Fat & Fiber

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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Nutritional tidbit: carbohydrates aren’t all bad

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The most important thing to keep in mind regarding "carbs" is that there are different types of carbohydrates and the type you are feeding matters. Slowly fermentable carbohydrates (the fiber found in fresh pasture and dried forages like hay) are very beneficial to your horse. In fact, they should be the foundation of his or her diet. Simple or rapidly fermentable carbohydrates (starches and sugars) can only be digested in limited amounts by the... 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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Winter Weight Gain

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Some horses gain weight when given a winter break from trail riding, training, and/or showing. The extra weight can make getting them back in shape much harder come spring. Monitor your horse’s weight carefully during breaks and if necessary back off on high-energy feeds. Remember that when you feed less than the recommended amounts of a commercial feed, you need to supplement with a complete vitamin and mineral pellet to ensure your horse's nutrient... 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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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 »

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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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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 »

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The ratio of calcium to phosphorus is important in your horse’s diet

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The minerals calcium (Ca) and phosphorous (P) play a major role in proper growth and development of the skeletal system in horses. Calcium and phosphorus must be provided by a horse’s diet in the correct levels and ratio. If more phosphorous than calcium is consumed by a horse then calcium absorption can be impaired and skeletal malformations, poor growth, and muscle disorders can occur. Even if a diet contains adequate calcium, excessive phosphorus... Read More »

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Why do horse people feed wheat bran mashes?

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One of the most prevalent myths in the realm of horse nutrition today is that bran mashes are good for horses. Horse folks have long fed bran mashes for a variety of reasons: to act as a laxative and prevent constipation, to increase water intake, to add fiber to the diet, and everyone’s favorite, to warm their horse up on a cold night. Unfortunately, the negative effects of an irregular bran mash greatly outweigh the perceived positive ones. Wheat... Read More »

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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 »

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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 »

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Picking hay for sugar/starch sensitive horses

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All horses need fiber in their diet and some of it must be the form of long hay. Horses challenged by metabolic syndrome should be offered hays that are low in non-structural carbohydrates or NSC. This class of carbohydrates includes starch, water-soluble sugar, and fructan. Normal horses can tolerate NSC levels of 20% or higher. It is recommended that horses with metabolic syndrome consume hay with NSC levels of around 10% to 12%. In order to know... Read More »

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Fiber: the key to healthier horses

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In every aspect of our lives we strive for balance. As owners and caretakers of horses we should also make every attempt to achieve balance in their lives too. We try to balance exercise with stall rest and stall rest with turnout. We try to provide balance in their nutrition as well. Understanding how to balance forage intake with concentrate intake is critical to ensuring optimal nutrition and energy balance. Concentrates are the portion of the diet we... Read More »

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