Nutrition

Got Hives?

Got Hives?

Hives can be hard to treat once they start.  Find out experts thoughts on allergy testing and nutritional support here!
How Nutrition May Affect Your Horses Behavior

How Nutrition May Affect Your Horses Behavior

As much as we love our horses, the simple truth is that they are large prey animals that can inadvertently  injure us. Behavior that we are cautious of can be broken down into two categories: natural behavior and unnatural behavior (pretty simple huh!).  Natural behavior would be flight response, aggression or anxiety.  Unnatural behavior are stereotypes such as cribbing, wood chewing, or stall weaving.  

Feeding Oil

Feeding Oil

Seeing a jug of vegetable oil in a feed room is pretty common.  Reasons may be for a shinny coat, weight gain or extra energy.  Here are some important highlights about feeding your horse oil.

Feed Room Hacks

Feed Room Hacks

Tips and tricks to save you time and money feeding your horses!
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.