Recent News for Special Needs Nutrition


Start the Breeding Season with Equine Nutrition Review

December 29, 2009

Horse owners can help to prepare their animals for the upcoming breeding season and keep them healthy through the winter through proper nutritional management and veterinary oversight, said Kristina G. Lu, VMD, Dipl. ACT, a theriogenologist at ... Read More


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


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


Omega-3 Fatty Acids: Consider the Source

December 02, 2009

The benefits of omega-3 fatty acids for horses are believed to be numerous: decreased inflammation in various tissues, increased immune response, maintenance of healthy membranes, and an upsurge in sperm production, to name just a... Read More


Stallions Ready for Action

December 01, 2009

Before your stallion heads to the shed, make sure he's in peak physical health and mentally ready to handle the rigors of the breeding season. Preparing the stallion for breeding season is a year-round job involving proper diet, exercise, and more.... Read More


Older Horse Elmer Bandit Ready for Winter

November 29, 2009

With four days of consecutive dressage lessons that ran from Nov. 20-23, Elmer Bandit, the 38-year-old National Competitive Trail mileage holder, observed Thanksgiving by resting at his Independence, Mo., boarding stable home.

How... Read More

Article en Español: Alimentando al Potro en Crecimiento

November 24, 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. Kee... Read More


Older Horses: Researcher Awarded Grant for Aging Study

October 13, 2009

Kristine Urschel, PhD, assistant professor in Animal and Food Sciences at the University of Kentucky, has been awarded a two-year $100,000 grant by the Morris Animal Foundation. Her study will be supervised by David Horohov, PhD, William Robert... Read More


Rutgers' Young Horse Program Adds Mustangs to the Mix

September 20, 2009

Mustangs are the latest twist in the Young Horse Program at the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, N.J.

Started in 1999 by Associate Professor Sarah Ralston, VMD, PhD, Dipl. ACVN, the... Read More


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


Exercising Horses: Effects of Eating Endophyte-Infected Tall Fescue

August 14, 2009

Known to withstand drought and high traffic, tall fescue is common forage in the southeastern United States. However, these resistant properties are partly associated with an endophytic fungus that infects the tall fescue plant. While the... Read More


Preventing Developmental Orthopedic Disease through Nutrition

July 29, 2009

Developmental orthopedic disease can rob a young horse of his future as a sound athlete. ... Read More

Article en Español: Alimentando Para Competencia

July 15, 2009

Alimentar caballos de alto rendimiento es un desafío.... Read More


Preventing Metabolic Disorders through Early Nutrition

June 12, 2009

Maternal nutrition and early foal nutrition could impact the development of the organs and systems that control energy metabolism later in life, suggest the authors of a recent research report. "In other species, it has been demonstrated... Read More


Feeding the Growing Foal

June 01, 2009

Start your foal out right to help avoid bone and tendon problems later in life. ... Read More


Hard at Work or Hardly Working? Equine Work Intensity

May 11, 2009

Optimal nutrition of the performance horse hinges foremost on the exercise it performs. Just as the diet of a human bodybuilder is dissimilar to that of a marathon runner, most horses are fed with performance goals in mind. Therefore, accurately... Read More


Filling a Need? (Supplements)

May 01, 2009

Do your homework and consider your horse's entire nutritional picture before adding supplements.... Read More


Study: Starch Limitation Key for Short-Term Blood Sugar Control

April 22, 2009

To better control blood sugar and insulin levels, horse owners are encouraged to limit starch intake in their animals, rather than only supplementing their horse's diet with fats, recommends Ingrid Vervuert, DrMedVet, PhD, and... Read More


Rutgers Young Horse Program Auction April 26

March 25, 2009

The Young Horse Teaching and Research Program at the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences at Rutgers University will offer 14 draft cross yearlings for purchase at the 10th Annual NAERIC Yearling Horse Auction.

This year's auctio... Read More


Tooth Characteristics and Feed Digestibility

March 16, 2009

Think floating a horse's teeth improves his feed digestion? Think again, says one study. ... Read More


Purina Wants to Hear About Your Senior Horse

February 26, 2009

Owners of senior horses and ponies have very special stories to tell. Now horse enthusiasts can share their stories with the rest of the country by entering the Purina Senior Horse Tales Contest online at Read More


Tart Cherry Juice May Reduce Muscle Damage

February 08, 2009

A recent human study has found that tart cherry juice blend (TCJB) had beneficial effects on exercising muscle. The objective was to determine if TCJB can lessen exercise-induced muscle damage in horses, as measured by serum enzymatic markers.... Read More


Older Horses Require Extra Care

January 15, 2009

Stiff joints, poor teeth, and weight changes aren't just signs of aging in humans; they afflict horses, too.... Read More


Horse Health Tips for Extreme Cold Weather

January 14, 2009

This winter has been unusually cold in some areas, with temperatures well below freezing for many days in a row. This extreme cold weather can be particularly dangerous to animals that live outdoors. The Michigan State University Veterinary... Read More


12 Months of Feeding Tips

January 01, 2009

Here's how to roll with Mother Nature through the seasons, nutritionally speaking.... Read More