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Davidson Starts Strong in 2015 Eventing Season

Davidson Starts Strong in 2015 Eventing Season

Bruce “Buck” Davidson, Jr. got an early start on the 2015 eventing season at the Rocking Horse Winter I Horse Trials, claiming four of the top six spots in the Open Intermediate A division as well as first and sixth places in Open Intermediate B.

Nutrition

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Horse eating hay

Watch Out For Toxic Plants in Hays, Pastures

Horses will usually avoid ingesting harmful plants or other toxins when offered high-quality forage options. But as highlighted in an article by veterinarians from the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences at Oklahoma State University, horses can consume plants that they really shouldn’t.

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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horse in winter

Winter Horse Management: Don’t Forget the Basics

Because you may not be riding your horse so often, winter is a good time to review your parasite-control program and it’s also a good time to check teeth. Teeth problems can reduce digestibility drastically and make a big impact on energy supply, thus leading to weight loss.

General Interest

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Thoroughbred in training

Minimizing Stress for Young Horses in Race Training

Young Thorougbred horses spend a lot of free time in the pasture as foals, weanlings, and yearlings. As long yearlings or early two-year-olds, most are brought into a training program to begin their racing careers. This change of lifestyle is profound.