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.

Electrolyte Problems in Endurance Horses

Electrolyte problems in the heat are directly proportional to sweat loss so it makes perfect sense that horses working long periods are at greatest risk.  This puts the spotlight on endurance horses. Australian endurance horse champion Omani Mr. Squiggle owned … Continue reading

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Dry Hooves Are Not Inevitable

Throughout history, horses have been able to perform and thrive in very hot, even desert, environments. Breeds such as the Arabian, Akhal-Teke and predecessors like Turkoman and Byerly Turk are among the many desert adapted breeds. Sand is about as … Continue reading

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Topicals for Temporary Exercise-Related Muscle Soreness

When anything is bothering their horse, the tendency of many people is to look for a drug to take care of it but in the case of muscle soreness hands-on therapy is not only an option – it’s often more … Continue reading

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Grazing the Metabolic Horse

The hardest thing for owners of horses with EMS or PPID to accept is that grazing can be hazardous. Vegetation available to feral horses looks very different from the dense green grass domestic horses graze. Eating grass seems like the … Continue reading

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Making Your Own Feed

Interest is high in mixing up your own grain recipe. There are some good reasons for doing this, but also some precautions. In the plus category are: Cost saving. Even if you run a large stable and pay a local … Continue reading

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Methionine Supplementation May be Crucial

Considering all the important tasks L-methionine performs it’s perplexing you don’t hear or read more about it. L-methionine is one of the essential amino acids, meaning the horse must get his supply from the diet because the body cannot manufacture … Continue reading

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Feeding Muscle

You can’t improve on Mother Nature when a horse is performing well but many horses struggle to live up to the goals we have for them.  The tendency is to focus on lameness and look for sources of pain, which … Continue reading

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All Carbs Matter in Equine Metabolic Syndrome

There are physiological differences between humans and horses. For example, horses don’t produce high levels of ketones, even when starving.  Horses with EMS are not at high risk for cardiovascular disease the way humans are. They develop laminitis instead. Despite … Continue reading

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Laboratory Reference Ranges are NOT Normals

When you get a report from a diagnostic laboratory you will see tests listed in a column on the left, followed by the test results (sometimes with an asterisk or a H = high, L = low mark) and a … Continue reading

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Joint Care – Advanced

From young horses to seniors, child’s mount through the upper levels of any sport, the joints of a horse take considerable stress. The core supplements for joints in any species are glucosamine, chondroitin and hyaluronic acid. They are components of … Continue reading

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