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Horses - Diet and Nutrition: Older Horse, everyday expression, few suggestions
everyday expression, few suggestions, moderate changes: Hi Stefanie, Thank you for question. There is no doubt in my mind that if you believe there is a change in your horse, there is a change in your horse. In your vet s defense, if they do not see the horse frequently they don t have a point of reference...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: Senior food for COPD horses with allergies to beets, corns, oats & soybeans, thoroughbred mare, platinum performance
thoroughbred mare, platinum performance, vitamins and minerals: I am sorry to hear that your mare has so many allergies. You can try the steam rolled Barley but it is certainly not going to provide her with total nutrition. You will have to find some supplements to add vitamins and minerals and amino acids. Can you get...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: Tired Horse, older horses, sweet feed
older horses, sweet feed, digestive systems: The cool command feed has a feeding recommendation of 9#. Are you feeding 9#? If not, he could just be tired from not getting enough calories. Weigh the feed on a scale to be sure he is getting enough feed. Older horses have less efficient digestive systems...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: Wheat and Oats allergy, beet pulp, paint gelding
beet pulp, paint gelding, cereal grains: Hi Tricia, Thank you for your question. Sorry it took a little while to get back to you, it took a while for me to formulate a home made ration with the ingredients we can t use. You are best to make up your own grain mix given your horse s allergies....

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: 13 yr old TB Mare Feed Changes, beet pulp, tb mare
beet pulp, tb mare, older horses: Hi Karen, Thank you for your question. From what I ve read, there should not be a need to change your mare off the Hi Fat / Hi Fiber feed (now sold as Integri-T). The differences in nutritional value of the two is very little (and both would have...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: Belgian Draft, belgian draft, east texas
belgian draft, east texas, health problem: I suspect there is a health problem. Maybe ulcers, or teeth issues. I would have her checked out by a vet and see if you can start ruling things out. Keep in mind, they need to eat 1% of their body weight in hay and feed. That is a tremendous amount! If you...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: colts, grass hay, pot belly
grass hay, pot belly, grain feed: What breed are they? How tall are they now? They need more than ten percent protein to grow. The fat is good at 7. Feed then a higher protein, keep the fat high and give them time. It is possible that they will be stunted but not guaranteed. You still have...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: feeding mares, dry matter intake, stomach lining
dry matter intake, stomach lining, gastric ulcers: Hi Dolly, Timothy hay is, on average, less nutrient dense than orchard or brome grass. If you can find a pure stand of timothy hay, then it may very well help your mare s weight problem so it is certainly worth a try. It really will depend on the exact...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: Hay cubes vs. hay, percheron mare, hay cubes
percheron mare, hay cubes, grass hay: Horses need long stem forage. Hay cubes are not long stem because they have been processed. They are also dehydrated and thats not so great. That means the horse will need more water. That might not be a factor at all if your horse isn t in heavy exercise,...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: hoofs, dry climates, wet climate
dry climates, wet climate, four horses: Hi Rian, Thank you for your question. If I m not mistaken, you re talking about a band of chalk-like substance that runs around the top of the hoof, right under the coronet band. This is a normal part of hoof growth that is less noticeable in dry climates,...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: Recommendations on diet, crimped oats, beet pulp
crimped oats, beet pulp, tb gelding: It is fine to feed the lite once a day and I recommend that feed if you are going to just feed one meal. Conventional feeds will not work on a once a day program. The meal would be too big and could cause starch overload problems. I assume you are in Texas....

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: Timothy hay, mold spores, hay selection
mold spores, hay selection, change in the weather: In Texas we feed coastal. Its whats grown here, just like Florida. I don t like to feed alfalfa because the protein is so high.The Calcium is a problem too. Too much and not enough Phosphorus to go with it. Most round bales are for cows. Hay growers make...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: 21 year old mare, beet pulp, older horses
beet pulp, older horses, grass hay: I am a little confused. You say she cannot eat regular hay, but she eats from the round bale and you were giving her hay? She must be able to eat it..? Older horses can have bad, worn out teeth. The beet pulp is fiber. They are giving her that for roughage....

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: dehydration, thoroughbred racehorse, nerve problem
thoroughbred racehorse, nerve problem, fussy eaters: Hi Tajana, Thank you for your question. Your dilemma certainly is an interesting one. Your vet is right in that the most common way to get your horse to both drink more water AND retain it, is to feed either salt (and in this case I m referring to feeding...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: senior low carb feed w/ oats, wellness, show barn
Horses - Diet and Nutrition: senior low carb feed w/ oats, wellness, show barn

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: Oh Poop!, adult horses, b vitamins
adult horses, b vitamins, adult horse: Hi Ali, Thanks for your question. There are 2 possible reasons that might explain why your horse is eating poop. Some horses will eat manure, especially in their stalls, to mimic natural foraging behavior. It s a stereotypy (bad habit) that they develop...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: rescue horse, spring pasture, lush pasture
spring pasture, lush pasture, little bit more each day: Hi Tiffany, Thank you for your question. First of all, let me commend you on the efforts of rescuing a horse...it s a lot of work, but very rewarding. It is important to gradually introduce a horse to pasture for the first time, and even to introduce...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: senior low carb feed w/ oats, barley corn, cereal grains
barley corn, cereal grains, qh gelding: Hi Lorraine, Thank you for your question...I certainly can relate! Being from Canada I battle the cold and the effects it has on feeding horses for half of every year and I just thumped my bag of feed on the ground to break it up for morning feeding :(...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: choking, huge mouthfuls, beet pulp
huge mouthfuls, beet pulp, crimped oats: Hi Allison, Thank you for your question, it s an excellent one. Your horse was in fact choking on the senior feed he was eating. The tell tale sign was the green slime coming out of his nose. You are correct in that horses can not vomit. Their esophagus...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: coat enhancers, capcasin, performance horses
capcasin, performance horses, coat colour: Hi Marie, Thank you for your question. Like any type of feed supplement on the market, there are many coat enhancers with varying degrees of quality. I have seen some used very successfully in that they keep coat colour from washing out in the summer...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: Fat Horse, forage plants, forage quality
forage plants, forage quality, seed coats: Hi Laura, Thanks for your question. It s wonderful that your horse is fat :) This means her digestive system is healthy and happy...although the pudge may not be great for her. Horses are designed to eat forages and really don t need much else if...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: Thoroughbred diet, arabian farm, horse nutrition
Horses - Diet and Nutrition: Thoroughbred diet, arabian farm, horse nutrition, good answer

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: what to feed?, beet pulp, lush pasture
beet pulp, lush pasture, masterfeeds: Hello Again J, From the information that you ve provided, I wouldn t say that your horse is any more at risk for developing laminitis than the average. Keep in mind that it can happen to any horse at any time so one should never let their guard down. ...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: rapid growth, quality forages, malnourishment
quality forages, malnourishment, proper nutrition: Hi Angela, Thank you for your question. Rescuing horses and feeding them to fix them is always a trick, and you can never predict how its going to go until you are into the process. This is something I ve done dozens of times and each horse is different....

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: Thoroughbred diet, micro minerals, vitamins and minerals
micro minerals, vitamins and minerals, fiber sources: Hi James, These are some good questions. Mind you, they are quite broad spectrum so I will try and start with a few basic suggestions. Horses CAN eat a lot of different things but a good diet sticks to the basics. I am not a huge fan of treats or bizarre...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: winter feeding, alfalfa cubes, beet pulp
alfalfa cubes, beet pulp, dry alfalfa: Hi Suzanne, Thank you for your question. Winter feeding in the North is always an art and creates a challenge that some people never truly appreciate. I can see from the work that you are going through that you are certainly taking it seriously. ...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: Compaction Colic, yeast and moulds, fumonisin levels
yeast and moulds, fumonisin levels, vet clinics: Hi William, Thank you for your question...I find the topic of molds and mycotoxins a fascinating one. There is not a lot of information pertaining to yeast (fungi) or mold levels in feeds...but rather the quantification of mycotoxins (endotoxins, fumonisins,...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: corn oil, omega 6 fatty acids, omega 3 fatty acids
omega 6 fatty acids, omega 3 fatty acids, 3 fatty acids: Hi Mary, Thank you for your question. Adding vegetable oil to a horse s ration is a widespread practice that can have numerous benefits. But for your horse corn oil not be the best practice and I ll try to explain why, for other readers as well. Vegetable...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: More Energy, red blood cell, red blood cell count
red blood cell, red blood cell count, blood cell count: Hi Rebecca, Thank you for your question is certainly is an interesting one. Although an iron supplement is not a bad idea, you may not find that it helps your problem. It is true that horses can become lethargic when they are anemic (have a low red...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: Flax Seed, flax seed, corn oil
flax seed, corn oil, hi mary: Hi Mary, Thank you for sending that link, it s always good to know all of the products available. There are a lot of Flax based supplements available at varying prices. My personal feeling is that if we re feeding Flax for what it does for the horse, straight...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: Formulating a feed for a horse with ulcers, alfalfa pellets, calf manna
alfalfa pellets, calf manna, qh gelding: Hi Michelle, Thank you for your question, sorry it has taken me a while to answer it for you. Feeding a horse with ulcers can be a bit of a chore...and certainly does require some special attention. There are some key points to remember when establishing...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: corn oil, beet pulp, phosphorus ratio
Horses - Diet and Nutrition: corn oil, beet pulp, phosphorus ratio, rice bran

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: Formulating a feed for a horse with ulcers, ulcers
Horses - Diet and Nutrition: Formulating a feed for a horse with ulcers, ulcers

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: feed change, cereal grains, starch content
cereal grains, starch content, sugar starch: Hi Tami, Thank you for your question. Spring certainly can do crazy things to horses and people alike:) From the sounds of it, I think you may be right in that the behavior is related more to the time of year than to the feed. Let me explain. Horses...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: Hay Cubes of Hitching Post causing my horse to be hot..., alfalfa cubes, beet pulp
alfalfa cubes, beet pulp, hay cubes: Hi Lisa, Thank you for your question...it certainly is a tricky one. Let s address the hay cubes first. I m not entirely convinced that the hay cubes are the root of the problem, for a couple of reasons. I m not sure what kind of hay cubes your barn...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: horse feed?, alfalfa hay, equine laminitis
alfalfa hay, equine laminitis, definite conclusions: Hi Aimee, Thanks for your question, it s a wonderful one. I grew up, and still live, in Eastern Canada where our climate dictates that our horse hay is primarily grass or mixed grass. I too used to think that alfalfa was like rocket fuel for horses...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: overweight horse, dry matter intake, long periods of time
dry matter intake, long periods of time, digestive enzymes: Hi Kristine, Thank you for your question. Overweight horses can be a bit of a trick to fix. If the mare is only on free choice hay and is still overweight, the first thought is to cut back on the hay. DON T DO IT. Limiting dry matter intake for a horse...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: suddenly spooky/starled horse, alfalfa grass, weight gain product
alfalfa grass, weight gain product, holistic vet: Hi Barbara, I really enjoy writing this column as it is my passion. I m just a horse nutrition nerd that way:) Before I put together an theory (and in true Canadian form) I m going to answer a question with a question...or two, or three. 1. Is the...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: All Vegetable Diet, forage diets, nutrients in fruits
forage diets, nutrients in fruits, cereal grains: Hi Ashley, Thanks for your question. This certainly seems like an interesting approach to feeding, I m just not too sure how it will work out. Horses are were designed to be fiber digesters but I believe that means forage diets of fresh grass/legume...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: coughing, mold spores, ammonia fumes
mold spores, ammonia fumes, poor air quality: Hi Denise, Thank you for your question. A horse that coughs when eating hay is generally reacting to dust or mold spores in the hay. Although the cough is associated with the exposure to the dust, it is not so much an allergy issue as a sensitivity to...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: Horses, sheath, colt
sheath, colt, vets: Hi Laura, Thank you for your question...but I would suggest that it is something that you speak to your vet about. Your colt s issue could have a couple of causes and your vet is the best person to establish that, and will have to take a look at him first....

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: horse weight gain, pregnant mare, orthopedic disorders
pregnant mare, orthopedic disorders, tennessee walker: Hi Debbie, Thank you for your question. Broodmare nutrition is always a challenge, and its successes or failures can have huge impacts on your breeding program. I am always a fan of calculating a horse s ration...but insist on doing so for broodmares...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: Pony, welsh pony, grass hay
welsh pony, grass hay, premix: Hi Chelsea, Thank you for your question. I m not sure I can give you as thorough an answer as you may want, without having a little more information. The basis of the diet really needs to be forage so plenty of grass hay is a good start. Not all horses...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: shade and shelter, north west florida, arid climates
north west florida, arid climates, humid climate: Hi Melanie, Thank you for your question. Since your efforts are to keep your horses cool during hot temperatures, my suggestion for shelter would be slightly different than what I would use for myself...living in a colder climate. In your case, I...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: Best Grain to feed my 2 year old, true believer, orthopedic disorders
true believer, orthopedic disorders, bone growth: Hi Cecilia, Thank you for following up with the information. I calculated out a quick ration for your horse. It is a bit of an estimation as I do not have a hay analysis but I used one that closely mimics the combination of forages that you are using....

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: Foal Shedding, roan filly, red roan
roan filly, red roan, qh mare: HI Bill, I m so glad this all worked out for you so well and very glad I could help. As for the shedding, I m not sure there s a lot we can do to speed up process a whole lot as they have a bit of an internal clock that controls that. However, whenever...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: Malnourished colt, recipes, diet
Horses - Diet and Nutrition: Malnourished colt, recipes, diet

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: feeding hay, orchard grass, cause ulcers
orchard grass, cause ulcers, grass hay: Hi Elizabeth, Thank you for your question. The mold in your hay is most probably due to having been baled without first being properly dried. It is a problem that most people encounter at one time or another and the approach to take is sometimes a personal...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: Malnourished colt, broad spectrum antibiotic, open wounds
broad spectrum antibiotic, open wounds, zimecterin: Hi Chris, Thank you for your question and my commendations on your efforts. I ll do what I can to help you out. First, I have a few suggestions for the wound dressing. Betadine scrub is great for cleaning wounds as it combines the disinfecting capabilities...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: vaccinate, adult horses, vet visits
adult horses, vet visits, vaccination program: Hi Cindy, Thank you for your questions and I apologize for taking so long to get back to you...this line of storms has kept me without internet service for the week. This is perhaps not my area of expertise and I would strongly urge you to consult your...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: Putting Young Colt Out to Grass, kiger mustang, acre pasture
kiger mustang, acre pasture, green pasture: Hi Hannah, What a great question this is! It seems you have a bit of a handful to work with but I m sure I can give you some suggestions that will greatly help. Your concern over your young horse s hot attitude is certainly not imaginary and given...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: 13 yr old Gelding, qh gelding, qh mare
qh gelding, qh mare, plant protein: Hi Susan, Thank you for your question. I have heard of feeding supplemental sulfur to horses for different reasons, including hoof quality, quite successfully. It is a common ingredient in joint supplements and is added as MSM. In a forage based diet...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: Horses eating certain trees, bradford pear tree, azalea bushes
bradford pear tree, azalea bushes, stomach acid: Hi Chrissy, Thank you for your question. Although there is not a lot of literature suggesting that the bradford pear tree is dangerous for horses, there is some suggestion that the seeds of the common pear can be. Mind you, the concern is that if a large...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: Magnesium deficiency?, low starch diet, insulin resistance
low starch diet, insulin resistance, new neighbor: His behavior would either be caused by a dietary problem, or a behavior one. A behavior problem would be something that happened to him that hurt his confidence. It could be something as easy as a new pasturemate that dethroned him in the hierarchy, or an...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: Pasture horse, vitamin mineral supplement, vitamin and mineral deficiencies
vitamin mineral supplement, vitamin and mineral deficiencies, salt block: I am also in Texas. To give you the best answer I need a little more information. Is your horse in good weight, is it under or overweight? If you do not need to increase calories to gain body condition, then you will still need to consider vitamin and mineral...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: Trembling, cold sweats..., cold sweats, neurological problem
cold sweats, neurological problem, well fit: Sorry for the delay. I forgot to put that I was out f town on the 29th. I have no sure answer for you. I was once told my a neurologist that headaches were a miswiring of a persons brain. Some kind of defect that wasn t supposed to happen. My guess is this...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: Where did you buy grape seed extract?, basic equine nutrition, health food store
basic equine nutrition, health food store, anti histamine: Hi Kim, The Basic Equine site is www.basic-nutrition.com but I notice that it comes up as a broken link. If you try www.basic-nutrition.com/contact.php or call them at 1-888-207-8909. If all else fails or if you need some right away until your order...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: Diet for horse with renal failure, forage diets, special dietary requirements
forage diets, special dietary requirements, soluble nutrients: Hi Caroline, Thank you for your question. You certainly have a challenge on your hands, feeding a horse with both renal failure and gastric ulcers. I will try and help you design a diet for him but am not overly familiar with what feeds you have available....

