Feed & Nutrition

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.

The Best Time to Feed Your Horse Before Competition

By Joe Pagan, Ph.D. - One of the most common questions asked about feeding the performance horse is when to feed before a competition. Theoretically, feeding should be timed so that all of the nutrients from a meal have been digested, absorbed, and stored before starting exercise, but not so long before exercise that the horse begins to mobilize fuels just to maintain its resting body functions.

Sunlight and Vitamin D for Horses

By Juliet M. Getty, Ph.D. - Spending 30 to 90 minutes in the sun will give the average person all the required daily vitamin D their body needs. But for a horse, the hair coat alone creates such a significant barrier to absorption that it typically takes five to eight hours of exposure to ultraviolet light for horses to produce enough vitamin D to satisfy the daily requirement.

Feeding the Thin Horse

By Kentucky Equine Research - Horses, like humans, come in a variety of body shapes. Some breeds and individuals tend to be ”easy keepers,” naturally assuming a well-rounded shape. Others always seem to look a bit thin and ribby, no matter how they are managed. Why can't some horses seem to gain and hold their weight? There is often more than one reason.

Understanding Processed Feeds for Horses

By Kentucky Equine Research - In the world of feeds and feeding, processing has become a dirty word among horsemen. The impression that any type of processing is counterproductive, detrimental, or ill-advised is a disturbing trend.

Care & Feeding of the Senior Horse

By Kentucky Equine Research - The answer is different for each equine. Some horses seem old and feeble at age 15; others are still going strong well into their 20s. As with human beings, many things, including health history, use, care, conformation, and genetic factors, can influence the condition and overall well-being of aged horses.

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The horse’s digestive system is made up of the foregut (stomach and small intestine) and the hindgut (cecum and colon). An understanding of the structure and function of each section of the system can help horse owners keep their equine charges free of digestive upsets.



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