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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 »

Category : Health & Management | Tips and Topics

Managing RER (a form of tying-up) with dietary changes

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"Tying-up” is one of the more common muscle disorders found in horses. In fact, we now know that there are several forms of tying-up and that RER or recurrent exertional rhabdomyolysis is just one of them (another one is PSSM, but more on that in another article). Horses suffering from RER are unable to properly regulate the calcium ions that control normal muscle contraction and relaxation. When a horse has an episode of RER, the gluteal muscles... Read More »

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Provide a proper cool-down period for your horse

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No matter what the season, when horses work hard they produce heat and sweat. Properly cooling down your horse will ensure he stays sound and healthy. A daily workout for your horse probably consists of four separate periods: warm-up, active conditioning or schooling, warm-down, and cool-down. During warm weather training, the warm-down and cool-down periods are especially important because horses may be hot from conditioning exercises. The warm-down... Read More »

Category : Electrolytes | Health & Management | Tips and Topics

Cribbing in Horses

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Once known as a stable vice, cribbing is now considered by equine behaviorists as a stereotypical oral behavior. Cribbing behavior (sometimes referred to as crib-biting) is rarely, if ever, seen in free-living feral horses but is frequently found in domesticated horses, leading researchers to believe that such unwanted behavior is caused by the way we manage our horses. When a horse cribs he grabs onto a solid object with his teeth, arches his neck, pulls... Read More »

Category : Digestive Health | Health & Management | Tips and Topics

Is there such a thing as “too much of a good thing” when it comes to supplements?

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I was helping with chores at the barn where I board my horse, and I was overwhelmed at the number of supplements some horses receive in their meals. Several of these horses are amazing athletes, and I wondered if all of these powders and pellets were truly necessary. Is there such a thing as “too much of a good thing” when it comes to supplements? Concerns surrounding oversupplementation have been brewing among members of the equine-nutrition... Read More »

Category : Health & Management | Tips and Topics

A Lesson in Lecithin

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Have you ever come across “lecithin” while scrutinizing the ingredient list of a favorite supplement? Have you wondered why lecithin was included in the mix? Because it benefits the horse on both the inside and outside, lecithin is anything but an “empty” ingredient. Lecithin is a combination of phospholipids that occur naturally in some plants. Made of many components including fatty acids, phospholipids are involved in a host of physiological... Read More »

Category : Fat & Fiber | Tips and Topics | Valuable Nutrients

Nutritional Considerations for Horses in Drought Conditions

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Careful management of your horse year-round will help ensure that he remains healthy during drought conditions. In the short-term future, the first and perhaps most elementary and immediate point to consider is nutrition. As the drought in Kentucky and surrounding states rages on, pastures may be brown and their bounty less than nutritious. If you rely heavily on pastures to provide calories for your horse, he may not be receiving sufficient energy... Read More »

Category : Essential Vitamins | Fat & Fiber | Health & Management | Tips and Topics | Valuable Nutrients

Feeding to Ensure Digestive Tract Health

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We have all heard that certain horses exposed to stressful contiditons are at a higher risk of developing ulcers and hindgut imbalances, but did you know that how and what you feed your horse can also increase the likelihood of damaging his or her sensitive digestive tract? One of the most important facets of equine management is learning what strategies should be used to ensure digestive tract health in the horses you care for. Extensive research has... Read More »

Category : Digestive Health | Health & Management | Tips and Topics

When things heat up!

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What is heat stroke and how do you recognize it? Heat stroke occurs when you horse’s natural cooling mechanisms fail to keep his body temperature at a normal level. If left untreated, heat stroke could kill your horse. The best way to avoid heat stroke is to closely monitor your horse when riding in warm weather. Know your horse’s normal vital signs, know the symptoms of heat stroke, and take immediate action to cool your horse off when he gets too... Read More »

Category : Electrolytes | Health & Management | Tips and Topics

Keeping Your Horse Safe in Hot Weather

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To ride or not to ride, that is the question. Temperature alone is not a good guide when it comes to deciding if you should ride on a hot summer day. It is the combination of heat and humidity that should be your major concern. Your horse’s natural radiator is a combination of skin surface and sweat. As your horse’s body warms up, his sweat glands release sweat: a combination of water and minerals. As the water evaporates off the skin it cools the... Read More »

Category : Electrolytes | Health & Management | Tips and Topics

The Importance of Hydration

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Interesting fact: Water makes up about 65% of a mature horse’s body weight. For a 15.2-hand, 1,000-pound horse, that amounts to 650 pounds or 85 gallons of water! In order to maintain proper hydration, horses must drink significant quantities of water. In a cool environment, an inactive horse may drink around seven to 10 gallons daily. In a hot or humid environment, however, a horse might drink more than 20 gallons of water a day. This is precisely... Read More »

Category : Electrolytes | Tips and Topics

Equine Gastric Ulcers—Do You Need To Worry?

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A scoop of grain and two fluffy flakes of hay in the morning. A scoop of grain and two fluffy flakes of hay in the late afternoon. A few hours of turnout on mediocre pasture sometime during the day. Sound familiar? This feeding pattern is repeated almost without thought, but is it best for a horse? Does it sufficiently mimic a horse’s natural desire to graze, and does it keep a horse’s gastrointestinal tract in tip-top shape? Or is a horse... Read More »

Category : Digestive Health | Tips and Topics

Vitamin E and the Performance Horse – A Winning Combination

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Vitamin E is essential for the performance horse Vitamin E, the major lipid-soluble antioxidant defense in cells, plays an important role in preserving cell membrane integrity. It also helps maintain normal muscle function, prevent muscular disease, and protect enzymes and other intracellular components from oxidation-induced damage. Vitamin E interrupts the production of harmful free radicals at the initial stage of peroxidative damage. The more... Read More »

Category : Essential Vitamins | Tips and Topics

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 »

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

Why use a joint supplement

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In healthy joints, the ends of the bones are coated with a thin layer of friction-reducing tissue known as articular cartilage. The articular cartilage contains synovial fluid, a thick liquid that serves two primary functions: (1) as a source of nutrients for the articular cartilage, and (2) as a lubricant and shock absorber for the bones that form a joint. Lameness can result when damage occurs to any joint tissue, whether it involves the bones,... Read More »

Category : Tips and Topics | Valuable Nutrients

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