What is an appropriate diet for my aged laminitic pony?
Calcium and phosphorus are the most important minerals for bone formation and maintenance in horses. These minerals must be supplied in the right amount, and also in the proper ratio, to support skeletal health.
My laminitis-prone mare is stalled at all times except when ridden. What is the best way to feed her for optimal nutrition without risk of founder?
Prevention recurrent exertional rhabdomyolysis in susceptible horses includes standardized daily routines, an environment that minimizes stress, and a diet adjusted to include a balanced vitamin and mineral supplement, high-quality hay, and a minimum of carbohydrates such as grain and sweet feed.
Guidelines for detecting equine Cushing’s disease have been updated and refined, allowing veterinarians to give an earlier and more reliable diagnosis for this malady.
My draft stallion’s diet contains some molasses. Is that OK for a horse diagnosed with EPSM?
Nutritional secondary hyperparathyroidism, also known as miller’s disease, bran disease, and big-head disease, is caused by excessive mobilization of calcium from the skeleton under the influence of parathyroid hormone.
Mature, idle horses on a sound nutritional program are likely to be getting everything they need to keep their immune status strong enough to protect them against disease. However, some groups of horses are at increased risk of illness because of challenges to their immune systems.
A recent study confirmed what many horse owners have always suspected. Some breeds of horses just naturally tend to gain weight more easily and have a harder time shedding extra pounds than other breeds.
Most horse owners love their equines, and caring equates to feeding in many cases. Too much of this type of care, however, becomes a well-meaning disservice if the horse becomes too heavy.
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