Monthly Archives: March 2021

Introducing Spring Pasture

Spring grass is mother nature’s panacea for winter’s nutritional hardships and the huge demands of pregnancy and lactation.  However, rangelands utilized by feral horses usually bear little resemblance to the fields of domesticated horses and even in the spring their … Continue reading

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Diagnosing Allergies

If I asked you if horses can have food allergies, your immediate response would probably be – Sure, why not? That may well be true but you could be surprised to find out that a true food allergy has never … Continue reading

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Support Of Normal Sweating

Horses exercising in the heat quickly develop high body temperatures. The overheating can become life-threatening if they don’t have efficient ways of dissipating the heat. There are several ways heat leaves the body: Radiation: This is transfer of heat energy … Continue reading

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Why Vitamin E and Selenium Are Given Together

Vitamin E and selenium are nutrients familiar to most horsepeople.  They are among the most common deficiencies in unsupplemented animals – and also the only two where deficiency diseases are still routinely seen. E and Se are often supplemented together … Continue reading

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Make Quick Work Of Shedding

We’ve all been there, slaving away with a curry or shedding blade on one spot for 30 minutes and there is just no end to the hair.  Truth is that elbow grease will always be an inevitable component of getting … Continue reading

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Lose Your Fear Of Selenium

It’s never bad to be aware of things that may be toxic to your horse, but precautions can be carried too far if you don’t know the details.  Yes, selenium is a potentially toxic mineral (they all are) but deficiency … Continue reading

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Omega-3 Fatty Acids in Equine and Canine Nutrition

These “good fats” must come from the diet and are essential for health. All mammals need omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids in their diet. The ratio between them is also important.  Like the modern human diet, canine and many equine … Continue reading

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Forget About Fructan and NSC

Some beliefs simply will not die, no matter how incorrect they are. Horses, ponies, donkeys/mules and minis which are prone to high insulin levels are at risk of developing health problems. For example, it has been clearly demonstrated that high … Continue reading

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Myths and Truths About Alfalfa

Like many issues in equine nutrition, there are strong opinions both pro and con regarding alfalfa.  There is also much misinformation. One thing everyone can agree upon is that horses love alfalfa.  However, horses also love grain and left to … Continue reading

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