Recent News for Sports Nutrition

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Study Shows Horses Able to Absorb Fatty Acid Supplements

January 22, 2008

Illinois researchers studying the effect of nutritional supplementation with essential fatty acids (EFAs) reported that EFAs are absorbed systemically after oral administration and alter the normal pool of fatty acids in the bloodstream of horses.... Read More

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FDA Dietary Supplement Rule Not Applicable to Veterinary Products

December 26, 2007

Scientific studies performed over the past decade have demonstrated the widespread availability of poor quality and potentially unsafe dietary supplements for both human and animal consumption. These include supplements that:

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Alfalfa Might Buffer Gastric Acid Production, Prevent Ulcers

December 19, 2007

Feeding grain, confinement, exercise, and overall environmental stress factors are thought to cause ulcers, he said. It's commonly thought that horses turned out on pastures are better off than those that are confined. However, if grass hay is the on... Read More

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Focus on Lameness

November 01, 2007


See what veterinarians and owners learned during the AAEP's late summer meeting on lameness.

Want to know what veterinarians talk about when they get together? This year it was... Read More

Routine hoof care is critical for your horse’s soundness and well-being. “A lot of times, when horses are on pasture, not in performance and not getting ridden very often, hoof problems arise due to longer intervals between care,” Tanner says. Whether a horse is barefoot or shod, “routine trimming by a skilled farrier,” is essential to reduce the possibility of laminitis, he adds.

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Older Horses Part 4: Hoof and Joint Care

October 01, 2007

The aging process brings with it some inevitable changes in horses. ... Read More

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Feeds and Supplements for Older Horses

August 01, 2007

Equine nutritionists discuss a variety of feeds and feeding practices to help horses cope with problems.... Read More

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Feed Supplements for Horses

August 01, 2007

A feed supplement is anything fed to a horse in addition to a natural diet of forage. Technically grain is a supplement. But the term has come to mean any additional nutrients (such as certain vitamins and minerals, extra protein, energy, etc.) tha... Read More

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Avocado Soybean Unsaponifiable (ASU) Extracts Earn a Passing Grade for Equine Osteoarthritis

July 30, 2007

Avocado and soybean unsaponifiable (ASU) extracts--the fraction of oil that does not form soap after hydrolysis--are some of the newest joint products to grace the equine nutritional supplement shelves. The beneficial effects of ASU for horses... Read More

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Oral Joint Supplements: Do They Work?

July 29, 2007

Low bioavailability of oral glucosamine, poor product quality, low recommended doses, and a lack of scientific evidence showing efficacy of popular oral joint supplements are major concerns.... Read More

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First Equine Product Tested by ConsumerLab.com Passes

June 13, 2007

An independent testing laboratory results provider, ConsumerLab.com, recently announced that GLC 5500 glucosamine/chondroitin equine powder concentrate passed the company's testing criteria. According to ConsumerLab.com president Tod Cooperman,... Read More

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Finding and Testing Low-Sugar Forage

May 14, 2007

Did the brown, stemmy, overmature hay you thought was perfect for your easy keepers make them even fatter? ... Read More

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Managing the Hard Keeper

April 29, 2007

Horses lose weight for a variety of reasons--some medical, some man-made. Learn why your horse might be underweight and what you can do about it.

Have your veterinarian perform a complete physical examination to rule-out medical diseases or... Read More

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Challenges of Feeding High-Performance Horses

April 01, 2007

"A horse that's working hard does have a high energy requirement," says Nielsen. "And when we are trying to get that into a horse, we have to feed him a fair bit of concentrate, meaning grain, of course. In this case, we run the risk of health... Read More

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AAEP Convention 2006: Lameness

March 01, 2007

Oral Joint Supplements: Do They Work?

In 2005, nutraceutical... Read More

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Nutrition to Go

March 01, 2007

A group of veterinarians gathered at the Land O' Lakes Purina Mills headquarters in St. Louis, Mo., last fall to participate in discussions on subjects that ranged from Cushing's disease to proper nutrition for horses young and old. Nicholas Frank,... Read More

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Warming Up to the Idea

February 01, 2007

Riders understand the importance of warming up as a way to ready the horse's mind and body for the challenges ahead, but there is more to a warm-up than simple preparation. Correctly done, prior exercise substantially benefits physical performance... Read More

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Joint Supplements: What's Hip and What's Hype?

November 06, 2006

The following is a summary of Dr. Gray's presentation on selecting joint supplements, part of the SmartPak GetSmart series.

Horses can experience improved joint health with appropriate supplementation whether they are old or young, in... Read More

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Oral Supplement Combination Reduces Joint Inflammation

November 01, 2006

Several studies have suggested that administering a combination of oral glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate (Glu/Chon) provides a greater benefit than giving each by itself. After eight years of research, Martha Rodgers, VMD, a private... Read More

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Anatomy and Physiology Part 11: Of Blood and Breath

November 01, 2006

There are few similarities between horses and automobiles, but in a manner of speaking, the horse's circulatory and respiratory systems constitute its engine. The food a horse consumes is its fuel. The fuel is converted into nutritional energy that... Read More

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Jersey Officials Await Test Results; Fields Take Hit

October 25, 2006

New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority officials are awaiting test results on a horse that shipped from a Canadian farm to the Monmouth Park backstretch and is suspected of having equine herpesvirus.

The horse, which was sent to the... Read More

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Bee Pollen Product Increases Appetite, Study Shows

October 12, 2006

Researchers at Michigan State University (MSU) have reported in a pilot study that a bee pollen-based product shows promise in improving athletic horses' feed intake.... Read More

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N.C. Cooperative Extension Kicks Off Horse Husbandry Series

October 09, 2006

The North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service Horse Husbandry Section at North Carolina State University will kick off its 2006-2007 Extension Horse Short Course and Clinic Series in October with an introductory level horse judging short... Read More

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An Equine Athlete's Heart

September 14, 2006

Trainers, owners, and researchers have long pondered the effects of a large heart (one that is naturally occurring and not a result of disease), and have even attempted to use heart size as a predictor of athletic ability.... Read More

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The Latest on the Omegas (Fats)

August 01, 2006

Glance through nearly any newspaper or magazine, and you're bound to see ads proclaiming the health benefits of omega-3 fatty acids in the human diet. Interest in the topic is keen: Studies in humans and other species have found omega-3 fatty acids... Read More

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Varying Glucosamine Levels in Products

April 01, 2006

A Canadian study evaluating oral equine glucosamine supplements found glucosamine levels didn't always meet product label claims. Additionally, based on dosing recommendations and actual glucosamine content, the recommended maintenance dosage (1... Read More