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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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Horse Eating Too Fast? Slow It Down!

Most horses love to eat; that’s normal. However, if your horse eats too much, or too fast, or too intensely, he may be in for some problems. Maybe he chokes, or gets fat, or runs out of hay several hours before the next feeding.

KER Research

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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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Provide Plenty of Forage to Keep Horses Warm

The temperature is plummeting, and you’re worried that your horses will get cold. You remember your grandfather saying that corn is a heating feed, so you decide to double their grain ration; that should work, right?