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Choosing supplements for senior horses that have trouble maintaining weight

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Horses 18 years of age and older are considered geriatric or senior horses. Some horses, like some humans, age more gracefully than others. Frequently, older horses struggle to maintain a healthy body weight. The reduced ability to absorb nutrients from the diet As horses age, the wear and tear of a lifetime of exposure to parasites and other damaging events negatively affect the efficiency of their gastrointestinal tract. Even horses on stringent... Read More »

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How to stop sweet itch (summer itch) from driving you and your horse crazy!

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Summer seasonal recurrent dermatitis (SSRD), commonly called sweet itch or summer itch, is caused by an allergic reaction to the saliva of a biting gnat known as the Culicoides midge. Many people refer to them as “no-see-ums.” These bothersome fellows are active from April through October. They live and breed in ponds, marshes, and areas where water is standing and stagnant. Gnats can travel up to half a mile to find a good meal. They tend to be most... Read More »

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Omega Fatty Acid Balance Is Essential to Good Health

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Omega fatty acids are known as essential fatty acids because they cannot be synthesized in the body and must be provided in the diet. Omega fatty acids are split into two categories: omega-6 and omega-3. It is the amount of both of these acids relative to each other that is important for overall health. When properly balanced, the two types of fatty acids work in concert to keep your horse healthy. Omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids are metabolized by... Read More »

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Got Allergies?

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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 Contribute; supports optimal omega-3 fatty acid balance. When health issues arise, always seek the advice of a licensed veterinarian who can help you choose the correct course of action for your horse. Supplements are intended... Read More »

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Reducing allergic reactions in horses

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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 Contribute; supports optimal omega-3 fatty acid balance. When health issues arise, always seek the advice of a licensed veterinarian who can help you choose the correct course of action for your horse. Supplements are intended to maintain healthy systems and... 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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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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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 »

Category : Fat & Fiber | Health & Management | Nutritional Minutes | Tips and Topics

Did you know allergies can cause your horse to stock up?

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Allergens from feed, bedding or the environment (dust, mold, pollen) can lead to systemic inflammation that causes fluid to leak from the bloodstream into the body tissues. Gravity then facilitates the transfer of the fluids down to your horse’s legs and results in stocking up. Identifying and reducing exposure to allergens can help alleviate the problem. Providing an omega-3 fatty acid supplement such as Contribute, which is anti-inflammatory in... Read More »

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Colonic ulcers in horses

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Most of us know that horses can suffer from equine gastric ulcers syndrome (EGUS), a condition where horses develop ulcers in their stomachs. Horses can also develop ulcers in their large intestines. This condition is referred to as colonic ulcers or right dorsal colitis (RDC). In a recent study of 545 horses tested for RDC, 44% of nonperformance horses and 65% of performance horses had colonic ulcers. Although they are not as prevalent as gastric ulcers,... Read More »

Category : Digestive Health | Nutritional Minutes | Tips and Topics

Dealing with arthritis in senior horses

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Over the past couple of decades improved management, nutrition, and veterinary care have contributed to increase longevity in today’s horse population. It is not unusual to hear of horses living well into their thirties. As horses age, the wear and tear of a lifetime of activity takes its toll on joints, leading to the development of arthritis. While there is no cure for arthritis, there are ways we can keep older horses more comfortable. What is... Read More »

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The Skinny on Fat

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Packed with energy Fat is an effective energy source for horses. Pound for pound, fats provide 2.25 times more energy than carbohydrates. In a natural state, horses consume only small amounts of fats, but they digest and absorb them well. Fats are broken down into fatty acids in the small intestine and stored as triglycerides in the adipose tissue of the body. Fat is utilized to fuel long-term, slow work. Some fat is necessary Fat is necessary for the... Read More »

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Getting the Most for Your Money with Ker-A-Form™

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Providing proper nutrition for your horse is one of the most basic ways to ensure his well-being. High-quality forage and well-formulated, properly fortified concentrates should provide the basis for his diet. Occasionally, however, these components are not enough to guarantee optimal health. In cases in which beneficial nutrients cannot be delivered through a diet of forage and concentrate, scientifically proven supplements should be considered. Care... Read More »

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Put the Bloom Back in Your Horse’s Coat

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Does your horse struggle with dull, flaky hair coat? Are his mane and tail dry and brittle? The quality of your horse’s hair is based in part on his genetic makeup, but nutrition can also play a role. Nutrients affect hair quality Protein: Skin and hair need protein. Proteins are made up of different amino acids and each amino acid has a purpose. Protein deficiency is rarely seen, but your horse may be lacking certain amino acids that affect hair... Read More »

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