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Can I Feed Straw?

It’s a fairly common question.  Some people want to feed straw because they do not have access to good quality hay and want something to keep the horse busy between hay cube or pellet feedings.  Others want to substitute straw … Continue reading

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Nutrition is not ‘Alternative’ Fluff

First, my apologies to some effective therapies called “alternative” that do not fall under the umbrella of FDA approved drugs or recognized surgeries.  There are many such therapies, such as acupuncture, pulsed electromagnetics, laser and others that are indeed effective. … Continue reading

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There Are No Bad Steps

Information recently provided by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission as well as many previous studies, including from the University of California at Davis, has shown that the vast majority of catastrophic injuries in racing horses are the end result of … Continue reading

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Let Them Eat Straw

People consider feeding straw for a variety of reasons such as reducing caloric intake, providing an alternative to horses that want to eat constantly, saving money on hay or substituting for hay when there is a shortage.  Before doing it, … Continue reading

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Holistic versus WHolistic – A Plea for Sanity

I have been a strong advocate of basic balanced nutrition and nutritional supplements to support health and performance my entire career.  This is a no-brainer to me since the body has basic requirements that need to be met to allow … Continue reading

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Grow strong like Popeye’s horse… if he had one!

Foals grow very quickly and demand a nutrient rich diet to support this growth. The mare’s lactation peaks at about 2 months, by 4 months she is providing about 50% of the foal’s nutritional requirements, and by 6 months only … Continue reading

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They’re all twitterpated!

Think Spring – Think Babies… HEALTHY babies! When a mare is in foal, it is very important to focus on her and her foal’s nutrition.  Proper nutrition starting at the early stages of pregnancy through the first several months of … Continue reading

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I’d like some E please … with a dash of A, B, G and D!

Vitamin E is the primary fat soluble antioxidant.  It supports red blood cell integrity, supports immune function and plays a role in supporting healthy fertility.  Research has shown that the health benefits associated with Vitamin E come from a family … Continue reading

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Understanding a Horse’s Digestion The horse evolved to graze and process high fiber grasses, not grains or other concentrated feeds. To process these successfully requires a well coordinated interplay involving the horse’s own digestive enzymes and the microbes living in … Continue reading

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