Category Archives: Equine Nutrition

The Right Way to Supplement Electrolytes

Once you know the basics, it’s not that difficult to supplement electrolytes correctly but many people don’t know how and it’s taking more of a toll than is realized. Even mild dehydration can have a major effect on performance Electrolytes … Continue reading

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Ketogenic Diet for Horses? Pass

Everyone has heard about the ketogenic diet by now, “keto” for short. It’s basically a reinvention of the Atkins diet with more emphasis on eating fat.   Fasting, starvation and no or low simple carbohydrate diets trigger a higher rate of … Continue reading

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Taurine – The Most Important Amino Acid You Never Heard Of

Taurine is a sulfur-containing amino acid derivative. Unlike typical amino acids, it is not used to synthesize proteins. However, it has a wide variety of roles to play in the horse’s body.                             The equine vegetarian diet provides no taurine. … Continue reading

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The Real Cause of PAL – Pasture-Associated Laminitis

It isn’t fructan.  It isn’t hind gut acidosis.  Here’s the science. The AAEP’s Laminitis Working Group did a four year study with the goal of identifying laminitis risks. Other than diet, EMS pattern obesity, known EMS or PPID and use … Continue reading

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Beware Trendy Cures for Equine Metabolic Syndrome/IR

The time is ripe. Horses with undiagnosed metabolic syndrome or those not being managed appropriately are coming down with laminitis from grazing.  It’s no coincidence that PR for new cures is ramping up at the same time. The two I’m … Continue reading

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Nitric Oxide Isn’t Laughing Gas

Laughing gas is nitrous oxide, N2O. Nitric oxide is a very simple gas with just one nitrogen and one oxygen molecule, NO, and is a free radical with a half-life in the body of only seconds. This unassuming little compound … Continue reading

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Whole Food for Horses

The “whole food” claim is being used to market some feeds and supplements for horses but what is a whole food and are these products really superior? Does this look like whole food to you? The term whole food is … Continue reading

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Should You Feed Probiotics?

The World Health Organization definition of probiotics is live organisms which, when administered in adequate amounts, confer a health benefit on the host. This usually refers to oral ingestion but they may also be used for health of the skin … Continue reading

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How to Get Rid of Pinworms

Tail rubbing is a term that hardly does justice to the devastation a horse can do to their tail hair and skin when they start violently trying to scratch the area. Insect irritation is one cause and Culicoides can be … Continue reading

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Vitamin C – Friend or Foe

Vitamin C [ascorbate/ascorbic acid] is a water soluble vitamin which functions as an important antioxidant and is needed for the synthesis of L-carnitine, catecholamines like epinephrine and dopamine, as well as collagen, the major protein in all connective tissues, including … Continue reading

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