Category Archives: Equine Nutrition

When Winter Brings Stiffness

Many of us experience noticeable body stiffness in cold weather. It should be no surprise that horses do too. Your horse doesn’t have to be a  senior or have pre-existing problems to develop winter stiffness – although those things can … Continue reading

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Iodine and Your Horse

Iodine is probably the most ignored of all elements essential for your horse’s life. The requirement is very small, only a few mg a day, but deficiency in foods is widespread all over the world. An iodine requirement is our … Continue reading

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Growing Horses in Cold Weather

Hoof growth isn’t the only thing that slows down in cold weather. The growth of young horses can too [Onoda et al 2013, 2014]. Several studies have now documented a slowing down of growth rate in the winter with a … Continue reading

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Vitamin Concerns in the Winter

Your horse’s vitamin needs don’t really change in the winter – but the supply available from the diet does.  This is because there is a big  difference between fresh grass versus hay and also because hay vitamin levels decrease with … Continue reading

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Adaptation to Cold Weather

Your horse’s body may be doing a lot more to prepare for cold weather than just growing a winter coat. Przewalski’s Horse I recently read a very interesting study on Przewalski horses, a primitive breed, that shows there are seasonal … Continue reading

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Winter Foot Pain in Metabolic Horses

Veterinarians working with many laminitic horses are well acquainted with the problem but others may be unfamiliar with it.  It’s a laminitis-like syndrome triggered by cold weather. Horses normally have a very high tolerance for cold.  In all species, cold … Continue reading

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Stewardship

It’s been over 5 years since I posted this blog, and about 20 years since I wrote it initially, but some things just don’t change. The definition of stewardship has not changed since 1913 – “responsibility for taking good care … Continue reading

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Bone Health in Older Horses

An increased risk of fractures from falls and decreased bone density in general are familiar consequences of aging in people but not as well researched in horses. However, between clinical experience and what can be found in the literature, there … Continue reading

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Is Acorn Toxicity in Horses Real?

Squirrels aren’t the only ones hoovering up the Fall crop of acorns. Horses love them too. A yummy treat courtesy of Mother Nature – or are they harmful? Many people report their horses regularly indulge in acorns in the Fall … Continue reading

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Mid-Pregnancy Nutrition

When an average size mare delivers she will have produced a 100+ lb foal, an 11 pound placenta, and as much as 16 pounds of fluid. She has also greatly increased the size and thickness of her uterus and blood … Continue reading

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