Best practices for feeding horses
and ponies to keep them healthy and in top performance condition.
Feb 14, 2017
How to Feed Senior Horses
by Nettie Liburt, MS, PhD, PAS
Twenty percent of the U.S. horse population is now over the age of 20. And with age comes increasing risk for several conditions, including colic, pituitary pars intermedia dysfunction (PPID, aka equine Cushing’s disease), dental disease, and weight loss/gain. Fortunately, nutrition can aid in managing these issues. After all, “age is a number, not a disease,” said Megan Shepherd, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVN. More info...
Feb 1, 2017
Feeding Horses With Muscle Issues
By Nettie Liburt, MS, PhD, PAS
Horses with exertional myopathies can experience muscle fatigue, pain, cramping, and damage. Special modifications to diet and exercise can help these horses. Stephanie Valberg, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM, ACVSMR, of the Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine’s Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences described how to maintain these horses in her presentation at the 2016 American Association of Equine Practitioners Convention, held Dec. 3-7 in Orlando, Florida. More info...
Oct 19, 2016
Slow-Feed Hay Nets Prove Their Worth for Horses on a Diet
The use of a slow‐feed hay net coupled with a feed-restricted diet appear to be effective in decreasing body weight in overweight adult horses and maintaining more moderate blood and hormone patterns, researchers report.
The University of Minnesota study team noted that modern horse management systems tended to limit their opportunity to forage, instead relying on meal feeding. This, they said, may contribute to the rise in equine obesity. More info...