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: Feed for a "Food Allergy" Racehorse, beet pulp, barley corn
beet pulp, barley corn, cereal grains: Hi Paula, Thank you for your question. You certainly up against a bit of a challenge with your mare, given her allergy condition. It looks like your mare s problem is related primarily to cereal grains so you do have some options for choosing a complete...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: Minerals, horse herd, sandy florida
horse herd, sandy florida, shiny coat: I believe that he is faded because of sun exposure. Even a true black horse will fade in the sun. You can feed him black as knight. Horses are so much better off being outside. If you have to sacrifice his color for his happiness, you are doing good by...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: a mare I've been working with trying to save, high protein, bowel movements
high protein, bowel movements, full swing: Hi Sam, Thank you for your question and you are to be commended for taking on such a big task. The first instinct for people rescuing horses is to start feeding them lots to get their weight up right away...and understandably so. What you need to remember...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: minature ponies, minature ponies, beet pulp
minature ponies, beet pulp, common thief: I would love to see the ponies pull. Thats very neat. I bet they love it. Are the draft ponies? Do you live in the midwest? The first thing that comes to mind is that the ponies may have parasites. Parasites are a very common thief of nutrients. They will...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: mold in horse feed, yeast cell wall, appetite stimulants
yeast cell wall, appetite stimulants, dirt walls: Hi Hannah, Thank you for your question. Moldy feed can be a real problem this time of year especially in the east where it tends to be very humid. Even if the feed is fresh, the molasses, oil and appetite stimulants used simply don t keep well in the...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: Pony feed, photosensitive dermatitis, horses and ponies
photosensitive dermatitis, horses and ponies, buckwheat grain: Hi Mary, Thank you for your question. You can feed buckwheat grain to your pony, but I would suggest that you do so in moderation. The seed itself can be quite hard, and so a little more difficult to digest than lets say oats. You will want to feed it...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: please help me rescue this angel, beet pulp, protein deficiency
beet pulp, protein deficiency, nutrient density: Dumor doesn t do much. It doesn t make up enough of what the feed is missing. Its a little better than nothing. It won t hurt her, but it won t help much either. You can go ahead and use it up, but I would change feeds. I went to www.nutrenaworld.com and looked...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: Skinny Colt, orphan foal, calf manna
orphan foal, calf manna, yearling colt: Growing horses need 18.9 MCal a day for proper growth. He is not getting this from his rice bran. He is calorie deficient and that is why he is thin. The corn oil is not good. It adds calories but not nutrients. There are many ratios that are balanced in a...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: Tail bone grows hair..., tail vertebrae, mumbo jumbo
tail vertebrae, mumbo jumbo, neck vertebrae: That is not true as stated. The tail bone does have skin covering it and that skin has hair follicles. All the hair in the tail does originate from the skin on the tail bone. There is nothing in Listerine that has been shown to promote hair growth. I wouldn...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: 26-year old with weight issue, record snowfall, weatherford texas
record snowfall, weatherford texas, stable mates: I think the feeding program that you are using is just fine. You are making up for the lower fat by adding the supplement. Keep up the good work! His hair will grow back when he gets healthier. It will just take some time. You are really doing a good...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: buckwheat Groats, buckwheat groats, cereal grains
buckwheat groats, cereal grains, sodium bentonite: Hi Carmela, Thank you for your question. There would be some nutritional value in feeding buckwheat groats to your horse...although not tremendous. Groats (from oats, buckwheat or other cereal grains) are the seed coats and screenings (left overs) from...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: 26-year old with weight issue, nutrition world, horse nutrition
Horses - Diet and Nutrition: 26-year old with weight issue, nutrition world, horse nutrition, cortisone

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: feed, performance horses, hi jill
performance horses, hi jill, horse group: Hi Jill Thanks for your question...it is a puzzling one. I m not a big believer in feed allergies in horses, but rather reactions to contaminants in the feeds. It is very possible for a horse to have an allergic-type reaction to something in the feed....

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: horse allergic to oats and wheat, body condition score, beet pulp
body condition score, beet pulp, cereal grains: Hi Stacie, Thanks for getting back to me with your horse s specifics. I put together a homemade mix for your horse that will help control his allergies and keep him in good shape. This mix is designed to feed along with free choice hay. Given your...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: horse diet, chronic kidney failure, alfalfa pellets
chronic kidney failure, alfalfa pellets, beet pulp: I am so sorry to hear you had to put him down. I wish I could make you feel better. Its just tough sometimes. :...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: horse eating black walnut bark, black walnut tree, toxin
black walnut tree, toxin, concentration: I am jealous that you get to live in the mountains! I love the mountains. You don t have to worry about your horse after 3 days. The trouble happens within 24 hours. Most of the toxin in the tree are in the roots. The bark does contain some but at a lower...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: horse nutrition, prebiotics and probiotics, gut motility
prebiotics and probiotics, gut motility, bacterial population: Hi Jane, Thank you for your question. I m sorry to hear about your horse s colic but glad to hear that she made it through surgery. Twisted guts in horses generally don t turn out well so to get this far is an accomplishment. I m sure your vet has made...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: joint supliments and feed, glucosamine chondroitin, chondroitin sulfate
glucosamine chondroitin, chondroitin sulfate, glucosmine: Hi Jill, Thanks for getting back to me. The type of supplement that I was suggesting is more like Spiller s Gro N Win . It is designed to feed small quantities for balancing forage rations, so you don t need to feed a lot. The cool concentrate is more...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: senior horse, cereal grains, thoroughbred gelding
cereal grains, thoroughbred gelding, older horses: Hi Bill, Thank you very much for your question. Older horses really should have a ration (especially a feed) that takes into account their aging digestive systems. As a horse ages, his system becomes less efficient at digesting and using nutrients. ...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: Water treatment, drinking trough, good bacteria
drinking trough, good bacteria, copper sulfate: Hi Debby, Great question! There are a lot of people who use bleach to disinfect both outside water tubs and indoor pails, and some add it back to the water to keep algae at bay. I can honestly say that I am not a fan of this practice from a nutritional...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: winter feed for horses, habitat for horses, texas hay
habitat for horses, texas hay, high humidity: Good hay will have some color to it... a little bit to very bright green. Brown hay is not very good. It will be fine stemmed and a little crispy, meaning that when you roll it between your fingers it will have some texture to it, not wilted. It will also...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: Allergies/Heaves, partial paralysis, dexamethasone
partial paralysis, dexamethasone, harsh winter: Hi Lulu, Thank you for your question. Dealing with a case of the heaves is certainly complicated. Normally the heaves are brought on over years of exposure to contaminants of some sort (dusty hay, poorly ventilated housing, mycotoxins in the feeds) and...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: boosting my horses weight, beet pulp, quality forage
beet pulp, quality forage, extrusion process: Hi Venetia, Thank you for your question. Your horse is starting to get to the age where he becomes a little more difficult to keep in shape. As a horse s digestive system ages, it begins to slow down and processes feed more slowly...so some of the tricks...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: Cold sweats, cold sweats, nbha
cold sweats, nbha, barrel horse: I very well could be happening because of a pregnancy. I would take her to a veterinarian to see if she is pregnant. You do not want to ask her to run barrels. You could be stressing her and her foal. Gestation is 340 days, If you have had her for 180 days...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: feeding behaviour, beet pulp, first dibs
beet pulp, first dibs, feed time: Hi Janice, Thank you for your question. It s hard to say what may be at the root of your horse s eating aggression, but I m a strong believer that this type of behavior is more instinctual than situational. It is natural for horses to be protective of...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: horse tail, dewormer, horse tail
dewormer, horse tail, tail bone: This is actually a common problem and an easy one to fix. Your horse most likely has pinworms. They are very itchy to the horses anus and will cause him to rub his tail. Just give him a good dewormer and you will fix the trouble. You can then put a hair growth...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: Skin condition, shetland pony, hair growth products
shetland pony, hair growth products, fecal test: Sorry for the delay. We had a huge flood and it got into our house. Just got that dealt with. Back to life now.... I recommend a more frequent deworming program. Parasites can be a culprit in hair loss and its the easiest to eliminate. Every other month...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: sodium betonite in water tank, sodium bentonite, sand colic
sodium bentonite, sand colic, betonite: Hi TJ Thank you for your question. Sodium bentonite is a product that is used in livestock feeds as a mycotoxin binder so it may actually be beneficial that they are getting it in their water. In fact, the recommended feeding rate to bind feed borne mycotoxins...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: 16yr old gelding weight loss, fiber levels, corn oil
fiber levels, corn oil, gelding: Purina strategy is a balanced feed. When you add the corn and oats to it you imbalance the minerals. Just feed the Strategy only. Feed it at a rate of.75% of his body weight to start. If he weighs 1000 lbs he needs 7.5# a day. He is not getting enough calories...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: breathing sounds, high altitude, heavy one
high altitude, heavy one, hiccups: I have no experience with high elevation. i can offer no advice at all. I m sorry. :( Wow. you gave me terrible feedback that says I wasn t polite or clear in my answer. I am sorry that you feel that way. I am just a volunteer who is trying to help people....

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: Off colour horse., pony nuts, chesnut mare
pony nuts, chesnut mare, new years eve: Hi Steph, Thank you for your question. From the sounds of it, your horse had suffered an impaction colic?? That s generally the case when vets administer fluids, as opposed to pain killers and ant-acids as is the case with gas colics. Impaction colics...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: colts, pro biotic, bones and joints
pro biotic, bones and joints, ration balancing: Hi Lucille, To ensure that your young horse grows to his potential, it is a good idea to balance his ration. This will ensure that he has enough energy to grow and maintain body weight, have enough protein to build muscle, and enough mineral to develop...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: Enzymes, stomach acidity, stomach acid
stomach acidity, stomach acid, lubricant: Hi Becky, Saliva s main job is a lubricant for food boluses and a a buffer to stomach acidity. But it does contain a minimal amount of enzyme (approximately 0.5%), primarily amylase. Amylase breaks down starch into glucose, and is secreted in the mouth...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: enough feed with cubes, hay cubes, dry matter
hay cubes, dry matter, energy level: Hi Carey, I did not realize that there was such a discrepancy in bale weight between countries...I know in this part of Canada our bales weigh 40-50lbs and are considered small compared to the bales in California that weigh in at close to 90lbs. It s always...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: Feeding Alfalfa Hay Free Choice, alfalfa grass, beet pulp
alfalfa grass, beet pulp, alfalfa hay: Hi Darci, Thank you for your question. There is a lot of speculation about the safety of feeding pure alfalfa hay to horses. But horses can do just fine on 100% alfalfa hay and in fact it is safer to supply as much of a horse s energy requirements...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: feed question, feeding horses, hay diet
feeding horses, hay diet, muscle maintenance: Hi Jessica, Thank you for your question. There are certainly a lot of opinions in the horse industry when it comes to feeding horses, and they can be quite contradictory. Both Strategy and Enrich 32 are good quality feeds, but are designed to fill very...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: Grinding our own feed, corn gluten meal, beet pulp
corn gluten meal, beet pulp, oat hulls: Hi Alicia, Thank you for your question. I certainly can give you a few pointers on making your own horse feed. When creating your own horse feed from scratch, there needs to be some consideration for what nutrients you want your horse to get from the...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: Horse choking, beet pulp, apple mixture
beet pulp, apple mixture, fiber sources: Hi Denise, Thank you for your question and I m so very sorry for your horse s ideal. Choke can be scary for a horse, and discourage an older horse from eating or drinking...if it s not the choke itself, it could be the pain that comes from tubing a horse....

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: Horses diet- Is this working for them?, body condition score, brown grass
body condition score, brown grass, sweet feed: Hi Cheyenne, Thank you for your question. Without formulating a ration on paper, the best way to gauge your horses plain of nutrition is by evaluating their condition. A body condition score of 5 is suitable for all three of your horses...for cold winter...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: horse feed, retired police horse, dry matter basis
retired police horse, dry matter basis, beet pulp: Hello Again, Thank you for getting back to you. The amount of grain that you are feeding per day is well within the 50% maximum grain in the diet, so you are safe to feed this amount. If I assume your horse should weigh 1300lbs and that your base forage...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: Mcal/lb of feed, beet pulp, upper ribs
beet pulp, upper ribs, alfalfa hay: Hi NL, Formulating a ration for your horses is the first step in helping with body condition. Looks can be deceiving when it comes to choosing feeds, and without running the ration numbers you can never be absolutely sure if a dietary energy deficiency...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: Nutrition Info, well balanced diet, growth spurt
well balanced diet, growth spurt, victem: Hi Erin, Thank you for your question. Horses are genetically patterned to grow to about 67% of their adult size in their first year, 86% by their second year and about 95% by their third year. Unfortunately, if they are not fed sufficient amounts of energy...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: Respiratory Allergies and mild laminitis?, low starch diet, grape seed extract
low starch diet, grape seed extract, respiratory allergies: Hey Sarah, I really like the Equishure for hindgut acidosis...which in my opinion is the root of all evil in feeding horses. The feeding recommendations on label are for long-term use, but I ve used it for emergency purposes with great results. The hindgut...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: senior horse care, qh gelding, winter hay
qh gelding, winter hay, stable blanket: Hi Lori, Thank you for your question. I can certainly understand your concerns with the cold, as I too am Canadian and have dealt with this darn cold weather forever :( It is quite possible for your horse to make a successful transition from stalled...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: adding rehydrating supplement in the water bucket, glucon, water bucket
glucon, water bucket, water balance: Hi Rohit, I would suggest that you use an electrolyte designed specifically for horses to help with rehydration in your hot climate. A horse s sweat is much more concentrated than that of people and a properly balanced electrolyte will ensure that your...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: bolting feed - trouble, digestive enzymes, particle size
digestive enzymes, particle size, veterinary attention: Hi Rohit, Thank you for your question. A horse who bolts his food is one that eats too quickly. The concern over bolting feed is 2-fold. Firstly, horses run the risk of choking if they eat too quickly, as the food can become lodged in the horse s esophagus....

