Recent News for Special Needs Nutrition

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UC Davis to Host Equine Medicine Symposium for Owners

April 01, 2011

The University of California, Davis, annual equine medicine symposium is scheduled for April 9. This year's topic is "The Golden Years: Helping Your Horse Mature Gracefully," and it will cover everything you ever wanted to know about helping your ... Read More

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Creep Feeding Provides Needed Nutrients to Nursing Foals

March 19, 2011

A nursing foal's nutritional requirements will exceed his dam's ability to supply nutrients a few months after birth, making creep feeding a good way to get the young horse off on the right hoof.... Read More

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Supplementing the Equine Diet with Essential Fatty Acids

March 16, 2011

Research indicates that supplementing essential fatty acids in horses' diets is useful and might be required.... Read More

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Nutrition, Senior Horse Care to be Featured at 2011 Bi-State Horse Workshop

March 05, 2011

Midwest horse enthusiasts are encouraged to register for the Illinois/Wisconsin Bi-State Horse Workshop on April 2, at the Kenosha County Center in Bristol, Wis. A full-day program organized and sponsored by Illinois and Wisconsin Cooperative ... Read More

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Carbohydrates 101 for Horses

March 01, 2011

Carbohydrates are important energy sources for horses, and they are required for digestive health.... Read More

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Nutritional Support for the Lactating Mare and Growing Foal

February 27, 2011

Providing your broodmare with a proper diet is critical to producing a healthy foal.... Read More

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Understanding Carbohydrates in Equine Diets

February 04, 2011

When it comes to managing the carbohydrates in a horse's diet, knowing the basics of how horses digest food is half the battle. Laurie Lawrence, PhD, an equine nutritionist from the University of Kentucky's Department of Animal and Food Science who ... Read More

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Young Horse Development: Birth to Six Months

February 01, 2011

Learn about the factors contributing to a foal's healthy development as he grows into a young horse: Genetics, nutrition, social development, immunity, growth rates, weaning, hoof care, and more.... Read More

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Endocrine Disease Table Topic (AAEP 2010)

January 27, 2011

One of the Table Topic discussions at the 2010 American Association of Equine Practitioners annual meeting, held Dec. 4-8 in Baltimore, Md., addressed equine endocrine disorders. Moderators and attendees discussed diagnostic testing for equine ... Read More

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Microbial Colonization of the Foal's GI Tract

January 23, 2011

Colonization of the foal’s GI tract by pathogenic organisms can lead to diarrhea.... Read More

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DHA Positively Affects Semen Quality

January 12, 2011

Various supplements are commonly given to breeding stallions in hopes of improving semen quality, but conflicting reports exist on their effectiveness. Researchers have found, however, that the supplement ingredient DHA, an omega-3 fatty acid found ... Read More

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Rutgers Equine Science Center Announces Aging Horse Care Seminar

January 12, 2011

The care and management of aging horses is the overarching theme of the upcoming horse management seminar hosted by the Rutgers Equine Science Center and Rutgers Cooperative Extension. The seminar, scheduled from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Feb. 13 at ... Read More

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Nutritional Needs for Mares in Late Gestation

January 06, 2011

Breeders with mares in late gestation need to remember that the mothers-to-be have different nutritional needs than open (nonpregnant) mares. In the last 90 days of pregnancy, fetal growth increases the mare's energy requirements. Since grain mixes ... Read More

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Fescue: A Danger to Pregnant Mares

January 02, 2011

In many parts of the world horse pastures contain a fair percentage of fescue, a hardy perennial grass that thrives despite heavy hoof traffic, intense grazing, and adverse growing conditions. Unfortunately, there's a drawback: 75% of all fescue is ... Read More

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Chronic Weight Loss

January 01, 2011

Chronic weight loss in the horse presents a diagnostic challenge that requires careful attention to detail. ... Read More

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Winter Farm Care Checklist

January 01, 2011

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

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Feeding Foals

January 01, 2011

A foal's diet during the first year impacts his musculoskeletal health and future athletic performance.... Read More

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Ask the Vet LIVE: Feeding Foals and Young Horses Recording Now Available

December 27, 2010

TheHorse.com's Ask the Vet LIVE on Feeding Foals and Young Horses, held on Dec. 15, is now available for listening on demand. Questions about developmental orthopedic disease in horses, grains, forages, supplements, breed differences, and more... Read More

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Antioxidants for Top Performance

December 19, 2010

Oxidation is a metabolic process that allows horses to transform carbohydrates, fats, and proteins into energy... Read More

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Supplements: Readers Dish for Their Foals

December 07, 2010

TheHorse.com readers responded to a poll asking, "At what age do you start feeding your foal(s) supplements?" ... Read More

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Feeding the Estrous Cycle: Tailoring the Mare's Diet

December 01, 2010

Mares must have a well-balanced diet and healthy body condition to cycle properly, conceive, and carry a foal.... Read More

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Breeding Horse Nutrition

December 01, 2010

Regardless of general feeding guidelines for breeding horses, body condition score (BCS) is the most objective assessment of a horse's fat covering and also the best predictor of reproductive performance or efficiency.... Read More

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Dummy Foal Syndrome (Equine Neonatal Maladjustment Syndrome)

December 01, 2010

Foals exhibit abnormal, often vague behaviors and/or neurologic signs during their first few days of life. ... Read More

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Researchers: Selenium's Value is in the Sperm, Not the Blood

October 08, 2010

The trace element selenium appears to reinforce sperm quality and thus maintain a stallion's fertility.... Read More

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Kentucky Horse Council to Partner with Normandy, France Horse Council

October 04, 2010

The relationships between the Kentucky equine industry and the Normandy equine industry will be strengthened when the Kentucky Horse Council and the Normandy Horse Council jointly announce an International Equine Cooperative Partnership between... Read More