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No Grain For My Horse? Part Two

What?  No grain for my horse??  That article was truth, speaking from my clinical and research experience in working with rehabilitation horses as a veterinarian.  While the article was very popular, it sparked many comments and questions.  How do you manage the harder keeper?  How do you manage the easy keeper??  How to you manage the performance and race horse??  How can you possibly create benefits in these horse scenarios when we have come to rely so heavily upon grain? What about NSC recommendations?  Am I just nuts, as a veterinarian?? (more…)

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What? No Grain for My Horse?

When you think of a horse, you almost instantly think of grain.  The two are intertwined and deeply related in our thought patterns, having for decades seen horses fed grain of some sorts.  It has become the status quo, a set tradition for most horse owners, and they are marketed to by all sorts of feed companies, telling you why you should feed their grain.  Given this, and the peer pressure from the standards of others, you simply feed a grain to your horse, often with no thought at all.  But, why do you feed that grain?  Does your horse really need it?  Or could it be creating problems or even resistance to true healing in health and soundness for your horse? (more…)

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Help! My Horse Refuses to Eat His Supplements!

Your horse refuses to eat a supplement or even a feed.  You put in a lot of effort to help them with their health or a medical condition, and yet, they walk away from their dinner!  Not an uncommon problem, but certainly a frustrating one for many owners.  So, what do you do?  Is it the supplement? Your feed? Or maybe your horse?  It could be a combination of all three, but with some detective work, patience, and persistence, you can change the situation and maybe their health in the process!  The picky eater horse can be helped! (more…)

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Does My Horse Need a Supplement?

Does my horse need a supplement?  A very common question that is presented to me as a veterinarian and also one that I see on FB and other social media outlets.  It’s a good question, but as with anything when it comes to health or soundness, there is no one answer that fits every horse.  You have to define what a supplement is and its purpose.  Then, you have to look at your specific horse, their needs, your goals, and other factors that are in play.   (more…)

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