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Are Sugars, Starches and Grains “Evil” in Horse Diet

2012-03-26T19:01:13-07:00March 26th, 2012|Categories: Articles|Tags: |

Have you ever watched a pendulum swing? It swings way to the right, and then goes back to center. Then it swings way to the left, then returns to center again. In human nutrition, the sugar and starch pendulum appears to be returning to center. In equine nutrition, however, that sugar and starch pendulum seems [...]

Formulating Horse Feeds

2012-06-14T14:18:01-07:00March 26th, 2012|Categories: Articles|Tags: |

When choosing a horse feed, looking at the guaranteed analysis can help you determine if the nutritional content of that feed is appropriate for the age and activity level of your horse.  You’d think that two products that both contain 14% protein, 6% fat, etc. would be pretty much the same feed.  However, products with [...]

Extreme Weather Conditions and Reduced Production May Affect Hay Quality, Availability and Price

2012-03-23T19:53:58-07:00March 23rd, 2012|Categories: Articles|Tags: |

Unfavorable weather conditions last fall and winter meant more hay was fed than normal causing last year’s hay supplies to be running short.  Unprecedented weather extremes through the spring are affecting the quality and availability of new hay for 2011.  Whether you are suffering through the extreme drought in south Texas, excessive rainfall in the [...]

Snake Bite Cautions for Horse Owners

2012-03-23T19:46:18-07:00March 23rd, 2012|Categories: Articles|Tags: |

Spring and summer months bring an increase in horse activities and the end of hibernation for rattlesnakes. As they begin to emerge and leave their dens, until their return during cooler fall weather, this movement and activity increases the incidence of horses bitten by rattlesnakes. Of the 27 species of rattlesnakes in the United States, [...]

Senior Horse Nutrition

2012-03-23T19:38:42-07:00March 23rd, 2012|Categories: Articles|Tags: |

By Tina M. Anderson, PhD A horse in its teens may typically be thought of as “old”, but the reality is that the genetics of the individual, plus how it was cared for during its life, will dictate when the nutritional needs begin to shift from that of an adult mature horse to that of a [...]

You Can Lead A Horse To Water

2012-03-23T14:49:07-07:00March 23rd, 2012|Categories: Articles|Tags: |

Water is the main component of the body. In fact, an average 1000 pound horse is roughly 660 pounds (80 gallons) of water. About two-thirds of this water is inside cells, called intracellular fluid, and one-third is outside cells or extracellular fluid. To function normally, the body must keep the amount of water in these [...]

It’s Spring – Ready, Set, Ride!

2012-03-22T15:28:15-07:00March 22nd, 2012|Categories: Articles|Tags: |

Now that the weather has finally warmed up, horse owners are starting to spend more time with their horses, and are looking forward to even more enjoyable riding weather. There are some nutritional concerns, however, during this season, and some management issues we should address to ensure the health and performance of our horses. First, as [...]

Feeding A Lactating Mare

2012-03-22T14:50:14-07:00March 22nd, 2012|Categories: Articles|Tags: |

When a mare foals, her daily nutrient requirements increase significantly, nearly double that of early gestation. These nutrient needs must be met for the mare to recover from foaling stress, produce milk, and rebreed without losing body condition. Underfeeding mares during early lactation will result in lower milk production and weight loss. Early lactation weight [...]

Efficacy of Yeast Products In Equine Diets

2012-03-22T14:45:11-07:00March 22nd, 2012|Categories: Articles|Tags: |

In the past several years, multiple sources have recommended yeast products for inclusion in equine diets for many purposes, including improving fiber and phosphorus digestibility, increase feed efficiency, support hindgut bacteria, and even prevention and cure of gastric ulcers. However, a close look at the published data available on the efficacy of supplementing yeast culture [...]

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