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Weanlings Have Special Needs

The two life stages that have the most intensive nutritional needs are mares in early lactation and weanlings. Their requirements per pound of body weight are the highest. Nutrient dense diets are those that have high levels of protein/amino acids … Continue reading

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Care of the Mare and Foal at Weaning

With feral horses, by the time weaning occurs naturally both mare and foal are more than ready for it.  When we hasten the process artificially, there is inevitable stress. Foals depend on their dams for basic survival needs of nutrition … Continue reading

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The Latest Dog Food Scare

Since horselovers are almost universally doglovers as well, I want to veer a little bit off path for this blog and discuss a dog food scare that is currently spreading like wild  fire. On July 12, the FDA announced they … 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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Hormonal Laminitis – What It’s Not

At the NO Laminitis Conference last year I spent several hours talking about what insulin related laminitis is not. A paper just published in The Veterinary Journal (Patterson-Kane et al) called Paradigm shifts in understanding equine laminitis does the same … Continue reading

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Fine Tuning Winter Feeding

Plenty is written every year about the basics of winter feeding, including: Lots of hay/fiber Increase calories to compensate for energy lost staying warm Feed salt Constant water at a comfortable temperature for drinking These things are critically important for … Continue reading

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Your Horse Needs Inflammation

Inflammation is always talked about as something you need to avoid or control.  There is a staggering number of medications, supplements and therapy devices that target inflammation. However, inflammation is an essential part of how your horse’s body functions.                   … Continue reading

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The Skinny Older Horse

Impending winter weather and loss of good pasture make all owners of thin senior horses anxious.  Some things to consider when a horse is underweight span all age groups, but seniors have additional considerations. Transverse ridges on the chewing surface … Continue reading

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Protein for the Active Horse

Protein is the most expensive ingredient in a diet. Equine nutritionists are trained with the same mindset as nutritionists working with other livestock.  Cost is a consideration; return for the investment.  This often results in recommendations being the minimum you … Continue reading

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The Foundation for Strong Immunity

There are many herbs, plant or bacterial extracts and probiotics that can stimulate the immune system but they won’t help if the horse’s body does not have the basic raw material it needs to respond. That comes from the diet. … Continue reading

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