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KER Nutrition Program Solves Muscle Problems for Upper-Level Eventer

KER Nutrition Program Solves Muscle Problems for Upper-Level Eventer

Jimmie Schramm's upper-level eventer, Bellamy, struggled with tying-up, a muscle disease that can have several root causes.

Nutrition

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Equine Dietary Restriction and Metabolic Response to Exercise

Certain sources of energy may effect the metabolic responses of exercising horses subjected to feed restriction. Eating causes a positive response in thyroid hormones, and exercise may help maintain thyroid hormone production during negative caloric balance.

KER Research

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diets to reduce the incidence of tying-up

Can High-Fat or Low-Starch Diets Minimize Muscle Cramping in Horses?

This study was designed to determine the effects of three rations on plasma creatine kinase activity and lactate concentration in Thoroughbred horses with recurrent exertional rhabdomyolysis.

Health

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Metabolic Syndrome Diagnosis in Horses: Intravenous Glucose Tolerance Test

Is your pony or horse an easy keeper, often overconditioned and prone to repeated bouts of laminitis? Sounds like insulin resistance or even equine metabolic syndrome might be the culprit, but how can you find out for certain?

General Interest

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Take Measures to Limit Mud and Dust on Horse Farms

Horses are hard on the ground surface, and fields where horses are turned out will almost always have some muddy areas during rainy seasons. In dry weather, these muddy patches will become bare, dusty spots.