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Understanding Fat and Fatty Acids

Fat is much more than a storage form of calories.  The membrane of all cells contains fat. Fatty substances form a waterproof barrier in skin and hooves.  Some classes of hormone are derived from fat/cholesterol.  Some fats help regulate the … 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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Pasture vs Hay

Hay is just dehydrated grass but there are several differences between hay and the live plant that you need to take into consideration when adding pasture to the horse’s diet. Note:  References in the following discussion to calories, protein and … Continue reading

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Spring Grass

Beautiful to look at, wonderful to smell and if you’re a horse there is nothing you would rather be eating and arguably nothing more natural you should be eating.  On the other hand, there are a few precautions. First, the … Continue reading

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Transitioning from Pasture to Hay

Hay is just dried grass but there are several things to consider when making the transition from pasture to hay.                             Typical Fall Pasture with Grasses Going Dormant As grasses mature and develop their seed heads, fiber fractions progressively increase … Continue reading

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It’s Time to Put the Fructan Theory to Rest

Despite the fact there is absolutely no proof that the level of grass fructan (levan) found in horse pastures and hays has ever caused laminitis, fructan continues to be touted as the cause of pasture laminitis.  Any mention of fructan … Continue reading

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When Pasture Dies Off

Since hay is just dried grass, it may seem like switching from pasture to hay isn’t an issue.  On some levels this is true but there are important differences between hay and live grasses that have an impact on how … Continue reading

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