Recent News for Special Needs Nutrition

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Baled Hay vs. Pellets: What's Best for My Horse?

February 29, 2016

Considering a switch? A nutritionist weighs the benefits and drawbacks of feeding horses pelleted hay.... Read More

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Feeding the Picky Pre-PPID Horse

February 22, 2016

A nutritionist offers ideas for getting a pre-Cushing's horse to eat his supplements while maintaining his special diet.... Read More

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5 Tips for Feeding Lactating Mares

February 21, 2016

Lactating mares must maintain weight while providing foals with critical nutrients. Here's how to feed them.... Read More

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Nutritional Considerations for Breeding Stallions

February 15, 2016

As breeding season approaches, owners should consider a few key points about studs' nutritional needs. ... Read More

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Tips for Maintaining Senior Horses' Weight

February 15, 2016

Learn how to alter senior horses' diets to maximize health and longevity in the face of common health issues.... Read More

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University of Tennessee to Host Conference for Horse Owners

February 13, 2016

Lecture topics include nutrition, PPID, parasitology, back pain, toxic plants, natural foot care, and dentistry.... Read More

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A Look at Pony Club's Feeding Rules

February 08, 2016

Our nutrition expert, who's also a USPC regional supervisor, shares the basic nutrition rules every Pony Clubber learns.... Read More

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Deciphering Your Feed Tag, Part 3: Senior Horses

February 08, 2016

Learn what nutrients are in your senior horse's feed and why his body needs them.... Read More

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Managing the Anxious Horse

February 05, 2016

Find out how to keep you, your prone-to-worry horse, and those around him safe.... Read More

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Finally! A Slow Feeder Option That Works for Me!

January 25, 2016

After a year of trial and error, I finally found a slow hay feeder solution for my horses. Maybe it'll work for yours!... Read More

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Feeding Horses to Increase Weight and Body Condition

January 18, 2016

Find out what you need to consider when feeding a horse to increase weight and body condition. ... Read More

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Winter Farm Care Checklist

January 14, 2016

Experts share their time-tested steps for cold weather readiness around the barn.... Read More

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Poll Recap: Readers Confident in Horses' Nutrition

January 12, 2016

The majority of respondents said they were somewhat or very confident in their horse's nutrition program. ... Read More

Food packed between cheek teeth can cause bad breath.

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Signs Your Horse Needs a Dental Exam

January 12, 2016

Are your horse's teeth bothering him? Here are some common signs to watch for. ... Read More

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Supplementing Selenium

January 11, 2016

When does a horse need selenium supplementation and what's the best way to provide it? An equine nutritionist weighs in.... Read More

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Feeding Horses on Stall Rest

January 11, 2016

Take steps to manage your horse's weight and behavior while he's cooped up. ... Read More

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How Much Grain Should I Feed My Colic-Prone Horse?

January 04, 2016

An owner with a colicky horse is worried that grain could be the culprit and wants to know how much to feed.... Read More

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Feeding Horses Before Laparoscopic Surgery

January 03, 2016

Fasting horses before laparoscopic surgery decreases the amount of gas in the intestines, which can prove beneficial.... Read More

Whether or not your horse needs a blanket depends on his age, body condition, weather exposure, and cold tolerance, and whether he's clipped or has his winter coat. Turnout blankets appropriate for winter weather are waterproof and offer protection from the weather. The heavier the fabric's denier rating, the more durable your horse's blanket should be.

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The Horse's Top Podcasts of 2015

December 30, 2015

Learn about winter care, hay options, conditioning horses, rehabbing after injury, beet pulp vs. rice bran, and more.... Read More

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Nutrition New Year's Resolutions

December 28, 2015

Are you resolving to improve your horse's nutritional status next year? An equine nutritionist shares her tips.... Read More

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Sugars and Peppermints: Not Safe Treats for All Horses

December 20, 2015

Horses with certain health conditions should skip sweet treats. Find out if your horse is one.... Read More

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UK Graduate Student Spotlight: Christine Latham

December 19, 2015

Latham is researching amino acid supplementation's effects on whole body and muscle protein synthesis in aged horses.... Read More

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Protein's Role in Fueling Performance Horses

December 11, 2015

Protein--made up of amino acids--mainly functions in muscle, tendon, and ligament development and repair.... Read More

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Keeping Horses in the Asphalt Jungle

December 10, 2015

From vets stuck in city traffic to vexing ventilation issues, urban-dwelling horse owners deal with unique challenges. ... Read More

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How Genetically Modified is Your Horse's Feed?

December 07, 2015

You might be surprised to find out with this introduction to GMOs.... Read More