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: Easy Keeper, poor dentition, parasite infestation
poor dentition, parasite infestation, starvation mode: Hi Kris, Thanks for your question. Horses metabolisms can shift to accommodate different levels of nutrition in starvation mode...but I wouldn t be too quick to find this the case for your horse. A starved horse will have a hay belly but will also show...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: horse which dont eat grains, beet pulp, cereal grains
beet pulp, cereal grains, feed sources: Hi Rohit, Thank you for your question. There can be a number of reasons that keep horses from eating grain. Horses can be very sensitive to taste so grains of sub-par quality can put a horse off feed. Some feed sources are less palatable than others...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: horse eating pattern, forages, rohit
forages, rohit, forage: Hello Rohit, Horses are designed by nature to be trickle feeders, so they tend to pick slowly at their forages. It s not unusual for the horse to eat some of its forage and then leave some for later while walking around foraging. Having said that, horses...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: horses which doesnt drink water, water buckets, metal composition
water buckets, metal composition, water containers: Hi Rohit, Horses are very sensitive to water quality, taste, temperature and metal composition...and to changes in all of these. The old adage you can lead a horse to water but you can t make him drink comes from some real experience. There are a few...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: Rescued horse - ? brain damage??, thoroughbred gelding, cervical vertebrae
thoroughbred gelding, cervical vertebrae, veterinary diagnosis: Hi Cheryl-anne, Thank you for your question. It is difficult to say what exactly may be wrong with your horse without a veterinary diagnosis. From your description of the condition, and of your horse s background, it is possible that your horse has developed...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: sweet feed ratio, dry matter intake, cereal grain
dry matter intake, cereal grain, sweet feed: Hello Rohit, Thank you for your question. The rule of thumb is that a horse should never consume more than 50% of it s total daily dry matter intake in grain daily. That would mean that a 1000 pound inactive horse should eat a maximum of 8 pounds of grain...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: carbs in horses diet, volatile fatty acids, cereal grains
volatile fatty acids, cereal grains, horse diets: Hi Kerry, Thank you for your question. Carbohydrates can be classified as either non-structural or structural in nature, with each type having its own energy characteristics. The non-structural carbs (NSC), or starches and sugars from cereal grains and...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: feeding, quarter horse gelding, body condition score
quarter horse gelding, body condition score, dead grass: Hi Melanie, Thank you for your question. All horses are built differently and so it is a bit difficult to judge their condition based on conformation. Some will have a slimmer build where others will have a lot more spring of rib and look like barrels...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: Horse, alfalfa pellets, beet pulp
alfalfa pellets, beet pulp, quality forages: Hi Angel, I m glad to hear that your gelding s weight issues are teeth related...because those problems are easily fixed and bring great results. I certainly can appreciate the need to prioritize expenses and it sounds like you are doing an excellent...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: horse sweat, horse sweat, muscle mass
horse sweat, muscle mass, surface area: Hi Rohit, Thank you for your question but I m afraid I can t answer that one for you...as I didn t design them. That is simply how they were built to function. Perhaps it has to do with their muscle mass generating heat during exercise, maybe it s a function...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: Winter Feed, winter forages, sweet feed
winter forages, sweet feed, lovely bay: Hi Sarah, Thank you for your question. From what you re describing, it sounds like your winter forages (hay) are simply not as rich in energy as your pasture is during the summer. It kind of explains why she routinely loses weight every winter. So it...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: Feed, pasture grass, fruits and veggies
pasture grass, fruits and veggies, bermuda hay: Hi BJ, Thanks for your question. You re absolutely right, there is not shortage of opinions on how to feed a horse properly. I m a kind of less is more kind of person, and really believe that we should feed horses what they were designed to eat. ...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: Major weight loss in my mare, beet pulp, thoroughbred mare
beet pulp, thoroughbred mare, sudden weight loss: Hi Brian, Thank you for your question. First and foremost I have to recommend that you have your mare looked at by a vet. Sudden weight loss can come from a change in diet alone, but what you are describing sounds more like your mare has a serious medical...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: Need help finding an apropriate diet for a horse with chronic renal failure and granular disease, beet pulp, dietary excesses
beet pulp, dietary excesses, chronic renal failure: Hello Kimberly, Thank you for your question. This can be a very difficult situation for any horse and owner to manage. When a horse s kidneys are failing, you want to avoid stressing their workload, which means that you want a diet that doesn t send a...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: smoking in the stable, second hand smoke, smoke inhalation
second hand smoke, smoke inhalation, barn fire: Hi Rohit, Smoking in a barn should always be banned. There are so many highly flammable materials in a barn (hay, straw, shavings, dust, cobwebs) that any little spark could easily start a devastating barn fire. The average horse barn takes 6-8 minutes...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: washing hands before touching a horse, changing clothes, washing hands
changing clothes, washing hands, barns: Hi Rohit, Thank you for your question. There are some diseases that can be carried from horse to horse by people and so good biosecurity measures (including hand washing and changing clothes) between barns is always a good idea. There aren t many diseases...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: Weight Gain Question, weight gain supplements, pony mare
weight gain supplements, pony mare, weight gaining supplements: Hi Maddison, Thank you for your question. I would be cautious about feeding too much grain to a horse with ulcers as high concentrate diets can further aggravate her condition. Make sure she has unlimited access to good quality forage, including at night...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: different breed nutritional needs, adult horse, endless amounts
adult horse, endless amounts, digestive systems: Hi Andy, Great question :) Technically there are no breed specific nutritional requirements for horses, but rather how much and what nutrients are required and in what quantities are determined by combining body weight and workloads (exercise, growth,...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: How should i treat a splint bone on both front legs of my two year old horse?, iodine solution, month old baby
iodine solution, month old baby, physiological considerations: Hi Dary, Thanks for your question. Splints can have some link to nutrition although an unbalanced diet is not the sole reason for their development. The key to nutritionally cutting down on the risk of splints or even fractures/breaks is ensuring proper...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: nutrition, quarter horse mix, adult horses
quarter horse mix, adult horses, addictive habit: Hi Andy, Thank you for your question. The act of coprophagy, eating feces, is not entirely unheard of in horses. In fact, foals eat their mothers manure within the first few weeks of age...the practice is designed to populate their cecums with bacteria...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: my shetland pony, adult horses, 3 apples
adult horses, 3 apples, shetland pony: Hi Kaylin, Sorry for taking so long to get back to you. The Producer s Pride Sweet Feed may not be the best choice for your mare right now. It is a little too low in protein for a mare reaching late gestation. I assume you are buying this at your local...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: sounds a little... fishy!, water troughs, copper levels
water troughs, copper levels, animal consumption: Hi Bryan, Thank you for your question. As fishy as this practice sounds, it is a common practice to help keep water troughs clean. I haven t seen any research to prove that it is an unsafe practice...but my personal preference in keeping tanks clean does...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: urine color, retired police horse, good starting point
retired police horse, good starting point, grass hay: Hi Chuck, Thank you for your question. I do remember helping you with some other questions and am pleased to be able to help again. The horse s urine color can depend on quite a few different factor. First of all, urine is part of the body s way of...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: why would a horse eat shavings & wood bedding?, foraging behavior, impaction
foraging behavior, impaction, few suggestions: Hi Janet, The two prebiotics that I would recommend are SmartDigest Ultra from SmartPak Equine or Lifeforce Formula from Alltech. Both are available online directly from those companies and both are very well formulated...if I had to pick one for your...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: itiching, thick winter coat, grade mare
thick winter coat, grade mare, flaxseed oil: Hi Mare, Thank you for your question. Shedding can be an uncomfortable time for many horses, but especially so for those who were well prepared for winter. If your horse develops hives or severe red batches you could talk to your veterinarian about an...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: Liquid Corn Gluten Protein, corn gluten meal, beef cattle industry
corn gluten meal, beef cattle industry, casco canada: Hello there, Thank you very much for your question. The liquid protein from corn processing is commonly used as a livestock feedstuff. The steepwater (liquid format) is generally dried down and a added to the gluten meal or gluten feed to increase protein...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: Nutrition, body condition score, quality forages
body condition score, quality forages, vitamins and minerals: Hi Charmain, So sorry to take so long getting back to you. The 15% protein Vuma concentrate appears to fit the nutrient requirements for your horse, although I would encourage you to choose the 15% Vintage Nuggets to increase the fat content of you colt...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: tree chewing, worst case scenario, trees and plants
worst case scenario, trees and plants, balanced ration: Hi John, Thank you for your question. It is sometimes hard to tell if horses chew wood due to some sort of nutritional deficiency or if it is just habit. Sometimes it starts as a deficiency and may remain as a habit even though the deficiency has been...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: colic, horse colic, creatures of habit
horse colic, creatures of habit, water consumption: Hi Andy, Thank you for your question. It is true that horses are at a slightly higher risk of colic in the springtime when temperatures vary greatly...but generally the colic is not due to the change in temperature. The increased risk of different kinds...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: Diet suppliments for Thoroughbed ex race horse, diet suppliments, beet pulp
diet suppliments, beet pulp, absolute pleasure: Hi Joy, Thank you for your question. In order to help your horse put on some weight without creating too much of an attitude I would suggest that you feed some beet pulp, and for complete feeds stick with high fat/high fiber feeds that have no added...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: feeding my new horse, parasite load, cereal grain
parasite load, cereal grain, size horse: Hi Donna, Thank you for your question and congratulations on your new horse. The diarrhea that your horse is experiencing could be the result of a few different issues and it make take a few days to figure out the source. Horses can develop diarrhea...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: Ration for a two year old with a slpint, zinc copper, feed pellets
zinc copper, feed pellets, crude protein: Hi Dary, Thank you for the information. I have formulated a few rations (using my Ration-X software) for your horse based on different levels of work...allowing you to change the diet if your horse starts a training program. All of the rations balanced...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: approx. weight of show jumping TBs, body condition score, thoroughbred stallion
body condition score, thoroughbred stallion, score system: Hi Caine, Thank you for your question. I m afraid I can t answer your question the way you would like it answered. There is no scale that accurately relates height to weight in any given breed...because there are different factors that influence body...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: best shoe for show jumping thoroughbred horses, shoeing horses, thoroughbred horses
shoeing horses, thoroughbred horses, jumping horse: Hi Caine, Thank you for your question. I am not the foremost authority on shoeing horses but I can say that a quality hoof care regime could be key to your jumper s success. Any horse shoe you choose will only be as good as the farrier who put it on,...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: no bleeding - feed free choice of hay, dry hay, intestinal health
dry hay, intestinal health, breathing problem: Hello Caine, Thank you for your question. I am a strong believer that any horse should receive long stem forage free choice...it is essential in maintaining their gastro-intestinal health. The forage can be fresh pasture or dry hay, and can be of just...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: which breed fo grass is this one, timothy grass, grasses
timothy grass, grasses, india: Hello Caine, Thank you for your question. I had already replied to the question where no picture was attached, so please disregard that response as I now have the photo. This appears to be timothy grass, although the timothy head looks quite mature given...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: breed of oats for show jumping thoroughbreds, oat seed, rolled oats
oat seed, rolled oats, thoroughbred horses: Hi Rohit, Thank you for your question. I m not certain that there has been a specific cultivar of oats that has been proven to be the best for horses...although I m sure that some seed salesman somewhere will argue that point. Pretty much any variety...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: CRT test on horses, capillary refill time, capillary refill test
capillary refill time, capillary refill test, poor circulation: Hi Caine, Thank you for your question. As I mentioned earlier, the capillary refill test (CRT) can be a useful tool for checking your horse for dehydration. The CRT is essentially an indicator of your horse s blood circulation...a delayed (beyond 2 seconds)...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: checking horse temperature daily, taking body temperature, normal body temperature
taking body temperature, normal body temperature, english discipline: Hi Caine, Thank you for your question. I would agree with you that it is a good idea to take your horse s temperature at the same time, and under the same circumstances everyday. This will give you a fairly decent baseline for each horse s normal body...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: cut out grass toxic, quality forage, release toxins
quality forage, release toxins, forages: Hello Caine, Thank you for your question. I m not entirely sure what toxins you are concerned about, but cut grass and alfalfa does not generally contain toxins that are dangerous to horses. There are instances where poorly preserved forages can mold...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: dehydrating horse, capillary refill test, finger and thumb
capillary refill test, finger and thumb, pinch test: Hi Caine, Thank you for your question. A horse can drool or foam at the mouth for different reasons that may not be related to dehydration. There are a few quick field tests that will help you determine if your horse is in fact dehydrated. The first...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: digestion taking place in horse stomach, small intestine, passage rate
small intestine, passage rate, cecum: Hello Caine, Thank you for your question. The overall digestive process of the horse is estimated to take approximately 30 hours: 20 minutes in the stomach, 45 minutes in the small intestine, 5 hours in the cecum and the remainder of the time in the large...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: electrolytes, thoroughbred racehorses, horse nutrition
thoroughbred racehorses, horse nutrition, sodium chloride: Hi Caine, Thank you for your question. In terms of horse nutrition electrolytes are the minerals lost in sweat that need to be replenished in order to prevent dehydration. The minerals required in a well balanced equine electrolyte are sodium, chloride,...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: equine nutrition, throughbred mare, equine nutrition
throughbred mare, equine nutrition, thoroughbred breeding: Hello Naveen, Thank you for your question. Your feeding program appears to have all of the basics included in it. There may be more energy in the diet than you really need (a little too much oats, barley and corn). I would like to balance a ration for...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: equine nutrition and stable management college and book, management certificate program, equine nutrition
management certificate program, equine nutrition, equine management: Hello Caine, The University of Guelph (in Canada) has an excellent online equine management certificate program that you might find of interest. It is quite in-depth, and allows you to work on it from home and at your own pace. www.equinesciencecertificate.com...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: Feeding Schedule., alfalfa cubes, range cubes
alfalfa cubes, range cubes, quarterhorse: Hi Hannah, Thank you for your question. I would love to help you figure out a ration for your horse but am going to need a little more information first. In the meantime...please stop feeding range cubes to your horse...right away. Range cubes are 8%...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: Feeding Suggestion for 2-year-old, quality forages, beet pulp
quality forages, beet pulp, horse maintenance: Hi Rachel, Thank you for your question. As a 2 year old, your horse has done most of it s growing as far as her stature (height) is concerned. But she still has a lot of maturing to do, and really needs a well balanced diet to ensure that she completes...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: feeding alfalfa hay to horses, alfalfa hay, many horses
alfalfa hay, many horses, grass mix: Hi Caine, Thank you for your question. There are many people that are generally concerned with feeding too much alfalfa to their horses...but I have seen many horses fed successfully on an all-alfalfa diet. There are some horses that react badly to alfalfa...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: feeding formula for horses, dry matter intake, adult horses
dry matter intake, adult horses, pony breeds: Hi Caine, Thank you for your question. I believe what you are looking for is an estimate of a horse s daily dry matter intake? In which case, the formula changes depending on the horses age, state of gestation or lactation, or the amount of work they...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: feeding oats, barley, sweet corn, bran mash, bran mash, wheat bran
bran mash, wheat bran, corn bran: Hi Rohit, Thank you for your question. Wheat bran is the outside coating of the wheat seed, removed in the processing of wheat. It is fed to horses with the belief that it works like a laxative...and with the intention of preventing impaction colic. ...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: feeding plan, digestive enzymes, empty stomach
digestive enzymes, empty stomach, bad habit: Hi Hannah, Thank you for your question, and I look forward to the other information so that we can make a ration for your horse. It is believed that true cribbing starts when a horse develops ulcers...and the horse cribs in an attempt to appease the...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: fodder to horses for joint fitness and hoof stronger, hoof strength, commercial mineral
hoof strength, commercial mineral, forages: Hi Caine, Thank you for your question. Key nutrients involved in joint health are copper and zinc, as well as calcium, phosphorous and magnesium. These minerals can be found in forages as well as complete feeds but I would recommend a commercial mineral/vitamin...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: Growth Problems?, old paint, sweet feed
old paint, sweet feed, balanced diet: Hi Laura, Thank you for getting back to me with your horse s information. I ve used the Ration-X software to calculate a ration for your horse and based it on a horse in light work, as your intention is to start working him soon. A well balanced ration...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: gallons of water horse supposed to drink, racehorse training, thoroughbred racehorse
racehorse training, thoroughbred racehorse, moderate climate: Hello Caine, Thank you for your question. A horse, doing no work, in a moderate climate should consume a minimum of 10 gallons of water per day. A thoroughbred racehorse, training and racing in a warm climate should consume 30-40 gallons. I hope that...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: grass hay, grass hay, grass plants
grass hay, grass plants, types of grass: Hi Caine, Thank you for your question. Grass hay is a type of hay consisting of grass plants. Different regions will produce different types of grass that can be used for horses as both fresh feed or preserved forages. Grass is a plant with a limited...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: grass turning into hay, ambient humidity, sweet hay
ambient humidity, sweet hay, drying in the sun: Hi Caine, Thank you for your question. The amount of time that it takes for cut hay to dry depends on the harvesting method (drys faster if you use a conditioner), ambient temperature, ambient humidity, intensity of sunlight, and the presence of wind....

