by Juliet M. Getty, Ph.D.
Many horses rely entirely on hay for their forage needs. Is hay nutritious? Not very. Hay is dead grass; it no longer contains many of the vitamins, omega 3s and omega 6s, it once had as living pasture. It does, however, contain protein, carbohydrates, and minerals, and is a significant source of energy. But does it have enough to maintain health? Testing will help remove the guesswork out of diet planning.
We are bombarded daily with news about the overuse of medications and chemicals. There are ways to take care of your horse naturally ... with no side-effects.
Your horse presses his top teeth against a solid object, arches his neck, and swallows air in a rocking motion. A grunting or gulping noise emerges. This is cribbing. Its true cause is unknown but genetics along with stressful circumstances ...
Is your horse worth his salt? The ancient Greeks traded salt for slaves - hence the saying "worth his salt". Early Roman soldiers were partially paid in salt (salarium argentum, which is where the word "salary" originated). A severe salt deficiency can cause your horse to die.
More than 300 U.S. horse owners and industry leaders from 21 states recently gathered at the Purina Animal Nutrition Center in Gray Summit, Mo., for a pair of educational VIP events hosted by Purina Animal Nutrition. Attendees had the opportunity to learn about the latest in equine research, nutritional management and how nutrition impacts animal performance.
Lush, spring grass is just around the corner. While the horses will be chomping at the bit to start grazing, any horse person will tell you that it's imperative to manage a horse's time on the green stuff. For horses with metabolic issues, management is even more important.
As we are beginning to see from reading Part I, there are many hoof-related lamenesses. Research suggests that up to 90% of all lameness is due to a problem in the hoof, and the causes are many. Today we will discuss corns, abscesses, and quittor. Horses, like people, get corns. Corns are the result of bruising of the sensitive sole at the junction of the hoof wall and bars of the sole. Lameness may vary from mild to extreme, and may present as both an acute or chronic condition. Bruising may be visible on the sole, but hoof testers may be necessary to identify the lesion in pigmented hooves.
By Eleanor Richards
Caring for your horse in the winter can be a challenge, but there are steps you can take to help keep him healthy and comfortable. Nutrition, shelter and basic health are important year around, but during the cold winter months, are critical.
Merck Animal Health (known as MSD Animal Health outside the USA and Canada) today announced the launch of the NOBIVAC® Global Vet Exchange Program, which will give ten veterinarians the opportunity to visit clinics in other countries and share their knowledge and experience in veterinary care.
by Juliet M. Getty, Ph.D.
Your horse is overweight. You've been told to feed him a lot less hay and you're desperately trying to do the right thing. But it won't work! It won't work for your horse any more than a strict diet would work for people. We have known this for years when it comes to human obesity. The reason is simple - dieting restricts calories, which lowers the metabolic rate.
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