Recent News for Special Needs Nutrition

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2017 Mid-Atlantic Nutrition Conference Takes Place April 5-6

February 10, 2017

Equine lecture topics will include feeding endocrine-challenged horses, allergies, equine aging, supplements, and more.... Read More

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Will Whey Protein Improve My Horse's Topline?

February 06, 2017

Our equine nutrition expert addresses toplines, horse protein needs, and whether whey is the way to go.... Read More

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What's All the Hype? Feeding the Energetic Horse

February 06, 2017

Find out how some simple diet changes might help calm your hyperactive horse.... Read More

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Feed Tags: Four Components to Evaluate

February 03, 2017

Pay special attention to the purpose statement, guaranteed analysis, ingredients, and directions for use.... Read More

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UK Graduate Student Spotlight: Yatta Boakari

January 28, 2017

Boakari is studying protein's effects on mare reproductive parameters such as early pregnancy loss and embryo quality.... Read More

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Feed Weanlings Carefully to Support Growth, Reduce DOD

January 23, 2017

A forage-based, total mixed-ration cube fed free choice supported weanling growth rates without increasing DOD cases.... Read More

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Do Probiotics Help Prevent Foal Diarrhea?

January 22, 2017

The probiotic researchers tested had "disappointing" results, but not all studies have yielded negative results.... Read More

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Deciphering Your Feed Tag: Performance Horse Feeds

January 21, 2017

These feeds are designed to boost horses' calorie intake and meet additional nutrient needs that increase with work. ... Read More

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

January 16, 2017

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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Late-Term Troubles

January 13, 2017

Learn about five complications veterinarians might encounter toward the end of a mare's gestation.... Read More

“Clients often ask, ‘What kind of grain should I use?’” Tanner says. “I always ignore that question and immediately ask, ‘What kind of hay are you giving them?’ If you have bad hay, you’re not going to fix that with more grain.” Tanner also recommends checking with your vet before giving your horse supplements, since nutraceuticals are not regulated by the FDA. “You could be wasting a good bit of money on something that’s not good for your horse,” he says.

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Resolve to Weigh Your Horse's Feed

January 09, 2017

Do you want to make sure your horse is getting the right amount of feed? Use a scale!... Read More

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Diseases That Affect Nutrient Delivery in Horses

January 08, 2017

Watch for these conditions that impact nutrient absorption and lead to weight loss.... Read More

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Feeding Older Horses With PPID, IR, or Metabolic Disease

January 02, 2017

Are there any parameters for offering senior feeds to horses diagnosed with Cushing's and laminitis?... Read More

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2017 UK Equine Showcase, Breeders' Short Course Scheduled

December 23, 2016

Lecture topics will include vaccinations, disease surveillance, foal nutrition, R. equi, biosecurity, and more.... Read More

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When is an Older Horse Ready for Senior Feed?

December 19, 2016

As horses age, they might require additional nutritional support. Get advice for feeding senior horses.... Read More

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Risks Associated With Feeding Horses Traditional Bran Mashes

December 12, 2016

While steeped in tradition, feeding bran mashes can cause GI distress in horses. Learn why, and discover alternatives.... Read More

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Equine Weight Management: Facts and Fiction

December 11, 2016

Are you trying to help your horse gain or lose weight? Here are some facts and fallacies to consider.... Read More

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Can Fat Help Horses Gain Weight in Winter?

December 05, 2016

Find out how to safely feed horses fat and if it's a good weight-gain solution.... Read More

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Ready Mares in Fall for Foals in Spring

December 01, 2016

Reproductive health, vaccination status, and nutrition are key to readying your mare to care for her foal.... Read More

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Researchers Seeking Input for Senior Horse Study

November 29, 2016

The team is looking at dental problems in old horses, changes owners make to feeding regimens, and more.... Read More

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Can Horses Eat Citrus?

November 28, 2016

A reader asks about the risks and benefits of her horse eating a favorite treat: grapefruit. Our nutritionist weighs in.... Read More

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Understanding Healthy Foals' Caloric Requirements

November 19, 2016

Foal nutrition can be complicated, making it important for owners to understand newborns' nutritional needs.... Read More

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5 Facts About Flax

November 19, 2016

What exactly is flax and how does it benefit the horse? Here are five things to know about flaxseed. ... Read More

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Mare and Foal Nutrition

November 16, 2016

Can I use alfalfa pellets or beet pulp to meet my mare and her 7-month-old foal's calcium requirements?... Read More

“Clients often ask, ‘What kind of grain should I use?’” Tanner says. “I always ignore that question and immediately ask, ‘What kind of hay are you giving them?’ If you have bad hay, you’re not going to fix that with more grain.” Tanner also recommends checking with your vet before giving your horse supplements, since nutraceuticals are not regulated by the FDA. “You could be wasting a good bit of money on something that’s not good for your horse,” he says.

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Poll Recap: Weighty Feed Options

November 15, 2016

Of the 758 respondents, only 106 (14%) said they weigh everything their horse gets to eat. ... Read More