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Commercial Feeds For The IR Horse

A horse, like a person, can have a metabolic rate and genetic tendency toward obesity. Combine this with a lack of exercise, too many treats, overfeeding, even stress, and the easy keeper is at risk for hormone imbalances, the most critical of which is insulin resistance or IR. And insulin resistance helps set the stage for laminitis (founder). Take heart, though, there are practical solutions. read more

Horse Journal OnCall: Nutrition and Healthy Hooves

Response to question about equine hoof growth by Juliet Getty, Ph.D. Dicusses dietary needs. read more

Automatic Feeders Offer Convenience

From the facility with large numbers of horses to feed to the single horse laid up and in need of frequent, regularly-timed feedings or the horse owner with a hectic, unpredictable life schedule, automatic horse feeders can make caring for a horse easier. Furthermore, automatic horse feeders may be beneficial to a horse’s health. read more

Magnesium For OCD?

Discussion about a research study that shows many magnesium can help with OCD in horses. read more

Supplementing Magnesium

Forages grown in areas of acidic or clay soils are typically low in magnesium. Compound this with low bioavailability, and your equine friend may be getting just enough to prevent a deficiency but may not have quite enough to maintain normal hormonal and nervous system functioning. read more

The Common Cough Is Far From Simple

Sometimes, they just cough once at the beginning of a ride and that’s it. That’s OK, too. Other times, though, the cough persists, and that’s more serious. If the cough persists throughout the course of exercise, or worse, if it consistently occurs at rest, the situation warrants veterinary investigation, rest and therapy. read more

Solutions For The Skinny Horse

Maximize grass hay, but consider alfalfa, too. Alfalfa complements grass by providing amino acids, the building blocks of protein. It can be fed as hay, cubes or pellets (be sure to moisten the cubes or pellets to prevent choke). Approximately 30 to 40 percent of the total hay ration can be fed as alfalfa, but avoid feeding more than 50% to prevent enteroliths. read more

Four Keys to Equine Weight Loss

Ever heard this before?  “That horse needs to go on a diet!”  or “Put him in a dry lot and give him only a small amount of hay!”  The advice is usually well-intentioned, but if it’s meant to “starve” the horse, it’s wrong.  Experts agree that severely restricing the amount your horse eats won’t promote weight loss. It will make him ill, possibly worsening insulin resistance and/or causing hyperlipemia (elevated blood triglycerides and impaired liver function).  The trick to successful, healthy read more

Winning Nutrition: Are Weight-Loss Supplements Worth Your Money?

The market is saturated with products to help people lose weight. But if you read the fine print, you’ll notice they all say the same thing: “For best results, combine with a low calorie diet and daily exercise.” The same is true for your horse.  An overweight horse strains his joints with every step and becomes more prone to insulin resistance, and fat cells can also promote bad inflammation. It’s easy to see why weight loss is paramount to your horse’s longevity. Start Simple. Supplementing antioxidants helps reduce inflammation from fat read more

Winning Nutrition: It’s Fall! Time To Add Omegas

Decades ago, we all fed corn oil to help give our horses a glossy, shiny coat.  It was cheap, readily available, and it worked. But then it got bad press, telling us it promotes inflammation and provides empty fat calories. That made us back away because, well, who wants to feed plain fat? As we became educated in good coat-promoting nutrients, we learned to scan supplement labels for words like “contains the essential omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids,” especially omega-3, since they’re often lacking, especially when grass isn’t available. Horses read more

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