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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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Matching Feeding to Activity Level

Show season is winding down, vacations over, kids back in school, holidays on the horizon and many horses are getting less work as a result.   It’s important to scale back calories, and in some instances type of calories.  It’s equally … Continue reading

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Is Your Horse Too Fat?

We’ve all seen at least one article claiming a high percentage of horses are overweight; even that it’s an epidemic.  While the numbers are true, 40+ years as a veterinarian and a lifetime of observing horses tells me it’s nothing … Continue reading

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Feeding Yearlings

Whether you are prepping for sales and halter classes or trying your best to raise a healthy and sound youngster, careful attention to nutritional needs is a key component.  Yearlings should not be fed like little adults. This handsome devil … Continue reading

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Understanding Fat and Fatty Acids

Fat is much more than a storage form of calories.  The membrane of all cells contains fat. Fatty substances form a waterproof barrier in skin and hooves.  Some classes of hormone are derived from fat/cholesterol.  Some fats help regulate the … Continue reading

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Speed Up Shedding

Wouldn’t it be great if horses just slipped out of their winter coat like a snake shedding its skin?  Unfortunately, at best it’s not even close but there are factors that can slow it down which you should be aware … Continue reading

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Feeding for Healthy Weatherproof Hooves

There is a reason hoof supplements have a sizeable market.  There is also a reason they tend to have the same ingredients.         There is often a strong nutritional component to poor hoof quality The quality and integrity of the … Continue reading

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Flagging Energy

A common concern this time of year is horses that lack energy for exercise.  There are no apparent health or lameness issues but the horse is either “flat” or starts out well but hits a wall that is at a … 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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What Are You Feeding Your Horse

Ask that question and most people will answer [Brand] 10% – or whatever the protein percentage is of their bagged feed.  Some will answer [Brand] X/Y where X is the protein and Y is percent fat.  What does that tell … Continue reading

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