My big weanling is on a forage-only diet because of an OCD lesion. How much hay should I feed?
While vitamin D gets the lion’s share of attention for equine bone health, other vitamins are just as important, including vitamins A, C, and K.
The most important thing to understand when feeding lactating mares is that their needs will change not only throughout their pregnancy but throughout the lactation period as well.
The likelihood of developmental orthopedic disorders, such as osteochondritis dissecans, increases if weanlings aren’t fed properly during this transition period.
A concerned horsewoman called Kentucky Equine Research (KER) about an unhealthy three-month-old foal. She followed the recommendations of both the veterinarian and the nutrition advisors at KER, and the colt made a complete turnaround.
According to one study, so-called "designer steroids" can be hiding in your horse’s supplements.
My yearling gelding is thin. Can I fiddle with his diet to increase weight and height without risking joint problems?
Foals are susceptible to viruses, bacteria, and parasites that cause diarrhea. Severely affected foals might become dehydrated and have electrolyte imbalances, particularly low sodium and chloride.
A foal’s environment, management, and nutritional factors, including adequate vitamin D levels, all play an integral role in the balance between health and sickness.
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.
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