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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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The Case for Vitamin E Supplementation

Nutritional minimalists take the position that supplementation of a “quality”[not defined] diet is virtually always a waste of money. I recently read this opinion about supplementing vitamin E:  “…Vitamin E deficiencies are occasionally seen in horses that don’t have access … Continue reading

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Modern Day Equine Urban Legends

We can all think of at least one old horse care myth that has been debunked but they continue to be generated to this day.  One of the most persistent is that fructan causes pasture associated laminitis, but I’ve discussed … 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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Hay Before Grain? The Feeding Order Debate

It’s a discussion that keeps resurfacing.  Should you feed hay before grain, or vice versa.  Should you even worry about it?  What happens? Some say you should feed grain first because the horse knows it’s coming, won’t eat the hay … Continue reading

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Do You Really Understand Protein?

Although most people can quote the percent protein in their feed, and manufacturers make a point of it, this particular piece of information is almost worthless.  The horse’s protein requirement is in grams per day, not a percentage in the … Continue reading

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