Recent News for Nutrition

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TheHorse.com's Top Downloads of 2017

December 24, 2017

Find reports and forms on horse identification, scratches, supplements, harmonious housing, senior horses, and more.... Read More

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UK Graduate Student Spotlight: Morgan Pyles

December 24, 2017

Pyles' main research interest is mare and foal nutrition with a specific focus on how diet influences milk composition.... Read More

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2018 UK Equine Research Seminar Series Announced

December 23, 2017

Lecture topics will include parasitology, gastric ulcers, fescue management, respiratory conditions, and more.... Read More

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Mineral of the Month: Selenium

December 22, 2017

Selenium is an important part of the equine diet, but is only required in small amounts and has a narrow safety margin.... Read More

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5 Facts About Flax

December 18, 2017

What exactly is flax and how does it benefit the horse? Here are five things to know about flaxseed. ... Read More

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Feeding PPID and IR Senior Horses

December 18, 2017

From reducing PPID-associated muscle wasting to managing IR and obesity, here's what to consider for your old horse.... Read More

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Keeping Water Troughs Thawed With or Without a Heater

December 17, 2017

Our equine nutritionist offers tips and asks for your input on dealing with ice in horse watering tanks. ... Read More

Dehydration can cause serious problems for horses, including colic, so make sure his water doesn’t turn to ice during subfreezing temperatures. Installing heated and insulated fountains can reduce the time it takes to complete winter barn chores and ensure your horse has around-the-clock water access.

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Understanding Horse Water Requirements

December 17, 2017

Water is one of the essential nutrients a horse needs to perform a number of life-support functions.... Read More

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Swimming Can Improve Horse Glucose, Insulin Levels

December 12, 2017

Low-intensity swimming could help maintain glucose and insulin levels without putting excess strain on horses' limbs.... Read More

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Do Horses in Mild Climates Need Extra Care During Winter?

December 11, 2017

Not everyone sees snow fly during the winter months, but horses still have seasonal needs that must be met.... Read More

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Could Horse Breed Predict Colic Risk?

December 11, 2017

Researchers have determined that that some gastrointestinal lesions are more common in certain types of horses.... Read More

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Can a Horse Consume Too Many Electrolytes?

December 10, 2017

Find out why a horse might prefer electrolyte water over plain water and if that's a cause for concern.... Read More

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Understanding Hay Analysis Results

December 10, 2017

Hay analysis can help owners better balance their horses' diets and meet nutritional requirements.... Read More

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Immunosenescence: What Owners of Old Horses Need to Know

December 08, 2017

Take a look at how immunosenescence and its effects impact the way owners and veterinarians care for senior horses.... Read More

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How Hard are My Lesson Horses Really Working?

December 06, 2017

A trainer asks how to classify her horses' workload when considering their nutritional needs.... Read More

Navicular syndrome is typically diagnosed in mature horses 4 to 15 years old. It is most common in Quarter Horse, Thoroughbred, and Warmblood geldings.

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Does Low-Starch Horse Feed Equal Low-Calorie?

December 03, 2017

Find out why a horse might gain weight when switched to a feed marketed as "low-starch."... Read More

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Starch in Horse Diets

December 03, 2017

Although it can be damaging if fed improperly, starch is an important part of a horses' diets. Here's what to remember.... Read More

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Do Obese Horses Spend More Time Eating Than Lean Ones?

December 03, 2017

Lean horses actually spent more time than obese ones eating, but both groups consume roughly the same amount of hay.... Read More

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Nature vs. Nurture: What Shapes a Foal's Future?

December 02, 2017

What affects a foal's demeanor and makes him his own, unique self? Let's have a look at what science has to say.... Read More

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Set Up Your Senior Horse For Cold-Weather Comfort

November 30, 2017

Ensure you're providing your senior horse with the support he needs to stay healthy all winter long.... Read More

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Are Peppermints Spoiling My Horse's Diet?

November 29, 2017

Will giving my horse peppermints offset the hard work we're doing to help her lose weight? ... Read More

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Your Obese Horse or Pony is Costing You Money

November 28, 2017

Study results suggest caretakers spend nearly $435 more annually managing obese equids compared to their nonobese ones.... Read More

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Equine Weight Loss Mysteries

November 27, 2017

How to unravel the reason behind your horse's head-scratching weight loss.... Read More

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Winter Horse Feeding: Ration Balancer Feeds and Supplements

November 26, 2017

Learn the difference between ration balancer feeds and supplements and how they benefit horses when pastures are scarce.... Read More

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Reseeding Success: Improving Pastures Through Renovations

November 26, 2017

Completely re-establishing pastures might sound daunting, but can result in healthier grass and more forage for horses.... Read More