Author Archives: Dr. Kellon

About Dr. Kellon

Graduate of University of Pennsylvania Veterinary School. Owner of Equine Nutritional Solutions, www.drkellon.com, industry and private nutritional consultations, online nutritional courses. Staff Veterinary Expert at Uckele Health and Nutrition.

Sulfate – Essential to Health

Sulfur in the form of sulfate is essential for life in organisms from bacteria to plants to horses.  Sulfate is an ion with a negative charge, SO4-2 Bacteria in the soil form sulfate from sulfur and oxygen. Soil sulfate may … Continue reading

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Optimizing the Immune System

The horse’s immune system is always busy. Even when the horse is healthy it is performing its background functions of removing dead or damaged cells, guarding all the mucus membranes that are portals into the body from the outside world … Continue reading

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Lyme Disease in Horses

Tick season will be starting up again soon and with it the risk of Lyme Disease. The first report of horses carrying antibodies to the organism causing Lyme Disease, Borrelia burgdorferi, appeared in the scientific literature 35 years ago. Skepticism … Continue reading

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Winter Wound Care

It’s nice to get a break from insects pestering wounds but winter weather brings its own set of special considerations. The cold, dry air in winter leads to a major cause of delayed healing – dehydration of exposed tissue. A … Continue reading

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Setting the Record Straight on Winter Laminitis

Since I started writing about winter laminitis several years ago the topic has appeared with increasing frequency in other places.  Spreading the word is always good but several things have been transformed in translation. Cortisol as a cause.  While it’s … Continue reading

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When Winter Brings Stiffness

Many of us experience noticeable body stiffness in cold weather. It should be no surprise that horses do too. Your horse doesn’t have to be a  senior or have pre-existing problems to develop winter stiffness – although those things can … Continue reading

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Iodine and Your Horse

Iodine is probably the most ignored of all elements essential for your horse’s life. The requirement is very small, only a few mg a day, but deficiency in foods is widespread all over the world. An iodine requirement is our … Continue reading

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Growing Horses in Cold Weather

Hoof growth isn’t the only thing that slows down in cold weather. The growth of young horses can too [Onoda et al 2013, 2014]. Several studies have now documented a slowing down of growth rate in the winter with a … Continue reading

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Vitamin Concerns in the Winter

Your horse’s vitamin needs don’t really change in the winter – but the supply available from the diet does.  This is because there is a big  difference between fresh grass versus hay and also because hay vitamin levels decrease with … Continue reading

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Adaptation to Cold Weather

Your horse’s body may be doing a lot more to prepare for cold weather than just growing a winter coat. Przewalski’s Horse I recently read a very interesting study on Przewalski horses, a primitive breed, that shows there are seasonal … Continue reading

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