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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 »

Category : Fat & Fiber | Tips and Topics

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

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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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 »

Category : Fat & Fiber | Tips and Topics

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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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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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 »

Category : Digestive Health | Nutritional Minutes | Tips and Topics

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 »

Category : Fat & Fiber | Infographics | 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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