Joint supplements continue to lead the way in nutritional supplement sales, with the majority of horses involved in competition receiving these products. Much of the research conducted in this field involves analyzing one or two ingredients only, and studies involving combinations of products remain scarce.
Performance horses require more calories per day than pleasure horses or horses used for light or moderate work. Researchers suggest adding “high-energy” forage to diets to help meet the calorie demands of equine athletes.
Direct administration of anti-inflammatory corticosteroid drugs into joints to provide relief from discomfort remains a common practice in many sectors of the equine industry, but evidence exists they can potentially damage articular cartilage, rather than protect it.
An equine nutritionist suggested vitamin E for my show horse that travels nonstop for much of the year. Why?
My Standardbred racing filly has problems with allergies and anhidrosis when shipped to Florida to train in the winter. Is it her diet?
My young barrel-racing mare is underweight. What can I do to help her gain weight?
Athletic horses need appropriate muscle mass to support their rider’s weight, perform the task at hand, and protect their joints and support soft tissues, such as tendons and ligaments.
Am I feeding my draft gelding the best I can for pulling competitions?
How can I get my performance horse to lose weight?
Is it possible to oversupplement electrolytes? In most cases, probably not. But there are some other considerations to keep in mind.
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