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November 01, 2005

Hot, dry Tucson, Ariz., doesn't conjure up images of equine nutrition research, but leading animal scientists convened there May 31-June 4 to present their latest findings on a variety of equine science topics. The following article highlights... Read More

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Metabolic Syndrome and Obesity in Horses

March 03, 2005

Equine nutritionists and wise horse owners have long known that obesity in horses is not a good thing. The obese horse often is incapable of performing even moderate tasks without becoming exhausted and, as a result, placing itself in danger of... Read More

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How to Manage Starved Horses and Effectively Work with Humane and Law Enforcement Officials

January 20, 2005

In an ideal scenario, horses that have been seized by humane organization officials and local law enforcement should be evaluated to determine if there's evidence of neglect or abuse, and to educate (owners) on how to take better care of the horses.... Read More

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Feeding in Winter

November 16, 2004

A horse's nutrient requirements increase with cold weather; he needs more calories to generate heat to keep warm. Mature horses in good condition usually don't need grain, however, if they have good winter pasture or grass hay. A little alfalfa hay... Read More

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Feeding the Problem Horse

October 19, 2004

Editor's Note: This excerpt is from Chapter 3 of Care & Management of Horses by Heather Smith Thomas. The book is available from Read More

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Feeding Horses With Laminitis

August 01, 2004

What do you feed a horse with laminitis? Nothing, plus a bit of hay is a common diet. Does it work? Yes, and no. Expert opinions and modern research are showing that, in some cases, nothing might be the wrong answer when it comes to feedstuffs,... Read More

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Obesity and Cushing's Disease

April 01, 2004

There is speculation that metabolic syndrome could be a factor in horses which develop Cushing's disease. ... Read More

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Diseases of Dietary Origin

March 01, 2004

The axiom, "You are what you eat" does have relevance to horses with regard to health and well-being. Although horses have evolved to eat plant material, not all plants are safe to eat. Some food substances directly exert toxic effects, while... Read More

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Purina Mills to Host Nation's Largest Horse Owner Educational Event, In Towns Across America

January 09, 2004

Officials for Purina Mills Horse Business Group announced plans to roll out their largest horse event of the year. The Purina Mills Horse Owner’s Workshop will give horse enthusiasts in markets across the country the opportunity to hear about th... Read More

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Obesity is Dangerous, Warns UK Researcher

May 07, 2003

Laminitis specialist Robert Eustace, BVSc, Cert EO, Cert. EP, MRCVS, director of The Laminitis Clinic in Wiltshire, England, wants horse obesity to be declared a welfare concern. In a campaign launched at the annual meeting of the International... Read More

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10 Tips on Getting Ready for Spring

March 01, 2003

You can feel it. You can smell it. Spring is in the air. Oh, to be sure, we aren't finished with cold weather in many parts of the country, but it won't be long before we will be ready to head out trail riding or be off on the spring horse show... Read More

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AAEP 2002: Recent Developments in Equine Nutrition

February 04, 2003

A lot has happened in the field of equine research in the last five years. Ginger Rich, PhD, of Rich Equine Nutritional Consulting in Eads, Tenn.; and Leslie Breuer, PhD, of LH Breuer and Associates, updated veterinarians and others who attended... Read More

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Resuscitating Foals

February 01, 2003

Cardiopulmonary cerebral resuscitation (CPCR, previously called CPR) is the restoration of spontaneous circulation (a heart beat) with the preservation of neurologic (brain) function. The most common and immediate problem requiring CPCR is an... Read More

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AAEP 2002: Feeding the Geriatric Horse

December 19, 2002

With more and more horses reaching geriatric status (over 20 years of age), it’s important to understand how their nutritional needs might change. Diets should be adjusted if necessary to help old-timers live long and healthy lives. David Pugh,... Read More

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Putting Weight on Hard Keepers

September 01, 2002

Is your horse a "hard keeper?" If so, you are well aware of how difficult it is to maintain adequate or desirable body condition in this type of horse. The reality is that no two horses are the same when it comes to the amount of feed (and numbe... Read More

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Restricting Grazing

April 01, 2002

There are some food needs that just can't be argued against: 1) Humans need popcorn plus a cola at the movies; 2) Women need chocolate anytime; 3) Horses need forage at all times. While these combinations aren't equal in terms of supplying... Read More

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Getting Your Horse in Shape

February 01, 2002

As spring approaches, visions of green grass, budding trees, and active wildlife might seem just around the corner for some. But for many of us, spring is but a dream, for we must endure a few more weeks of cold, snow, and ice-covered terrain.... Read More

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Matching Diet to Activity Level

December 01, 2001

When it comes to extracting the maximum effort out of your performance horse, there is no doubting the importance of a sound feeding program. He needs a balanced diet to replenish fuel reserves, repair tissue, and provide a foundation for... Read More

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How Does Your Horse Score?

November 01, 2001

Keeping a close eye on your horse's body condition and weight is perhaps the best way to gauge the effectiveness of a feeding program. We all want our horses to be in tip-top shape, well-muscled, and neither too fat nor too thin. The problem?... Read More

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Mating Mares Q&A

November 01, 2001

Readers ask questions of equine reproduction experts

Earlier this year, The Horse made a request to its Horse Health E-Newsletter subscribers: What questions do you have for specialists about breeding your mares? Our e-mail... Read More

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The Gastrointestinal (GI) Tract

October 16, 2001

Then there is the matter of the large colon, with its sacculated construction that seems made to order for twisting or strangulating when the pouches become distended by gas during a bout with colic.

There is also the matter of length. If... Read More

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Dietary Needs: Striking a Balance

October 01, 2001

You can't watch TV for more than half an hour these days without viewing at least one ad preaching the virtues of a balanced diet. Public service announcements emphasize the value of getting enough servings of fruits and vegetables. Cereal... Read More

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Dehydration Alert

July 01, 2001

When horses are working hard, especially in hot weather, they are particularly prone to dehydration and electrolyte imbalances. The official term for one symptom of these problems is a mouthful: synchronous diaphragmatic flutter... Read More

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Conditioning the Older Horse

March 01, 2001

What are the effects of advancing years on athletic performance? ... Read More

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Is Your Horse Enrolled In A Wellness Program

March 01, 2001

A wellness program for your horse will save you time, money, and most of all the headache of worrying if you're doing the right things at the right time. But with all the sources of horse health care information available today, how do you decid... Read More