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“Low Carb” Diets for Horses

Horses that are overweight and/or have metabolic problems, are prone to laminitis, PSSM, which creates an increased need for low carb diets.
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New App Has Heart Rate and GPS Monitors

Kentucky Equine Research has developed an “App” to use in combination with heart rate and GPS monitors in horses, THE KER ClockIt Smartphone application.
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Is Whole-Body Vibration Beneficial?

Several teams of researchers conducted studies on the effects of whole-body vibration on: hoof growth, muscle metabolism, flexion tests, and more.
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My Horse is Not a Fan of Fish Oil

So, my older guy decided that he would not/could not eat any of the big jug of fish oil I'd bought him (but luckily I was able to give it to another horse).
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What do I feed MY horse?

He is fed a well-known commercial brand’s senior feed. But, because he is old, and has some arthritis, I want to offer him a little more nutritional support
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Mare Body Condition and Foal Birth Weight

The Henneke Body Conditioning system (that uses a scale of 1-9 to describe fat coverage in horses, with a score of 1 representing an emaciated horse, while a 9 represents a grossly obese horse) was originally contrived to better describe differences in body fat cover in mares in relation to elements of reproductive efficiency. For […]
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Is Your Horse Acting Witchy?

As Halloween approaches, we think of jack-o-lanterns, ghosts, goblins and, of course, witches. The most famous were the witches of Salem, Massachusetts. The story began when two girls, ages 9 and 11, started contorting themselves into strange positions and having spasms. More and more people were affected, showing similar signs as well as hallucination and […]
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What the heck is an “omic”?

The new buzz word(s) in the field of biology is anything that ends with “omics” – such as metabolomics or proteomics. The omics part really just refers to the complete or total collection pool of compounds in the body. For example, metabolomics refers to the study of metabolites in the body, where metabolites are by-products […]
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Magnesium Supplementation and Horses

Calming supplements are one of the top categories of a popular equine supplement company, and magnesium is one of the most common ingredients in these products. Magnesium does appear to play a role in normal brain and motor neuron (the nerves that send signals to muscle) function, as evidenced by several conditions seen with magnesium […]
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New Body Weight Estimation Equations

Because the health consequences of obesity are severe, it is important for horse owners to learn how to accurately and objectively assess their horse’s body weight and condition. Body weight estimation equations are available for light horse breeds, ponies and growing horses, but the Journal of Equine Veterinary Science has published a study that developed […]
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Maternal Nutrition and Fetal Programming

You are what you eat certainly applies to horses, and may even apply to what their mothers eat. Maternal nutrition and fetal programming was the subject of the Equine Species symposium at the Joint Annual Meeting of the American Society of Animal Science this past July, and the review paper, Nutritional programming and the impact […]
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More About Soaking Hay

There is ample research available regarding the benefits of soaking hay: 1) to reduce water soluble carbohydrate content for horses that may be sensitive to sugars, such as those with insulin resistance, equine metabolic syndrome or polysaccharide storage myopathy; and 2) to reduce molds and particles that might be problematic for horses with heaves or […]