Category Archives: Feeds and supplements

Vitamins: Diet Fundamentals

Vitamins–tiny organic compounds with a huge impact on the health and well-being of your horse. Sometimes gleaned from the diet, sometimes manufactured within the digestive tract, vitamins have the power to promote and regulate virtually all of the body’s normal … Continue reading

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The Magnificent Seven – equine minerals

Ever wonder why some minerals (such as copper, zinc, iron, and selenium) are referred to as “trace minerals” while other minerals (such as calcium and phosphorus) are not? According to some nutrition texts, the term “trace” was originally used for … Continue reading

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Immunity through nutrition

by: Marcia King January 2005 If your performance horse does well on a balanced diet, can he do better with some extra, immune-boosting nutrients? What about young horses and aging horses, ill horses and healthy horses, working horses and lightly … Continue reading

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Microbes to the Rescue: Probiotics and Digestive Aids

Deep within your horse’s gastrointestinal tract, there’s a whole civilization in miniature. Microorganisms, billions of them, have taken up residence in his cecum. But there’s no cause for alarm; these thousands of different species of bacteria, protozoa, yeasts, and fungi … Continue reading

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Does Feeding Affect Behavior?

Next time you visit your local feed and tack store, peruse the horse supplement section. Chances are you will find at least one that claims to have a “calming” effect on horses. Whether or not these supplements live up to … Continue reading

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Is Dietary Fat Really Healthy?

Marketing claims regarding the virtues of fat in equine diets are plentiful. Statements such as “Added dietary fat for improved performance,” “Increased stamina,” “Calm energy,” or “Improved coat and hoof condition” abound. Indeed, at times it is easy to conclude … Continue reading

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An Introduction to Equine Microflora and Probiotics

One of the many ways of categorizing animals is based on their diet and digestive physiology. Carnivores eat meat, frugivores eat fruit, omnivores eat a variety of foods from both animal and plant sources, and so on. Horses are categorized … Continue reading

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The Myths and Reality of Beet Pulp

Beet pulp is not only one of the most gratifying, but also one of the most frustrating feeds for an equine nutritionist. Few feeds have as many myths and evil predictions associated with it. “It’ll swell up and rupture the … Continue reading

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