Diet and Nutrition

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How Much Grain Does Your Horse Need?

Consider your horse's activity level when feeding meals of grain, pellets or extruded feed.


What science says about feeding rescue horses

Researchers compared the impact of three different diets on the recovery of starved horses. Here's what they found.


4 facts about horse hay

You feed your horse this vital forage every day, but did you know these facts?


Synthetic vs. Natural: Which type of Vitamin E is better for horses?

When choosing between these two forms of vitamin E for your horse, consider the costs, availability and how each is absorbed by the horse’s body.


5 Reasons to Feed Your Horse a Premium Feed

Good nutrition is the foundation of horse health, but does premium feed mean premium nutrition? Here are five reasons why specially formulated premium equine feeds rise above the rest.

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A Global Outlook on Equine Nutrition

Equine nutrition researcher Gulsah Kaya Karasu, DVM, travels the world to help improve the diets—and welfare— of horses.

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Obese horses get a bum rap say researchers

When allowed to make their own choices, fat horses do not eat more than their lean peers and they get just as much exercise.


Manage spring grazing to reduce laminitis risk

New pasture growth poses risks for horses prone to laminitis. Here are some precautions to take as fields go from winter brown to spring green.

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5 Winter feeding tips

Use these simple tips and techniques to keep your horse happy and healthy when the weather turns cold.

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Dominant horses may be at a higher risk of obesity

Researchers have learned that more dominant horses generally had a higher body condition than lower-ranking herd members.


What probiotics can do for your horse

Although much still needs to be learned about supplements that contain “friendly” bacteria, their potential benefits for ill or stressed horses are widely accepted.

Some horses seem naturally more prone to weight loss; a “hard keeper” may have a metabolism that requires more than the usual amount of calories for maintenance.

Feeding horses for weight gain

When your horse is too thin, whether it’s a short-term aberration or a chronic struggle, careful feeding can keep his weight up.


A Variety of Treats to Try

Your horse's palate may be larger than you think. Try offering your horse these non-traditional treats and find out what he likes.

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Red Maple Poisoning Survivor

When a pony ingests a deadly toxin, his unusually stoic nature helps him beat the odds.

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Control Calorie Intake of Pasture-Kept Horses

Even a horse on pasture can become obese. Here"s how to restrict his calories as part of a weight-loss plan.

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Keep Your Horse Hydrated in Cold Weather

Check to make sure your horse is drinking enough water during the winter months to avoid impaction colic and other health issues.

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The Safest Way to Feed a Herd

Try these tips to safely feed every horse in a herd at the same time.


Putting Weight on Your Horse for Winter

A skinny horse won't do well in winter weather. Here's how to add weight to your horse before the temperatures drop.

A horse who coughs after eating could have a dental problem or structural issue in his esophagus. Or, it could be the result fo dusty feed.

Missed Your Horse's Meal Time? Don't Worry.

A delay in your horse's ration won't hurt him and may even be a good thing. Here's why you don't need to panic if you're running late with the grain.


The Safest Hay for Laminitis-Prone Horses

An equine nutritionist offers advice on the best hay to feed a horse who is at risk of developing laminitis.

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Protect your horse from toxic buttercups

These small yellow flowers can lead to digestive troubles. Here's what you can do to minimize your horse's consumption of buttercups.

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When Your Horse Needs Electrolytes

These common minerals work together to maintain physiological equilibrium in a sweaty horse, a critical job that is surprisingly easy for you to help with.