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Inside the Research at KER: What Is a Step Test?

Inside the Research at KER: What Is a Step Test?

When a step test is conducted at Kentucky Equine Research, a horse runs on the equine treadmill with the speed gradually increased until maximum oxygen consumption is reached.

Nutrition

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Laminitis: New Research on Milk Thistle, Silymarin

Many supplements have only a limited amount of science supporting their use; however, Austrian authors recently published an article supporting the use of milk thistle and silymarin for horses with laminitis.

KER Research

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feeding fat

What Are the Effects of Feeding a High-Fat Diet to Horses?

A study was designed to evaluate whether adding fat to a grain meal would affect glucose and insulin responses when the level of grain intake remained the same.

Health

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Mutations Responsible for Deafness in Some Horses

At least three different genetic mutations related to pigmentation can cause deafness in several breeds of horses.

General Interest

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Poultry Litter Not Recommended for Fertilizing Horse Pastures

“Poultry litter is generally not recommended for use in fields that horses will be grazing or used for making horse hay because of the increased risk for salmonella contamination..."