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.

Vitamin C – Friend or Foe

Vitamin C [ascorbate/ascorbic acid] is a water soluble vitamin which functions as an important antioxidant and is needed for the synthesis of L-carnitine, catecholamines like epinephrine and dopamine, as well as collagen, the major protein in all connective tissues, including … Continue reading

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Neurological Herpes Infections

Neurological Herpes, aka EHM – equine herpesvirus myeloencephalitis – is usually caused by a specific strain of the EHV-1 virus which is equine herpesvirus 1. EHV-1 typically causes mild respiratory tract disease or “colds” in young horses. Most adults develop … Continue reading

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Nutrition for the Lactating Mare

There is a reason the horse evolved to foal in the Spring. The rich, tender, high moisture young vegetation provides the energy and protein dense nutrition the mare needs to make sufficient milk. In peak lactation the mare needs 1.8X … Continue reading

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Diet or Trim – What’s More Important for Hoof Health?

If you ask me which is more difficult for an owner to get right, I’d say the trim. If you ask a talented hoof professional, they would usually say diet. It’s actually a trick question.  Both are critical and one … Continue reading

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Reconditioning the Older Horse

Horses have tremendous athletic potential but they did not evolve to do most things we ask of them and conditioning is necessary.  On the flip side, periods without work lead to deconditioning and care should be taken to get the … Continue reading

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Pasture Associated Laminitis

Everyone loves Spring, but as a horse owner you may be anxious about the possibility of pasture associated laminitis [PAL] if you let your horse graze those tantalizing luscious new growths of pasture. How great is the risk?  Can you … Continue reading

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Mares Transitioning to the Breeding Season

Horses are long day seasonal breeders, with both males and females showing seasonal variability in reproductive function but it is much more obvious for the mares. Most mares have suppressed ovarian activity which begins in the fall and ends in … Continue reading

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(Some of) The Worst Persistent Myths Out There

Horses can’t get all the salt they need from a lick because they don’t have rough tongues. Cows do have rougher tongues but that has nothing to do with getting salt from a lick/block.  If their tongues were rough enough … Continue reading

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Acetyl-L-Carnitine – The Powerful, Versatile Nutrient You Never Heard Of

Acetyl-L-carnitine is a metabolite of L-carnitine, derived from the amino acid L-lysine in a series of reactions which require cofactors of methionine, zinc, iron, vitamin C, niacin and vitamin B6. It is synthesized in the horse’s liver, kidney and brain. … Continue reading

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All IR/EMS Horses Have Laminitis

The Equine Cushing’s and Insulin Resistance Group, now at main@ECIR.groups.io, has been in existence for almost 20 years and currently has over 11,000 members. As you might expect, many members seek out the group when their horse/pony/mini/donkey/mule becomes obviously laminitic. … Continue reading

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