Tag Archives: diet

Adaptation to Cold Weather

Your horse’s body may be doing a lot more to prepare for cold weather than just growing a winter coat. Przewalski’s Horse I recently read a very interesting study on Przewalski horses, a primitive breed, that shows there are seasonal … Continue reading

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Canine DCM Again

For those of you following the alleged connection between dilated cardiomyopathy and canine dog foods, finally a voice of reason: https://www.petfoodindustry.com/blogs/10-debunking-pet-food-myths-and-misconceptions/post/8475-beg-pet-food-and-dcm-part-2-is-veterinary-bias-at-play?utm_source=KnowledgeMarketing&utm_medium=email&utm_content=Petfood%20Industry%20News&utm_campaign=Petfood%20Industry%20News_Wed_9_11_19&eid=437129444&bid=2518015 Also nice to see carnitine finally mentioned. Eleanor Kellon, VMD

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Obesity and Metabolic Problems

The vast majority of us are well familiar with how easy it is to gain weight with the wrong foods or simply too much food and how hard it can be to lose it. The same is true for most … Continue reading

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Nervous System Support

A horse embodies grace, power, balance and movement.  Nothing is more potentially devastating than nervous system dysfunction involving brain, spinal cord or nerves. I’m often asked about ways to nutritionally support the nervous system. A horse embodies grace, power, balance … Continue reading

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Diet or Trim – What’s More Important for Hoof Health?

If you ask me which is more difficult for an owner to get right, I’d say the trim. If you ask a talented hoof professional, they would usually say diet. It’s actually a trick question.  Both are critical and one … Continue reading

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All IR/EMS Horses Have Laminitis

The Equine Cushing’s and Insulin Resistance Group, now at main@ECIR.groups.io, has been in existence for almost 20 years and currently has over 11,000 members. As you might expect, many members seek out the group when their horse/pony/mini/donkey/mule becomes obviously laminitic. … Continue reading

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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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