Category Archives: Equine Nutrition

Understanding Amino Acids

Amino acids are the basic unit of proteins. The cellular ribosomes are protein assembly factories where amino acids are strung together to build proteins according to the formulas contained in the horse’s DNA.  https://www.genome.gov/genetics-glossary/Ribosome. If an amino acid in the … Continue reading

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Slow Growing Hooves

The cells of the hooves are among the most metabolically active in the body because they are constantly being worn away and need to replace themselves. Because of this, any gaps in their nutrition shows up as slow growth or … Continue reading

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Protein and Your Horse

Myths abound in equine nutrition, especially when it comes to protein. One of the most common of these is that high protein can damage the kidneys.  Excess protein is processed in the liver to urea, which is excreted in the … Continue reading

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The Science Behind Uckele Muscle EQ

When I formulated the new Uckele Muscle EQ supplement I wanted to go beyond the usual topline support to also target suboptimal muscle function that often underlies loss of muscle,  failure to build muscle and exercise-related cramping. From lean Arabians … Continue reading

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The Science Behind Tendon EQ

I have been asked to explain the scientific reasons behind the ingredients in the Tendon EQ supplement from Uckele https://uckele.com/tendon-eq.html . Tendons and ligaments are composed of interwoven strands of the structural protein collagen. It has been known since the … Continue reading

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Beet Pulp in Equine Nutrition

Beet pulp is a by-product of sugar production but for some reason there is more negative and inaccurate information floating around on the internet about beet pulp than any equine feed ingredient you can name. Beet pulp is the fibrous … Continue reading

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Midline Dermatitis

There’s nothing more aggravating than an itchy spot you can’t reach. For a horse, the midline of the belly certainly qualifies. This is what happens when the horse is suffering from summer midline dermatitis. Midline dermatitis is a seasonal problem … Continue reading

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Neuromuscular Support Nutrients

Your horse’s health, happiness and performance depend on normal functioning of the nervous system and muscles.  All nutrients have a role to play but some are particularly important. Vitamin E is an antioxidant which becomes incorporated directly into the membranes … Continue reading

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Hemp for Horses

The endocannabinoid system is a feedback loop within the brain and all branches of the nervous system – higher brain functions of thought/memory/mood, movement, sensation, and the autonomic system which helps regulate all organs and the immune system down to … Continue reading

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Safe Supplements for Metabolic Horses

When evaluating supplements for horses prone to high insulin levels there are two basic areas to consider – the active ingredients and the base. On the ingredients front, some things to generally avoid include:  Added iron.  These horses often have … Continue reading

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