Monthly Archives: March 2019

(Some of) The Worst Persistent Myths Out There

Horses can’t get all the salt they need from a lick because they don’t have rough tongues. Cows do have rougher tongues but that has nothing to do with getting salt from a lick/block.  If their tongues were rough enough … Continue reading

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Acetyl-L-Carnitine – The Powerful, Versatile Nutrient You Never Heard Of

Acetyl-L-carnitine is a metabolite of L-carnitine, derived from the amino acid L-lysine in a series of reactions which require cofactors of methionine, zinc, iron, vitamin C, niacin and vitamin B6. It is synthesized in the horse’s liver, kidney and brain. … Continue reading

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All IR/EMS Horses Have Laminitis

The Equine Cushing’s and Insulin Resistance Group, now at main@ECIR.groups.io, has been in existence for almost 20 years and currently has over 11,000 members. As you might expect, many members seek out the group when their horse/pony/mini/donkey/mule becomes obviously laminitic. … Continue reading

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Magnesium and Your Horse

The importance of magnesium was ignored for many years but appreciation has grown with our understanding of the vital functions it fulfills. Magnesium normally has a stabilizing effect in the nervous system Like calcium and phosphorus in the skeleton, magnesium … Continue reading

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The EMS “Type”

Can you tell if a horse has EMS (Equine Metabolic Syndrome) by looking at him? It’s not as easy as you may think it is. The usual description is a clearly overweight horse with a large fatty neck crest, filling … Continue reading

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