Vitamins & Minerals

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Horse Lysine Requirements Focus of Study

February 26, 2010

Lysine is one of the 20 amino acids essential to horses, but often is the most deficient in their diets due to its inadequate levels in commonly-fed cereal grains. Amino acids are the building blocks of protein, which form muscle, enzymes, and ... Read More

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SmartPak Offers Free Supplement Guide

February 23, 2010

SmartPak has introduced a new "Guide to Supplements and Horse Care," a publication that provides horse owners with a new way to learn about their horse's health and supplements.

Interested barns, pony clubs, 4-H clubs, ... Read More

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Horse Nutrients in Tandem

February 01, 2010

Your horse needs certain nutrients in his diet, but they don't work unilaterally on his body. Instead, they help each other to help your horse. If you understand how these nutrients support each other, you can make better feeding choices. ... Read More

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Broodmare Diet Impacts Placenta and Colostrum

December 04, 2009

The diet you offer your gestating mare, particularly in the last trimester, can influence development of the placenta as well as the level of immunoglobulins (IgGs) in the colostrum, reports a research team from North Dakota and... Read More

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Minerals and Vitamins

November 01, 2009

Vitamins and minerals pack a nutritional wallop several times the size of their portions.... Read More

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Grazing Horses in Moderately Polluted Areas

June 27, 2009

Horses might serve as good management tools for pastures moderately polluted by trace elements, according to Spanish researchers. And provided the animals receive adequate, systematic monitoring through biological sampling, they can be kept on... Read More

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Cutting Costs: Ditch Supplements That Are Unnecessary

April 13, 2009

In efforts to save money around the barn, researchers recommend horse owners carefully consider the supplements they're adding to their horses' feed. The researchers behind the 2008 study, "Read More

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9 Keys to Equine Nutrition

March 17, 2009

Lydia F. Gray, DVM, MA, described 9 keys to understanding equine nutrition at the 2008 AAEP Convention.... Read More

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Sand Colic Review Finds Correction Caveats

February 03, 2009

Sand's heavy, abrasive nature makes it worth specific investigation when it comes to impaction in the equine intestine, according to a group of Israeli researchers who conducted a 12-year review of horses undergoing surgery to relieve... Read More

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12 Months of Feeding Tips

January 01, 2009

Here's how to roll with Mother Nature through the seasons, nutritionally speaking.... Read More

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Survey Finds Eventers Nutritionally Sound, but Oversupplemented

December 28, 2008

In a survey of leading three-day event riders, researchers found that the majority of riders fed their horses based on research-driven recommendations, but the number of supplements used per horse did raise some eyebrows.

During the Jersey... Read More

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Safety of Nutritional Supplements for Horses Unknown, Researchers Say

September 14, 2008

Just because a supplement comes in fancy packaging with a tamper-resistant foil seal and promises of efficacy does not necessarily mean that it is safe for your horse.

According to the Committee on Examining the Safety of Dietary... Read More

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Equine 'Thumps' Are More than Mere Hiccups

August 05, 2008

One of the best known cures for relieving someone of the hiccups is a good, old-fashioned scare. However, what do you do when it seems that your horse has a case of the hiccups? Sneaking up behind a 1,000 pound Thoroughbred and yelling "Boo!," i... Read More

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Electrolyte Basics

July 01, 2008

Principles that will help you know when and how to supplement horses with electrolytes.

One topic that horse owners repeatedly wonder about is that of electrolytes and specifically how and when they should be used. In... Read More

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Runaway Illinois Horse Killed by Vehicle

June 29, 2008

Cook County, Illinois, Sheriff's police say a horse was killed when it ran into traffic in unincorporated Palos Township.

Sheriff's police spokesman Bill Cunningham says the horse was on a riding trail near the Swallow Cliff Woods on... Read More

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Vitamin E and Horse Health: Myth or Miracle?

June 15, 2008

Vitamin E, widely referred to as the Wonder Supplement, might indeed live up to its reputation. According to a recent study, healthy adult horses fed vitamin E had higher concentrations of the vitamin in both blood and cerebrospinal fluid than... Read More

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Understanding Feeds for the Busy Owner

May 01, 2008

Providing a complete diet for your horse does not have to be time-consuming or expensive.... Read More

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GetSmart Series: Managing Insulin Resistance

April 07, 2008

Does your horse have a cresty neck? Does he gain weight on air? Does he develop laminitis at the mere sight of spring grass? If so, your horse could have insulin resistance. Lydia F. Gray, DVM, MA, medical director/staff veterinarian for SmartPa... Read More

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Biotin: Does it Work?

March 01, 2008


Here's what we know about the efficacy of this popular hoof supplement.

Conditions such as chronic laminitis, cracked... 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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'Soil Minerals: The Basis of Nutrition' PowerPoint Lecture Available

October 16, 2007

Authored and narrated by Kathryn Watts, BS, a Power Point lecture on CD entitled "Soil Minerals: The Basis of Nutrition" is now available for horse owners interested in equine health and hoof care. The science behind mineral nutrition in grass and ha... Read More

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Feeding to Avoid Developmental Orthopedic Disease (DOD)

September 01, 2007

The way you feed young horses could help them develop strong, properly formed bones and joints. ... 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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Drought Aftermath: Missouri Vets Reporting Vitamin E, Selenium Problems

June 11, 2007

While much of the Midwest has recovered from the drought that parched the area last year, horses are continuing to experience effects from the hot, dry summer of 2006. Due to a bad hay crop, University of Missouri-Columbia veterinarians are... Read More

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Equine Injury Reporting System to Begin at 30 Tracks

May 30, 2007

A uniform on-track equine injury reporting system developed by Mary Scollay, DVM, association veterinarian at Calder Race Course and Gulfstream Park, will be implemented as a pilot project at 30 racetracks beginning June 1, it was announced today b... Read More