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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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Feeding Weanlings

Weanlings have intensive nutritional needs and you shouldn’t start feeding them like a smaller version of an adult. Nutrient dense diets are those that have high levels of protein/amino acids and minerals per calorie. As you might expect, mineral requirements … Continue reading

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Opinions

There’s a saying that opinions are like noses – everybody has one.  Not very respectful but not a bad place to start in evaluating opinions, including our own. Another good one is that the right to have an opinion does … Continue reading

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Care of the Cushing’s Horse

Since the 1960s when reports of equine pituitary adenomas and their systemic consequences appeared in the literature, our understanding of Cushing’s disease (pituitary pars intermedia dysfunction or PPID) and the insulin resistance it causes has grown tremendously.  Despite this, there … Continue reading

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Do Any Horses Benefit from Grain?

The current wisdom is that all horses should be fed forages only and never any grain.  While it’s certainly true that most horses do not need grain calories and are better off in many ways on a forage diet, there … Continue reading

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Hoof Health in Winter

Even if weather is mild, there are changes in winter that influence the health of the hooves. Hoof growth slows in winter for two major reasons.  One is that cold weather results in less blood flow to the extremities.  The … Continue reading

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Feeding HYPP Horses

Hyperkalemic Periodic Paralysis is a muscular disorder traced to descendants of the QH stallion Impressive. HYPP is caused by a mutation in a protein inside the “voltage gated sodium channel”. When a motor nerve fires, it triggers opening of sodium … Continue reading

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Senior Horses Losing Weight

It’s reasonable not to expect your senior horse to look as robust as younger animals, but they should maintain a good covering of flesh over their ribs, back and hip bones.  When the older horse starts to look gaunt, there’s … Continue reading

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There Are No Bad Steps

Information recently provided by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission as well as many previous studies, including from the University of California at Davis, has shown that the vast majority of catastrophic injuries in racing horses are the end result of … Continue reading

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Winterizing the Senior Horse

Although horses can survive a remarkable range of environmental conditions, surviving is not the same as thriving.  Winter is hard on any horse but particularly so for seniors.   Like older people, older horses are not as good at regulating … Continue reading

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