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Water Losses in Horses

March 4, 2014 1:35:15 PM CST

Water Losses in Horses by Dr. Kris Hiney This month we will discuss the most important nutrient in your horse’s diet, but maybe the most overlooked. Because providing our horse with water may seem obvious, many believe water requirements may not warrant discussion. But how much do you really know about how much your horse should be drinking per day?Read More
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Does the Season Affect Your Feeding Management?

January 31, 2014 9:02:25 PM CST

Does the season affect your feeding management? By Dr. Kris Hiney Winter is the season of short days, long cold nights and reduced riding time for us and our horses. Often what we feed our horses in the winter shifts as their energy requirements change, as well as the feedstuffs we might be using. That shift in seasons may mean we need to look at our feed sources and our supplement regimen more closely.Read More
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Colic Prevention Part 2

January 6, 2014 11:54:17 AM CST

Colic Prevention II by Dr. Kris Hiney This month we will finish our discussion of common causes of colic in the equine, and what you might do to prevent them. Previously we discussed the importance of having a thorough emergency plan in place in order to make a potential colic less stressful for you. We followed that with a discussion of the most common management practices which will help minimize your horse’s risk of colic. These included quality and consistency of the diet, proper hydration and parasite control to name a few. This month we will focus on some of the less common reasons horses may colic. Although less common, they are no less important for the owner to be aware of these possibilities.Read More
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Strategies to Reduce your Horse's Chance of Colic

December 9, 2013 11:48:27 AM CST

Strategies to Reduce Your Horse’s Chance of Colic By Dr. Kris Hiney Last month I encouraged all horse owner’s to develop a preparedness plan in the event their horse colics. This month we will discuss strategies that will hopefully minimize the chance that you will need that plan. We will discuss feeding strategies as well as other important management techniques that will help keep your horse happy and healthy. Feeding your horse properly is one of the easiest ways to help prevent episodes of colic. Remember the digestive anatomy of the horse, with its small stomach and large hindgut for digesting forage does not often fit well with modern management practices. The horse is designed to forage continuously throughout the day, typically for almost 18 hours. This provides a continuous input of material to the hindgut without overwhelming the stomach.Read More
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Equine Colic: Are You Prepared?

November 5, 2013 11:56:05 AM CST

Equine Colic: Are You Prepared? Written By: Dr. Kris Hiney Most horse owners at one time or another have experienced that dreaded sight of finding their horse rolling or kicking at their belly in their pasture or stall. After all, almost 1 million horses colic in the United States each year, or about 11 in every 100 horses. It really is not a matter of if, but when a horse in your care will colic. But now is not the time to panic, but to act logically and calmly. The keys? Be prepared, and have a plan. This month we will discuss what symptoms you may see, what to do, and how to create a firm plan of action. Next month we will discuss several important strategies you may implement to decrease the likelihood of your ever needing this plan.Read More
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Strategies to Modulate Insulin Concentrations

October 1, 2013 12:45:52 PM CDT

Strategies to Modulate Insulin Concentrations By Dr. Kris Hiney Much recent research in the horse industry has centered on fluctuations in insulin concentrations under a variety of conditions and the effects on the health of the horse. Many horse owners are aware that traditional feeding practices which rely on a larger proportion of concentrate feeding may result in prolonged insulin secretion by the pancreas. In young horses, it is thought that prolonged elevations in insulin may lead to cartilage abnormalities, promoting epiphysitis and osteochondrosis. High starch diets are linked to behavioral issues such as more excitable or reactive horses; and certain typing up disorders such as polysaccharide storage myopathy and recurrent exertional rhabdomylosis. Finally, high concentrate diets can certainly contribute to the development of insulin resistance and laminitis. As a result of this information, many current horse feeds are now designed to minimize insulin fluctuations in the horse.Read More
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Pasture Grasses and Grazing

September 9, 2013 11:27:18 AM CDT

Research Updates - Pasture grasses and grazing Written By Dr. Kris Hiney This month we will review research concerning pastures and foraging behaviors in horses. Most horsemen would agree that horses grazing at pasture represent the most natural way to feed a horse. Certainly it represents the most economical and the least labor intensive method of feeding. However, many owners have questions related to what or how much a horse’s is consuming when its primary source of feed is pasture grass.Read More
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Equine Research: Protein

June 27, 2013 2:09:17 PM CDT

What’s new in Equine Research: Protein By Dr. Kristina Hiney This month I will begin a new series which tries to summarize some of the new information which has been gathered in equine nutrition. I will be grouping similar topics together and trying to summarize how this information might be relevant to you and your horse. We will discuss if this new information means you should change what you have been doing, or you can feel reassured that you are right on track! And remember not all information may be relevant for your horse. There is no need to feed your mature gelding who is trail ridden on the weekend like an endurance horse preparing for a 100 mile ride!Read More
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B Vitamins

June 4, 2013 1:08:02 PM CDT

The B Vitamins by Dr. Kris Hiney This month we will conclude our discussion of vitamins with the B vitamins. There are many vitamins that are traditionally referred to as the B vitamins, including thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, pyridoxal phosphate, panthothenic acid and cobalamin. You may even associate them with their “numbers” so to speak: B1, B2 etc. These are all water soluble vitamins which can be synthesized by the microbial population of the hindgut of the horse. In many circumstances this microbial synthesis of vitamins is adequate to support normal physiological functions in the horse. However, under some conditions, supplementation of these vitamins becomes necessary. Unfortunately relatively little is actually known about the true requirements of the horse for many of these vitamins. We will primarily focus on the vitamins which have the most information available; thiamin, niacin, riboflavin and biotin.Read More
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Vitamin C

April 29, 2013 12:36:27 PM CDT

Vitamin C by Dr. Kris Hiney Previously, we have discussed two important fat soluble vitamins which serve an important anti-oxidant function in the horse, vitamin A and E. We will continue to discuss anti-oxidants as we transition to the water soluble vitamins essential to the health and well-being of the horse. As humans, we are probably very familiar with vitamin C or ascorbic acid/ascorbate, as it is a commonly supplemented vitamin. After all, who hasn’t reached for an orange in order to get their share of this important vitamin (Despite the fact there are many more nutrionally dense sources of vitamin C!)? People often turn to vitamin C during times of stress or illness, especially the common cold, to try and fight off pathogens. But what does vitamin C do in the horse, and should you be supplementing it?Read More
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