Category: Nutrition

Inside the horse's mouth
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Inside the horse’s mouth

Evolution has designed the horse’s skull to accommodate greater quantities of high-fiber forage foods.

Experts discuss the science of horse supplements
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Experts discuss the science of horse supplements

Two American equine specialists explore the issues around supplement use in horses.

The striped blister beetle. Photo: Clemson University - USDA Cooperative Extension Slide Series, Bugwood.org
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Surge in striped blister beetles a potential horse threat – specialist

Beetle found in alfalfa hay can prove dangerous to horses.

Small-holed haynets extend eating time - research
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Small-holed haynets extend eating time – research

“Any method of extending eating … may help reduce the risk of gastric problems.”

Gut reaction: Scientists assess different horse diets
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Gut reaction: Scientists assess different horse diets

Differences in gut microbes noted between oil-rich and starch-rich supplementation.

Natural sources of vitamin and minerals for horses
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Natural sources of vitamin and minerals for horses

Some supplements have value only as a “feel good – convenience thing” for the owner.

The nature of the diversity in gut bacteria in horses may be behind the species' vulnerability to digestive upsets, researchers suggest.
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Food compounds show promise in helping old horses

Some compounds tested outperformed anti-inflammatory drugs.

Horses find timothy hay tasty and few will turn their noses up at it.
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Why Timothy is your horse’s friend

Timothy hay deserves its place in the pantheon of hays and can rival alfalfa’s popularity.

Selenium (native), with a pen for scale. from the mineral collection of Brigham Young University Department of Geology, in Provo, Utah.
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Selenium – poison or miracle?

It’s a necessary element – but too much or too little can be harmful.

View of a heart muscle from a horse that died due to severe selenium deficiency. The lighter colored tissues are heart muscle cells that died prematurely.
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Selenium’s effect on horse immune systems probed

American study finds evidence of a suppressed immune response in horses lacking selenium.

Is vegetable oil good in a horse's diet?
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Is vegetable oil good in a horse’s diet?

There is some disagreement over whether oil is healthy in a horse’s diet.

Pulp non-fiction: A horse owner's guide to sugar beet
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Pulp non-fiction: A horse owner’s guide to sugar beet

Once the sugar is extracted from sugar beet, the remainder is converted into horse feed.

Nutrient-rich grass must be better
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Nutrient-rich grass must be better

Nutrient-rich grass helps keep horses healthy and helps the bank balance.

So much grass for two horses!
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So much grass for two horses!

Grass overload? If you want to sell it, you need to know about dry matter.

Uh-oh! Are you sure you're feeding your horse the right thing?
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What are you feeding your horse? An A-Z guide

Each horse’s feeding needs are dictated by breed, living conditions, build, work level, and age.

Feeding barley to horses
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Feeding barley to horses

Nutritionally, barley lies in the middle ground between oats and corn.

Hay shortages are starting to bite in Victoria, Australia.
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Horse hay: how to identify the good stuff

Happiness is having a shed overflowing with top quality hay by the end of summer.

Plastic fantastic: The wrap goes on, sealing off the bale from the atmosphere and getting the ensiling process under way.
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Feeding baleage to horses – the ultimate guide

Balage and haylage is nutritious and most horses enjoy it, but there are risks.

Bolting beets in a field of cultivated beets can seriously impair overall yield.
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Newly identified gene helps to increase sugar beet yields

Long-sought bolting gene identified by German and Swedish research groups.

Feed Your Horse Like a Horse - review
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Feed Your Horse Like a Horse – review

This valuable volume can rightly be considered ‘the bible’ on horse feeding and nutrition.

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