Nutrition

Intro to Protein & Amino Acids

Intro to Protein & Amino Acids

How does your horse utilize protein and does he need protein or amino acids added to his diet?
Does your horse need a grain/concentrate?

Does your horse need a grain/concentrate?

We all want the best possible nutrition for our horses.  When you walk into a feed store and see rows of grain options it is easy to become distracted from the most important aspect of your horses diet, forage. 

 

Ration Balancers ~ How balanced are they?

Ration Balancers ~ How balanced are they?

Ration Balancers can provide your horse with a concentrated source of minerals, vitamins and protein. Due to their low feed rate (usually around 1lb per day), they do not provide a lot of calories.  This is great for our easy keepers!  But are these power packed pellets truly providing your horse a balanced diet?  Maybe not.

 

Introducing Spring Pasture

Introducing Spring Pasture

Introducing spring pasture too quickly can lead to possible colic, diarrhea and gas.
The Highs and Lows of Hyaluronic Acid (HA)

The Highs and Lows of Hyaluronic Acid (HA)

When horse owners think about joint supplements, one popular ingredient they look for is HA (Hyaluronic Acid).  Unfortunately, finding the best product for your horse is not as cut and dry as seeing Hyaluronic Acid listed in the ingredients.

 

The Sugar & Starch Limbo: Is Your Feed Low Enough?

The Sugar & Starch Limbo: Is Your Feed Low Enough?

Certain horses do best on low sugar (ESC) & starch grains / concentrates, such as those with metabolic concerns, ulcers, PSSM etc.  Horses with metabolic conditions should strive for feeds with combined sugar and starch under 10%.  For these horses, owners turn to feed companies to help provide them with safe options.  Almost every grain company offers a low sugar and starch option.  Some may market them as “Low Carb”, “Low Starch”, or simply “Safe”.  Can owners rely on the information printed on the front of these bags?  The sad answer is No. 

 

Avoiding Digestive Disturbances

Avoiding Digestive Disturbances

The Journal of Equine Veterinary Science just published a review article titled “The Dietary Components and Feeding Management as Options to Offset Digestive Disturbances in Horses”.  I know not everyone enjoys diving head first into a seven page study like I do, so I thought I’d give you the Cliff Note version.

 

Feed Room Necessity: Scales

Feed Room Necessity: Scales

When you get new hay or introduce a new feed, it’s a good idea to weigh it and ensure your horse is receiving the proper amount.

Mighty Minerals: Copper and Zinc

Mighty Minerals: Copper and Zinc

Trace minerals; the amount a horse needs to consume is so minimal it’s hard to imagine they have any effect over such a large animal.  Yet deficiencies in two trace minerals; copper and zinc can be very noticeable.

Average Nutrient Levels of VT & NH hay between 2016-2018

Average Nutrient Levels of VT & NH hay between 2016-2018

What stands out the most?  All but four minerals are meeting requirements for your average 1,000lb horse at maintenance / light work, and two m...