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Nutrition

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Check Winter Feed

Most of the hay you’re buying this time of year has been stored in a barn—someplace—for a while. Although hay can keep quite well for several months in a well ventilated, covered hay loft or barn, it is can also...
1. Most horses benefit from free-choice access to forage, preferably grass hay or non-irrigated pasture. 2.  Rotate pastures. Overgrazed pastures are less nutritious and prone to parasite contamination from manure. 3. Lack of dental care, including regular floating, results in less...

Storing Bagged Horse Feed

Keeping your bagged equine feeds fresh helps ensure they are safe and nutritious for your horse. We asked Eric Haydt, vice president of sales and marketing at Triple Crown Nutrition Inc., and Harold C. McKenzie III, DVM, MS, Diplomate...
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America's growing obesity problem has alarmed physicians and public health officials, and veterinarians have recently focused attention on fat dogs and cats. Now, a team of researchers in the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine and the College of...

Goat Food Lethal for Horses

Goats are one of the most common four-legged barn buddies for horses, but veterinarians continue to caution that some goat feeds contain an ingredient that can be lethal to horses. Rumensin (monensin sodium) is often included in commercial feeds...

What’s in your horse’s feed bucket? Good nutrition is the key to a healthy horse. Learn all about feeding a horse and meeting his nutritional needs.

Healthy Pastures

I have two horses on an acre of pasture grass. I supplement them with hay, but I’m wondering if you can give me some pointers on pasture management? A healthy, active pleasure horse can obtain 100 percent of his nutritional...

Poisonous Posies

Learn to identify poisonous plants in your horse’s pasture by visiting these university websites. Plant photos, toxicity ratings, signs of poisoning in horses, first aid and prevention are just part of what you will find at:• Cornell University—www.ansci.cornell.edu/plants• Purdue University—www.extension.purdue.edu/extmedia/WS/WS_37_ToxicPlants08.pdf Read more...
With fall comes cold weather that can lead to higher incidence of impaction colic. The most common reasons for this serious health problem are lack of quality forage and not enough water in a horse’s diet. Too much indigestible...
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