Feed & Nutrition

Fruits for the Insulin Resistant Horse

By Juliet M. Getty, Ph.D. - Day in and day out, your horse eats the same thing. Boring… yes. Unbalanced… definitely. You’d like to add some fresh fruits to his diet, especially this time of year with all the summer variety available, but he’s already on the chubby side and you’re afraid of giving him too much sugar.

Body Condition Scoring

By Horse Council BC - The best way to evaluate a horse’s weight and condition is with this universally recognized Body Condition Scoring (BCS) system produced by the Alberta government and based on the Henneke Body Condition Scale. Since it can be hard to recognize if your own horse is over or underweight, it is often helpful to have two or three friends who don’t see your horse everyday use the BCS system to objectively score your horse.

If you guessed a Body Condition Score of 7, congratulations! You're correct.

Winter Water for Horses

By Robyn Moore - Horses require access to free choice, clean water at all times and in all seasons, and will drink an average of 30 litres of water per day. Many horses’ diets see an increase in dry feed matter, like hay, during the winter months. As a horse requires three litres of water for every kilogram of dry matter they eat, although horses drink less in cold weather, adequate water consumption remains a priority.

supplemented horse feed

By Juliet M. Getty, Ph.D. - “For an adult horse with moderate activity, feed .75 to 1.0 pounds per 100 pounds of body weight.” These are the feeding instructions for a popular commercially fortified feed. If your horse weighs 1100 pounds (500 kilograms), you’ll need to feed 8.25 to 11 pounds of feed per day to ensure he’s receiving enough calories, protein, vitamins, and minerals. That’s a lot of feed!

Feeding Horses for Brilliant Coat Shine

By Dr. Nerida Richards, PhD - There is nothing more pleasing to a horse owner's eye than a brilliant, shiny coat. And aside from looking great, a shiny coat also indicates the horse is healthy inside and out. The question is: how do you make your horse shine? It is really quite easy if you follow these simple steps.

Cold Weather Feeding for Horses

By Dr. Robert A. Mowrey - In order to maintain internal body temperature and keep warm, a horse requires additional energy during cold weather. The exact amount of energy depends on the severity and extent of the cold period and individual characteristics of the horse. When environmental temperatures, including wind chill, drop below 45 degrees Fahrenheit (F) or seven degrees Celsius (C), called the critical temperature, significant amounts of energy are used by the horse to maintain its internal body heat.

Insulin Resistance in Horses

By Juliet M. Getty, Ph.D. - Do you have an overweight horse? Chances are he is insulin resistant. Excess body fat leads to elevate insulin, and blood glucose levels are slow to return to normal. Elevated insulin leads to more body fat storage, which leads to greater insulin resistance, and the vicious cycle continues.

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