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Electrolytes – Who Needs Them?

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Electrolytes perform critical functions within your horse's body. They help regulate nerve and muscle functions by carrying electrical impulses between cells. In addition, electrolytes assist the body in maintaining a healthy fluid balance by controlling your horse's desire to drink. When your horse loses significant amounts of electrolytes and fluids, problems such as dehydration, muscle cramping, fatigue, tying-up, and colic may occur. Even in... Read More »

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Prebiotics vs Probiotics: Understanding the difference

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Does it really matter?  The terms probiotic and prebiotic are showing up more and more often on feed bags and supplement labels. But what do these terms really mean? Is one better than the other? For many, it is a real mystery. The logical place to start is by clearly defining each term. Most scientists agree that the term prebiotic refers to selective ingredients that support the growth of the microbes that reside in the horse’s gut. In very... Read More »

Category : Digestive Health | Nutritional Minutes | Tips and Topics

Colic – to walk or not to walk?

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Myth: Always walk a colicky horse. Busted: Walking won't cure colic and it isn't always in your horse’s best interest (or yours) to walk him for hours and hours. Contrary to popular belief, there isn't evidence that rolling causes the gut to twist; however, a thrashing horse can injure themselves in other ways. First and foremost, if you suspect your horse has colic call the vet immediately. Follow these guidelines while waiting for... Read More »

Category : Digestive Health | Health & Management | Tips and Topics

Why choose Neigh-Lox Advanced?

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Neigh-Lox® Advanced provides a scientifically advanced blend of ingredients that work synergistically to maintain your horse’s digestive tract in peak condition. Horses with a healthy GI tract digest their feed more effectively so they absorb additional nutrients. They are less likely to suffer from digestive upsets. They perform better and feel great every day. Click on the video below to learn more. Article written by KPP staff. Copyright... Read More »

Category : Digestive Health | Tips and Topics | Videos

Water in the Winter

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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. Dehydration can be as much of a problem in the winter as it is in the summer. Winter diets tend to contain less moisture, as fresh grass is replaced by dry hay and colder drinking water temperatures decrease overall water consumption. Horses that work in the winter continue to sweat,... Read More »

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Colic is the #1 killer of horses!

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Do you worry about colic in your horse? Did you know you can reduce the threat of colic by identifying certain risk factors and developing a prevention strategy? Introducing the NEW Colic Risk Rater from the University of Guelph. The Colic risk rater will help you: Assess Your Colic Risk Identify Risk Factors Develop Preventative Strategies Click here to get a customized colic risk rating for your horse.   About Equine... Read More »

Category : Health & Management | Tips and Topics

10 Tips for Preventing Colic

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May 2009 Horse Health Article American Association of Equine Practitioners The number one killer of horses is colic. Colic is not a disease, but rather a combination of signs that alert us to abdominal pain in the horse. Colic can range from mild to severe, but it should never be ignored. Many of the conditions that cause colic can become life threatening in a relatively short period of time. Only by quickly and accurately recognizing colic –... Read More »

Category : Digestive Health | Health & Management | Tips and Topics

Gas Colic

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Gas colic is one of the more common types of colic and one of the least serious. It is caused when excess gas collects at some point in the horse’s intestinal tract, causing it to become distended. The distended gut stimulates pain receptors within the intestine, which then signals the horse’s brain that trouble is brewing. During a bout of gas colic, the abdominal pain may come and go, causing the horse to exhibit severe discomfort for... Read More »

Category : Digestive Health | Health & Management | Tips and Topics

Preventing Fall and Winter Colic

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By Gayle Ecker, Director of Equine Guelph The fall is a time of lovely colours, family get-togethers and winding down the busy show season.  However, fall is often a time of increased colic calls to veterinarians.  While not all colic can be prevented, paying attention to your management of the horse can go a long way to decrease the incidence, and the suffering of episodes. Colic, which is actually not a disease itself but a sign of stomach... Read More »

Category : Digestive Health | Health & Management | Tips and Topics

Managing Your Horse’s Bugs

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Bugs? What bugs? Horses are hindgut fermenters. In other words, the hindgut portion of your horse’s digestive tract contains millions of beneficial bacteria and yeast, often referred to as microbes or “bugs.” These bugs have the ability to break down otherwise indigestible fiber into digestible compounds through a process called symbiotic microbial fermentation. Both the horse and the bugs benefit from this process. By joining forces, the bugs and... Read More »

Category : Digestive Health | Nutritional Minutes | Tips and Topics

Feeding Horses – Energy Sources Matter

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Dietary energy dictates body condition in healthy horses. Too little energy and the horse loses weight; too much energy and the horse gains weight. Typical diets of pasture, hay, and concentrate often do not supply sufficient dietary energy to horses that have increased calorie needs. Such horses include hardworking performance horses, lactating mares, and aged horses. The fat in rice bran contains more calories per mouthful than pasture, hay, or... Read More »

Category : Fat & Fiber | Tips and Topics

Laminitis: What’s Grain Overload Got to Do with It?

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What is laminitis? Laminitis occurs when the tissues that connect the coffin bone to the hoof wall, called the laminae, become inflamed and the blood supply is compromised. Laminitis varies in severity depending on the amount of damage inflicted on the laminae. Mild cases usually result in very little permanent damage to the laminae, while the more severe cases can result in founder, or the sinking of the coffin bone. There are several factors that can... Read More »

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Research Proven Neigh-Lox® is Suitable for All Horses, No Matter Their Age or Use

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For years, horsemen have believed that the surefire way to sidestep gastric ulcers is full-time grazing. However, that widely held theory was challenged recently. Researchers at the University of California at Davis set out to determine the prevalence of gastric ulcers in broodmares. Results of the study indicated that pregnancy was not a factor in the development of ulcers, but the sheer number of ulcers found in these pasture-managed mares was... Read More »

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Clarifying Carbohydrates Part III

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Is Fiber a Carbohydrate? In Clarifying Carbohydrates Part I, we reviewed simple carbohydrates and in Clarifying Carbohydtrates Part II we looked at rapidly fermentable carbohydrates. This Nutritional Minute describes slowly fermentable carbohydrates (fiber) and discusses the concerns associated with all carbohydrates in the equine diet. Slowly Fermentable Carbohydrates Slowly fermentable carbohydrates, or fiber as they are commonly called, are... Read More »

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Clarifying Carbohydrates Part II

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Clarifying Carbohydrates Part II There are many types of carbohydrates in equine diets, including simple carbohydrates, rapidly fermentable carbohydrates, and complex, slowly fermentable carbohydrates. Your horse digests each type of carbohydrate differently. Some types of carbs are better for your horse than others. Click here for Clarifying Carbohydrates Part I for information on simple carbs. This time we will reviewing rapidly fermentable... Read More »

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