Category Archives: Equine Nutrition

Association is not Causation

The death of Disco music. The rise of Rap. The release of glyphosate/RoundUp herbicide. Drops in numbers of butterflies and pheasants in Pennsylvania. These all occurred on the same timeline. Are they related? Statistically, yes. They are related but the … Continue reading

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Omega-6 Gets a Bum Rap

You have probably read more than once that omega-6 fatty acids are inflammatory. I’m sure I’ve been guilty of saying something to that effect myself. The truth is, it’s an over simplification. Flax seeds have the ideal balance of omega-6 … Continue reading

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Hemp for Horses

Hemp and marijuana are closely related. The recent explosion of interest in legalizing marijuana has indirectly shoved hemp into the spotlight. Several US states were already growing hemp despite DEA objections but in mid December of 2018 hemp production was … Continue reading

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Winter Respiratory Health

An elevated concentration of irritants in the air causes measurable lung inflammation in all horses. There may or may not be a true allergic component. Continued exposure can lead to IAD (inflammatory airway disease) or RAO (recurrent airway obstruction) in … Continue reading

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Mid Winter Check List

With all the chores to do, you probably spend as much time at the barn in winter as during warmer weather but you probably don’t interact with your horse in the same way. This can result in some things creeping … Continue reading

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Understanding Fatty Acids

Fatty acids are the building blocks of fats in the same way that amino acids are the basic unit of proteins. When picking a fat for your horse, you should be guided by the fatty acid levels. The fat content … Continue reading

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Can EMS Horses Graze Dead Winter Pastures?

Unless you are living in an area with very mild winters, your pasture grasses will shrivel and turn brown over the winter. However, that plant is not dead and horses will be more than happy to eat it. This could … Continue reading

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Immune Support

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. While winter weather can’t cause a respiratory illness, the stress of severe weather coupled … Continue reading

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Hind Gut Health

I have written on this topic for over a decade but continue to encounter many questions and comments that are based on misinformation. For this discussion I am going to define a normal hind gut as one that is functioning … Continue reading

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Winter Laminitis

Veterinarians working with many laminitic horses are well acquainted with the problem but others are 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 causes … Continue reading

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