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  • Warmbloods: Same Feeding Plan as other Horses?

    By Kentucky Equine Research Staff · January 10, 2002

    Feeding well-balanced rations and attending to nutrition-related idiosyncrasies of warmbloods are the first steps in producing and maintaining sound athletes. The primary nutritional goal of managing young warmbloods should be ensuring slow, steady growth and reducing the risk of developmental orthopedic disease.

  • Yeast Supplementation used in Horse Diets

    By Kentucky Equine Research Staff · January 10, 2002

    In an effort to determine the effect of yeast on digestion in horses, researchers in France carried out a study to look at the influence of feeding a preparation of Saccharomyces cerevisiae, a strain of yeast, on microbial profiles and fermentation patterns in the large intestine of horses fed a high fiber or a high starch diet.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Taking Care of the Senior Horse

    By Kentucky Equine Research Staff · November 1, 2000

    As we become more aware of the problems facing geriatric horses, they have a much better chance at surviving into their golden years than they would have had 100 years ago. Strong emotional ties can motivate many owners to be observant of their beloved beasts and to take the extra steps it requires to maintain them in health and comfort.

  • Taking Care of the Senior Horse

    By Dr. Kathleen Crandell · November 1, 2000

    As we become more aware of the problems facing geriatric horses, they have a much better chance at surviving into their golden years than they would have had 100 years ago. Strong emotional ties can motivate many owners to be observant of their beloved beasts and to take the extra steps it requires to maintain them in health and comfort.

  • Preparing the Halter Horse

    By Kentucky Equine Research Staff · November 17, 1999

    There are many additional "tricks of the trade" that can be applied to help the halter horse reach his optimum potential, but the successful basics remain the same. It is essential for halter horses to be on a properly balanced diet. Exercise must be carefully designed for each individual animal to avoid potential injury and build the valuable muscle tone that can make a difference between winning and being just another horse in the class.

  • Vitamin E and the Performance Horse

    By Kentucky Equine Research Staff · November 10, 1999

    Vitamin E is a non-toxic, fat soluble vitamin which has an important role in many physiological functions such as reproduction, immune response and nerve and muscle function. It also has overlapping yet independent roles with selenium, an essential trace mineral.

  • Equine Nutritionist Q&A: Spring Training

    By KER Staff · October 27, 1999

    <p> Are there any nutritional considerations that will make&nbsp;spring conditioning more efficient and/or get better results?</p>

  • Equine Nutritionist Q&A: Feeding Horses while Traveling

    By KER Staff · October 27, 1999

    <p> Can you feed your horses on the trailier, and when traveling, how often should you stop to water and exercise your horse?</p>

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