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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 »

Category : Essential Vitamins | Tips and Topics

What is the ideal body condition score for your horse?

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As the winter season approaches, it is time to evaluate your horse’s body condition score.  It is important to make sure your horse begins winter in the best condition possible.  If your horse has special needs it may be necessary to alter your feeding program during the winter months. In general, a score of 5 is considered good, but there are some cases where a leaner or fatter condition may be desirable. Studies have shown that broodmares with a... Read More »

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Electrolyte Use in Fall and Winter

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"I have only a few weeks’ worth of electrolyte supplement left in my bucket. With fall and winter approaching, do I need to order more and continue feeding year-round? I ride my gelding in the off-season, but ask nothing strenuous of him, usually just quiet hacking a couple times a week." Your question is a timely one. Most horsemen and horsewomen classify electrolytes as “seasonal supplements.” That way of thinking is certainly justified. After... Read More »

Category : Electrolytes | Tips and Topics

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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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 »

Category : Digestive Health | Tips and Topics

Love in a Bucket

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Love takes many forms Approaching the barn you slide the heavy, hanging door back and the deep rumble sets off a chorus of whinnies, nickers, and lip-smacking. You think to yourself, what a nice greeting! The horses are so happy to see you because they love you, right? After all, you’re the one who feeds them. And no horse is happier to see you than the stout, vocal pony at the end of the shed row. Eventually they are all rewarded for their heartfelt... Read More »

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How to evaluate your horse’s weight

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Spring has sprung and it is time to evaluate how your horse made it through the winter and revise your feeding program for the coming spring and summer months. Your horse may be an easy keeper that now needs to be monitored on the new spring grass, a hard keeper that did not come through the winter as well as you expected, or a horse going back into training with increased nutrition requirements. Before you make changes you will need to evaluate your... Read More »

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Hay tip for easy keepers

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Never cut back on hay to reduce calorie intake; instead, change to a more mature grass hay that will provide plenty of fiber but less energy. Why? Because, hay, which provides your horse with essential fiber, is an extremely important part of a horse's diet. Horses should consume no less than 1.5% of their body weight per day in fiber. Even overweight horses need fiber to remain healthy. Calculating the least amount of hay your horse needs: 1,200... Read More »

Category : Fat & Fiber | Health & Management | Macro & Micro Minerals | Tips and Topics

Treating laminitis – Did you know?

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When treating laminitis, cooling the hoof wall to between 40 and 50 degrees Fahrenheit for 48 to 72 hours can help prevent inflammation from damaging the soft laminae. Be prepared to make a commitment, though, as evidence suggests intermittent cooling might be worse than not cooling at all. When cooling the hooves, wet methods work best (ice and water). To keep the hoof cold, cool the hoof and the limb above it to ensure incoming blood is... Read More »

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When just a handful isn’t enough

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Many owners are unaware that a handful of concentrate a day does not come close to providing all the nutrients their horse needs. Feed manufacturers formulate concentrates to be fed at certain levels (typically at least 4 to 5 lbs per day). When recommended feeding directions are followed, minimum nutrient requirements are met, but when the amount fed is less than the minimum level, the diet can be lacking in essential vitamins and minerals. Processed... Read More »

Category : Health & Management | Macro & Micro Minerals | Tips and Topics

Managing the easy keeper

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Click here to download a print version of this infographic. Article written by KPP staff. Copyright (C) 2015 Kentucky Performance Products, LLC.   All rights reserved. Article sponsored by Micro-Phase, which provides essential vitamins and trace minerals missing from forages and unfortified diets in an easy-to-digest form. When health issues arise, always seek the advice of a licensed veterinarian who can help you choose the correct... Read More »

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Spring pasture dangers

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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 Elevate Maintenance Powder; an affordable, easy way to provide essential natural vitamin E, when longer-term vitamin E supplementation is needed. When health issues arise, always seek the advice of a licensed veterinarian who can help you choose the correct... Read More »

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What is fructan overload?

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Tips for feeding special needs horses in the winter

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Click here to download a print version of this infographic.     Text alternative for: Tips for feeding special needs horses in the winter Preventing winter weight gain in easy keepers. • Monitor your horse’s weight carefully during winter breaks and, if necessary, back off on concentrates. Equine Weight Formulas (Measurements in inches) • Adult Horse: (heart girth x heart girth x body length) ÷ 330 = body... Read More »

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Reduce Risk of Horse Health Problems by Careful Winter Feeding

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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 Micro-Phase, which provides essential vitamins and trace minerals missing from forages and unfortified diets in an easy-to-digest form. When health issues arise, always seek the advice of a licensed veterinarian who can help you choose the correct course of... Read More »

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