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Calcium and Your Horse

Appreciation for the importance of nutrition lies in understanding the role of nutrients in body processes. Calcium is an important structural mineral. Most of the body’s calcium is incorporated into bone and teeth where calcium in a crystalline structure makes … Continue reading

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Do Horses Really Need Supplements?

To stay alive – no.  To have the most vibrant health possible – yes! I’m not talking about specialty supplements here, like joint or hoof, just the core essential nutrients of protein/amino acids, vitamins and minerals.  Somewhere on earth there … Continue reading

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Be Cautious With Iron

Iron is essential for all forms of life; a mineral element that has no substitute and powers key life-sustaining reactions in your horse’s body.  Iron also has an insidious dark side. The most well know role of iron is in … Continue reading

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Overheating and the Microbiome

We’re all aware of the risk of dehydration and heat stroke with a hot horse but did you know it can also affect the intestinal microbiome? Probiotic supplements are a good idea after exertion in the heat  While the research … Continue reading

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Fear-Mongering and Pseudoscience Sales Tactics

On May 14 a company which routinely bashes magnesium supplementation and sells supplements based on chelated calcium put up a piece entitled “Is magnesium contributing to eventing deaths?”.  This was on the heels of the tragic passing of a UK … Continue reading

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Selenium and Iodine for Just About All

Although selenium and iodine are two minerals where we do need to be mindful of toxicity, fears of supplementing them are largely inflated.  This is particularly true considering that most horses are likely to be deficient in one or both. … Continue reading

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Oh, Oh, Oh.. Witchy Woman..or Mare.. something like that!

You know exactly what I am talking about..you see it in any barn.. it is the very reason why some people opt for the gelding over the mare at point of sale. I am talking about the periods of time … Continue reading

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The J-Herb

Jiaogulan, scientifically known as, Gynostemma pentaphyllum is a vine indigenous to mountainous areas of Southern China and other parts of Asia. This herb is one of the most potent inducers of endothelial nitric oxide (NO) synthesis.  At the same time, it … Continue reading

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Laminitis – a bloody awful issue

“The clinical signs of acute laminitis, including a bounding digital pulse and increased hoof temperature, suggest a vascular component. It is postulated that there are blood flow abnormalities including increased capillary pressure, flow in arteriovenous anastomoses, and venoconstriction so lamellae … Continue reading

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May I present… Lysine, the Limited

“Lysine supports immune function and is the most important essential amino acid in horses.” – Jack Grogan, CN Essential Amino acids must be provided in the horse’s diet because they can  not be synthesized in the body. Lysine is also … Continue reading

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