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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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Pitfalls of Fecal Checks for Parasites

The fecal egg count (FEC) has become the method of choice for determining when to deworm a horse but there are many shortcomings. Most labs do simple flotations, which means manure is mixed with a concentrated sugar or salt solution … Continue reading

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Improving the Topline

Vanishing, or poorly developed, toplines, is a very common complaint of owners.  Successfully addressing it depends on finding the cause. The obvious sign of a poor topline is prominence of the spinal vertebrae along the back.  The tissues along the … Continue reading

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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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Calcium and Your Horse

Appreciation for the importance of nutrition lies in understanding the role of nutrients in body processes. Calcium is an important structural mineral. Most of the body’s calcium is incorporated into bone and teeth where calcium in a crystalline structure makes … Continue reading

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Air Quality in the Barn

When the winds are up and temperatures drop we want our horses to be comfortable and protected. Nestling into a cozy stable may seem like a good solution but there are health risks lurking in a tightly closed up barn. … Continue reading

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