Lately, the death of horses due to selenium deficiency has received quite a bit of press on social media as well as on television. Unfortunately, the cases that made the headlines were not the only ones reported. Many questions have yet to be answered and all sorts of information has been passed around — some accurate and some less so. Let’s have a closer look at the situation and try to make sense of it as scientifically as possible.
Do you wish you could have a calmer horse, reduce or eliminate longing time, and help your horse maintain better focus in training and in the show pen? All while maintaining his general body condition, topline, hair coat and hoof quality? Let’s evaluate the situation and find an answer...
Horses are among the most free-ranging of domestic animals. They evolved as nomadic and migratory animals and have adapted to many variables in terrain and weather. They are built and instinctively driven to move, and their first reaction to anything remotely considered a threat is to flee. Domestication has changed some of these genetic qualities to fit human goals, but not by much.
Fall is here! The leaves are changing and the temperatures are cooling off. It’s hard to imagine that such a pretty time of year could possibly be harmful to our horses. However, fall leaves can pose a potentially deadly threat. The following are trees that are highly toxic to horses.
Horses are more likely to suffer from laminitis in the fall than at any other time of year. Two reasons are the high NSC (non-structural carbohydrates) from cooler nighttime temperatures and increased blood ACTH (adrenocorticotropic hormone) secretion from the pituitary gland. Both of these lead to elevated insulin.