Providing adequate nutrition for the mare as she transitions from one trimester to the next need not be difficult. Use the following six guidelines to stay on track, helping to ensure the delivery of a healthy, nutritionally robust foal.
Vitamin E plays an important role in muscle and nerve function, which likely explains why the nutrient is commonly fed to performance horses.
Some foals cope with weaning better than others and those weanlings that worry ceaselessly after weaning often lose weight. What can owners do for these fretful weanlings?
My gelding is slow to eat and has intermittent loose manure. Could this be a hindgut disorder?
For horses that have access to plentiful amounts of fresh green forage, additional vitamin supplementation is often unnecessary. Shortly after harvesting, however, the amount of vitamins A and E decreases significantly in hay and hay products.
Despite its scarcity in a horse’s natural diet of forage, fat has proven to be a useful additive in equine rations for two primary reasons: to bump up energy and to boost coat condition.
Realizing the importance of intestinal microbiome stability in horses, one group of researchers recently assessed the impact of a “diet” on the population of microbes in the large intestine.
A horse’s sweat is heavily concentrated with electrolytes. For this reason, heavily sweating horses lose substantial amounts of electrolytes during prolonged exercise. If losses are great enough, a disruption in the balance of electrical charge both inside and outside of a muscle cell can upset normal contraction and relaxation processes.
How concerned should I be about my new hay being brownish-green instead of bright green?
An age-old question: when is hay too old to feed to horses? Hay doesn’t come stamped with an expiration date, so sometimes it’s hard to know when to use it and when to toss it. Consider these points.
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