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Cleaning Up the Equine Diet; Going Natural

The equine diet has become quite complex over the past 10 or so years.  Specialty feeds, complex supplements and other regimens have become the ‘normal’ for most horses, especially those in the competition arena.  On the same side of the coin, we also have an apparent rise in equine health conditions ranging from injuries and joint disease, to metabolic concerns and laminitis.  Our feeding approaches in the horse have changed over the past 30 years, moving away from whole grain and oats to one based on processed feeds. Considering this, one would have to ask whether if our current approaches are helping or more so hindering our progress? (more…)

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Carbohydrates; Intakes & Considerations in the Horse

When we think of carbohydrates, we think sugar and we also think energy, as the two are often interconnected.  We all need energy and our equine companions are no different. Thus carbohydrates are an essential part of the horse diet, but in excess and dependent on the form ingested, problems can develop and impact overall health.  In order to gain a better understanding of carbohydrates and feeding in the horse, we have to understand some basic principles. Utilized properly, carbohydrates can be a useful means of gaining and sustaining energy needs for every horse. (more…)

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