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Grazing Management for Sugar Sensitive Horses

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Lush, cool season spring grass is packed full of vitamins, minerals and energy, but it is also high in sugar! Sugar sensitive horses grazing on lush pasture can develop colic and laminitis. Sensitive horses are often restricted from grazing and maintained on dried forages. The potency of vitamin E declines very quickly once forages are harvested and dried. Therefore, horses that are restricted from grazing are at risk for developing vitamin E deficiencies... Read More »

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Researchers Confirm Vitamin E Lower in Horses Without Access to Pasture

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Horses are managed in varying conditions throughout the world. A vast number of them do not have access to growing pasture year-round due to geographic region, season, training schedules, or specific management routines. Because of their limited intake of fresh forages, these horses do not consume sufficient vitamin E for optimal health. Insufficient vitamin E in the diet can lead to muscle problems and impaired immune function. Canadian researchers... Read More »

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Selenium: An Essential Mineral

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Selenium is an essential trace mineral. It is necessary to maintain good health but is needed only in small amounts. Selenium naturally occurs in the soil and is absorbed by both the forages and grains we feed to our horses. Since the selenium content of soils varies around the world, feeds grown in different areas will contain different selenium levels. In the U.S., for example, the northwest, southeast and Great Lakes areas are known to be... Read More »

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Vitamin E Necessary for Optimal Health

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The most important function of vitamin E in the horse’s body revolves around its antioxidant properties. Antioxidants offset the damage caused by free radicals, which are unstable compounds that are generated when oxygen is burned by the body. When these free radicals circulate throughout the body unchecked, they cause cellular damage that is thought to play a role in various health problems. A diet abundant in vitamin E and other antioxidants ensures... Read More »

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Nutrition’s Role in Horse Healing and Recovery

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As equine athletes, our horses constantly run the risk of injury. When injury occurs, the horse is faced with a new set of challenges to overcome. Changes in exercise, diet and turnout place extra physical and mental stresses on the horse above and beyond those caused by the initial injury. The addition of targeted nutrients goes a long way toward helping the horse meet these challenges and recover faster. Targeted supplements support essential systems... Read More »

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Does Elevate contain sugar? How much?

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A scoop of Elevate Maintenance Powder contains 1,000 IU of natural vitamin E and 7 grams of sugar. This is a very small amount of sugar. For comparison, one medium apple contains 15 grams of sugar and one cup of chopped carrots contains 6 grams of sugar. Supplementation with Elevate Maintenance Powder does not significantly increase the level of sugar in your horse’s diet and is appropriate to feed to horses on a low sugar/starch... Read More »

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Is it necessary to feed additional fat or oil to my horse when I supplement with a natural vitamin E powder?

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No, it is not necessary to provide additional fat or oil to your horse when supplementing with the natural vitamin E contained in Elevate Maintenance Powder. A typical horse will consume enough fat from their diet to support the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins. An exception to the rule would be a horse that is severely malnourished or one that has a medical condition that interferes with fat absorption. A little bit of fat goes a long... Read More »

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Natural Vitamin E During the Winter Months

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Click here to view or download infographic.     Text alternative for - Natural Vitamin E During the Winter Months Green grass is the greatest source of vitamin E. Supplementation with vitamin E is most crucial during the winter when horses are fed diets almost exclusively composed of preserved forages. Lack of vitamin E can result in: Sore, stiff muscles Poor immune system Neurological disorders Multiple research... Read More »

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Preparing for winter starts now

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10 feeding tips to help your horse get through the cold winter months 1.  Don’t rely on pasture as your horse’s sole source of nutrition in the winter, as it lacks adequate vitamins, minerals and, in some cases, energy. 2.  As pastures fade, switch from green grass to dried hay slowly. It takes the horse’s digestive tract about two weeks to acclimate to new forage. 3.  The best way to warm your horse up in cold weather is to feed additional... Read More »

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How can I tell if my horse is getting enough vitamin E from grazing in his pasture?

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A good general rule to apply is this: The "average" horse needs to graze for approximately 17 hours per day on good green pasture to meet the maintenance requirement for natural vitamin E. However, there are always exceptions to the rule. For the easy keeper, even a short time spent grazing provides too many calories! Metabolically sensitive horses are unable to graze for extended periods of time because grass contains too much sugar. Under... Read More »

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Good Nutrition in Broodmares Supports Healthy Foals

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When a mare passes antibodies (immunoglobulins) on to her foal, it is known as passive transfer. These antibodies help to protect the foal from diseases until its own immune system gets up and running. Failure of passive transfer results in foals with weak immune systems that are at risk for serious health problems. Research has shown that pregnant mares supplemented daily with 2,500 IU of water-soluble, natural vitamin E (Elevate W.S.) from the last... Read More »

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Don’t let the changing seasons catch your horse off guard.

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As the seasons change, so do the quality and content of your horse’s feeding program. Winterizing your horse with Kentucky Performance Products supplements can help him cope with the stress of the changing seasons. Extreme weather patterns increase the risk of ulcers and digestive upset. Abrupt management changes caused by extreme weather patterns stress the digestive tract and the microorganisms that live in it. Increasing levels of starchy... Read More »

Category : Digestive Health | Fat & Fiber | Health & Management | Tips and Topics | Valuable Nutrients

Building a strong immune system in mares and foals

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Natural vitamin E supplementation of broodmares during late gestation and early lactation can give foals a leg up in building a strong immune system. Researchers have recently investigated the value of vitamin E in mares. When supplemented with vitamin E, mares show increased passive transfer of antibodies to foals, which ensures the strength of the neonatal immune system. Foals that do not consume enough colostrum or receive only poor-quality colostrum... Read More »

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Filling the nutritional gaps in your horse’s diet

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Vitamins and minerals are vital to the horse’s physical well-being. Without sufficient vitamin and mineral intake, it is impossible for horses to remain healthy. Even those horses asked to perform no exercise need proper vitamin and mineral fortification when concentrates and pasture are fed at less than optimal levels. Easy keepers, senior horses, and horses on restricted feeding programs are most often at risk for deficiencies. It is up to horse... Read More »

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Managing RER (a form of tying-up) with dietary changes

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"Tying-up” is one of the more common muscle disorders found in horses. In fact, we now know that there are several forms of tying-up and that RER or recurrent exertional rhabdomyolysis is just one of them (another one is PSSM, but more on that in another article). Horses suffering from RER are unable to properly regulate the calcium ions that control normal muscle contraction and relaxation. When a horse has an episode of RER, the gluteal muscles... Read More »

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