Most ponies are metabolic marvels, capable of transforming mere handfuls of forage and feed into well-fleshed physiques. The problem with ponies: ensuring optimal nutrient delivery without risking obesity or laminitis.
Although caloric restriction alone can result in weight loss, new data show that dietary changes alone may not be sufficient to reverse metabolic dysregulations that accompany excess body weight.
Direct administration of anti-inflammatory corticosteroid drugs into joints to provide relief from discomfort remains a common practice in many sectors of the equine industry, but evidence exists they can potentially damage articular cartilage, rather than protect it.
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.
Can I use canola oil to add weight to my aged Arabian?
FDA-approved omeprazole products, but not their compounded counterparts, effectively heal equine gastric ulcers. Esomeprazole, a compound much like omeprazole, may be a more effective option.
Can soy hulls cause reduced fertility in mares?
High-quality colostrum nourishes foals and protects them from disease-causing pathogens, while colostrum of lesser quality can leave a foal ill-equipped to handle pathogenic assaults. How can owners ensure their mares produce top-of-the-line colostrum?
What is "cow hay," and is it suitable for horses?
Would bread yeast improve my racehorse's digestion?
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