Articles - nutrition

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How can you tell the quality of hay without a hay analysis?

If you don’t do a hay analysis, the hay quality could be off and your horse’s diet could be lacking something very important.

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Is it safe to let my horse drink from a pond or stream?

Horses are generally good at detecting when water sources are not safe, but not always, so it is important to know some basics about water quality.

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What is a Feed Balancer?

A balancer can have higher percentages of several nutrients, including protein, calcium, etc., but are intended to be fed in relatively small quantities.

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Is There any Benefit to Feeding Oats?

If your horse has nutrient requirements that are higher than what is being met with hay alone – particularly energy, oats can be an excellent option.

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Feeding Biotin for Hoof Health

Supplemental biotin (above “required” amounts, because there is no such requirement for vitamin) is the only nutrient shown to improve hoof quality.

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Decreasing the Risk of Laminitis in the Spring

In this article equine nutritionist, Shannon Pratt-Phillips, Ph.D., explains how to avoid pasture associated laminitis in the spring.

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Weight Watching

Achieving and maintaining a healthy body condition score and body weight can be one of the most important things you do for your horse in its life.

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Should I Warm my Horse’s Water When it’s Cold Out?

The biggest factor in water temperature will likely be your facilities and management, a heated water bucket is sufficient inside.

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Should I Feed Bran Mash as a Winter Treat?

A warm bran mash can give the horse some momentary warmth and some additional fibre and may also be a way to sneak in some additional salt.

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Do I Need to Feed my Horse More in the Winter?

When horses digest forage it generates heat. Find out how much you need to feed to keep your horse warm during the cold winter months.