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: Hair Loss, appaloosa foals, fatty acid ratio
appaloosa foals, fatty acid ratio, hair loss in horses: Hi Tara, Thank you for your question. Patchy hair loss in horses can be caused by a variety of issues and without seeing your horses first hand it is difficult for me to say what the cause may be. However, the areas that both of your horses are losing...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: this hay, reed canary grass, grass mix
reed canary grass, grass mix, grass hay: Hi Caine, Thank you for your question and for the photo. It is a little difficult to tell exactly what is in this hay mix. From what I see, it looks predominantly like a grass hay. I see a timothy head of the the left of the photo (about the center)...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: hay, grass hay, legume, what is a legume, hay cubes
what is a legume, hay cubes, square bales: Hello Caine, Thank you for your question. Hay is forage which has been cut, dried and preserved as either hay stacks, hay cubes, or round, large square or small square bales. Hay is composed of whatever forage has been cut...so you can have grass hay,...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: What could my horse be allergic to?, aerobic septic system, acre pasture
aerobic septic system, acre pasture, paint mare: Hi Amanda, Thank you for your question. Undoubtedly, your mare is reacting to something in your field...but without seeing the field and your mare it may be hard for me to say what exactly. The one thing I can come up with, given your description of the...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: horse bolting feed problem, salt blocks, bad habit
salt blocks, bad habit, defense mechanism: Hello Caine, Thank you for your question. It is hard to say exactly why some horses bolt their feed. It could be a defense mechanism for horses that eat in large groups, as they are trying to finish their feed before they are pushed aside by a more dominant...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: horse colic - 24hours timothy pastures, horse colic, lush pasture
horse colic, lush pasture, soluble nutrients: Hi Rohit, Thank you for your question. Horses can potentially suffer from colic on lush pasture, but it generally happens if the horse is introduced too quickly to the pasture. By taking 7-10 days to slowly introduce them to the pasture (by first limiting...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: horse poop - colic, liquid manure, horse poop
liquid manure, horse poop, physical experience: Hi Rohit, Thank you for your question. The physical experience of manure is not always a clear indicator of disease or illness...except when the horse has diarrhea. But diarrhea is a symptom of a few metabolic disorders so it would be difficult to use...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: horse sweating before the race, horse sweat, ambient temperatures
horse sweat, ambient temperatures, mineral status: Hi Caine, Thank you for your question. Horses use sweating as a way of cooling their body temperature, and will sweat naturally in response to elevated ambient temperatures. Horses will also sweat in response to pain...so severe lameness, colic, etc can...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: horses dont vomit, anatomy physiology, food poison
anatomy physiology, food poison, digestive tracts: Hi Rohit, Thank you for your question. Horses are incapable of vomiting due to the anatomy/physiology of their digestive tracts. They have a sphincter at the junction of the esophagus and stomach that does not allow food to flow back up the esophagus...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: horses getting excited seeing the feed, stable hand, anxity
stable hand, anxity, aggressive behaviour: Hi Rohit, Thank you for your question. You are absolutely right that horses can get very excited (and some aggressive) at feeding time. This is especially the case for horses that spend a lot of time inside and/or spend a little too much time without...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: horses suffering from acidity, sodium bicarbonate, acidity levels
sodium bicarbonate, acidity levels, bacterial fermentation: Hi Rohit, Thank you for your question. Horse s suffer from trouble with high acidity levels in 2 different parts of their digestive systems. The stomach is susceptible to developing ulcers from acid build up. Horses secret digestive enzymes into...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: keeping thermometer in horse rectum, mercury thermometer, digital thermometer
mercury thermometer, digital thermometer, beep: Hello Caine Thank you for your question. When taking your horse s temperature rectally, you are going to want to keep the thermometer in the rectum until the temperature stops rising. This may be difficult to determine, especially if your horse is unwilling...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: laying fresh and dry wheat straw on wet, lime water, straw bedding
lime water, straw bedding, cause burns: Hi Caine, Thank you for your question. If you are going to use lime water to eliminate ammonia odor in the stall, you are going to want to allow it to dry before you lay down fresh bedding. How long it would take wet straw to mold really depends on environmental...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: legume and bran mash, bran mash, oat bran
bran mash, oat bran, corn bran: Hello Caine, Thank you for your question. Legume is a term for a plant of the family Fabaceae , a foliage found to be high in protein and a plant capable of binding protein in the soil. A bran mash is a wet slurry made from adding water to bran,...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: lucerne and alfalfa difference, equine knowledge, equine professionals
equine knowledge, equine professionals, racehorse owners: Hi Caine, Thank you for your question. Lucerne and alfalfa are indeed the same thing. I appreciate your desire to learn as much about nutrition as you can, although it may take some time one question at a time. Perhaps you can look for a college or extension...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: lucerne for hroses, thoroughbred racehorse trainer, alfalfa hay
thoroughbred racehorse trainer, alfalfa hay, thoroughbred horses: Hello Caine, Thank you for your question. As we ve talked about, lucerne (alfalfa) is a legume forage. As such, it is composed of non-structural and structural carbohydrates, protein, minerals, vitamins and a little bit of fat...all of which are valuable...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: lucerne pasture, dry alfalfa, alfalfa variety
dry alfalfa, alfalfa variety, alfalfa hay: Hello Caine, Thank you for your question. As much as I like alfalfa hay for horses, I would be concerned that fresh alfalfa pasture can be a little rich for horses on a free choice basis. When you cut a forage and let it dry for hay, it respires on the...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: Mixing my own feed for a difficult keeper, beet pulp, cereal grains
beet pulp, cereal grains, keeping horses: Hi Althea, Thank you for your question. Feeding hard keeping horses can be a bit of a trick...because there is generally an issue at the root of their inability to maintain weight (unless of course advanced age is problem). I can appreciate you not wanting...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: mineral oil and bran, bran mash, forage digestibility
bran mash, forage digestibility, laxative effect: Hi Jeanne, Thank you for your question. Regular feedings of warm bran mash and mineral oil have long been used as a preventative for impaction colic in horses. Realistically, however, the combination really doesn t do much to prevent colic...it s more...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: other way to stop a horse from bolting at its feed, horse grain, wet grain
horse grain, wet grain, food block: Hi Caine, Thank you for your question. By wetting your feed prior to feeding you create a mash of feed. Mashes are a little unnatural for horses to eat so they tend to pick at it a little slower than they would dry feed. More importantly, feed that has...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: position for feed box, water bucket in the stall, sand colic, respiratory tract irritation
sand colic, respiratory tract irritation, poor ventilation: Hi Rohit, Thank you for your question. I prefer the location of your water and feed tubs in the front of the stall. It makes feeding easier, keeps staff safe in instances where horses are aggressive in their stalls and improves air flow in stalls where...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: too much protein leading to bleeding and respiratory problems, environmental stresses, dietary protein
environmental stresses, dietary protein, protein levels: Hello Caine, Thank you for your question. I am not aware of any connection between high dietary protein levels and bleeding or respiratory problems in horses. Respiratory disorders are generally brought about by continued exposure to environmental stresses...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: % of protein in timothy and alfalfa hay, alfalfa hay, grass hay
alfalfa hay, grass hay, timothy hay: Hello Caine, Thank you for your question. The amount of protein found in any hay depends entirely on what stage of maturity the plants were cut at and the associated growing conditions. To give you a best case example, the NRC estimates the CP of a mid-maturity...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: rectal temperature - correct, heart girth, internal body temperature
heart girth, internal body temperature, taking rectal temperature: Hi Caine, Thank you for your question. Taking your horse s temperature rectally is the best method for recording body temperature. The vulva of the horse does not have a secure enough sphincter to keep air out...and so the temperature reading from the...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: rice bran - fat for horses, equine knowledge, google links
equine knowledge, google links, rice bran: Hello Caine, Thank you for your question. Rice bran is indeed a good source of fat and energy for horses...which means that it will help them gain weight. The source of energy from rice bran is much safer for the horse than any starch alternative. ...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: rye grass hay, perennial rye grass, annual rye grass
perennial rye grass, annual rye grass, grass hay: Hello Caine, Thank you for your question. Rye grass is a type of grass that can make excellent quality hay for horses, including racehorses. Annual rye grass can be quite nutrient dense for a grass, depending on its maturity level at harvest. Like any...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: Senior Shetland Mare, dry matter intake, beet pulp
dry matter intake, beet pulp, grain mash: Hi Natalie, Thank you for your question. I can certainly understand your concern for your older mare. I would start by suggesting that you switch from sweet feed to a good quality senior feed, as the digestive system of the older horse slows down and...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: show jumping horses on electrolytes, jumping horses, thoroughbred horses
jumping horses, thoroughbred horses, performance horses: Hi Caine, Thank you for your question. In my opinion, most performance horses should be on an electrolyte regime while in heavy training and competition. The thing about electrolytes though, is that the body will not store an excess of electrolytes anywhere...and...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: signs of fever in horses, rectal thermometer, loss of appetite
rectal thermometer, loss of appetite, listlessness: Hi Caine, Thank you for your question. The best way to determine if your horse has a fever is to take it s temperature using a rectal thermometer. The normal range of body temperature for a healthy horse is 99-101 degrees fahrenheit. Above this temperature...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: small hooves - big hooves - gallop faster, hooves, horses
hooves, horses: Hi Caine, That s a great question...that I m not at all able to answer. There are so many factors that come into play in determining how fast a horse can race that I m not certain one can study the difference based solely on hoof size. Thanks, Corlen...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: steroids and drugs difference, equine terms, feed additives
equine terms, feed additives, thoroughbreds: Hi Caine, Thank you for your question. Steroids can be considered as a form of drug...there are so many drugs that it is difficult to answer this portion of the question with any amount of brevity. It may also be a question better suited for a veterinarian....

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: stroking horse ears, hot ears, horse ears
hot ears, horse ears, equine massage: Hello Caine, Thank you for your question. You can stroke your horses ears as often and as long as you want, especially if they are willing to let you do it. In fact, gently massaging the tips of your horses ears is an equine massage technique that helps...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: supplement for horse height growth, soya flakes, cereal grains
soya flakes, cereal grains, correct proportions: Hi Rohit, Thank you for your question. The research has shown that horses are genetically predetermined to grow to 67% of their adult size by the time they are 12 months old, 85% by 24 months and 96% by 36 months. Dietary protein combined with energy...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: thoroughbred, marwari and arab horse weight, marwari horse, height ranges
marwari horse, height ranges, arab horse: Hello Caine, Thank you for your question. Unfortunately this is not a question that is easily answered. Weight is so greatly influenced by conformation and genetics that it would be impossible to give an a true average for the breed at that specific age....

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: thoroughbred transforming from racer to show jumper, correct confirmation, retired racehorses
correct confirmation, retired racehorses, skilled rider: Hi Rohit, Thank you for your question. Many retired racehorses begin new careers as hunters and/or jumpers quite successfully. In these instances, a good trainer is a must as the transition for the horse can often be challenging. Conformation can be...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: at what time to provide oats, flaxseed, barley, sweet corn, hay, pasture, bran mash, equine nutrition
bran mash, equine nutrition, small intestine: Hello Rohit, Thank you for your question and welcome to the ocean :) Horses should have unlimited free access to either hay or pasture...which means at least one of them in front of the horse at all times. They should never run out of forage. Bran...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: timothy pasture should contain, water trough, horse shelter
water trough, horse shelter, salt block: Hi Rohit, Thank you for your question. The pasture for 4 horses can be as big as you want it to be, but should be at least 5 acres in order for it to produce enough grass for the horses to survive on without extra forage supplementation. Mind you, that...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: timothy pasture, timothy grass, pasture
timothy grass, pasture, alfalfa: Hello Caine, Thank you for your question. A grass (timothy) pasture may be preferable to an all-alfalfa pasture for your horses, as fresh grass is not as rich in soluble carbohydrates as the legumes and is therefore safer for them to graze on. For any...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: tobacco smoke and mosquito coil smoke bad for horses, mosquito coil, wood shavings
mosquito coil, wood shavings, straw wood: Hi Caine, Thank you for your question. Despite the massive structure of the horse s respiratory system...it can be quite sensitive. Although I have not read any research on the subject, I would strongly suspect that cigarette smoke is not good for horses...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: warm bran mash, bran mash, wheat bran
bran mash, wheat bran, beet pulp: Hello Rohit, Thank you for your question. It is commonplace to feed horses warm bran mashes with the idea that it helps improve digestive function and prevent impaction colic. The truth is that a bran mash does not really work like a laxative in horses...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: wheat straw soft bedding, soft bedding, cereal grain
soft bedding, cereal grain, irritant: Hi Caine, Thank you for your question. Wheat straw makes excellent bedding for horses and tends not to be an irritant to them. Other cereal grain straws can have spiny stalks and can cause problems, but wheat straw is good stuff. Thanks, Corlen...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: wood shavings or wheat straw, wood shavings, peat moss
wood shavings, peat moss, horse bedding: Hi Caine, Thank you for your question. There are pros and cons to both types of bedding, and a lot of opinions about which is the best for horses. From personal experience I would have to say that straw absorbs urine more quickly than shavings, but not...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: worms in hay and wheat straw, beet pulp, wheat plants
beet pulp, wheat plants, quality forage: Hi Caine, Thank you for your question. Generally, dried hay and straw are not affected by worms...although occasionally contain mycotoxins which are a by-product of fungus on the forages. Fresh pasture and growing wheat plants can be infested with insects...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: Two Year Old Nutrition, purina ultium, essential amino acids
purina ultium, essential amino acids, ration balancing: Hi Erin, Thank you for your question. Once your horse reaches 2 years of age you should expect her growth rate to slow down considerably and as a result her nutrient requirements will decrease. This will make her a little easier to feed as she should...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: bleeding hooves, coronary band, hooves
coronary band, hooves, clean environment: Hi Gabriel, Thank you for your question. I would strongly urge you to contact your veterinarian with this problem. Although I have never dealt with this issue before, I am confidant that it can be quite serious. Some suggestions on what could cause this...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: bonding dog with a horse, great pyrenes, golden doodle
great pyrenes, golden doodle, puppy stage: Hi Rohit, Thank you for your question, it s a great one. I think the ability to bond a dog and a horse really depends on the personalities of the two individuals involved. I ve had horses that absolutely despise dogs (and would go out of their way to...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: detecting a fat horse, pleasure horses, hind quarters
pleasure horses, hind quarters, personal preference: Hi Rohit, Thank you for your question. In an earlier question I provided you with some information on the body condition scoring system, including a link on how to evaluate BCS. A horse that is in performance should be maintained at a BCS of 4.5-5, where...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: dry fresh wheat straw getting decayed soon, wheat straw, tarpaulin
wheat straw, tarpaulin, india: Hi Rohit, Thank you for your question. I apologize for taking so long in getting back to you. If the wheat straw is truly dry, then it should keep indefinitely if it is not rained on. However, if the straw is baled fresh then it will heat and go bad...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: equine veterniray manual, assistant vet, veterinary assistant
assistant vet, veterinary assistant, veterinary technician: Hi Rohit, I think your dream is an admirable one. I m not sure what the regulatory system is like in your country, but here you generally need veterinary technician training to obtain a position as a veterinary assistant. But that could be very different...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: bleeding hooves, pete ramey, youtube
Horses - Diet and Nutrition: bleeding hooves, pete ramey, youtube, coronary band

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: feeding formula for show jumping thoroughbred, forage quality, jumping horses
forage quality, jumping horses, feed ration: Hi Rohit, Thank you for your question. There is no ration formula set in stone for feeding a horse in show jumping. Nutrient requirements are quite specific to every horse in that they are based on body weight and workloads, and must take into account...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: guinea fowls at my pasture, guinea fowls, pasture
guinea fowls, pasture, snakes: Hi Rohit, Thank you for your question. I m not sure that I can answer this particular question. May I suggest that you send this question to one of the veterinarians on the panel or speak to your local veterinarian. They will know more about the risk...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: how much quantity of timothy hay should contain 13.7% protein, adult horses, dietary protein
adult horses, dietary protein, timothy hay: Hello Rohit, Thank you for your question. Horses use dietary protein primarily for skeletal development and muscle. Growing horses will use it to deposit body structure, and adult horses will use it for muscle development. Protein is also used up in...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: Salt, arabian gelding, electric fencing
arabian gelding, electric fencing, salt blocks: Hi BJ, Thank you for your question. Your horse certainly should have access to salt as it he needs to replenish the sodium lost in sweating. Quite honestly I prefer feeding loose salt instead of salt blocks. Salt blocks were designed for cattle and horses...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: show jumping horse feeding formula according to its body weight, dry matter intake, body condition score
dry matter intake, body condition score, novice show: Hi Rohit, Your formula works for the total dry matter (total of all feed sources) your horse will probably eat in a day. If you are looking for a formula for how much grain your horse should eat in a day, that could be more difficult to calculate. As...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: soluble carbohydrates, soluble carbohydrate, insulin resistance
soluble carbohydrate, insulin resistance, sugar starch: Hi Rohit, Soluble carbohydrates are plant cell contents, including sugar, starch and fructans, that are rapidly digested and are ultimately converted to energy for the horse. Because soluble carbohydrates are rapidly converted to energy they can be of...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: stables inside my pasture, pasture, forage
pasture, forage, horses: Hi Rohit, You certainly can allow horses to graze 24 hours a day as long as they have become accustomed to the forage. Locating the pasture close to a barn or loafing shed will work well and make it easier for you to move horses around. Perhaps just make...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: storing water in copper container, copper container, copper vessel
copper container, copper vessel, drinking water: Hi Rohit, Thank you for your question. I m not familiar with this practice, but I m sure that if it does not create any health problems for people that it will be fine for horses as well. Of course, you re going to want to ensure that the water stays...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: turf grass for grazing, agricultural extension office, perennial ryegrass
agricultural extension office, perennial ryegrass, turf grass: Hi Rohit, Thank you for your question. There are some forages that should not be used for grazing pasture for horses. As an example, in Canada we can not use perennial ryegrass or some fescues for grazing forage or hay unless it is verified endophyte...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: waiting for 1 hour to feed before and after exercising the horse, racehorse trainer, proper digestion
racehorse trainer, proper digestion, blood circulation: Hi Rohit, I m not fed up with your questions, and am very understanding of your quest for knowledge. You have the right concept of not feeding your horse right before exercise as it can increase the rate of passage, cut down on the effectiveness of the...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: weight, quality forage, quality grass
quality forage, quality grass, gastric ulcers: Hi Andy, Thank you for your question, it s a great one! Grain is more energy dense than pasture/hay so technically is faster at putting weight on a horse. BUT too much grain (especially a starch based one like the Stock and Stable) is not good for the...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: adopting stray horse, dry matter intake, micro flora
dry matter intake, micro flora, feedstuffs: Hi Rohit, Thank you for your question. It is true that a horse should be given time to adjust to unfamiliar feedstuffs, but sometimes there is no other choice but to start a horse on whatever feed you have without an adjustment period. If you are uncertain...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: blue grass good for horse digestion, blue grass, racehorses
blue grass, racehorses, forage: Hello Rohit, Thank you for your question. Blue grass is indeed a good forage for horses, and helps build some of the world s best racehorses as the predominant forage in Kentucky. You can feed a horse entirely on blue grass, or include it as any portion...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: equine contagious diseases, agricultural extension office, livestock animals
agricultural extension office, livestock animals, contagious diseases: Hi Rohit, Thank you for your question. The answer to this question may be a little beyond my scope as a nutrition specialist. May I suggest that you contact your local veterinarian, agricultural extension office or one of the veterinarians on this panel....

