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Switching to Hay? Remember Vitamin E

Switching to Hay? Remember Vitamin E

One vitamin that is particularly deficient in diets composed of preserved forages such as hay is vitamin E, an important antioxidant in the horse’s immune arsenal.

Nutrition

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Role of Vitamin E in Equine Nerve and Muscle Health

Vitamin E plays an important role in muscle and nerve function, which likely explains why the nutrient is commonly fed to performance horses.

KER Research

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Can High-Fat or Low-Starch Diets Minimize Muscle Cramping in Horses?

This study was designed to determine the effects of three rations on plasma creatine kinase activity and lactate concentration in Thoroughbred horses with recurrent exertional rhabdomyolysis.

Health

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mare and foal in field

Cushing's and Age-Related Decline in Equine Reproductive Efficiency

Increasing mare age is associated with increased fertility issues, and older mares have lower foaling rates than their younger counterparts. In addition to simply being “older,” underlying pituitary pars intermedia dysfunction (PPID, equine Cushing’s disease) is also thought to impact reproductive function in mares.

General Interest

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Excess Weight and EMS Negatively Impact Horse Reproduction

Although a number of factors influence mare fertility and early embryonic death, excess body condition, which is commonly observed in horses with equine metabolic syndrome, contributes to the problem.