Recent News for Special Needs Nutrition

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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

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Omega-3 Fatty Acids Benefit Sport Horse Health

October 01, 2010

Increasing the amount of omega-3 fatty acid in a horse's diet can positively affect his health and endurance.... Read More

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Ask the Vet LIVE Q&A: World Equestrian Games Horse Care Recording Now Available

September 18, 2010

TheHorse.com's Ask the Vet LIVE session on World Equestrian Games Horse Care, held on Sept. 8, is now available for listening on demand. Scores of questions on transportation of World Equestrian Games equine athletes, nutrition, pain management, and ... Read More

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The Disease of Obesity in Horses

September 01, 2010

Obesity can cause reproduction problems, bone and joint stress, insulin resistance, laminitis, and more.... Read More

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Focus on Health: The External Horse

August 01, 2010

Maintaining a horse's hair coat takes a lot of energy, protein, and certain trace elements and minerals. ... Read More

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Stallion Management: Excerpt from Breeders' Guide to Mare, Foal & Stallion Care

July 24, 2010

General considerations for good stallion management are maintenance of the stallion in excellent health and a stress-free environment that promotes normal sexual behavior and sperm production. The size and construction of housing for the stallion is ... Read More

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High Doses of Vitamin E Benefit Older Horses

July 14, 2010

Very high doses of vitamin E appear to benefit older horses' immune systems.... Read More

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Analyzing Feed and Forage for Horses

July 01, 2010

Awareness of what your horse is eating can help you determine if his dietary needs are being met and, if not, what can be added to meet those needs. With respect to the nutritional needs of a horse, it is important to know the meaning... Read More

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U.S. FDA and NIH Launch Safety Reporting Portal

June 07, 2010

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) recently launched the Safety Reporting Portal (SRP) website -- www.safetyreporting.hhs.gov -- allowing increased accessibility to submit reports concerning FDA-r... Read More

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Equine Nutritionists Help Assure Proper Feeding

May 16, 2010

Since much decision-making about feeding horses continues to be based on folklore, tradition, and misinformation, owners and trainers are encouraged to use nutrition resources, reported Olivia Martin at the 2010 Kentucky Equine Research Nutrition ... Read More

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Feeding the Immune System: Nutrient Support for Horses

May 01, 2010

Both humans and horses must consume nutrients to support all body systems, including the immune system. But how do we know which nutrients support the immune system?... Read More

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Fatty Acid Triheptanoin Comes Up Short for Horses with PSSM

April 03, 2010

Triheptanoin does not appear to be a good fat supplement for polysaccharide storage myopathy (PSSM) horses.... Read More

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New Young Horse Feeding Recommendations Based on Breed

March 16, 2010

Breed-specific growth models help fine-tune feeding recommendations for young horses in the near future. ... Read More

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Horse Protein Needs and Sources

March 12, 2010

Proteins, composed of essential and nonessential amino acids, are important nutrients for horses.... Read More

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Broodmare Nutrition Requirements Ramped Up

March 08, 2010

Mare nutritional status is a critical component in foal health from conception through weaning.... Read More

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Winter Care for Older Horses

February 01, 2010

Owners need to consider how they will meet their older horses' nutrient requirements during the winter.... Read More

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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