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Energy Crisis

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As pastures fade from green to brown, horse owners all over will soon be feeding hay to meet their horses’ energy requirements. A diet composed primarily of forage and the recommended amount of a well-fortified concentrate is all most horses need to maintain their weight. But many horses—like old horses or hard keepers—need more than the basics to stay plump and healthy through winter. To prevent an energy crisis in these calorie-needy horses,... Read More »

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The Nutritional Demands of Lactation

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Lactation places extraordinary physiological demands on mares. Well-fed lactating mares produce the equivalent of 3-4% of their body weight in milk daily during the first two months of lactation. For a 1,100-pound Thoroughbred mare, that amounts to about 33-44 pounds. Considering a gallon of milk weighs almost eight pounds, average foals consume approximately four to five gallons of milk each day. In order to sustain this incredible output, the energy... Read More »

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Weight-gain tips for horses that won’t cause digestive upset

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Click here to download a print version of this infographic.   Text alternative for weight-gain tips for horses that won’t cause digestive upset Horses that have demanding training or competition schedules, broodmares raising foals, and growing horses can expend a huge number of calories doing their jobs. These horses need energy and lots of it, but they need the kind of energy that won’t cause digestive upset or improper growth... Read More »

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Reducing excitability in horses through diet changes

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Can what you feed be making your horse a little crazy? The short answer is yes, it might be. Diets high in simple carbohydrates, like the sugars and starches found in some concentrates (those high in grain and molasses), can cause a horse to have hormone fluctuations that lead to anxiousness and excitability. While providing some simple carbs in the diet is important, when large amounts at a time are fed, the sugar rush eventually results in a crash and... Read More »

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Fats Are an Effective Energy Source for Horses

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Click here to view or download infographic.   Article written by KPP staff. Copyright (C) 2014 Kentucky Performance Products, LLC.   All rights reserved. Article sponsored by Equi-Jewel, a high-fat, heat-stabilized rice bran; excellent source of safe calories that support proper muscle function, and by EndurExtra, a concentrated source of calories from fat with additional antioxidants and digestive aids. When health issues arise,... 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 »

Category : Essential Vitamins | Fat & Fiber | Tips and Topics

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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Insulin-Resistant Horses

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Researchers have confirmed that as horses age, they naturally become less sensitive to insulin and more susceptible to health problems caused by too much sugar in the diet. One way to reduce the sugar content in a horse’s diet is to replace sugar-laden grains with a high-fat supplement. Fat is an extraordinary energy source. It is readily utilized by the horse and contains more than two times the calories of sugary grains. Equi-Jewel was... Read More »

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Megan’s Go-To Products

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Hey everyone. So as a lot of know, young horses can be hard to put and keep weight on, especially our beloved off-the-track Thoroughbreds. They all seem to go through a strange awkward gangly stage, usually at ages 2 and 3. No horse knows this better than my new boy, baby Manley. We got him in late November of last year as a two-year-old; he was broke at the track but never raced. Needless to say, this past winter was hard on a growing 2-year-old.... Read More »

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Add Healthy Calories to Your Horses’ Diet

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Equi-Jewel was developed by Kentucky Performance Products to safely meet the energy needs of today’s horses. It reduces the risk of digestive upset and supports optimal muscle function, while providing the calories your horse needs to thrive. The fat found in rice bran is an extraordinary source of dietary energy. In fact, fat contains more than two times the energy that carbohydrates and proteins do, thereby fueling horses more efficiently. Fat is... 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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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 »

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Senior horses may have trouble maintaining weight

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The capacity of the gastrointestinal tract to absorb nutrients becomes less efficient as horses age. Many older horses are unable to maintain acceptable body condition on a normal grain ration alone, so at this point adding a fat supplement into a senior’s diet becomes beneficial. Fat is a concentrated energy source: it increases calorie consumption and improves body condition without having to feed large grain meals. A small meal size facilitates... Read More »

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Catch weight loss in your horses before it becomes a problem

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It is easy for horses to drop weight in the cold winter months and you may not notice it until they shed their blankets and winter coats in the spring. Be proactive by doing a weekly body condition assessment. Catch weight-loss issues before they become a problem. If you need to increase the number of calories your horse is consuming, offer more hay or introduce a high-fat energy supplement into your feeding program. Check out the body condition... Read More »

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It’s on the Horse Feed Tag – Part 4

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What does the guaranteed analysis really tell you? If you have looked at a feed tag you have seen a guaranteed analysis (GA) of nutrients. It is full of minimums and maximums, crude this and that, and lots of numbers. But what does the GA really tell you about the feed you are considering for your horse? A lot! The GA gives you a tremendous amount of information about the nutrients in the feed. Once you understand how to decipher the GA, it will be... Read More »

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