Category Archives: Equine Nutrition

Soft Tissue And The Dressage Horse

Dressage places unique demands on the tendons, ligaments, fascia and muscle The exquisite control and at times suspension required of a dressage horse seems effortless during a good performance but in reality requires tremendous muscular strength, nervous system coordination and … Continue reading

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Protect Against Sun-Bleached Coats

The solution to sun bleaching is more of the protective pigment melanin. The two minerals critical to the initial steps of melanin production are copper and zinc. It’s no coincidence that deficiencies and imbalances in these two minerals are extremely … Continue reading

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Insulin, ACTH and Pain

Because testing for hormonal disease in horses is often triggered by the horse developing laminitis, the effect of pain on test results is always a concern. A 2020 German study looked at hospitalized horses in pain from various conditions including … Continue reading

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Available Tests for Allergic Lung Disease are Useless

A study that will be published in the July issue of the Journal of Equine Veterinary Science has found that none of the currently available tests for equine lung allergic disease are helpful. The study looked at 15 horses – … Continue reading

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Sugar And Hoof Health

Sugar phobia has reached a point where virtually any problem with a horse’s hooves may be blamed on sugar. From thrush to weak laminar connections, sugar is being blamed for hoof problems. This often comes with stories of how horses … Continue reading

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Flax To Mimic Pasture

How much flax seed do you need to feed to match intake from grazing? We know that omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids are essential elements of the diet for mammals because their bodies cannot synthesize them. What we don’t know … Continue reading

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Insulin Resistance or Insulin Dysregulation?

Insulin dysregulation [ID] is a term coined in a 2014 publication to describe horses with abnormal levels of insulin.  Elevated insulin used to be considered to mean a horse is insulin resistant, and in many cases it still does, but … Continue reading

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Postbiotics for Horses

The latest approach in gut support supplements The term is new but the concept is not. Postbiotics are substances found in the culture medium when probiotic bacteria are grown. The more familiar term, which you can find on the ingredients … Continue reading

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Mixing Chastetree Berries With Pergolide in Cushing’s Horses

Use Caution Mixing Chastetree Berries With Pergolide Chastetree berries (CTB), aka Chasteberry, aka Vitex agnus-castus is an herbal remedy I first published about using in horses with PPID (Cushing’s) back in 2000. It had been determined that CTB could help … Continue reading

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Flagging Energy – Performance In The Heat

A common concern this time of year is horses that lack energy for exercise.  There are no apparent health or lameness issues but the horse is either “flat” or starts out well but hits a wall that is at a … Continue reading

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