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  • Determining Work Intensity

    By Kentucky Equine Research Staff · January 10, 2002

    Optimal nutrition of the performance horse hinges foremost on the exercise it performs. Just as the diet of a human bodybuilder is dissimilar to that of a marathon runner, horses are fed with performance goals in mind.

  • Feeding the Mare and Foal after Weaning

    By Kentucky Equine Research Staff · January 10, 2002

    Weaning is a stressful time for foals and mares. While mares are often ready to say good-bye to their rambunctious, rowdy charges, foals can be far more fretful. As such, weaning rarely negatively impacts a mare. In fact, some mares may blossom and begin to flesh out once they are freed from the burden of milk production.

  • Feeding the Mare and Foal after Weaning

    By Kentucky Equine Research Staff · January 10, 2002

    Weaning is a stressful time for foals and mares. While mares are often ready to say good-bye to their rambunctious, rowdy charges, foals can be far more fretful. As such, weaning rarely negatively impacts a mare. In fact, some mares may blossom and begin to flesh out once they are freed from the burden of milk production.

  • Super Fibers

    By Kentucky Equine Research Staff · January 10, 2002

    Forage is chock full of fiber, a dietary component that is subjected to microbial fermentation in the cecum and colon of the horse. This fermentative process produces volatile fatty acids, important sources of energy for horses fed high-forage diets. Fiber can supply a horse with 30-70% of its digestible energy requirements.

  • Feeding Fallacies

    By Kentucky Equine Research Staff · November 8, 2001

    Feeding horses properly is not difficult. Reliance upon an educated horseman, a veterinarian, or an equine nutritionist is paramount if a feeding management question arises. This is particularly true when confronted with an old wives' tale.

  • Forage Falsehoods

    By Kentucky Equine Research Staff · November 5, 2001

    While some old-fashioned feeding practices remain pertinent in this day and age, others have fallen by the wayside. Over the last several decades, research has debunked some commonly held beliefs concerning the nutritional management of horses.

  • Don’t Pass on Processed Feeds

    By Associated Feed · January 17, 2001

    Understanding the methods used to process feeds and knowing why they are used will make the idea of feeding processed feedstuffs more savory.

  • Equine Nutritionist Q&A: Feed Tags

    By KER Staff · October 29, 2000

    <p> Can feed tags be used to compare different horse feeds?</p>

  • Equine Nutritionist Q&A: Fiber in Pellets

    By KER Staff · October 27, 2000

    <p> I have a friend who has complained that his horse eats the shavings in his stall when he feeds pellets. He thinks it is due to a lack of fiber in the pellets. Is this true?</p>

  • Equine Nutritionist Q&A; Legume and Grass Hays for Horses

    By KER Staff · October 27, 2000

    <p> What are the nutritional differences between legume hay (alfalfa) and grass hay?</p>

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