Recent News for Nutrition

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Antioxidants for Top Performance

December 19, 2010

Oxidation is a metabolic process that allows horses to transform carbohydrates, fats, and proteins into energy... Read More

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Dirt an Important Source of Iron for Horses

December 18, 2010

Horses constantly ingest dirt when they graze. While excessive dirt consumption sometimes causes problems such as sand accumulation in the large intestine, the dirt that horses normally consume while grazing supplies some essential nutrients... Read More

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Weed of the Month: Bush Honeysuckle

December 12, 2010

Bush honeysuckle describes several species of woody honeysuckles found in the eastern half of the United States. Types of bush honeysuckles include Amur honeysuckle, Morrow's honeysuckle, and Tartarian honeysuckle.... 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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Supplements: Readers Dish for Their Foals

December 07, 2010

TheHorse.com readers responded to a poll asking, "At what age do you start feeding your foal(s) supplements?" ... Read More

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Australian Horse Deaths Under Investigation

December 05, 2010

According to a news story originally posted by British magazine Horse and Hound, the deaths of 40 horses--which occurred between March and June--residing on five different farms in Queensland, Australia, remain under investigation.... Read More

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Soaking Hay Can Lower Dust Concentrations

December 01, 2010

Wetting hay before feeding can significantly reduce the dust concentration in the horse's breathing zone.... Read More

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What's In Your Horse's DNA?

December 01, 2010

Geneticists have created tools and tests that enhance horse breeders' ability to select for healthy foals.... Read More

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Panicky Horse? Vitamin B Might Help

December 01, 2010

Sue McDonnel, PhD, tells us what we can do to decrease the likelihood of a horsey panic attack.... 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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Dummy Foal Syndrome (Equine Neonatal Maladjustment Syndrome)

December 01, 2010

Foals exhibit abnormal, often vague behaviors and/or neurologic signs during their first few days of life. ... 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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Keeping Water Warm in Winter: Readers Share Tips

November 23, 2010

Nearly 900 readers of TheHorse.com responded to a poll asking, " How do you keep your horses' water in the barn from freezing during the winter?"... Read More

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Mycotoxins and Metabolic Stress in Equine Athletes

November 19, 2010

Thanks to climate change and increasing amounts of grain blends, the prevalence of feed-borne mycotoxins (dangerous toxins exuded from molds) is on the rise, according to Trevor Smith, PhD, of the University of Guelph, Canada. Smith, a professor ... Read More

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Horses' Behavior and Welfare Negatively Impacted by Low-Fiber Diets

November 16, 2010

Despite the fact that horses evolved on a forage-based diet that is high in fiber and low in calories, some horse owners and trainers just can't resist feeding a low-fiber, calorie-dense diet. ... Read More

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Winter Pasture Management

November 14, 2010

Horse pastures often are abused by the stress of winter, especially following a drought. ... Read More

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UK College of Agriculture: Time to Inventory, Purchase Hay

November 13, 2010

Due to dry conditions, many horse owners across Kentucky and surrounding areas are already into their winter feeding programs. Horse owners need to inventory their hay supplies now to ensure they have enough to last through the winter.... Read More

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Dietary Supplementation Helps Obese Insulin-Resistant Horses

November 12, 2010

Overweight, insulin-resistant horses might need a special dietary supplement called short-chain fructo-oligosaccharides (scFOS), which are short chains of sugar molecules linked together. ... Read More

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Cold Weather Diets

November 12, 2010

While young or old horses might need feed changes, healthy horses usually tolerate winter weather.... Read More

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Molds and Mycotoxins In Horse Feed: Basic Facts

November 11, 2010

Mycotoxins are harmful secondary compounds produced by molds that are found in soil and vegetable matter including grains, forages, and feed.... Read More

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Scottish Researchers on the Hunt for Cause of Equine Grass Sickness

November 09, 2010

Equine grass sickness (EGS) is an often fatal neurologic disease affecting primarily young grazing horses, and a team of researchers from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland are working to find its cause. ... Read More

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High-Protein Diet Okay for HYPP Horse?

November 01, 2010

I've heard high levels of protein would make a horse "hot." Is this true?... Read More

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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