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Iron in the Equine Diet: Should you worry about iron overload?

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By Shelagh Niblock, PAS Horse owners who are interested in equine nutrition, and actively involved in planning the composition of their horse’s diet, will know that iron intake has become a subject of much discussion. Terms such as “iron overload” are easy to find using a Google search, and the risks associated with “free radicals” …

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Color of Horse Hay: What Does It Mean?

Hay Bales

Methods of curing and storing hay greatly influence its appropriateness for horses. The key to properly cured hay lies predominantly in moisture content. For best results, hay should not be baled until there is less than 20% moisture. Hay baled too wet might mold, heat, and pose a fire risk. Conversely, hay baled too dry …

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Managing Horse Wounds?

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When a horse owner is faced with an unexpected soft-tissue injury, a flurry of questions immediately springs to mind. When do I call the vet? Does the wound really need stitches? What about an antibiotic? Here are some helpful facts to help your horse on his road to recovery: Any time your horse is injured, …

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Performance Horse Fatigue

Horse Jumping

Exercise requires an integration of many systems, each containing varied elements, and any factor that upsets this integration could cause fatigue. Horse owners often have trouble identifying fatigue because its multidimensional nature varies with activity, training and physiological status of the individual, and environmental conditions. The onset of fatigue is most often associated with either …

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Choose Natural Vitamin E for Horses

Horses

Horses require vitamin E in their diets for many biological functions. One of vitamin E’s most well-known roles is as a powerful antioxidant that promotes health of muscle and nerve cells. Because it is fat-soluble, vitamin E must be consumed with dietary fat in order to be properly absorbed in the body. Sources of vitamin …

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Water-Soluble Vitamin E for Horses Proven Superior

Horse

Vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol) supplementation helps prevent various disorders affecting both the nervous and musculoskeletal systems, including neuroaxonal dystrophy/equine degenerative myeloencephalopathy, equine motor neuron disease, vitamin E deficient myopathy, and nutritional myodegeneration. These conditions can be prevented largely by providing adequate dietary vitamin E to horses, and recent research shows* that a liquid vitamin E supplement …

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Poor Appetite: Look Closer at Your Horse’s Digestive Tract

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Has your horse decided that gobbling his grain is no longer as fun as it once was? Has he slowed his eating so much that he requires hours to finish a meal he once would devour in mere minutes? Horses lose their appetite for a variety of reasons. One lesser-known cause is gastrointestinal discomfort emanating …

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Vitamins for Bone Health in Horses

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Young horses require vitamins for growth. Some vitamins must be provided nutritionally, while others can be synthesized by the healthy individual. While vitamin D gets the lion’s share of attention for skeletal contributions, other vitamins are just as important, including vitamins A, C, and K. Vitamin A has a distinct role in equine growth with …

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Colic Signs in Horses: Know Them and React Appropriately

Horse

Horses with abdominal pain, usually referred to as colic, often display signs of distress. Like humans, though, some horses have a higher threshold for pain than others, and signs vary from horse to horse. Noticing subtle behavioral changes associated with colic will give caretakers the upper hand in overcoming colic. Signs of colic can be …

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Barnyard Chemistry: pH and the Equine Digestive Tract

Curious Horses

In-depth discussions of the equine digestive tract invariably mention pH, especially in reference to the stomach and hindgut. What is pH and how does it factor in the well-being of horses? In simplest terms, pH is a numeric scale used to measure acidity or basicity of any solution—grapefruit juice, drinking water, bleach, digestive secretions. The …

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