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Archive for the ‘Equine Special Needs’ Category

Starch and Inflammation: Considerations for Old and Overweight Horses

Starch and Inflammation: Considerations for Old and Overweight Horses. Body-wide inflammation contributes to the development of acute and chronic diseases in horses such as laminitis or metabolic syndrome. High-starch meals appear to induce inflammatory responses in certain young, old, and ...

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Electrolytes and Muscle Function: What’s the Connection?

Electrolytes and Muscle Function: What’s the Connection? Electrolytes are necessary for normal muscle contraction and relaxation. “When electrolytes become depleted or imbalanced, fatigue and muscle cramps can result,” says Catherine Whitehouse, M.S., a nutritionist with Kentucky Equine Research ( ...

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Watch Out For Toxic Plants in Hays and Pastures

Watch Out For Toxic Plants in Hays, Pastures: Aren’t horses smart enough to know what they can and cannot eat? Generally speaking, it is true that horses will usually avoid ingesting harmful plants or other toxins when offered high-quality ...

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Feeding Preserved Forage to Horses

Feeding Preserved Forage to Horses: If you had the chance to feed your horse better for optimal health, behavior, and performance, what would you do? A recent article addresses the fact that many horses are fed based on historical trends rather t ...

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First Horse Show: Prepare Your Young Horse for Success

First Horse Show: Prepare Your Young Horse for Success. If you’ve competed at lots of horse shows, the drill is pretty routine. You know what will happen at the show, whom you will probably see there, and how long ...

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Omega-3 Fatty Acids Benefit Foaling Mares Before Rebreeding

Omega-3 Fatty Acids Benefit Foaling Mares Before Rebreeding: When compared to cows, ewes, and sows, mares experience a short interval between birth and their next heat cycle. After foaling, the uterus undergoes involution. Involution is a process that reduces uterine ...

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Fall Maintenance for Healthy Winter Horses

Fall Maintenance for Healthy Winter Horses: With icy weather only a few months away, now’s the time for horse owners in many parts of the world to perform seasonal maintenance around the farm to ensure their horses remain healthy and s ...

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Tips to Maintain Ideal Body Condition in Performance Horses

Read these important tips to maintain ideal body condition in performance horses. The outside appearance of a horse can be an indicator of overall health and wellbeing on the inside. A shiny hair coat, strong muscle tone, sound hooves and ...

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Six Signs of Good Quality Horse Hay

North Fulton carries hay, straw and bedding. All hay is not the same. The type of hay, when it is harvested and how it is stored – makes a difference to the quality. North Fulton Feed & Seed finds the best ...

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Feeding Your Foal

Your little one is getting bigger now so it's time to start thinking about feeding your foal. As summer comes to an end, the baby you're used to seeing has grown and become more independent. As their development changes, so ...

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Balancing Hoof Health

Balancing hoof health with nutrition needs to be interchangeable if you want to have a healthy horse. One directly affects the other, so making sure they both are in good shape is very important. Not sure why exactly these two ...

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High Quality Hay

Choosing high quality hay is important to the health of your horse...so make sure you do it right! Forage makes up between 50 to 90 percent of their diet so making sure you provide the right nutrients is high on the ...

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Dental Health for Senior Horses

Monitoring dental health for senior horses is one of the most important roles of an owner. Aging horses require a changing form of care and can often be challenging. Want to learn more about how to provide proper nutrition? Check ...

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Maintaining Gastric Health

Maintaining gastric health is one of the most important actions you can take for your horse! Discomfort can negatively affect their overall attitude and performance. Knowing what signs to look for and how to manage symptoms can help keep your ...

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