Australian researchers investigated the type and amount of cereal grains fed to Thoroughbred horses in race training and the impact of these feeds on the equine hindgut.
My horses have been shut up in their stalls for a long time due to inclement weather. How can I avoid colic when it’s time to put them back on turnout?
In two studies conducted in Germany and reported at the 7th European Workshop on Equine Nutrition, researchers looked at the influence of three different forage-based diets on gastric ulceration in young horses stressed by abrupt weaning.
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 will consume plants they shouldn’t.
We know that some, but not all, horses grazing in certain geographical areas with sandy soils are at risk for sand colic. Despite research efforts in this field, several questions remain unanswered, one of which is: Can horse owners really prevent or treat sand colic with psyllium?
Foals may nibble grass at a relatively young age, but the bulk of their nutrition comes from the mare’s milk during this time. The immature digestive system is equipped to handle milk but is not ready for large amounts of forage until further development takes place.
Despite the fact that horses evolved as near perpetual grazers, modern management practices in many areas of the world involve stabling and feeding horses only a few times per day. But how many meals should they be fed?
In contrast to previous studies, researchers from Michigan State University’s Department of Animal Science found that healthy aged horses are able to digest their feed as efficiently as healthy young mature horses.
Some horses can safely eat almost any type of hay. Other horses may get along better on hay with a low nonstructural carbohydrate (NSC) level, thus delivering fewer calories per flake (biscuit) or bale.
The bacteria that cause botulism are always present in soil, so horses are never far from the source of the deadly neurotoxin produced by these microbes. However, horses that develop botulism have often developed signs after eating contaminated hay.
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