Feed & Nutrition

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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