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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 […]
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The Science of Slow Feeder Hay Nets

So we all know that you should limit your overweight horse’s calorie intake if he is on a diet, and after eliminating grain, some horses also need to have limited hay. In order to prevent stereotypic behaviour development and boredom, new hay nets have been developed with smaller holes in effort to make horses work […]
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Feeding Elite Show Jumpers

The Equine Science Society recently held their symposium, and as usual, there was an excellent assortment of equine research studies in areas of nutrition, exercise physiology, reproduction, genetics, production and management, and teaching and learning. In the next few months I’ll post some summaries, but the entire journal is available here. I’ll start with one […]
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What Can Your Horse’s Hair Reveal About His Nutritional Status?

Ensuring your horse is getting all of his required nutrients is important for his overall health and nutrition. As a nutritionist, I feel the best way to determine if a diet is meeting a horse’s nutritional needs is to evaluate the diet for nutritional content. However, a recent study out of Iran sought to determine if […]
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Does a High Starch Diet Affect Behaviour?

It is pretty common knowledge that too much starch in a horse’s diet can increase the risk of colic or laminitis, and may contribute to the development of insulin resistance. Many owners also blame sweet feeds or other high starch and sugar feeds for negative behavioural issues. Researchers in the UK shared work on “The […]
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Horses and Food Allergies

Often, I am asked about feeding horses with allergies, which tends to confuse me because there are very few documented cases of true food allergies. In fact, most allergens for horses are environmental – mold, pollens, mites and other insects, etc. – that may or may not be associated with a feed ingredient, but not […]