Body Condition

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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

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Fall Transition Tips

October 08, 2010

Fall's arrival means it's time to get your horse and farm ready for winter. ... Read More

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The Dieting Horse

September 01, 2010

Weight management is an important issue in equine medicine with metabolic syndrome and insulin resistance.... 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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Basic Conditioning of the Equine Athlete

August 02, 2010

Basic conditioning of the equine athlete involves consideration of the event in which the horse will be competing, the level of competition that you expect the horse to achieve, the time you have in which to condition the horse, and the horse... Read More

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Insulin Resistance

July 08, 2010

Equine Insulin Resistance is a reduction in sensitivity to insulin that decreases the ability of glucose to be... Read More

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Feeding the Starved Horse

June 01, 2010

When dealing with a starved horse, how should you feed him? How much, 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 Easy Keepers

May 01, 2010

The term "easy keepers" refers to horses and ponies that maintain or gain weight on a minimum amount of food.... Read More