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

2012-03-27T02:01:13+00:00March 27th, 2012|Articles|

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

2019-03-28T21:43:25+00:00March 27th, 2012|Articles|

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 [...]

Horses and Water Comsumption

2019-03-28T21:43:30+00:00March 25th, 2012|Articles|

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 [...]

Senior Horse Nutrition

2019-03-28T21:43:35+00:00March 24th, 2012|Articles|

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 [...]

Feeding Horses for Weight Gain

2019-03-28T21:43:40+00:00March 23rd, 2012|Articles|

When a horse is too thin, what is the best way to help him gain weight?  The answer may not be the same in every situation so we need more information to make a good recommendation.  First, we need to know if the horse truly does need to gain weight.  Horse owners can disagree about [...]

You Can Lead A Horse To Water

2019-03-28T21:43:44+00:00March 23rd, 2012|Articles|

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!

2019-03-28T21:43:52+00:00March 22nd, 2012|Bar None News|

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, [...]

Feeding A Lactating Mare

2019-03-28T21:43:56+00:00March 22nd, 2012|Articles|

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

2019-03-28T21:44:02+00:00March 22nd, 2012|Articles|

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 [...]

Beating the Heat – Caring for Performance Horses in Hot Weather

2019-03-28T21:44:07+00:00March 22nd, 2012|Articles|

Heat and humidity put an added burden on horses during training, showing and hauling. Horses are actually better equipped to work in cold weather than in the heat. They build up a tremendous amount of body heat due to the internal heat produced by fiber digestion and the large mass of working muscles, combined with [...]

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