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Understanding Amino Acids

Amino acids are the basic unit of proteins. The cellular ribosomes are protein assembly factories where amino acids are strung together to build proteins according to the formulas contained in the horse’s DNA.  https://www.genome.gov/genetics-glossary/Ribosome. If an amino acid in the … Continue reading

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Slow Growing Hooves

The cells of the hooves are among the most metabolically active in the body because they are constantly being worn away and need to replace themselves. Because of this, any gaps in their nutrition shows up as slow growth or … Continue reading

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Methionine Supplementation May be Crucial

Considering all the important tasks L-methionine performs it’s perplexing you don’t hear or read more about it. L-methionine is one of the essential amino acids, meaning the horse must get his supply from the diet because the body cannot manufacture … Continue reading

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Feeding Muscle

You can’t improve on Mother Nature when a horse is performing well but many horses struggle to live up to the goals we have for them.  The tendency is to focus on lameness and look for sources of pain, which … Continue reading

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Nutritional Support for Shedding

Mother Nature provides our horses with a dense coat to protect them in Winter but getting rid of it in the Spring is a hassle.  Shedding is triggered by changes in day length. There are many factors that may either  … Continue reading

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Sulfate – Essential to Health

Sulfur in the form of sulfate is essential for life in organisms from bacteria to plants to horses.  Sulfate is an ion with a negative charge, SO4-2 Bacteria in the soil form sulfate from sulfur and oxygen. Soil sulfate may … Continue reading

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Mid-Pregnancy Nutrition

When an average size mare delivers she will have produced a 100+ lb foal, an 11 pound placenta, and as much as 16 pounds of fluid. She has also greatly increased the size and thickness of her uterus and blood … Continue reading

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Feet in the Heat

Throughout history, horses have been able to perform and thrive in very hot, even desert, environments. Breeds such as the Arabian, Akhal-Teke and predecessors like Turkoman and Byerly Turk are among the many desert adapted breeds. Healthy hooves withstand dry, … Continue reading

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Diet or Trim – What’s More Important for Hoof Health?

If you ask me which is more difficult for an owner to get right, I’d say the trim. If you ask a talented hoof professional, they would usually say diet. It’s actually a trick question.  Both are critical and one … Continue reading

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Prepping for Shedding

If dealing with shedding was the worst problem we had to face with horses we would be blessed indeed – but it’s still a pain. Getting to that glorious new coat underneath will always be predominantly a matter of time, … Continue reading

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