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The Facts About Feeding Straw

Straw is often recommended as an alternative to hay in a variety of scenarios – hay shortage, for weight loss, to decrease sugar/starch in the diet or simply to give the horse something to chew on for longer periods without … Continue reading

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Free Fecal Water Syndrome

It’s as unappealing as it sounds. The horse has normally formed manure but passes extra brown water along with it, staining the tail and hindquarters. This is different from diarrhea, where the frequency of passing manure is increased and/or the … Continue reading

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Cleaner Water For Your Horse

Since horses are classified as “livestock” there are less rigid water quality standards used for them.  However, unlike other livestock they are often with us for decades rather than the short lifespans of meat and milk animals or smaller herbivores … Continue reading

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Skeletal Development in Young Horses

“You are what you eat” is never more true than with a gr0wing animal.  The mare will rob her own body if necessary to provide for the growing foal, but by 2 months, when he starts eating solid food, only … Continue reading

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Diet and Laminitis – No Link to Fructan

Horses and ponies, donkeys and mules, may develop laminitis on diets based on either hay or pasture. The cause isn’t fructan.  It isn’t hind gut acidosis.  Here’s the science. The AAEP’s Laminitis Working Group did a four year study with … Continue reading

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Fecal Transplants For Animals

Yes, it’s what you think it is!  Receiving fecal material from a healthy donor is in the news for people these days. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0929664618305552?via%3Dihub [click on “download PDF” to get the complete article].  It has been approved by the FDA as … 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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Midline Dermatitis

There’s nothing more aggravating than an itchy spot you can’t reach. For a horse, the midline of the belly certainly qualifies. This is what happens when the horse is suffering from summer midline dermatitis. Midline dermatitis is a seasonal problem … Continue reading

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Neuromuscular Support Nutrients

Your horse’s health, happiness and performance depend on normal functioning of the nervous system and muscles.  All nutrients have a role to play but some are particularly important. Vitamin E is an antioxidant which becomes incorporated directly into the membranes … Continue reading

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Safe Supplements for Metabolic Horses

When evaluating supplements for horses prone to high insulin levels there are two basic areas to consider – the active ingredients and the base. On the ingredients front, some things to generally avoid include:  Added iron.  These horses often have … Continue reading

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