders of the back to conformation. Sue Dyson, MA, VetMB, PhD, DEO, FRCVS,... 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

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Soil and Water Testing

October 02, 2001

As you push your shopping cart down the aisle at the supermarket, it's likely become routine for you to do a quick scan of the nutritional analysis printed on the side of every cereal box and container of yogurt you select. Instantly, you know how... Read More

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Tying Up is Split Up

October 01, 2001

Muscle disease in performance horses commonly is referred to as tying-up, exertional rhabdomyolysis, azoturia, or Monday morning disease. Horses experiencing tying-up show a stiff gait; reluctance to move; firm, painful muscle cramps; profuse... Read More

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Tying-Up Syndrome

September 13, 2001

I just bought a Thoroughbred filly which was in race training, but retired without running because of recurrent bouts of ‘tying-up.’ She had been turned out for six months before I got her, and never showed any problems while on the farm.... Read More

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What's in Your Feed? (Contamination)

September 01, 2001

"Yuck!" you hear your friend exclaim from the feed room as you move down the barn aisle one evening, doling out flakes of hay.

"What is it?" you call over your shoulder.

"There are huge lumps of molasses in this bag of feed!" she... Read More

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Syndrome Survey Nearly Completed; Hemlock Poisoning Not Ruled Out

June 03, 2001

Researchers at the University of Kentucky looking into the cause of mare reproductive loss syndrome are in the process of completing a comprehensive survey involving more than 150 farms. The... Read More

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Grass Sickness Remains Research Priority

May 25, 2001

The death of Dubai Millennium from grass sickness has again highlighted the devastating effects of the disease, and brought to prominence research tied to finding causes and a cure.

In Great Britain, research is being carried out at Edinburg... Read More

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Latest Twist in Foal Loss Syndrome: Mycotoxins Out, Cyanide In

May 25, 2001

No longer does the mysterious Mare Reproductive Loss Syndrome appear to be the result of incredibly high mycotoxin levels in pasture grasses; now the most likely cause appears to be cyanide brought onto pastures from wild black cherry trees, carrie... Read More

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May 23 Update: Additional Evidence Ruling Out Mycotoxins

May 25, 2001

The University of Kentucky College of Agriculture on May 23 posted the following information on its web site at http://www.uky.edu/Agriculture/VetScience/mrls/briefings.htm... Read More

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Mother Nature's Toxic Spill: An Analysis of Mare Reproductive Loss Syndrome

May 24, 2001

A good mystery has many clues, some more obvious than others, and some more misleading. Researchers are scientific detectives, trying to piece together observations and facts that lead to a conclusion. But, while some cases are concluded with all... Read More

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Southern States' Triple Crown Feeds Contain Mycotoxin Binders

May 24, 2001

Southern States has included the patented mycotoxin binder MTB100 in its line of Triple Crown horse feeds since February of 2000, according to Bill Vandergrift, PhD, owner of Equivision nutrition company and a consulting nutritionist... Read More