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.

Skeletal Development in Young Horses

“You are what you eat” is never more true than with a gr0wing animal.  The mare will rob her own body if necessary to provide for the growing foal, but by 2 months, when he starts eating solid food, only … Continue reading

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Your Horse Probably Needs Selenium and Iodine

Although selenium and iodine are two minerals where we do need to be mindful of toxicity, fears of supplementing them are largely inflated.  This is particularly true considering that most horses are likely to be deficient in one or both. … Continue reading

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Free Choice Feeding Is NOT The Answer To Equine Obesity

The advice to allow free access to food for an obese horse (or human for that matter)  is doomed to failure.  Too much food is how they got that way in the first place.  Things like age, metabolic rate and … Continue reading

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Be Cautious With Iron

Iron is essential for all forms of life; a mineral element that has no substitute and powers key life-sustaining reactions in your horse’s body.  Iron also has an insidious dark side. The most well know role of iron is in … Continue reading

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How To Build A Diet

Whether you are horse or human, you must be conscious of what you eat.  With processed foods and feeds gaining popularity due to its convenience and affordability,  many of us have lost sight of the very foundation of healthy eating habits, … Continue reading

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Diet and Laminitis – No Link to Fructan

Horses and ponies, donkeys and mules, may develop laminitis on diets based on either hay or pasture. The cause isn’t fructan.  It isn’t hind gut acidosis.  Here’s the science. The AAEP’s Laminitis Working Group did a four year study with … Continue reading

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Plants and the Immune System

Green drinks are a hot human health craze these days and with good reason. Plant pigments possess a variety of beneficial properties for the immune system. Green pigment (chlorophyll) is only a piece of the picture.  Flavonoids, carotenes, lycopene, zeaxanthin, … Continue reading

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Fecal Transplants For Animals

Yes, it’s what you think it is!  Receiving fecal material from a healthy donor is in the news for people these days. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0929664618305552?via%3Dihub [click on “download PDF” to get the complete article].  It has been approved by the FDA as … Continue reading

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Put A Strong Foundation In Your Nutritional Program

If you find yourself reaching for a variety of special supplements it may be time to back up and examine the basics.  Step 1 is adequate calories and protein from a hay and/or pasture based diet with concentrates if needed … Continue reading

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Overheating and the Microbiome

We’re all aware of the risk of dehydration and heat stroke with a hot horse but did you know it can also affect the intestinal microbiome? Probiotic supplements are a good idea after exertion in the heat  While the research … Continue reading

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