Recent News for Supplements


Feeding the Foot

October 10, 2001

Can you feed a foot? "You bet!" Say a dozen ads in this (and almost every other) horse magazine. Can you improve a horse's flexibility at higher levels of performance or increase the quality of joint fluid by feeding a supplement? "It's... Read More


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


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


Echinacea Proven Effective In Horses

September 13, 2001

The Equine Research Centre (ERC) in Guelph, Ontario, in the past year has undertaken an exhaustive series of studies on the safety and efficacy of herbal supplements for horses. Many of these studies are the first quantifiable, species-specific... Read More


"Herbal Advantage" Product Causes Positive Drug Tests

August 01, 2001

An undisclosed number of positive tests for the class 3 drugs phenylpropanoloamine and norpseudoephedrine has prompted the California Horse Racing Board (CHRB) to urge trainers to scrutinize any herbal products or food supplements they feed thei... Read More


MSM Helps Sore Muscles

June 01, 2001

A recent study performed by Ron Riegel, DVM, on 30 racing Standardbreds confirms that the popular nutraceutical supplement MSM (methylsulfonylmethane) can have far-reaching effects on the ability of equine muscle tissue to rebound from exercise... Read More


Flaxseed Might Help Fight Sweet-Itch

June 01, 2001

A University of Guelph Equine Research Centre (ERC) study indicates that flaxseed (linseed) can relieve symptoms of sweet-itch, an allergic skin condition more formally known as recurrent seasonal pruritis. Sweet-itch is a common complaint in... Read More


Coat Improvement With Supplements?

May 01, 2001

Your horse's coat isn't looking as good as it should. Your neighbor attributes her horse's fantastic coat to a supplement she's been using--but then, this is the same neighbor who swears by a lose-fat-while-you-sleep supplement for herself.... Read More


A Close Look at Supplement Research

February 01, 2001

Today's horse is exposed to a fairly uniform diet, with hay or pasture lacking in diversity. Hay or pasture (forage) is the backbone of this unvaried diet, and the purpose of dietary supplementation should be to complement the diet for different situ... Read More


Comments on Joint Supplements

January 01, 2001

In the November 2000 issue of The Horse, an article discusses equine joint supplements and the "most controversial areas of supplementation." The... Read More


Joint Supplements Controversy

November 01, 2000

In this issue, we discuss one of the hottest, and most controversial, areas of supplementation on the equine market--glucosamine, chondroitin sulfate, and other oral supplements for horses with signs of osteoarthritis or degenerative joint... Read More


Supplements And Drugs

October 01, 2000

There is much confusion among horse owners about products. This stems from the avalanche of new products being marketed over-the-counter as nutraceuticals or nutritional supplements. The claims made about these products often are what classifies... Read More


MSM Studies

September 01, 2000

A new study is being performed to evaluate the effectiveness of MSM in reducing pain and inflammation in Standardbred racehorses. The study is sponsored by Carolwood Corporation (maker of an MSM product) and conducted by Ronald Reigel, DVM.... Read More


Alternative Therapies: Quality or Quackery?

June 01, 2000

In spite of (or perhaps because of) the ongoing debate about the merits of chiropractic, acupuncture, and other "alternative" treatments, these and other modalities are exploding in popularity. First embraced by human medicine, methods ranging from... Read More


Use and Abuse of Natural Products

June 01, 2000

Editor's Note: There are veterinary professionals who have welcomed alternative, holistic, and complementary therapies and modalities with open arms, adding these tools and treatments to their arsenal of care for equine patients. And there ar... Read More


Glucosamine/Chondroiton Study Published

June 01, 2000

Researchers from the University of Maryland’s Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, School of Pharmacy, recently published a report that showed some over-the-counter human products claiming to contain glucosamine and chondroitin did not have th... Read More


Incredible Edibles: Horse Treats

April 01, 2000

Horses tastes when it comes to goodies can be quite far-ranging.... Read More


Nutraceutical Supplements

February 01, 2000

Every tack shop, every feed store, every veterinarian's mobile dispensing van is virtually bulging with them these days--the buckets, tubs, and bottles of nutritional supplements available for your horse. Every horse magazine, including this one... Read More


Nutraceutical News

January 01, 2000

The Equine Research Centre of Guelph, Ontario, furthered its reputation for leading-edge health initiatives by hosting the first annual symposium of the Nutraceutical Alliance, a newly formed organization committed to delivering natural health... Read More


Licensing Agreement Claim False

October 27, 1999

The press release issued Sept. 1 by Select The Best of Carson City, Nev., regarding a licensing agreement with Nutramax Laboratories Inc. concerning a combination chondroitin sulfate and glucosamine hydrochloride product is completely false,... Read More


Canadian Equine Research

April 01, 1999

The University of Guelph, located in Ontario, Canada, is home of the world renowned Ontario Veterinary College (OVC). The university is a research-intensive and student-oriented facility. Its written mission is to serve society and to enhance th... Read More


Thrush and Advice for the Hoof-sore

November 01, 1997

What is the relationship between chronic, severe thrush and my horse's contracted heels?... Read More


Holistic Medicine

October 01, 1997

Change is taking place in the world of equine veterinary medicine as more and more horse owners and practitioners look to alternative or complementary forms of treatment or prevention for a wide variety of maladies. It wasn't... Read More



September 01, 1997

Homeopathy is the modality most difficult to describe in this series on alternative forms of medical treatment for horses. For one thing, even its most ardent advocates and learned practitioners don't know exactly how it works. For another, ther... Read More


Complementary Therapies for Horses

December 01, 1996

Alternative therapies, such as homeopathy, chiropractic, acupuncture, and herbal treatments, have been generating phenomenal interest in recent years, and many people believe these modalities might provide an adjunct to veterinary medicine... Read More