Category Archives: Equine Nutrition

Test Your Nutrition Knowledge

Nutrition is a specialty like any other scientific field. Despite this, it’s common for people with no qualifications to offer nutrition advice. Many things you hear or read over and over again can be wrong.  Take this mini quiz to … Continue reading

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The Magic of Colostrum

Foaling season is upon us and everyone realizes the lifesaving importance of mare’s colostrum in transferring disease-protecting antibodies to the new foal but colostrum does much more than this. For For example, colostrum contains a hexasaccharide that inhibits gram negative … Continue reading

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What is Insulin Dysregulation?

Insulin dysregulation [ID] is a term coined in a 2014 publication to describe horses with abnormal levels of insulin.  Elevated insulin used to be considered to mean a horse is insulin resistant, and in many cases it still does, but … Continue reading

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Get Ready for Allergy Season

The groundhog was right about six more weeks of winter, but spring is just around the corner and with it all the plants, molds and insects that can spell allergy. Studies in several species and different equine breeds have uncovered … Continue reading

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Should you Get a Goat?

The price for an equine of all ages, breeds and sizes continues to climb. Adding one to your family as a companion for your horse also doubles all your equine expenses. An alternative is to pick another species to be … Continue reading

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Can You Recognize Muscular Performance Issues?

There is no missing it when a horse ties up, or even has a severe localized muscle injury, but generalized muscular dysfunction is more difficult to recognize and can cause significant pain, poor performance, gait and/or behavioral issues. Sustained daily … Continue reading

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The Benefits of Feeding Flax

Even fans of feeding flax may not realize all its benefits.  It’s a very healthful supplemental feed item for horses of all ages, classes and uses. People usually feed flax for its high omega-3 fatty acid content. There are two … Continue reading

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Immune Function

The immune system is truly an army, with Infantry, Special Forces and even an Intelligence division. Communications employs tens of thousands of different codes carried on the cytokines which also connect it to each and every organ function of the … Continue reading

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Silver Bullets are for Werewolves

I have been a strong proponent of the role of nutrition in health and optimal function for four decades but with the understanding that while it is pivotal it’s not the sole answer to everything.  Scientifically unrealistic claims for the … Continue reading

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Loving Mares

In my younger (OK, MUCH younger) days, I didn’t like mares. They seemed unpredictable and difficult compared to geldings, or even stallions. I was wrong. In the feral society of horses, mares have tremendous responsibilities. The stallion is the lookout, … Continue reading

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