Nutrition

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...
Winter Laminitis

Winter Laminitis

Cold weather can trigger hoof pain for horses with metabolic issues.  Here is the scenario: You own a lovely Morgan mare.  You know the breed can ...
How much forage does your horse need to stay warm this winter?

How much forage does your horse need to stay warm this winter?

As the temperature drops, horses burn more energy to stay warm, therefore their energy requirements will increase.  We can provide our horses extra...
Sulfates in the Equine Diet

Sulfates in the Equine Diet

I was recently asked about sulfates in horses diet, I thought it would be a great topic for a new blog post!
Vitamin E

Vitamin E

Custom Equine Nutrition is excited to announce that we are now a distributor of Emcelle Tocopherol, a water-soluble Vit E supplement. I recommend t...
How to hand pull a hay sample

How to hand pull a hay sample

The best technique to sample your horses hay is to use a mechanical coring probe made specifically for this purpose.  Probes are able to sample a cross-section of the bale (end to center) and the serrated tip allows collection of both coarse and fine particles.  When using a hay probe is not an option, the next best method is hand pulling from the center of multiple bales.

 

Individual Ingredient Sources

Individual Ingredient Sources

Links to sources of individual supplements: Minerals, Joint Support, & Vitamins