Body Condition

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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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Equine Proliferative Enteropathy: Developing a Challenge Model (AAEP 2010)

February 08, 2011

It isn't every day that a new disease or ailment is discovered, as many of the most common equine health problems have been around for several decades, if not centuries. But within the past decade a new disease has emerged that appears most ... 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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Identifying and Managing Equine Metabolic Syndrome (EMS)

January 31, 2011

Diagnosing EMS and taking steps to manage it can allow your horse to live a healthy and productive life. ... Read More

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Second Annual Breeders' Short Course Recap

January 27, 2011

The University of Kentucky College of Agriculture partnered with the University of Minnesota (U of M) to present the 2nd Annual Kentucky Breeders' Short Course held Jan. 21 and 22 in Lexington. The first day of the course was designed for ... 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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Dieting Tips for Obese Horses

January 26, 2011

According to Alex Dugdale, MA, VetMB, DVA, Dipl. ECVA, MRCVS, a senior lecturer in the school of veterinary science at the University of Liverpool in England, "obesity (in horses) creeps up on us." When it comes to battling obesity, keeping the horse... Read More

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Feeding to Achieve a Moderate Body Condition

January 10, 2011

Every horseperson has seen the telltale signs of a thin horse: the disproportionately skinny neck, the protruding spine, the row of ribs, and the jutting hipbones. Thanks in part to advances made in feeding management, veterinary care, parasite... 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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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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The Hardy Horse

January 01, 2011

Our horses have several unique ways to stay comfortable in severe weather.... Read More

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The Fight to Conquer Equine Laminitis

January 01, 2011

Teams of veterinarians and farriers from around the country gathered at the fifth International Conference on Laminitis and Diseases of the Foot to discuss the most cutting-edge information available for the fight to conquer laminitis.... Read More

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Chronic Equine Weight Loss

January 01, 2011

A methodical evaluation of affected horses is more important than the lengthy list of possible diagnoses.... 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

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Feeding the Starved Horse

December 27, 2010

When dealing with a starved horse, how should you feed him? How much should you feed, how often, and what type of feed will bring the horse back to good health without causing more problems? The starved horse is in a most delicate health predicament... Read More

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Feeding Foals and Young Horses

December 15, 2010

Proper nutrition is a critical factor in raising a healty, sound foal.... Read More

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Individualized Hay Feeding Program Best for Horses

December 09, 2010

It is important to tailor each horse's feeding program to meet individual needs, according to study results. ... Read More

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Refeeding Malnourished Horses

December 09, 2010

Few sights are more tragic than malnourished or starved horses. Outright neglect does occur, but not all underweight horses are victims of abuse. Horses might be recovering from serious conditions that have led to weight loss, and their ... 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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Identifying Neglect of Horses

November 27, 2010

Everyone has a different mental picture of how a skinny horse looks, acts, and appears. Often the easiest way to determine if a horse needs to be investigated by authorities is to determine his or her body condition score using the Henneke Scale.

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Fit or Fat? (Equine Body Condition)

November 01, 2010

Most owners get mixed results the first time they try to assess their horse using the Henneke body condition scale. However, it is a useful tool every conscientious owner should master.... Read More

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How to Measure Your Horse (to Estimate His Weight)

October 15, 2010

Learn how to properly measure your horse's weight with Dr. Roberta Dwyer.... Read More

Horses, like people, can often gain or lose weight slowly over time, so owners may need their vet’s fresh set of eyes to identify a weight problem. A wellness exam can also identify metabolic conditions such as Cushing’s disease, says Tanner.

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Adult Horse Weight Calculator

October 12, 2010

Estimate your horse's weight using body length and heart girth measurements.... Read More