Fat & Fiber

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. Click here for more information on... Read More »

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

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 Toss any feed or supplements that are out of date, moldy or that rodents or insects have damaged.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 »

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

High-energy advantages

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Simply put, horses need energy. Energy is traditionally supplied by cereal grains such as oats, corn, and barley. These feedstuffs deliver energy as carbohydrates or starch. But what if you want to supply more energy to your horse without increasing his feed intake? Feeding a fat supplement is an excellent way to achieve this. Fat is added to the diet because it is an excellent energy source. It contains almost 2.25 times as much energy as an... Read More »

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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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Meeting the energy requirements of an off-the-track Thoroughbred

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If your Thoroughbred is coming straight from the track and has been in training, their metabolic rate will still be high due to intense training and elevated caloric intake. Once leaving the track, many Thoroughbreds benefit from a period of rest and relaxation, along with time to adjust to their new schedules. Their caloric requirements may decrease depending on the type of work involved in their new career, but this will not happen immediately. A... 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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Hay tip for easy keepers

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Never cut back on hay to reduce calorie intake; instead, change to a more mature grass hay that will provide plenty of fiber but less energy. Why? Because, hay, which provides your horse with essential fiber, is an extremely important part of a horse's diet. Horses should consume no less than 1.5% of their body weight per day in fiber. Even overweight horses need fiber to remain healthy. Calculating the least amount of hay your horse needs: 1,200... Read More »

Category : Fat & Fiber | Health & Management | Macro & Micro Minerals | Tips and Topics

Common hay: a quick comparison

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Six indicators to look at when deciding which hay is best for a mature horse: 1) Digestible Energy (DE) is an estimate of energy that is digested and absorbed by the horse. The DE is helpful when determining how much energy a hay contributes to the overall diet. Energy requirements can be expressed as megacalories (Mcal) per lb or kilocalories (Kcal) per lb. One Mcal is equal to 1,000 Kcal, so make sure you are comparing apples to apples when... Read More »

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Round-bale feeders reduce waste and increase intake

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A study done at the University of Minnesota revealed the following interesting facts: Feeding round bales without a feeder (placing them directly the field) results in 60% of the hay being wasted. Placing round bales in a feeder reduces losses to between 5% and 30% depending on the design of the feeder. Horses fed from feeders tend to consume more hay. Feeder-fed horses ate 2% to 2.4 % of their body weight in hay, while non-feeder-fed horses only... 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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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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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

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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