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: equine vet treating all other animals in general, large animal veterinarians, equine veterinarian
large animal veterinarians, equine veterinarian, vaccination: Hello Rohit, Thank you for your question. It is quite common that large animal veterinarians treat all types of livestock, and routinely attend to horses, cattle, goats and sheep. Some veterinarians may specialize in one species if there is enough local...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: what should i feed my horse?, body condition score, warmblood mare
body condition score, warmblood mare, sweet feed: Hi Olivia, Thank you for your question. What type of feed to choose for your mare, and how much of it to feed, will depend a lot on what sort of condition she is currently in given her work load. Body condition is usually a good indicator of how much...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: feeding horses early in the morning before exercise, starch grains, ed hess
starch grains, ed hess, racehorse trainer: Hello Rohit, Thank you for your question. There are many different opinions out there about feeding horses, and I know you ve asked me a very similar question in the past. I am not a fan of feeding horses high starch grains on an empty stomach, and especially...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: Feeding my Horses, bones and joints, growth spurt
bones and joints, growth spurt, grass hay: Hi Caitlyn, Thank you for your question. Your 2 year old s should at least be receiving a well formulated mineral/vitamin supplement (even without being in work) as it will provide essential nutrients required to help them develop healthy bones and joints....

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: feeding wet grain, appetite stimulants, beet pulp
appetite stimulants, beet pulp, wet grain: Hi Penny, Thanks for your question, it certainly is a great one. I would first suggest that you not let the wet grain sit for too long before feeding, especially in the heat of the summer (this may be something you have already taken into consideration,...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: Gaining weight for my horse, ultium, fiber sources
ultium, fiber sources, purebred arabian: Hi Haley, Thank you for your question. For your gelding I would recommend staying away from starch based grains, as some horses simply don t handle them well and your horse can actually lose weight instead of gaining weight as you would hope. Instead,...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: grass species good for all equine digestion, agricultural extension office, bahia grass
agricultural extension office, bahia grass, bermuda grass: Hi Rohit, Thank you for your question, I will answer it to the best of my ability. You have to understand that I m familiar with our management techniques in North America which may or may not resemble what you have available in your country. The grasses...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: Horse Feed Reccomendation, smartpak equine, paint mare
smartpak equine, paint mare, level dressage: Hi Kitty, Thank you for your question. It sounds like you ve done a wonderful job at getting your mare back into shape, and a BCS of 5 to 6 is as much weight as you d like her to have for the work she s doing. I agree that now that she is in shape,...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: Horse Not Putting On Weight, calf manna, recessive genes
calf manna, recessive genes, black horses: Hi Hannah, Thank you for your question. I do have a few suggestions that may help with both the weight and colour issue. I would first suggest that you try switching your mare onto a high fat/high fiber feed instead of a sweet feed and where possible try...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: horses eat wheat straw, wheat straw, nutritional value
wheat straw, nutritional value, forage: Hello Rohit, Thank you for your question. Some horses will eat wheat straw even if it is being used as bedding. Often they will nibble at it if they lack enough effective fiber in the diet, or if they are without enough forage in the day...and sometimes...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: Losing Weight, dry matter intake, grazing muzzle
dry matter intake, grazing muzzle, pony mare: Hi Maddison, Thank you for your question. Getting weight off horses is harder to do than it would seem. You should stop feeding your mare grain as it is contributing to the weight issue you are having with her. Exercise will help her lose weight but...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: making horse jaws stronger, novice riders, dry hay
novice riders, dry hay, forages: Hi Rohit, Thank you for your question. There is no particular feed that is recommended for making your horse s jaw stronger...although forages like pasture and dry hay will require your horse to chew more. In fact, you would generally prefer your horse...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: Preventing colic, nutritional standpoint, excessive quantities
nutritional standpoint, excessive quantities, small intestine: Hello Lisa, Thank you for your question. It is certain that there are many varying opinions on how to prevent impaction colic. Just as your vet (and many others) may continue to recommend mineral oil as a means of preventing colic, there are as many who...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: Tail hair loss, wt loss and knot on left hip, beet pulp, wt loss
beet pulp, wt loss, beneficial bacteria: Hi Amy, Thank you for your question. I think you re started in the right direction with having your vet out to take a look at your mare. A 5 year old with sudden weight loss has experienced some sort of metabolic upset. A horse s digestive system can...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: ulcers, stomach wall, grass hay
stomach wall, grass hay, digestive enzymes: Hi Mat, Because of your horse s weight issue I was suggesting that you source some feed in addition to the lucerne to help with weight gain. Because starch-based feeds can further irritate ulcers, I was suggesting a grain that uses quality fiber sources...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: vet washing hands for vetting each equine, equine veterinarian, medical gloves
equine veterinarian, medical gloves, washing hands: Hello Rohit, Thank you for your question. It is always good practice for a veterinarian to disinfect themselves and their equipment between examinations. The truth is though, that this occurs more between farms than between horses themselves. Often,...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: wet dates to all horse and pony breeds, horse and pony breeds, wet dates
horse and pony breeds, wet dates, pits: Hello Rohit, Thank you for your question. Although I have never known of anyone to feed dates to horses, I realize that it is an ancient custom in some countries. I don t know that there is any danger in doing so, as long as the pits have been removed....

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: calcium - phosphorous ration, alfalfa hay, mineral concentration
alfalfa hay, mineral concentration, grass hay: Hello Sandy, Thank you for your question. If I use average Ca and P values for your alfalfa and grass hays, I end up with a 2:1 calcium to phosphorous ratio, which in my opinion is good. Not only is the ratio of these minerals within acceptable range,...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: Heaves, grape seed extract, type responses
grape seed extract, type responses, heaves: Hi Karen, Thanks for your question. I do like grapeseed extract for allergy-type responses in horses, nice choice. The human grade grapeseed that I have used was dosed at 1 teaspoon (approx 10 grams) once or twice a day, depending on the severity of the...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: horses, horses and ponies, types of grasses
horses and ponies, types of grasses, miniature pony: Hi Hannah, Thank you for your questions. How much feed you should give your horses, if any, will really depend on their condition. A horses diet should be based on pasture and/or hay with grain fed only to round out what is missing from the forage portion...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: Horses not gaining weight, grass hay, protein feed
grass hay, protein feed, ultium: Hi Christine, Thanks for your question. You are certainly doing everything right in trying to help your horses gain weight. You supply grain (an energy source), keep them dewormed and maintain their dental needs. But sometimes, there are underlying issues...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: worming, parasite resistance, welsh section
parasite resistance, welsh section, livery yard: Hi Jessie, Thanks for your question. I can understand your concern, but I think you are started on the right path to a good worming protocol. The concern with worming very regularly is that the parasites will build some resistance to the wormers. Some...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: now salt??, dry matter intake, beet pulp
dry matter intake, beet pulp, energy density: Hi Ali, Thank you for your question. I would say that it s not really necessary to add your loose salt into your ration calculations...for 2 reasons. Firstly, we normally like to keep track of how much dry matter a horse is eating in its ration as there...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: Feed, fatty acid ratio, beet pulp
fatty acid ratio, beet pulp, feed choices: Hi Kel, Thank you for your question. There certainly are a lot of feed choices available, and they are sometimes not all that cut and dried. First of all, I always strongly urge horse owners to provide forages to horses on a free-choice basis. They should...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: Older horse - weight issues, alfalfa cubes, beet pulp
alfalfa cubes, beet pulp, older horses: Hi Trina, The LifeForce will not provide the joint relief that you are getting from the MSM, Glucosamine and Chondroitin that the SmartSenior is bringing to the ration. It is strictly a prebiotic. Keep in mind that not all prebiotics are made from the...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: eating straw bedding - leading to colic, straw bedding, large intestine
straw bedding, large intestine, wheat plant: Hello Rohit, Thank you for your question. Wheat straw is the stemmy part of the wheat plant left after the grain has been harvested. The straw that remains is very high in the type of fiber that a horse can not digest or ferment...and ends up being pooped...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: Follow-Up to Safely Bringing up Horse's Weight, rice bran, fat content
rice bran, fat content, good afternoon: Hi Terese, I would suggest that you take a period of 3-4 weeks to acclimate your horse to the new high-fat supplement, increasing the amount about every 3 days or so. So start with 1 cup per day for the first 2-3 days, then 2 cups per day for 2-3 days...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: Laminitis in a pony, beet pulp, wheat bran
beet pulp, wheat bran, nutritional standpoint: Hi Kimber, Thank you for your question. There is still a lot of ongoing research into laminitis and there are still a lot of varying opinions regarding treatment. First and foremost I would suggest you follow your vet s recommendations for your particular...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: making horse drink water, hot horse, drink water
hot horse, drink water, horse mouth: Hello Rohit, Thank you for your question. Horses tend to drink the most immediately following exercise and after eating grain. It is important that horses have clean fresh water available to them all the time, but especially at these times of greatest...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: playing with water, daily water consumption, water horses
daily water consumption, water horses, fresh horses: Hi Rohit, Thank you for your question. I can t say for sure why your horse is playing in his water. Horses will sometimes move the water around if there is dirt floating on top in order to be able to get a clean sip. Sometimes they don t like the flavor...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: preventing food protection, salt block, food protection
salt block, food protection, frequent meals: Hello Rohit, Thank you for your question. If you re concerned with your horse developing choke from eating grain too quickly, a cribbing collar will not work as it shouldn t be so tight that it prevents eating. If you are not able to put a salt block...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: relaxing at poll, work horses, expertise thanks
work horses, expertise thanks, head carriage: Hello Rohit, Horses naturally have a wide range of flexion through their neck, including their poll. Horses in a natural environment naturally flex. Flexion or lack thereof only becomes a problem when we bridle and work horses and we move from a natural...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: Safely Bringing Up Horse's Weight, rice bran, mane and tail
rice bran, mane and tail, inexperienced eye: Hi Terese, Thank you for your question. When bringing a horse back from the brink of starvation, it is always important to proceed slowly and with caution. The farm that he is coming from has started him on the right path of gaining weight and I have...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: Thinning tail, mane and tail, coat quality
mane and tail, coat quality, medical issue: Hi Maddison, Thank you for your question. Your horse s tail can be thinning due to a medical reason, his plain of nutrition, or both. To improve hair and coat quality, including manes and tails, try feeding more vegetable fat in your horse s diet. You...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: any breed of grass for new horse, bay gelding, dry hay
bay gelding, dry hay, forages: Hello Rohit, Thank you for your question. Your horse can graze fresh forages safe for horses, or you can dry it and feed it as hay. Fresh forages are ideal for horses but hay also serves the bill. You just want to be sure that the pasture and/or hay...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: canna bulbs, canna bulbs, fussy eaters
canna bulbs, fussy eaters, extreme danger: Hi Susan, Canna bulbs are not on the list of plants with high toxicity in horses, so chances are they are not an extreme danger. Horses can be pretty fussy eaters and naturally tend to stay away from those sort of things unless they are really short of...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: horse tails, hair cortex, andalucian stallions
hair cortex, andalucian stallions, mane and tail: Hi Victoria, Thank you for your question...and I must say I m envious of you having 2 Andalucian stallions :) It is possible for some lice to cross strains, although unusual. Brittle tail syndrome results in what you are experiencing and could be one...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: Minature Donkey, vet asap, mini donkey
vet asap, mini donkey, sincere apologies: Hi Kyle, My most sincere apologies for not getting to your question sooner. If you have not already done so, and/or if your mini donkey is still in distress you really need to contact your veterinarian. Once a horse or donkey gets to the stage where it...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: Race horse Diet, racehorse owners, quality forage
racehorse owners, quality forage, alfalfa hay: Hi Kailene, Thank you for your question. Diets for racehorses in training and racing can be far more complicated than those for pasture ornaments, no question! The issue becomes providing a diet that is nutrient dense enough to support their workload...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: Senior Winter Care, older horses, winter blanket
older horses, winter blanket, small fortune: Hi Kacy, Thanks for your question, and the picture...so cute! Feeding older horses can become an increasing challenge, and you obviously want whats best for him. Managing the older horse can become tricky especially on a budget, trust me I ve been there!...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: IBS?, melissa
Horses - Diet and Nutrition: IBS?, melissa

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: IBS?, beet pulp, thoroughbred gelding
beet pulp, thoroughbred gelding, road apples: Hi Melissa, Thank you for your question. I m not sure that horses suffer from a true IBS as people do, they have quite a different digestive system. You ve done well to consult your vet about your horse s issue and your vet is likely on the right track....

