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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...
You probably know by now why it’s bad for humans to be overweight: higher chance of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and premature death. But is it really so bad for your horse to be "pleasingly plump?” After all,...
When is pasture safer for the insulin resistant (IR) horse – late afternoon or early morning? Google this question, ask your vet, or talk to a friend and you will get both answers! How frustrating! It’s time we cleared...
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