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Nutrition

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...
Pony by Geoffrey Gallaway on flickr.com/CC BY-SA 2.0 Most of us harbor a dream of our horse out in a lush field of emerald-green grass, eating away the days to his heart’s content. But this picturesque vision can...
In our Ask the Vet column, Dr. Lydia Gray answers your horse-health questions. Q: During the winter, it is hard to find hay for sale in my area so I feed my 12-year-old mare beet pulp. I have read that...
Q: I know during the fall and winter it is a lot easier for horses to become dehydrated. Because of the cooler temperatures, they aren't as inclined to drink their water as they are in the hotter months. This...
As winter approaches, it’s important to review our horse’s nutrition and make sure they’re well prepared to deal with the coming colder months. How do you know if you need to make changes to your horse’s diet in preparation...
iStock/Thinkstock   While choking in humans is caused by something lodging in the trachea and blocking the airway, choke in horses is caused by something lodging in the esophagus—so a choking horse can breathe, but cannot swallow. It can take an...
Horse eating an apple

Tasty Treats For Horses

iStock/Thinkstock   We once had a colt named Smokey here at the farm, and he was pastured with his dam out in "the back” pasture near a treeline. There was a nice path out along the fence leading to the far...
As your horse ages, his nutritional needs will change. Providing your senior horse with the right nutrition is key in helping him stay healthy and happy for as long as possible. Horses become less efficient at utilizing feed as...
Gradually switching your horse to a different primary feed--such as from hay to pasture--is much safer than an abrupt switch. Read on to find out why. It has long been understood that when switching a horses feed the change should...
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