Recent News for Special Needs Nutrition

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The Secrets of Longevity

August 01, 2011

With horses now living well into their 20s and 30s, owners need to implement care and management practices tha... Read More

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Using Nutrition to Prevent and Manage Equine Disease

July 19, 2011

Adjusting what a horse consumes can help prevent or squelch some equine ailments.... Read More

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Feeding Your Horse to Perform

June 01, 2011

A high-performance horse's body needs fuel to run efficiently and at its optimal level. ... Read More

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Young Horse Development Part 2: Six Months to 1.5 Years

June 01, 2011

How you manage, feed, and care for your young horse can affect his future performance. ... Read More

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Psyllium for Glucose and Insulin Control

April 23, 2011

Veterinarians often recommend psyllium for use as a laxative, specifically for clearing sand out of horses' intestines to minimize the chances of sand colic. But new research indicates there might be another use for the phytogenic (plant-based) ... Read More

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Potential Vitamin K Supplement Eyed for Equine Bone Health

April 21, 2011

A particular form of vitamin K could be a potential candidate for increasing equine bone density while decreasing breakdown. However, veterinarians caution that this is not a viable supplementation route to pursue until further research on the effect... Read More

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Evaluating Your Horse's Body Condition

April 20, 2011

Body condition scoring (BCS), an impartial way to evaluate a horse's weight and welfare, is a valuable tool that helps horse owners understand their horses' well-being. It is an important aid that can be used to make sound decisions regarding general... Read More

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Gastric Ulcers and Weanlings: Effects of Diet Type

April 16, 2011

Gastric ulcers can affect horses of all breeds, ages, shapes, and sizes. Weanlings are among these: They are transitioning from a diet of milk to one of forages and concentrates, while also experiencing the stress of separation from their dams. ... Read More

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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