Recent News for Sports Nutrition

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Fiber in Hay: What's the Magic Number?

May 01, 2008

Horses evolved to eat a lot of fiber, spending up to 17 hours a day grazing various forage plants. But not all fiber is created equal, especially when it comes to hay.

Hay carries a few challenges compared to living forages. One, compared t... Read More

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Oral Joint Supplements for Horses

May 01, 2008

With scores of oral joint health supplements on the market, how do horse owners know which to buy? This article examines the current state of the equine nutritional supplement industry, and it presents a seven-step "ACCLAIM" approach for horse owners... Read More

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Hyaluronic Acid vs. Triamcinolone Acetate for Osteoarthritis

April 11, 2008

Osteoarthritis has a major impact on pain and athleticism of horses, and many medications are used to combat it. At the 2007 American Association of Equine Practitioners Convention, held Dec. 1-5 in Orlando, Fla., an in vitro study comparing... Read More

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Alfalfa Hay Reduces Ulcer Severity

April 02, 2008

If your horse has ulcers, giving him omeprazole isn't the only thing you can do to help reduce the severity of the problem. Noah Cohen, VMD, PhD, MPH, Dipl. ACVIM, discussed a study that found alfalfa hay reduced the severity of ulcers in young, ... Read More

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Doxycycline Antibiotic Might Help Treat Arthritis

April 01, 2008

Osteoarthritis is the most common human joint disorder in the world, and in the equine industry it's the most economically important disease. It's the primary cause of decreased athletic function and wastage in racehorses.... Read More

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Glucosamine and Joint Health: Pharmacologic Research Ongoing

March 26, 2008

Canadian researchers recently compared the pharmacologic properties of two different forms of glucosamine--hydrochloride and sulphate. They measured significantly higher levels of glucosamine in synovial fluid samples from horses receiving the oral... Read More

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Myristol's Effects on Clinical Joint Disease

March 25, 2008

For the study, 39 horses in Missouri and Florida (on a broodmare farm, a Thoroughbred retirement center, and in two university equestrian programs) were selected for naturally occurring osteoarthritis that caused Grade 2-4 lameness on a scale of 0-4.... Read More

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Reducing Hindgut Acidosis

March 17, 2008

Acidosis (abnormally high acidity) in the hindgut (the large intestine and colon) can cause a number of problems in horses, including anorexia, colic, laminitis, and stereotypic (continuous, repetitive, and serving no purpose) behaviors such as... Read More

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Feeds and Supplements

March 01, 2008


The key to a good feed program is to start with the proper type of forage for the individual, then (if needed) pick the right concentrate or supplement.

Most horse owners try to provid... Read More

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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