Fat & Fiber

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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Insulin-Resistant Horses

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Researchers have confirmed that as horses age, they naturally become less sensitive to insulin and more susceptible to health problems caused by too much sugar in the diet. One way to reduce the sugar content in a horse’s diet is to replace sugar-laden grains with a high-fat supplement. Fat is an extraordinary energy source. It is readily utilized by the horse and contains more than two times the calories of sugary grains. Equi-Jewel was... 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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Managing horses with HYPP (hyperkalemic periodic paralysis)

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HYPP is an inherited muscle disease that disrupts normal muscle function. The genetic mutation interferes with the sodium channels that regulate muscle contractions. High blood potassium levels cause the sodium channel to stay open, allowing sodium to flood into the muscle cell. This causes uncontrollable muscle twitching. If the potassium levels get too high the muscles can become paralyzed. Some horses show little or no outward signs of HYPP, while... Read More »

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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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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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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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