Category Archives: Equine Nutrition

Salt to the Rescue

I do some version of this post every year for good reason.  At the least it will safeguard your horse’s well being and performance in the heat.  At best it could save his life. Sweating is the horse’s major mechanism … Continue reading

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Thiamine for Horses

Thiamine (B1) is a member of the water soluble group of B vitamins.  Following absorption it is metabolized to its active form, TPP – thiamine pyrophosphate. TPP is an essential cofactor in multiple reactions involving energy generation from carbohydrate (glucose) … Continue reading

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Parasite Resistance – Where Do We Stand

The doomsday scenario of parasites resistant to all deworming drugs has not materialized but we are facing some challenges.  This will give you current information on resistance, your treatment options and future directions. Note: I have deliberately not used any … Continue reading

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Common Issues of the Older Horse

With a lifetime of good care there is no reason a horse can’t remain active and useful well into their 20s or even longer. However, just like us, there are some health issues that become more common as a result … Continue reading

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When is That Pasture Safe to Graze?

It seems counterintuitive that the very food our horses have evolved to eat as their primary diet could in any way be harmful to them. Despite this, some horses do have trouble with spring  grass. How can this be?  It’s … Continue reading

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Keeping a Spring in Your Older Horse’s Step

Horses are living much longer today and spending many more useful years under saddle.  Even so, age does take a toll on even the healthiest senior. I want to share a few things I have found to make an obvious … Continue reading

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Lyme Disease in Horses

The number of human Lyme Disease cases is steadily increasing, with the CDC estimating there are at least 10X more cases than get reported. For every human case there are likely many more equine since they live outdoors and finding … Continue reading

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When Joint Nutraceuticals Are Not Enough

In a recent blog, https://wp.me/p2WBdh-za, I talked about the big three joint supplement ingredients – glucosamine, chondroitin and hyaluronic acid. They are components of the joint cartilage and/or synovial fluid that bathes the joint space and interior of tendon sheaths … Continue reading

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Nutrition for the Senior Horse

I’m old enough to remember when a 10-year-old horse was considered aged. Advances in health care and a growing respect for the value of experience and a mature temperament have changed that. Many horses are now active into their late … Continue reading

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How Joint Supplements Work

The first joint supplement for horses came out in the 1980s and was a chondroitin sulfate only product, followed by products containing Perna (green-lipped mussel). In the early 1990s, a patent was granted for the first equine combination joint supplement … Continue reading

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