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: Horse with itchy, scaly skin on back end, thick winter coat, dry scaly skin
thick winter coat, dry scaly skin, lime sulfur: Hi Rebecca, Thank you for your question. I think perhaps this is something you should have your vet take a look at, as he/she may better be able to help you looking at the condition first hand. Horses may rub their tailhead in response to a heavy worm...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: The winter runs, alfalfa pellets, pasture grass
alfalfa pellets, pasture grass, forage quality: Hello Sanda, Thank you for your question. Diarrhea in horses can be caused by so many factors and change in diet, especially changes in forage, can be one of the many causes. Because forages (pasture and hay) are fermented by bacteria in the cecum of...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: bermuda grass good for horses, devil grass, bermuda grass
devil grass, bermuda grass, thoroughbred racetrack: Hi Rohit, Thank you for your question. Bermuda grass makes excellent pasture and hay for horses. There is no danger of toxins associated with feeding Bermuda grass, and it has a decent nutritive value for horses. Hand grazing the racehorses on the fresh...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: Diet, nutrition issue, sinus infection
nutrition issue, sinus infection, haylage: Hello Rachel, Thank you for the follow up. What your vet is suggesting sounds quite feasible. I ve seen virus like your describing (along with diarrhea symptoms) work its way through large barns and cause the same inappetance and weight loss in a full...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: morning unknown hay , evenings bermuda grass turn outs, bermuda pastures, grass types
bermuda pastures, grass types, bermuda grass: Hello Rohit, Thank you for your question. I am not aware of any toxicity issues with feeding Bermuda grass or Bermuda hay to horses. As long as the forage is healthy in the field (free of any climate-derived fungus or mold) then it is suitable to be fed...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: Poop Eater, adult horses, ration balancer
adult horses, ration balancer, good bacteria: Hi Aly, Thanks for your question. It is normal for young horses (about a week old) to eat manure and it is in fact an essential part of their digestive health. They consume mare s manure in the early stages of their gut development, in an effort to get...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: Shedding, Diet or Weather, yeast cultures, arabian gelding
yeast cultures, arabian gelding, winter coats: Hi BJ, Thank you for your question. By the sounds of it, your shedding issue is probably not the result of your horses nutritional plain. Granted, there are times when poor nutrition can affect coat quality and shedding but that doesn t sound as though...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: TENDINITIS - only forelegs, hind quarters, hind legs
hind quarters, hind legs, hind limbs: Hello Rohit, Thank you for your question. Horses traditionally experience more tendon and ligament issues in their front legs and that can be due in part to the fact that they carry more weight on those legs. They can also experience similar issues in...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: alfafa, kikuyu grass, alfalfa hay
kikuyu grass, alfalfa hay, carbohidrates: Hi Ana, Thank you for your question. Although alfalfa is traditionally higher in calcium and phosphorous than grasses, the amount of mineral that it contains really depends on the soil and the climate that it is grown in. More mineral dense soils will...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: How to avoid alfalfa, oats, and soybean, beet pulp, quality forage
beet pulp, quality forage, johnson grass: Hello Vanessa, Thank you for your question. Feeding your horse certainly is more complicated than the average case! My first suggestion is that you source the best quality forage that you can, while ensuring that it does not contain the grasses that your...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: Big bellied horse, treatment vaccines, show jumper
treatment vaccines, show jumper, hudson quebec: Hi Sam, Thank you for your question. Having reviewed the information I would agree that your horse has some digestive inefficiencies. Horses develop hay bellies when they are not fermenting their forages properly and the mass of that unfermented forage...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: carrots for racehorses, grain portion, indian horse
grain portion, indian horse, racehorses: hello Rohit, Thank you for your question. I ve never known carrots to be a mandatory feed for horses and quite frankly give you a suggested feeding rate. We have only ever fed carrots as a treat for horses and not a diet staple. Having said that, there...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: feeding barley for racehorses, racehorse industry, cereal grains
racehorse industry, cereal grains, cereal grain: Hi Rohit, Thank you for your question. I can t say for sure why your race club only provides barley for horses, it may be a management/availability issue. Oats are traditionally the cereal grain of choice for horses because they are more safely digestible...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: feeding in off season, mineral requirements, racehorses
mineral requirements, racehorses, climates: Hi Rohit, Thank you for your question. A horse s ration should be designed to meet their requirements so what you choose to feed depends on what type and how much work your horse is doing. Any ration should be forage based, and grains/supplements added...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: grapeseed, apple cider vinegar, basic equine nutrition
apple cider vinegar, basic equine nutrition, white vinegar: Hi Sarah, Thanks for your question. The manufacturer of the grapeseed product you have will provide some feeding recommendations. How much of the product you should feed depends on the purity of the product you ve purchased. So for example the Basic...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: guessing the horse weight seeing it, body condition score, thoroughbred racehorse
body condition score, thoroughbred racehorse, pleasure horses: Hello Rohit, Thank you for your question. I m not even going to hazard a guess at what this horse weighs, it s hard to do from a photo. But if I were going to make a judgement on body condition, I would say he is a body condition score (BCS) of 4.0. ...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: help with weight gain, body condition score, gypsy cob
body condition score, gypsy cob, maximum feed: Hi Katie, Thank you for your detailed question. From what you are explaining, it is reasonable to think that forage quality is having the largest impact on your horses body conditions (or loss thereof). Because hay/pasture makes up the largest portion...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: horse, capillary refill time, symptoms of dehydration
capillary refill time, symptoms of dehydration, pinch test: Hi Stacey, Thank you for your question. The early stages of dehydration in your horse can be detected by performing a skin pinch test (where you tent or pinch a small section of skin on the side of the neck and the skin should bounce back into shape immediately...if...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: Horse Hair loss, passing motion, tail hair
passing motion, tail hair, horse hair: Hi Bev, Thanks for your question...and I feel your pain. Your vet may be a great resource here, but horses can develop a fungus in their manes and tails that causes the hair to fall out from the roots. It usually occurs all at once, and isn t often accompanied...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: OATS in cold climates, cold climates, cereal grain
cold climates, cereal grain, management decision: Hello Rohit, Thank you for your question. Oats are a popular cereal grain fed to horses, but there is no circumstance that dictates that oats must be fed to horses, nor is there a specific circumstance that would have oats fed as the only grain. The choice...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: pasturing, lush pasture, rich grass
lush pasture, rich grass, four horses: Hi BJ, Thank you for your question. Laminitis and founder are certainly scarey and I understand your concern. It is true that sugar-rich grasses MAY trigger founder in some horses, especially those with a history of founder. However, sugar rich grass...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: Pasturing after several years dry, first few days, laminitis
first few days, laminitis, digestive systems: Hi BJ, Thank you for your question. As long as your horses don t have serious issues with laminitis, there should be no problem putting them back on pasture. In fact, pasture is so much more natural for horses than even hay can be, and provides both dietary...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: protein and carbohydrates, energy minerals, crude protein
energy minerals, crude protein, adult body: Hello Rohit, Thank you for your question. The amount of protein, energy, minerals and vitamins a horse requires on a daily basis is a function of work load and body weight. Further to that, horses of an adult body weight greater than 600kg have a different...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: protein content in 1kg lucerne, timothy, protein content, crude protein
protein content, crude protein, bermuda grass: Hi Rohit, Thank you for your question. The protein content of alfalfa, bermuda and timothy hay varies too greatly to be able to give you an absolute answer to your question. The protein content of hay depends on the growing season in which the forage...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: RICE STRAW as bedding, rice straw, wet spots
rice straw, wet spots, racehorses: Hi Rohit, Thank you for your question. I ve never used rice straw for bedding, but when laying any bedding the objective is to provide enough depth to keep your horse from scraping himself on the flooring if he lies down and enough to absorb the urine...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: Weight Gain vs "Heat, 2 quarts, rice bran
2 quarts, rice bran, muscle gain: Hi Terese, Its good to hear that your gelding is doing well and gaining the weight/condition that he needed. The suggestion you were given to switch him from a textured (starch based) feed to a fat/fiber based feed is a good one given his change in attitude....

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: allergies, basic equine nutrition, fly mask
basic equine nutrition, fly mask, uvitis: Hello Miranda, Thank you for your question. Some horses can be so reactive to allergins of all types, and your vet would be the best to determine exactly what your horse s specific issues are. Having said that, overly reactive horses can be sensitive...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: no colic - pasture ; colic - grains, undigested starch, cereal grain
undigested starch, cereal grain, bacterial populations: Hi Rohit, Thank you for your question. There are different types of colic, each caused by different contributing factors. A torsion colic is the result of a twist in the large colon and is not always caused by nutritional factors...although certain conditions...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: feeding only bran - preparing for journey, cereal grains, racehorse trainer
cereal grains, racehorse trainer, bacterial fermentation: Hello Rohit, Thank you for your question. What you are describing sounds more like personal management decisions than any fast and steady rule of feeding horses. The only support I can show for the statement is that the rate of passage of grain fed to...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: fully matured and over matured hay, yeast culture, large intestine
yeast culture, large intestine, cecum: Hello Rohit, Thank you for your question. The more mature a forage is at the time it is cut, the less nutrients it contains and the more difficult it may be for the horse to digest. The shortage of nutrients in mature hay will not necessarily harm your...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: horse bolting at feed - problems, fodder, horses
fodder, horses, risk: Hello Rohit, Thank you for your question. Horses who bolt their feed run the risk of developing choke, a disorder where food becomes lodged in the horse s esophagus. Often times, the choke can only be cleared by passing a hose down the esophagus to dislodge...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: horse diet, paint gelding, lifetime care
paint gelding, lifetime care, energy content: Hi Hannah, Thank you for your question and my apologies for taking a while to get back to you. At Japser s age, you would ideally want him to start to fill in a bit and gain some condition. At 4, a horse has done over 93% of his growing and has his bulking...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: horse height gain, forage analysis, exercise work
forage analysis, exercise work, balanced ration: Hello jatinder singh, Thank you for your question. Horse s are genetically patterned to grow at a pre-established rate and a horse the age of yours should have reached about 70% of it s adult size. You would then expect your horse to reach 95% of his...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: Can horses eat......, sugar starch, many horses
sugar starch, many horses, nutritional concerns: Hi Marie, Thank you for your question. Although neither celery nor bread are a horse s first choice in food, neither one poses an immediate or severe danger for your horses. Having said that, I wouldn t suggest that it s made a habit. I have seen bakery...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: adding psyllium husk powder in bran mash every week, psyllium husk powder, bran mash
psyllium husk powder, bran mash, psyllium powder: Hi Rohit, Thank you for your question. Psyllium husk powder is safe for your horse to have as part of a weekly feeding routine and can be helpful in preventing sand colic as it helps bind and remove sand from the digestive tract. Thanks, Corlen...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: assessing a colic struck horse, creatures of habit, colics
creatures of habit, colics, colic: Hi Rohit, Thank you for your question. A horse in a full blown colic will be very very uncomfortable and will roll, kick and bite at its sides and often pace around in discomfort. In the earlier stages of a gas or impaction colic, a horse may become more...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: calories burning up trotting for 20 minutes carring 55kgs, oxygen consumption, energy expenditures
oxygen consumption, energy expenditures, heart rate during exercise: Hello Rohit, Thank you for your question. The equations for calculating energy expenditures for exercising horses can become complicated and require measurements of oxygen consumption and heart rate during exercise. The general rule of thumb for calculating...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: too many carrots and apples - laminitis, coffin bone, metabolic disturbances
coffin bone, metabolic disturbances, digestive systems: Hi Rohit, Thank you for your question. Generally speaking, horses digestive systems don t deal well with large amounts of sugar or starch but rather prefer forage (structural carbohydrate) based diets. Having said that, carrots and apples are not really...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: colic - overfeeding grains suddenly, starch, grains
starch, grains, diets: Hi Rohit, Horses can develop colic from eating grain rich diets, especially if the grain is rich in starch. You want to avoid feeding too much grain at one time, and of course you don t want to allow your horse unlimited access to starch-rich feeds. ...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: colicky horses dont eat feed, stomach ache, first signs
stomach ache, first signs, digestive systems: Hi Rohit, Thank you for your question. Colic in a horse is like a stomach ache in a person, and horses have that same instinct to not want to eat while their digestive systems are upset...they re pretty bright that way. A horse that refuses to eat grain...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: drinking plenty of water - laminitis, laminitis in horses, recurrence
laminitis in horses, recurrence, cold water: Hi Rohit, Horses should have access to as much water as they want throughout the day, otherwise they can become dehydrated. Drinking very cold water has been know to trigger an onset or recurrence of laminitis in horses that are prone to the disease or...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: Malnourished horse, beet pulp, good pasture
Horses - Diet and Nutrition: Malnourished horse, beet pulp, good pasture, rain rot

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: Feeding a 3 yr old, gaining muscle mass, vitamin mineral supplement
gaining muscle mass, vitamin mineral supplement, ultium: Hi Sharon, Thank you for your question. I think it s important to remember that although your 3 year old may be done most of his frame growth, he is still in the development phase of life and needs a diet that is going to support his joint and bone maturity,...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: Feeding for speed, kentucky equine research, omega 3 6 9
kentucky equine research, omega 3 6 9, ml oil: Hi Kevin, Thank you for your question. Before I can balance a ration for you, I need to know a few things: What type of grass or hay does the horse eat, and how much per day? What is the nutritional analysis (tag) of the Calcium supplement...is it...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: grazing dead grass - laminitis, drought stress, dead grass
drought stress, dead grass, bloom stage: Hi Rohit, Thank you for our question. Once a grass or legume matures into and past its bloom stage it becomes less nutrient dense...because it has less sugar, protein and minerals on a percentage basis. So if a grass has died off in the end of a growing...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: health problems eating over matured and moldy hay, mold spores, moldy hay
mold spores, moldy hay, nutrient quality: Hi Rohit, Thank you for your question. The dust from moldy hay can cause respiratory disorders in horses and prolonged and continued exposure that mold dust can cause irreparable damage to a horse s breathing. The mold spores themselves can cause digestive...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: HELP WITH MY HORSE UCLERS PLEASE!!!, apple cider vinegar, orchard grass
apple cider vinegar, orchard grass, pro biotic: Hi Marcy, Thanks for your question. Well, it seems that you have a challenging horse on your hands :) For most horses the solution to ulcers is routine, treatment, free choice forage and lots of outside time to move and graze. But every now and again...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: horse chewing lucerne fast or slow, thoroughbred racetrack, judgement call
thoroughbred racetrack, judgement call, grass hay: Hi Rohit, Thank you for the follow up...very interesting. The 3kg of lucerne is a nice addition to the diet, because without it the ration would be too high in concentrate and too low in forage to be safe. As it stands, the lucerne and grass hay (forages)...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: keeping away feed from colic struck horse, lush grass, grass hay
lush grass, grass hay, impaction: Hi Rohit, Thank you for your question. A horse with a torsion colic or an impaction is better off not having any feed until the situation is remedied...the volume of feed can build behind the twist or the impacted area and only increase the pain or the...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: not to lunge colicky horse, stomach ache, excessive exercise
stomach ache, excessive exercise, digestive tract: Hi Rohit, Thank you for your question. You can liken colic in a horse with a stomach ache in people...so sometimes light movement can help alleviate discomfort but excessive exercise is painful. Light walking can help a horse with gas colic release gas...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: lunge or free lunge for colic struck horses, gut motility, colic
gut motility, colic, lunge: Hi Rohit, Thank you for your question. There are 3 different kinds of colic. Horses who are suffering from impaction colic or gas colic may benefit from walking, the motion of the horse may help liberate gas in the case of gas colic and improve gut motility...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: Malnourished horse, beet pulp, quality forages
beet pulp, quality forages, bad shape: Hi Lisa, Thank you for your question, and very sorry to hear about your horse s situation...its a shame really. The approach you take in getting your horse s body condition back really depends on how long your horse has been in such bad shape. If he was...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: consuming more protein - bleeding, dietary protein, respiratory tract
dietary protein, respiratory tract, blood vessels: Hello Rohit, Protein rich diets are NOT responsible for respiratory tract bleeding in horses. I ve heard that suggestion but there is little evidence to back up the claim. The blood can come from different areas of the respiratory tract, and can be caused...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: correct time to feed racehorses, thoroughbred racehorses, what is the correct time
thoroughbred racehorses, what is the correct time, frequent meals: Hello Rohit, Thank you for your question. Horses are designed to be trickle feeders, which means that they thrive on eating smaller but more frequent meals. So spreading feedings over the course of the day, and making each grain feeding only a few pounds...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: cucumber for horses, necessary thanks, staple food
necessary thanks, staple food, extra energy: Hi Rohit, I can say in all honesty that I don t have any information on feeding cucumbers to horses. I don t suspect there is anything in a cucumber that is dangerous to the horse so if they eat it as a treat then it should be fine. I would not consider...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: diagram representing, confirmation
confirmation: Hello Rohit, Thank you for your question. I m not entirely sure what this diagram is meant to represent. It includes basic confirmation, and appears to include a schematic of how to apply some sort of cuff. I m sorry I can t be of much more help than...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: not drinking water at all, water horses, bay filly
water horses, bay filly, stall guards: Hello Rohit, Thank you for your question. Horses are the most thirsty after eating a grain meal and after exercising and the fact that this horse seems to look for water suggests that she is indeed thirsty. But if she is thirsty but not drinking, your...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: eggs for racehorses, horse diets, thoroughbred racehorses
horse diets, thoroughbred racehorses, raw eggs: Hi Rohit, There are soooo many feeding tricks that people use to try to improve their horse s performance. My rule of thumb is feed them what they would eat in the wild...and I doubt wild horses pillage birds nests for food even on the hungriest of days....

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: electrolytes, macro minerals, serious doubt
macro minerals, serious doubt, mineral levels: Hi Rohit, Electrolytes are the macro-minerals found in a horse s sweat, that are lost in large quantities when a horse sweats profusely and need to be replenished. The electrolyte minerals include sodium (Na), potassium (K), chloride (Cl), calcium (Ca)...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: equine hemorrhoids, condition thanks, hemorrhoid
condition thanks, hemorrhoid, protrusion: Hi Karen, Thank you for your question, but I m afraid this is outside my area of expertise. I would suggest that you have your local veterinarian take a look at your horse, as horses don t generally suffer from hemorrhoids and what you see could be a more...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: feeding 1 hour before exercising, digestive upsets, starch
digestive upsets, starch, gap: Hi Rohit, Thank you for your question. We ve discussed rate of passage of feed in some of your previous questions. Ideally, grain should have at least an hour to spend in the stomach to be digested properly. If your horse exercises 30 or 45 minutes after...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: not feeding at particular time, creatures of habit, time of day
creatures of habit, time of day, health problems: Hi Rohit, I m sorry, I m not sure I understand your question. Are you asking if they have digestive issues if they are always fed at the same time of day? If so, the answer is that horses are creatures of habit and rather rely on regular feeding patterns....

