The importance of calcium in the diet of horses and ponies is crucial. When coupled with phosphorus, the two minerals compose up to 70% of the total mineral content in the body. Calcium is necessary for skeletal, cardiac, and smooth muscle function, nerve conduction, and a host of other metabolic reactions.
Diagnosing gastric ulcers in horses and clearing them with omeprazole takes commitment, but the benefits of gastrointestinal well-being outweigh any outlay of time, money, or inconvenience.
My 14-year-old gelding has consistently dry manure. What's the cause? What can I do to help him?
My four-month-old foal has had diarrhea for several weeks. He receives oats, hay, and pasture each day. Can you help, please?
How can I reduce digestive disturbances in a Thoroughbred mare actively training and racing?
How quickly should I reintroduce grass to a horse that was pulled off pasture in the spring due to fructan levels?
Research at Michigan State University tested the hypothesis that loss of condition in horses with PPID might be related to changes in the small intestine that could prevent nutrients from being absorbed.
Research on digestion revealed that senior horses had reduced apparent digestion of protein, phosphorus, and fiber relative to younger horses when both groups were fed pelleted alfalfa (lucerne).
After a bout of colic, it’s important to avoid causing a recurrence by feeding a horse too soon after the episode or by offering the wrong type or amount of grain or forage.
At Kentucky Equine Research, studies were designed to measure the differences in glycemic response when horses were fed different diets at three different levels of intake.
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