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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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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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Beet pulp: a super hero of fibers

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Beet pulp is a byproduct of the sugar beet industry. It consists of the pulp that remains after all the sugar has been removed from the sugar beet plant. Because it is low in lignin, a structural fiber that is hard for horses to digest; it is easily fermented (broken down) by the microflora in a horse’s hindgut. Beet pulp contributes readily available energy to both the microflora and the horse. This beneficial effect supports a healthy digestive tract... Read More »

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Tips for feeding special needs horses in the winter

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Preventing winter weight gain in easy keepers. Some horses gain weight when given a winter break from trail riding, training, and/or showing. Monitor your horse’s weight carefully during breaks and, if necessary, back off on concentrates. When you feed less than the recommended amounts of a commercial concentrate, you need to supplement with a complete vitamin and mineral pellet (Micro-Phase ™) to ensure your horse’s nutrient requirements... Read More »

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Hay for Easy Keepers

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Q: I was told to feed my easy keeper mature, lower quality grass hay. Why, and how do I tell if the hay I purchase is too low quality? A: As hay matures the level of indigestible components increase so the hay contains more fiber and less energy, which is why mature hay is recommended for easy keepers. Mature, moderate quality hay provides the fiber your easy keeper needs to remain healthy without a bunch of extra calories. You can assess the maturity... Read More »

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How to keep those muzzles on

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Got a horse in your barn that can get out of anything you put on his head? You are not alone. Here are a few suggestions on how to make sure that muzzle stays in place (and we bet you have more tips). Get a muzzle that fits snugly, and use fleece to cover any area that might rub and irritate your horse. Put it on as tight as you can. Add a breakable brow band and throat latch to the muzzle to help reduce "rub offs." Thread your muzzle’s strap... Read More »

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Managing Metabolically Challenged Horses in Winter

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Winter can be a risky time for metabolically challenged horses. Research has shown that cold weather causes greater variability in a horse’s insulin levels. Additionally, horses tend to exercise less when it is cold, which can cause insulin levels to increase. If you have a metabolically challenged horse it is important to continue feeding a low starch and sugar diet throughout the winter months. If your horse is on medication or supplements to help... Read More »

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Winter Weight Gain

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Some horses gain weight when given a winter break from trail riding, training, and/or showing. The extra weight can make getting them back in shape much harder come spring. Monitor your horse’s weight carefully during breaks and if necessary back off on high-energy feeds. Remember that when you feed less than the recommended amounts of a commercial feed, you need to supplement with a complete vitamin and mineral pellet to ensure your horse's nutrient... Read More »

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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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Feeding starch/sugar sensitive horses

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A better understanding of how the horse’s digestion system works has revealed that balancing forage intake with concentrate intake is necessary when feeding horses, and even more critical when feeding starch/sugar sensitive horses. Concentrates are the portions of the diet we typically think of as “grain.” A concentrate can consist of a plain grain, such as oats, or it can be a mixture of ingredients referred to as textured feeds (sweet feed) or... Read More »

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Feeding strategies to prevent laminitis in easy keepers

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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. The sensitive and insensitive laminae separate, damaging the structural integrity of the hoof. There are multiple causative factors that result in laminitis. They range from mechanical stress to digestive dysfunction. Laminitis varies in severity depending on the amount of damage... Read More »

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Iodine is essential to a healthy hair coat

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Iodine controls the production of thyroid hormones, which are necessary for optimal health. Iodine deficiency can cause a dry, lusterless coat and patchy or diffuse hair loss. The NRC (National Research Council) estimates that the iodine requirement of horses is 0.1-0.6 mg/kg of the total diet. Grass and hay contain very small amounts of iodine. Some plain grains contain more iodine, but most horses get iodine from trace mineralized salt or a coat and... Read More »

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Vitamin deficiencies – who is at risk?

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Certain types of horses are at higher risk of developing vitamin deficiencies than others. It may be because they are unable to eat adequate amounts of fortified concentrates or consume enough green grass. Sometimes age plays a role too. At-risk horses will benefit from a balanced, low-calorie vitamin and mineral supplement. Who is at risk? Easy keepers eating a handful or two of grain a day and/or those on restricted pasture Horses and ponies in... Read More »

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Preparing your feed room and hayloft for the winter

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Here are five tips to make sure your feed room and hayloft are ready for winter. 1. Clean out your feed room. A clean feed room will help to reduce feed losses due to insect and rodent damage. It will also give you more room to store and properly manage your feed, hay, and supplements. Toss any feed or supplements that are out of date, moldy or that rodents or insects have damaged. Clean up any spilled feed that may attract hungry... 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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