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: feeding time - cribbing collar remove, huge mouthfuls, horse displays
huge mouthfuls, horse displays, grain bucket: Hi Rohit, Thank you for the follow up. The cribbing collar won t be of much help with a horse that bolts its feed, as it is designed not to interfere with eating. Instead, try putting a salt block in the grain bucket or even a few large stones (too big...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: few sips of water after running hard, water buckets, outdoor temperatures
water buckets, outdoor temperatures, hot horse: Hi Rohit, Thank you for your question. Horses prefer to drink immediately after exercise and after eating grain...and its important to let them do so. Drinking after exercise is necessary for the horse to re-hydrate, replenishing the water lost from work...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: forage, fodder, supplements - implusive, training horses, semicircle
training horses, semicircle, racehorses: Hi Rohit, Thank you for the follow up. There is no feed that makes a horse more responsive to a rider s cues. That comes with patience and training. Horses are not born to automatically identify what a human s cue is supposed to make him do. You have...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: free choice of hay, digestive upsets, prolonged periods
digestive upsets, prolonged periods, racehorses: Hello Rohit, In my opinion, horses should have access to either pasture or hay free choice. That s to say that forages (pasture and hay) should be available to horses at all times and this includes racehorses and horses living in stalls. The horse s digestive...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: hemo15, vitamin and mineral deficiencies, iron levels
vitamin and mineral deficiencies, iron levels, racehorses: Hello Rohit, Thank you for your question. Hemo-15 is a vitamin, amino acid and micmromineral injectable preparation for the prevention and/or treatment Of vitamin and mineral deficiencies in horses and other large animals (http://www.drugs.com/vet/hemo-15-can.html)....

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: high consumption of forage - colic, grass hay, mature state
grass hay, mature state, digestive upsets: Hi Rohit, Thank you for your question. Horses are designed to eat forage based diets, and are meant to survive on fiber. In a natural state, forage is the mainstay of the diet and the horse thrives. The forage-related digestive upsets that horses suffer...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: horse conditioned well - vices, stable vices, establishing dominance
stable vices, establishing dominance, expertise thanks: Hi Rohit, Body condition and fitness levels do not determine a horse s personality or vices. Stable vices are often the result of a horse not having enough turn out time or enough socialization with other horses. However, the behaviour you are describing...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: horse didnt pass manure - colic, horse haven, optimum rate
horse haven, optimum rate, mild degree: Hi Rohit, Thank you for the follow up. Generally horses eat all of their grain as soon as you feed it, although there is the occasional horse who takes their time. For the horse, the motion of walking increases the rate of passage and is a built in digestive...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: horse lacking muscle, amino acid lysine, dietary protein
amino acid lysine, dietary protein, protein source: Hi Rohit, Thank you for your question. The only way to get an adult horse to build muscle is to feed sufficient dietary protein AND exercise the horse. You need to do both, as exercise with a protein shortage or excess dietary protein without work will...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: horse turning fat eating grass, rich grass, forages
rich grass, forages, source energy: Hi Rohit, Thank you for your question. Horses get fat from consuming more energy than they use, irregardless of the energy source. Energy rich grass or hay can make an inactive horse fat where they may not have enough energy for an exercising horse. ...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: long stem hay for horses, stomach ulcers, saliva production
stomach ulcers, saliva production, forage sources: Hi Rohit, Thank you for your question. Horses digestive systems are designed to live off forages and they are good at digesting most suitable forage sources. Long stem forages (as opposed to forages in the form of pellets or chunks) encourage chewing...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: milk for racehorses, thoroughbred racehorses, adult horses
thoroughbred racehorses, adult horses, forages: Hi Rohit, Feeding milk to your horse will be of little benefit and quite frankly I would suggest sticking to the basics of forages and certain grains. Adult horses lack the enzymes necessary to convert the lactose in the milk into energy, and so the practice...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: Just moved horses to our new home, acre pasture, spring pasture
acre pasture, spring pasture, drought stress: Hi Susan, Thank you for your question. Rich spring pasture can be of concern to horses that are prone to founder, but as the growing season progresses the forages mature and become proportionately richer in fiber than sugar. Mind you, pasture is more...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: % of protein, fat, calcium in bran, oats, barley, feeding horses, calcium content
feeding horses, calcium content, nutrient requirement: Hello Rohit, Thank you for your question. When feeding horses, we re less concerned with choosing feeds based their perfect nutrient balance and more focused on ensuring that at the end of the day, the horse has consumed its nutrient requirements. And...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: sudden change in horse diet - colic, consistent rate, first few days
consistent rate, first few days, cecum: Hi Rohit, Thank you for your question. The common belief is that changing a horse s grain should be done gradually to prevent digestive upset...but the truth is that grain is digested by enzymes that are secreted into the stomach at a consistent rate irregardless...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: swimming for horse - losing weight, dry matter intake, energy density
dry matter intake, energy density, extra energy: Hi Rohit, Thank you for your question. Any form of exercise, including swimming, increases a horse s daily energy expenditure so if you don t add extra energy in the diet the horse will lose weight. As a horse s energy requirements increase, so does their...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: thorny hay, thoroughbred racehorses, fussy eaters
thoroughbred racehorses, fussy eaters, thorny stems: Hi Rohit, I would think that thorny stems of grass could cause problems for horses mouths if they can penetrate the gums. But what seems thorny to us may not be a problem for the horse who has evolved to forage a variety of forage types. If you see lesions...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: treats per day to a horse, balanced diets, peppermints
balanced diets, peppermints, forages: Hi Rohit, There are no hard and fast rules on how/when to feed treats to horses. Horses don t need treats to survive, they need balanced diets. Its more a handler thing to feed horses extras throughout the day...so it is something you can do at your discretion....

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: ulcer in horse - feeding green chillies, cereal grains, horse feeding
cereal grains, horse feeding, dry hay: Hi Rohit, Thank you for your question, although I have no experience with what happens to horses fed green chillies so I can t say for sure if they would cause ulcers. Horses can develop ulcers for a number of reasons, one of them is from eating high-starch...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: water to add in bran mash, bran mash, oat hulls
bran mash, oat hulls, pasty consistency: Hi Rohit, Thank you for your question. Adding water to a bran mash makes it easier for the horse to swallow and prevents the bran from swelling in the horse s throat if fed dry (although this is less of a concern with bran than it is with soya hulls or...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: weak horses - prominent withers, exercise physiology, personal preference
exercise physiology, personal preference, correlation: Hello Rohit, Thank you for your question. Exercise physiology is not my area of expertise but I ve never heard any concrete correlation between prominent withers and performance. I m sure there are many professional opinions that would argue either side...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: over consumption of legume, forage diets, rich diet
forage diets, rich diet, feeding management: Hi Rohit, Thank you for your question. Over consumption of legumes should not lead to colic unless the horse has not had enough time to adjust to a legume-rich diet. Some horses live on all-forage diets without digestive upset. Horses require a transition...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: eating wheat straw, quality forage, wheat straw
quality forage, wheat straw, lacking energy: Hi Rohit, Thank you for your question. Horses may resort to eating straw if they find themselves short of better quality feed or effective fiber. Straw is not particularly palatable to horses and does not provide a lot of nutritional value. Because straw...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: over feeding - colic, gut ache, rich grain
gut ache, rich grain, cecum: Hi Rohit, Thank you for your question. Colic is a pretty general term meaning a gut ache in a horse. There are different kinds of colic that can be caused by very different issues. I don t believe there is such a thing as over feeding forage to a horse,...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: hay based diet, beet pulp, agricultural extension office
beet pulp, agricultural extension office, hay diet: Hi Tammy, Thank you for your question and I m so happy that you re intent is a hay based diet. Horses are really designed to be forage digesters and really do best on forage based rations. Timothy makes nice safe hay for horses, although it can sometimes...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: hay mature or moldy, forage analysis, true determination
forage analysis, true determination, nutrient value: Hello Rohit, Thank you for your question. It is very difficult to determine from the photo if either of the forages has mold, and even maturity can be hard to visually determine. Both appear to be free from obvious mold but closer visual inspection is...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: my horse with heaves, alfalfa hay, omolene
alfalfa hay, omolene, grass hay: Hi McKenzie, Thank you for your question. This is a bit of a difficult situation. Its interesting that your mare developed the heaves despite being kept on pasture. The heaves are normally the result of dust-laden environments; either from dusty hay...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: horses eating woodshavings, wood shavings, three horses
wood shavings, three horses, digestive problems: Hi Kerry, Thank you for your question. Horses may eat their bedding for a few different (or combinations of) reasons. Horses may eat their shavings if they simply do not have enough to eat. They may eat wood shavings if their diets don t have enough...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: legume and grass, wet climates, leaf plants
wet climates, leaf plants, nutrient quality: Hi Rohit, Thank you for your question. Legumes and grasses differ in their physical appearance and in their nutrient quality. Grasses are longer stemmed single or few-narrow leaf plants with the leaf growing from the plants base. Grasses prefer to germinate...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: micro flora in living beings stomach, micro flora, bacterial protein
micro flora, bacterial protein, work horses: Hi Rohit, Thank you for your question. Mircoflora is an integral part of the horse s digestive process, as it can be for people. The microflora essential to the horse are the bacteria and protozoa that live in the horse s cecum, in the hindgut. The bacteria...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: Mudd, quarter horse gelding, undigested starch
quarter horse gelding, undigested starch, beet pulp: Hi Jennifer, Thank you for your question. Feeding older horses can become a challenge as the efficiency of their digestive systems seems to wain with age. You re on the right track with his teeth and worming schedule so neither of those is likely to be...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: My new draft horse....., proper nutrients, simple truth
proper nutrients, simple truth, draft horse: Hi Kate, Thank you for your question. Confusing, isn t it?!? There are a lot of opinions available on how to feed horses, and some of them are very misleading. So the simple truth is that horses are designed to eat forages. That means they are designed...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: oats, barley, corn, oats with molasses, flaxseed, lucerne, dry hay contain, barley corn, equine nutrition
barley corn, equine nutrition, dry hay: Hi Rohit, Thank you for your question. It is difficult for me to use this forum to go through the full list of each nutrient contained in each of these feeds. All of the feeds listed will provide energy (in the form of fat and carbohydrates), protein,...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: Older horse feeding, arab stallion, horse feeding
arab stallion, horse feeding, pecking order: Hi Bonnie, Thank you for your question. When it comes to herd hierarchy vs companionship, horses are a funny lot. They will pick having herdmates even if it means enduring the blunt end of the pecking order. Stallions are not meant to be at the head...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: omeprazole for an injured horse, beet pulp, gum line
beet pulp, gum line, horse judge: Hi Nancy, Thank you for your question. Tough case he is, but I m sure you ll pull him through. Banamine and NSAIDs can indeed be hard on a horse s stomach although the gastroguard will help. I ve never used over the counter omeprazole so I can t account...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: sensitive stomachs - thoroughbreds, horse and pony breeds, sensitive stomachs
horse and pony breeds, sensitive stomachs, sensitive stomach: Hi Rohit, Thank you for your question. The digestive systems of all horses have the same design regardless of breed or size and so technically should work the same. But from a practical standpoint there seem to be some breeds whose digestive systems are...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: setting loose on paddy fields, long periods of time, paddy fields
long periods of time, paddy fields, rice straw: Hi Rohit, I can honestly say I don t have a lot of experience in allowing horses to graze paddy fields, so my answer can not come from personal experience. I would think that the grazing conditions of a paddy field would not be very good for horses. I...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: soluble carbohydrates, digestive processes, fructo oligosaccharides
digestive processes, fructo oligosaccharides, cell contents: Hi Rohit, Thank you for your question. Soluble carbohydrates, or non-structural carbohydrates (NSC), are the cell contents of plants. They are the carbohydrates that are soluble in water and should be digested in the stomach of the horse and include simple...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: things to be kept away from horses, feeding horses, respiratory issues
feeding horses, respiratory issues, old wives: Hello Rohit, I would strongly urge you to stick to the basics of feeding horses, like forages and grains. If your horse has vision or respiratory issues, your vet will be of the most help. Unproven, old wives tale based solutions are seldom of much use...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: water - basic electrolytes, anion cation, sodium potassium
anion cation, sodium potassium, macro minerals: Hi Rohit, Thank you for your question. Electrolytes is a term given to the macro-minerals that are lost during exercise for which there are no readily available body stores, that need to be quickly replenished to maintain the horse s anion/cation balance....

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: Free choice hay in a ration, dry matter intake, dry matter basis
dry matter intake, dry matter basis, pound adult: Hi Ali, Thank you for your question. When I formulate a ration, I always start by estimating a horse s dry matter intake based on their workload (incl. age, sex, etc). I m always looking for a forage based diet, and so calculate the horse s entire diet...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: Lucern pasture, horses and ponies, grass hay
horses and ponies, grass hay, lucerne: Hi Karina, Thank you for your question. Lucerne or alfalfa can make good feed for horses. It is a nutrient dense forage that is high in energy, rich in protein, and generally high in macrominerals. But getting used to an all-lucerne fresh forage ration...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: weight and mucle loss, consultations, e mail
consultations, e mail, email: Hi Paige, You are welcome to send your question to my work email although I do charge for email consultations. You can view my website at www.rationexperts.webs.com. I would be happy to answer your question in this forum without charge. Simply mark your...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: bleeding and breathing programs - feed, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, obstructive pulmonary disease
chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, obstructive pulmonary disease, feed quality: Hello Rohit, Thank you for your question. Bleeding in horses (bleeding from nose) is seldom caused by feed or nutrition, but rather is caused by a variety of medical conditions. There is little you can do from a nutrition standpoint to remedy bleeding...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: lucerne - bond, feeding horses, feed quality
feeding horses, feed quality, quality thanks: Hi Rohit, Thank you for your question. Hand feeding horses is a way of gaining their trust and in donig so you may be able to create a bond with them. But I would suspect you would get the same reaction feeding any ingredient the horse likes and the bond...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: recurrent uveitis, omega 3 fatty acids, fatty acid ratio
omega 3 fatty acids, fatty acid ratio, qh mare: Hi Paula, Thank you for your question. Nutrition can play a role in immune response and is able to mediate inflammation response. To help boost your mare s immune system, consider feeding a Vitamin E and Selenium supplement. Because this vitamin and...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: Yeast for horses, yeast cell wall, yeast culture
yeast cell wall, yeast culture, yeast products: Hi Sharon, Thank you for your question. I don t have a personal preference about yeast sources themselves, and find that live yeast and yeast culture work equally as effectively provided you feed the adequate amount (which would be listed on the label)....

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: feeding early or late
Hello Rohit, Horses aren t terribly fussy what time of day they re fed. What is important is how long the intervals are between feedings. Horses should not be more than 4 hours without feed, and in my opinion should never be without forage. You should...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: Nutrition.
Hi Dexter, If I m not mistaken, what you re asking is if its acceptable to feed strictly alfalfa to horses and/or feed them strictly hay cubes? As a fellow Canadian, from Eastern Canada, I know of the no alfalfa for horses taboo. Truth is, horses...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: defecating by force
Hi Rohit, Thank you for your question. It is not uncommon for horses to appear as though they need to push to pass manure and some may even make slight groaning noises. It would be more concerning of the horse were straining without being able to pass...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: digestion in horses
Hello Rohit, Thank you for your question. The horse begins to digest feed moments after it begins eating however, depending on the composition of the feed, digestion may not be completed for 2-3 days. Grains are (ideally) digested in the stomach of the...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: Feed for Growing Quarter Horses
Hello Sierra, Thank you for your question. There are some nutrients and feeds that can optimize tendon quality but it is important to keep in mind that none will be able to alter conformation. To simplify feeding and ensure you meet a number of requirements,...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: feed for please riding ex-racehorse
Hi Rohit, Thank you for your question. It really is too difficult to list all of the options of what you can feed your horses. The ideal diet really depends on what your horses need for feed and what you have available. The best starting point is always...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: Feeding a highly sensitive horse
Hi Kelly, Thank you for your question. I certainly could help you with a specific diet for your horse. In order for the ration to be reliable, which I think is important in this case, I would have to have a good idea of your forage quality. Have you...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: buckwheat groats as a destressor, basic equine nutrition, buckwheat groats
basic equine nutrition, buckwheat groats, stomach ulcers: Hi Monique, Thank you for your question. I ve never heard of buckwheat groats being used to calm a stressed horse and would consider the advice more anecdotal than evidence-based. I m not a fan of feeding groats from any cereal grain, concerned that they...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: feed for my new horse, quality forages, cereal grains
quality forages, cereal grains, chestnut gelding: Hi Rohit, Thank you for your question. Without knowing a bit more about your horse s body condition and general health status, I can only give you some general suggestions about what to feed him. First and foremost, his diet needs to be primarily quality...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: Gaining Weight on a thoroughbred, hind quarters, metabolic issues
hind quarters, metabolic issues, wits end: Hi Robert, Thank you for your question. First and foremost I would suggest running a ration for your horse which will help determine if his weight issues are the result of a diet that is deficient in energy. If you calculate the ration and technically...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: Grinding my own horse feed, rope horses, quality forages
rope horses, quality forages, quality fibre: Hi TJ, Thanks for your question. There certainly isn t anything keeping you from making your own horse feed and it can be quite a cost effective practice if you have enough horse to feed to justify mixing a large batch. A complete horse feed would include...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: para grass for my thoroughbred, nutrient quality, dry hay
nutrient quality, dry hay, fiber sources: Hi Rohit, Thank you for your question. Para grass does like to grow in wet ground and does really well in that kind of environment, and you can cut it and dry it into hay. However, if you have made it into hay, you may want to be careful with wetting...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: wheat bran, beet pulp, wheat bran
beet pulp, wheat bran, liquid herbs: Hi Helen, There s nothing wrong with hiding his meds in the wheat bran, and for the long term you can likely buy it cheaper at the feed store than what you re paying for the cooking kind (end product is the same). In fact, it s probably your safest bet....

