Category Archives: Equine Nutrition

Methionine – Too Important to Ignore

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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Diet or Trim – What Makes a Healthy Hoof?

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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Rehab For Tendons and Ligaments

Options for managing new and chronic tendon and ligament problems are more numerous than ever but the basics are still often the best. Heat and cold therapy fall in that category. Exercise in horses under the age of 2 or … Continue reading

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Older Horse Digestive Changes

With advances in preventative health care over the last 50 years, the ole grey mare is not only older, she’s more healthy. However, age inevitably takes a toll including on the digestive system. Targeted digestive supplements can help. Senior horses … Continue reading

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Insulin and Weight

Easy keepers and overweight horses and ponies have been around forever.  Laminitis has also always been with us, and it’s no secret that overweight animals are at high risk. We now know that the vast majority of laminitis cases are … Continue reading

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Remember Antioxidants?

Do you remember when antioxidants were all the rage as the latest and greatest thing in supplements?  Other topics catch most of the headlines these days but antioxidant activity still underlies some of the effects of currently popular ingredients like … Continue reading

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Immune System Health – Part 1

It’s true that your horse cannot get a “cold”/respiratory infection without a virus but all horses carry around a generous supply of both viruses and bacteria. Some, like the Herpes respiratory virus, can remain dormant in the horse for life … Continue reading

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Can Horses Know What Minerals They Need?

We’ve all heard it.  People talking about putting out mineral/vitamin supplements of various sorts and allowing the horse to choose what they need.  They will often have stories about how the horses vary their consumption over time, again presumably depending … Continue reading

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Tempting Picky Eaters

We humans have a huge diversity of individual dietary preferences. Some have a raging sweet tooth, others prefer salty or spicy, love or hate specific vegetables, etc.. It’s not as complicated for horses.  Their instinctive taste preferences are geared toward … Continue reading

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“Balancers” Don’t Balance

Balancers have been popular for a number of years.  They are bagged feeds with a higher concentration of vitamins, minerals and sometimes protein than found in regular feeds.  They are typically fed at a rate of 1 to 2 lbs/day … Continue reading

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