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Spring and Fall pastures can be unsafe for at-risk horses

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It is that time of the year again, when grass pastures can be unsafe for at-risk horses! Grazing management is the key to avoiding problems. Temperature and sunlight affect the amount of fructans (a type of sugar) stored in fresh grass. In plants, a process known as photosynthesis produces fructan. Photosynthesis occurs only during daylight hours. The sunnier the day, the more fructan is produced in a plant. At night, fructan is available to the... Read More »

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Havoc in the Hindgut

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Your horse is a home The digestive tract of your horse is home to millions of microorganisms that aid in the digestion of feedstuffs. The sheer size of the microbial population shows their importance to your horse’s health. Leading equine nutritionist David Frape once wrote “…the bacteria cells in the digestive tract of the horse number more than ten times all the tissues cells in the body.” Think about it: There are more microbes in the gut... Read More »

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The Scoop on Electrolytes and Hydration

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What are electrolytes? Imagine you are riding your horse on a hot summer day. If you do more than walk, you both begin to sweat. After a good workout your horse’s coat is soaked and in some places even frothy. As you remove your helmet, the sweat runs down your face and you taste the saltiness on your lips. That salty flavor is from the electrolytes that, along with water, make up sweat. Electrolytes serve multiple functions in your horse’s body. The... Read More »

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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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Gastric Ulcers in Recreational Horses

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Do you believe gastric ulcers affect only high-performance athletes such as racehorses or Olympic contenders? Do you believe it takes weeks and perhaps months for gastric ulcers to develop? Do you believe gastric ulcers don’t derail performance? Once thought to be a menace only to elite equine athletes, gastric ulcers can develop within five days of exposure to a recreational show or event, according to a recent study. Signs of gastric ulcers... Read More »

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Strategies to reduce colic in horses

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Click here to download a print version of this infographic.   Text alternative for strategies to reduce colic in horses On average, 1 out of every 10 horses will suffer from a bout of colic each year. Managing your feeding program can help reduce the incidence of colic in your horses. Three abrupt changes to avoid: Feeding a meal (concentrate or forage) earlier or later than normal. Making an abrupt change in the type or... Read More »

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3 easy tips to ensure your horse is getting enough water this winter

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Dehydration can be as much of a problem in winter as it is in the summer. Horses need to drink a minimum of 10 to 12 gallons of water a day to stay healthy, no matter what time of year it is. Their requirements increase if they are ridden. Horses that work in the winter continue to sweat, although it may not be as apparent because sweat evaporates quicker in the dry winter air. Many riders stop using electrolytes when cold weather sets in, thus lowering... 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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Colic Myth Buster

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Common myth: If a colicky horse is passing manure, he will be fine. Busted: Not necessarily so, say veterinary surgeons. While it is a positive sign if a horse is passing manure, it doesn't rule out a blockage farther up in the intestinal tract. An evaluation of gut sounds and an internal exam are the best indicators of GI tract status. Always contact your veterinarian if you suspect your horse is suffering from a bout of... Read More »

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Prebiotics can reduce inflammation in older horses

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Recent research at the University of Kentucky shows that including prebiotics in a senior horse's diet significantly reduces the markers for inflammation. Prebiotics support a healthy microbial population in the horse's hindgut, which in turn sustains a strong immune system. Beneficial prebiotics include fermentation metabolites such as beta-glucans, as well as yeast and MOS. To learn more about how probiotics and prebiotics can benefit your horse,... Read More »

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Horse gut sounds and what they mean

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One way to determine if your horse is normal and healthy is to evaluate the rumblings of his gut. The technical term for a gut sound is a borborygmus (pronounced bôr′bə-rĭg′məs). The plural is borborygmi. During a physical exam a veterinarian will listen to your horse’s gut sounds with a stethoscope in the flank area to determine if normal borborygmi are present. When listening for gut sounds, both sides of the horse are evaluated and the... Read More »

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Nutrition for Lay-Up/Convalescing Horses

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Whether a racehorse needs some downtime from the rigors of track life or a show jumper is on stall rest with a bowed tendon, the right nutrition can make a difference in recovery time and extent of recovery. Some horses will require less energy intake, while others with more significant injuries to overcome may require additional calories, because the immune system can be a major drain on energy reserves. Balanced nutrition is key to maintaining a healthy... Read More »

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Don’t Let Poor Digestive Tract Health Sideline Your Horse

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Click here to view or download infographic.   Article written by KPP staff. Copyright (C) 2015 Kentucky Performance Products, LLC.   All rights reserved. Article sponsored by Neigh-Lox Advanced; healthy digestive tract formula. Blend of ingredients that work synergistically to support both a healthy foregut and hindgut so horses utilize feed more efficiently, feel better, and eat better. When health issues arise, always seek the... Read More »

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Havoc in the Hindgut?

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Click here to read our Nutritional Minute.   Article written by KPP staff. Copyright (C) 2015 Kentucky Performance Products, LLC.   All rights reserved. Article sponsored by Neigh-Lox Advanced; healthy digestive tract formula. Blend of ingredients that work synergistically to support both a healthy foregut and hindgut so horses utilize feed more efficiently, feel better, and eat better. When health issues arise, always seek the... Read More »

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Horses with a busy lifestyle are at high risk for digestive upset.

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Horses with a busy lifestyle are at high risk for digestive upset. Limited grazing, larger grain meals, and frequent traveling can irritate tissues and disrupt the sensitive microbial populations that are so important to your horse's digestive health. An unhealthy digestive tract can lead to subtle changes such as sour attitude, poor coat quality, and weight loss. Neigh-Lox Advanced provides a scientifically advanced blend of ingredients that... Read More »

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