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: aggression dies off, horse behavior, racehorses
horse behavior, racehorses, vices: Hello Rohit, Thank you for your question. I m not necessarily an expert in horse behavior but in my experience none of the vices or behavior that you describe are related solely to body condition and/or conditioning. Rather, these are instinctual or learned...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: breed of grass, grass blade, forage quality
grass blade, forage quality, sure what kind: Hello Rohit, Thank you for your question. It is almost impossible for me to distinguish the types of forage the horse is grazing on in the video. One would have to have a close-up in order to do so. I m not sure what kind of comments you re looking for...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: what to feed my new horses, feed efficiency, race horses
feed efficiency, race horses, prebiotic: Hello Rohit, In my opinion, horses should be fed as much forage as they will eat. A reasonable expectation of what they will eat depends on how much work the horse is doing. Horses in mere maintenance (no work) should consume 1.5% of their body weight...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: feeding hay after exercise, trot canter, liver glycogen
trot canter, liver glycogen, digestive enzymes: Hi Rohit, Thank you for your question. Although feeding hay immediately following exercise is not an absolute necessity, horses (like people) can benefit from eating after exercise to help replenish lost muscle and liver glycogen stores and help support...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: feeding - no heart attack, necessary thanks, genetic disorder
necessary thanks, genetic disorder, heart attacks: Hi Rohit, Thank you for your question. Heart attacks in horses are not linked to diet as they are in people but rather are the function of exercise, disease or genetic disorder. There is no prescribed preventative ration that will keep your horse safe...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: fully conditioned, photo angle, endurance
photo angle, endurance: Hello Rohit, Conditioning is more than just a horse s body condition and size, and includes strength and endurance. There is no way for me to tell from this photo how well conditioned the horse is. If your question was how much body condition is the horse...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: horse appearing fat, body condition score, huge belly
body condition score, huge belly, condition thanks: Hi Rohit, As in your previous question, ideal body condition is a little subjective as some prefer their horses to carry more condition than others. Having said that, the size of a horse s belly is generally not used to determine body condition. Some...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: lying down or standing on sand, large intestine, sand surface
large intestine, sand surface, pain thanks: Hi Rohit, Thank you for your question. I ve never heard of a sand surface having any special ability to help in colic cases and I m not familiar with making a horse lie down in the midst of a bout of colic. Traditionally, colicky horse are kept moving...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: para releasing toxins, dietary calcium, prolonged periods
dietary calcium, prolonged periods, release toxins: Hi Rohit, Para grass can be toxic to ruminants but not toxic per say to horses. Para grass can contain high levels of oxalate that interfere with calcium availability of the forage so if it is fed for prolonged periods of time you will want to ensure adequate...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: strong or weak, corn gluten meal, cereal grains
corn gluten meal, cereal grains, soybean meal: Hello Rohit, Your question really is two-fold, for body condition and muscle are not necessarily the same thing. Strength and endurance are not fairly evaluated by visual inspection, but rather are measured by the horse s ability to sustain work. If this...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: horse fat, pregnant mares, condition evaluation
pregnant mares, condition evaluation, guestimate: Hello Rohit, Everyone judges body condition a little subjectively, with a different idea of what is ideal. No question that this horse is carrying a fair amount of condition. However, I would suggest that the size of the horse s belly is swaying the perception...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: light feed to racehorse, cereal grains, soluble nutrients
cereal grains, soluble nutrients, intense exercise: Hello Rohit, Thank you for your question. It is fine to allow your horse to eat forages before working, but you may want to be cautious feeding grain, especially cereal grains. Exercise can increase the rate of passage of food through the digestive system...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: 2yr old performance gelding, what to feed?, alfalfa and clover, beet pulp
alfalfa and clover, beet pulp, cereal grains: Hello Lyndsey, Thank you for your question, and my apologies for not getting to it sooner. 2 year old horses are still in the growth phase of life and require a more nutrient dense diet, needing more protein, a little more energy and more mineral and vitamin...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: Feeding, adult horse, grain hay
adult horse, grain hay, nutrient requirements: Hi Sydney, Thank you for your question. Horses are designed to live on forages and really do best on fresh pasture or good quality, well preserved hay. The digestive system of the horse is designed for a horse that spends 19-21 hours a day eating and...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: Feeding an older horse?, core body temperature, beet pulp
core body temperature, beet pulp, arabian gelding: Hello Amelia, Thank you for your question. Winter can certainly raise havoc with a horse s energy balance, especially for older horses dealing with the elements. Horses require more energy in cold temperatures, they need to generate more heat to maintain...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: fully conditioned, body condition score, hind quarters
body condition score, hind quarters, condition scores: Hello Rohit, Thank you for your question. If by condition you are looking for an evaluation of body condition score I would say that the horse is in good body condition. But if you are referring to conditioning, I could not evaluate that from a still...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: Senior feed, beet pulp, older horses
beet pulp, older horses, amino acids: Hi BJ, Thank you for your question. Senior feeds are the right choice for the aging horse. Not every horse s digestive system ages at the same rate so some horses may need to start a senior feed sooner than others. Although, there is absolutely nothing...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: weak horse, body condition score, condition scores
body condition score, condition scores, fitness levels: Hello Rohit, Thank you for your question. Unfortunately, I can t make an evaluation on a horse s fitness level from a photo. Determining whether or not a horse is weak or strong is determined more by a horse s ability to perform a task, and is certainly...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: adding quantity of water fro perfect mash, bran mash, beet pulp
bran mash, beet pulp, horse owners: Hello Rohit, Thank you for your question. The amount of water used to make a bran mash or beet pulp really is subjective. Some prefer making a very watery mash while other horse owners prefer thicker consistency...not to mention that horse s have their...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: calcium fodder for horses, calcium source, sources of calcium
calcium source, sources of calcium, forage selection: Hello Rohit, Thank you for your question. Just to clarify, are you asking what sources of calcium are best for horses or are you looking for a forage selection that is rich in calcium. Perhaps its a linguistic issue, but for me fodder refers to more...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: daily dewormer or once in 2 months good, types of horses, dewormer
types of horses, dewormer, deworming horses: Hello Rohit, Thank you for your question. This is perhaps a better question for your vet, and I know there is a lot of divergence on the best means of deworming horses. I personally prefer to deworm based on the results of a fecal sample evaluation. ...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: feeding twice a day enough for racehorses, thoroughbred racehorses, cereal grains
thoroughbred racehorses, cereal grains, 100kg: Hello Rohit, Thank you for your question. How many times per day you should feed really depends on what kind of grain you re feeding and how much of it is being fed. Hay should be available to horses at all times. So you will want to ensure that you...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: flaxseed for racehorses, shiny coat, flaxseed
shiny coat, flaxseed, racehorses: Hello Rohit, Thank you for your question. A recommendation for feeding flaxseed really needs to be based on some specifics about the horse being fed, and the basis for feeding the flax. For example, if you re feeding flax to give your horse a shiny coat...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: improving body condition, body condition score, vitamin requirements
body condition score, vitamin requirements, dietary energy: Hello Rohit, Thank you for your question. I would agree that this horse is in poor body condition and should ideally gain weight and increase body condition score. Basically, feeding the horse a diet that provides more energy than the horse requires (creating...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: too much of salt and sweet, cereal grains, sweet feed
cereal grains, sweet feed, 100kg: Hello Rohit, Thank you for your question. It is possible to feed too much salt to a horse, although not often a problem as salt is generally provided free choice and horses tend to regulate their own intake given the chance. How much is too much really...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: turn out on pastures - horse becoming fat, colic, pasture
colic, pasture, forage: Hello Rohit, Thank you for your question. In a natural habitat, horses graze freely and exclusively on pasture, all be it the pasture is likely not as lush as cultured fields. Pasture can cause horses to colic, although that is normally only the case...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: Horse Feed, working horses, performance horses
working horses, performance horses, long term health: Hi Stephanie, Thank you for your question. Feeding growing horses properly is crucial to their long term health and sustainability as performance horses so a well thought out ration is a must. Horses grow in a a predetermined pattern, and are designed...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: senior horse, quarter horse gelding, beet pulp
quarter horse gelding, beet pulp, day of grass: Hi Elizabeth, You can usually find beet pulp at your local feed store and is sold in 25kg bags. It is available in pellets or shreds and should be soaked in water before you feed it. The only difference between the two is that shreds will soak up water...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: sensitive stomach, sensitive stomachs, sensitive stomach
sensitive stomachs, sensitive stomach, intensive management: Hello Rohit, I don t know that any one breed of horse has more sensitive stomachs than others, but in general horse s digestive systems don t do well in many of today s intensive management systems. Its probably the types of diets that thoroughbreds are...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: Colt, adult horses, good bacteria
adult horses, good bacteria, beneficial bacteria: Hi Julie, Thank you for your question, and good for you for taking on such a huge task. Just a quick background on the bloating issue your colt is experiencing. You see, horses are born with the ability to digest mom s milk and some grains, but their...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: correct feeding schedule for riding club horses, forages, digestibility
forages, digestibility, digestive system: Hello Rohit, Thank you for your question. The timing and frequency of feeding grain depends a lot on the type and amount of grain being fed. There isn t necessarily an ideal time of day when grain must be fed, but timing grain feeding in relation to...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: salt per 100kgs body weight, dry matter intake, nutrient requirements of horses
dry matter intake, nutrient requirements of horses, work thanks: Hello Rohit, Thank you for your question. The NRC Nutrient Requirements of Horses (Committee on Nutrient Requirements of Horses, 2007) recommends 1.6-1.8 grams per kg of dry matter intake for maintenance, growing horses and late gestation mares, and 3.6...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: sensitive stomach, sensitive stomachs, sensitive stomach
sensitive stomachs, sensitive stomach, thoroughbreds: Hi Rohit, Thank you for your question. The suggestion that Thoroughbreds have more sensitive stomachs is more anecdotal than science based. Diet (ingredients and management) has more influence on the function and health of the stomach than does breed....

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: cut out para grass release toxins
Hello Rohit, Thank you for your question. You have asked this question before, and my was: Para grass can be toxic to ruminants but not toxic per say to horses. Para grass can contain high levels of oxalate that interfere with calcium availability...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: feeding schedule for our horses
Hello Rohit, Thank you for your question. I suggested that horses should not go any longer than 4 hours without food, but did not suggest that they needed to be fed every 4 hours. Given what you are feeding, I would imagine that the horses eat the oats,...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: oats or barley for horses
Hello Rohit, Thank you for your question. If you are going to feed a cereal grain to horses, oats are by far the best choice. Oats are higher in fiber and protein than barley and have a higher rate of pre-cecal digestibility...making them a safer choice....

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: wheat bran making horse drink water
Hi Rohit, Thank you for your question. A horse s water intake will vary depending on the ingredients in the diet. Fiber-rich diets will encourage more water consumption, and bran is mostly fiber. Horses will drink quite a bit right after eating, so perhaps...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: Abscesses, quarter horse gelding, allergic response
quarter horse gelding, allergic response, abscesses: Hi Mariah, It is difficult to state what would be causing the abcessess in this situation. Abcessess occur when foreign matter is introduced into the body and the body s immune system is attacking the intruder. The resulting pus is the lymphocytes that...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: Aging pony, older horses, gumnuts
older horses, gumnuts, stress and strain: Hi Brit, Thanks for your question. You haven t mentioned quantities (ie: how much chaff in grams or kilos) so it s hard to say whether or not this diet is correct. As a general rule I would suggest that you add some pellets especially created for...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: Alfalfa vs Grass Hay, alfalfa hay, grass hay
alfalfa hay, grass hay, protein component: Hi Doug, I ve never had a problem feeding straight alfalfa/lucerne hay to horses. Up until I moved interstate (approx 2 years ago) all I could get was pure alfalfa. I always had beautiful healthy horses and never had any digestive problems or foundering...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: along the lines of tack, crocheted blanket, cotton rug
crocheted blanket, cotton rug, horse stuff: Hi Erin, It is indeed a cooler rug. They are very popular in England and Australia. You put them on the horse then place a cotton rug on top. The weave allows extra air to get under the rug to cool/dry the horse off more quickly without chilling. The...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: avocado, avocado, livestock
avocado, livestock, pulp: Hi Leilani, Thanks for your question. Extensive testing has revealed that advocado seed/ seed case/bark/leaves and wood is poisonous to just about all animals. There is nothing to say the fruit (the pulp inside)is poisonous, but I wouldn t chance...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: Belgian Draft Cross, exercise levels, draft cross
exercise levels, draft cross, belgian draft: Hi Tom, Thanks for your question. How long have you had your horse? 100lbs (roughly 50kg) is a huge amount of weight for a horse to lose in a short time as he is still being worked on a fairly light schedule. It really depends on how long you ve had...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: Belly, pot belly, quality hay
pot belly, quality hay, roughage: Hi Stefanie, Thanks for your question. Your gelding s pot belly is most likely attributed to the poor hay. It sounds like the hay you are feeding is not very nutritous therefore he has to eat more of it to get the nutrients he needs. The belly is a result...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: bamboo, forage, life cycle
forage, life cycle, fencing: Hi DeAndra, I would remove the bamboo. Although the horses are unlikely to eat it, especially if there is plenty of other forage, it can be dangerous at certain stages of it s life cycle. If there isn t much I d dig it out. If there is too much it might...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: belgian horses, worse case scenario, belgian horses
worse case scenario, belgian horses, typical life: Hi Debbie, Belgian drafts usually have quite a heavy coat and in warmer temps would be more likely to sweat than your average TB for instance. HOWEVER, the description you have presented is not normal. I would have her checked out by a vet, it sounds...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: Colt feeding schedule, foals, foal
foals, foal, colt: Hi I never got to know what to do about foals because mine died a little after he was born so I m not really sure. But I wouldn t start feeding her grain until you start to train and breack her. If you did say that she is nursing healthily and is starting...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: clipping my horses legs!, mud fever, electric clippers
mud fever, electric clippers, irish cob: Hi Lynda, This one is very hard to answer without a) knowing the history of the horse and b)without seeing him react. There are two options: 1. He has had a bad experience in the past and is reacting out of fear. 2. He has developed a bad habit...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: deworming my horse, new mother, sudden change
new mother, sudden change, donkey: I dont think that it will hurt him. But if you see any signs of colic call your vet imdetitally. If you are still worried about it just call your vet out and have your vet give him a check up. But the only thing I think you should worry about is colic. I know...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: diet in horses, alfalfa hay, sweet feed
alfalfa hay, sweet feed, daily basis: It depends on the workload. If it is hard work or a heavy load then it would be worth giving some sweet feed to supplement. If it s fairly easy work then alfalfa should be sufficient. Look at the condition of your horse. Does it still have energy after...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: FEEDING VINAGAR TO A STALLION, apple cider vinagar, vinegar
apple cider vinagar, vinegar, stallion: Putting vinagar in a horse s feed is suppose to be good for him. I heard it makes their coats really shiny and it also makes the flies stop biting so much. I think that most people use apple cider vinagar though. I don t see why not you shouldn t use vinegar...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: Feeding..., apple cidar vinegar, show jumper
apple cidar vinegar, show jumper, show horses: It depends on what type of grain you plan on giving him. If it is going to be sweetfeed he should get about half to a whole scoop, like maybe give him half a scoop in the mouring and a whole scoop at night. If it is going to be grain that is meant for show...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: Colt feeding schedule, tack supply, foal
Horses - Diet and Nutrition: Colt feeding schedule, tack supply, foal, colt

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: FEEDING VINAGAR TO A STALLION, recipes
Horses - Diet and Nutrition: FEEDING VINAGAR TO A STALLION, recipes

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: horses nutrition, beet pulp, sweet feed
Horses - Diet and Nutrition: horses nutrition, beet pulp, sweet feed, alfalfa

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: licking the ground, sand colic, salt block
Horses - Diet and Nutrition: licking the ground, sand colic, salt block, mineral salt

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: nursing mare, hindquarters, mare
Horses - