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Support Of Normal Sweating

Horses exercising in the heat quickly develop high body temperatures. The overheating can become life-threatening if they don’t have efficient ways of dissipating the heat. There are several ways heat leaves the body: Radiation: This is transfer of heat energy … Continue reading

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Peak Allergy Season Is Almost Here

Spring is just around the corner and with it all the plants, molds and insects that can spell allergy. Studies in several species and different equine breeds have uncovered a genetic predisposition to develop allergies and even which genes are … Continue reading

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The Great Bran Mash Debate

Warm bran mashes have a very long history of use in equine feeding, especially in winter.  Is this the yummy comfort food it has been claimed to be, or actually potentially harmful?  As is usually the case, the truth is … Continue reading

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Can Butyrate Supplements Fix Free Fecal Water Syndrome?

The interactions between the horse’s body and the estimated quadrillion organisms in the intestinal tract is incredibly complex and we are light years away from really understanding it. With Free Fecal Water Syndrome, the horse has normally formed manure but … Continue reading

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Weight Support for Senior Horses

Winter weather and loss of good pasture make all owners of thin senior horses anxious.  Some things to consider when a horse is underweight span all age groups, but seniors have additional considerations. Older horses need frequent, but not necessarily … Continue reading

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Older Horse Digestive Changes

With advances in preventative health care over the last 50 years, the ole grey mare is not only older, she’s more healthy. However, age inevitably takes a toll including on the digestive system. Targeted digestive supplements can help. Senior horses … Continue reading

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Remember Antioxidants?

Do you remember when antioxidants were all the rage as the latest and greatest thing in supplements?  Other topics catch most of the headlines these days but antioxidant activity still underlies some of the effects of currently popular ingredients like … Continue reading

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Tempting Picky Eaters

We humans have a huge diversity of individual dietary preferences. Some have a raging sweet tooth, others prefer salty or spicy, love or hate specific vegetables, etc.. It’s not as complicated for horses.  Their instinctive taste preferences are geared toward … Continue reading

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Feeding In Winter

Forage first is always the rule of feeding horses, but in winter it may not be enough. Every horse has a LCT – lower critical temperature. This is the environmental temperature (air temperature + wind chill) below which the horse … Continue reading

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The Last Half of Pregnancy

The pregnant mare has the same basic needs for water, nutrients and exercise but with different targets. The calories are the easy part. If you have a good quality hay (DE at least 0.9 Mcal/lb on hay analysis) she will … Continue reading

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