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Maybe you don’t think much about your horse’s digestive health. Or maybe he’s had a bout of ulcers or colic, and you think about it a lot. In either case, the equine digestive tract is an amazing place. The horse’s...
As you probably know, every horse is an individual. Some seem to gain weight seemingly by breathing air, while others can eat three times as much and still look super lean. This means you need a slightly different nutrition program...
As the seasons come and go, your horse’s nutritional needs will change, requiring some adjustments to his diet. Start your new year off right with a resolution to plan his annual feeding schedule. Read on for season-by-season advice, followed...
Friesian Horse Eating Hay

Hay Before Grain?

By Juliet M. Getty, Ph.D. Which should be fed first – hay or grain? If you’re feeding correctly, this issue is truly a moot point because the horse should have access to forage (hay and/or pasture) 24/7 with no gaps....
As temperatures plunge, feeding your horse presents a new set of challenges. Instead of grazing all day on nutritious green grass, he’ll probably be switching to a diet of hay. Many horses lose weight without access to unlimited pasture....
Living pasture grasses and alfalfa are rich in fat and water-soluble vitamins, essential fatty acids, minerals, carbohydrates, and protein. But once they are cut, dried, and stored as hay, many nutrients that were once plentiful begin to dwindle. Fat soluble...
Winter is almost here, and that means that the grass in your horse’s pasture is almost gone, if not completely depleted already. Most horses require supplemental forage for at least part of the year, and for most, that comes in...
In our Ask the Vet column, Dr. Lydia Gray answers your horse-health questions at HorseChannel.com/AskTheVet.   Q: I love giving my horse special treats, so I was wondering what kind of fruits and vegetables are safe to feed your horse? A: You...

What’s Supp?

Your horse means everything to you, and you want him to be healthy and perform his best. If you feel your horse has a physical issue that could be improved through a dietary supplement, a little research can mean...
In our Ask the Vet column, Dr. Lydia Gray answers your horse-health questions at HorseChannel.com/AskTheVet.   Q: As you may know there are these treats with sugary foods on them that have been in high demand lately. These treats have things...
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