Monthly Archives: May 2021

Sugar And Hoof Health

Sugar phobia has reached a point where virtually any problem with a horse’s hooves may be blamed on sugar. From thrush to weak laminar connections, sugar is being blamed for hoof problems. This often comes with stories of how horses … Continue reading

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Flax To Mimic Pasture

How much flax seed do you need to feed to match intake from grazing? We know that omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids are essential elements of the diet for mammals because their bodies cannot synthesize them. What we don’t know … Continue reading

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Insulin Resistance or Insulin Dysregulation?

Insulin dysregulation [ID] is a term coined in a 2014 publication to describe horses with abnormal levels of insulin.  Elevated insulin used to be considered to mean a horse is insulin resistant, and in many cases it still does, but … Continue reading

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Postbiotics for Horses

The latest approach in gut support supplements The term is new but the concept is not. Postbiotics are substances found in the culture medium when probiotic bacteria are grown. The more familiar term, which you can find on the ingredients … Continue reading

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Mixing Chastetree Berries With Pergolide in Cushing’s Horses

Use Caution Mixing Chastetree Berries With Pergolide Chastetree berries (CTB), aka Chasteberry, aka Vitex agnus-castus is an herbal remedy I first published about using in horses with PPID (Cushing’s) back in 2000. It had been determined that CTB could help … Continue reading

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Flagging Energy – Performance In The Heat

A common concern this time of year is horses that lack energy for exercise.  There are no apparent health or lameness issues but the horse is either “flat” or starts out well but hits a wall that is at a … Continue reading

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NASC Taking The High Road

Setting consistent standards and giving companion animal supplement manufacturers a voice. The NASC, National Animal Supplement Council, is an independent organization with voluntary membership which is devoted to the quality and safety of supplements for companion animals. The NASC focuses … Continue reading

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The Truth About By-Products

Many  crops are grown with the goal of extracting only part of their nutritional value – like soybeans for oil, corn for oil or alcohol production, wheat for starch (flour). Soybeans When those targeted ingredients are extracted, the remainder contains … Continue reading

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Wide-Reaching Effects of Hemp

Cannabinoids balance the activity of multiple body systems in all mammals. Hemp is trending as an ingredient in both human and animal supplements but it’s far more than just a fad. Research is showing us many uses for this versatile … Continue reading

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Are Supplements Really Needed?

Odds are the answer is yes. As the term implies, supplements are nutrients added to supplement those already present in the horse’s base diet.  At the most basic level, supplementation is done to provide nutrients that are not present in … Continue reading

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