Valuable Nutrients

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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Hoof and coat problems facing the off-the-track Thoroughbred

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On the track, constant exercise, frequent shoeing, and the demands of racing can put a lot of stress on Thoroughbreds’ hooves. Bad feet can lead to other issues, such as sore backs and hocks. Hooves are made of tough tissue called keratin. Keratin bonds are formed with the B vitamin biotin. When biotin is lacking in the diet, Thoroughbreds’ hooves can become brittle and dry, which leads to cracked hooves that fall apart. Adding a biotin supplement may... 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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Protein in hay and pasture

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The protein levels in hay and pasture vary greatly depending on species of plant, stage of growth, and time of year. It is always best to get your hay and pasture tested so you can determine exactly how much protein it is providing. However, there are some general rules you can use to give you an estimation of protein content. Legume hays (alfalfa and clover) contain 12% to 20% protein Grass hays contain 6% to 10% protein Fresh spring pasture... Read More »

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How do I determine the percent protein in my horse’s total diet? It is so confusing.

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Customer Q&A Question: How do I determine the percent protein in my horse’s total diet? It is so confusing. Answer: You are not the only one who is confused by this! Let’s see if we can make it easier for you to understand how to determine the percentage of protein in your horse’s total diet. You have to do some math, but it isn't too hard. I will use my horse’s diet as an example. My gelding is fed 20 lb of grass/alfalfa hay.... Read More »

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What is HA and why should I look for it in a joint supplement?

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Hyaluronic acid (HA) is an integral component of synovial fluid and articular cartilage. It is responsible for lubrication of the joint surfaces. While glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate work mainly as the building block for cartilage, HA is more beneficial to the joint fluid, which nourishes the joint and provides shock absorbing properties. Hyaluronic acid has been found to be helpful in controlling joint pain, heat, and swelling. The recommended... Read More »

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Iodine is essential to a healthy hair coat

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Iodine controls the production of thyroid hormones, which are necessary for optimal health. Iodine deficiency can cause a dry, lusterless coat and patchy or diffuse hair loss. The NRC (National Research Council) estimates that the iodine requirement of horses is 0.1-0.6 mg/kg of the total diet. Grass and hay contain very small amounts of iodine. Some plain grains contain more iodine, but most horses get iodine from trace mineralized salt or a coat and... Read More »

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Vitamin deficiencies – who is at risk?

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Certain types of horses are at higher risk of developing vitamin deficiencies than others. It may be because they are unable to eat adequate amounts of fortified concentrates or consume enough green grass. Sometimes age plays a role too. At-risk horses will benefit from a balanced, low-calorie vitamin and mineral supplement. Who is at risk? Easy keepers eating a handful or two of grain a day and/or those on restricted pasture Horses and ponies in... 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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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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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 »

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Protein Demystified

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It's all about amino acids Protein is a major component in most tissues in the horse. Proteins are made up of individual amino acids that join together to form chains. The length of the protein chains varies from protein to protein, as does the combination of amino acids making up the chains. When horses consume proteins in their diet, the proteins are broken down and absorbed as amino acids. These amino acids are then circulated in the blood and... Read More »

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Myths and Facts about Protein

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Myths MYTH: Protein is a good source of energy for mature horses. BUSTED: Of the three dietary energy sources—carbohydrates, fats and protein—protein is the hardest for horses to turn into energy. It is inefficiently utilized and produces more heat during metabolism than carbohydrates or fats. A feed high in protein may not be high in energy. Energy is what mature horses need most to perform at optimal levels. MYTH: The higher the crude protein... Read More »

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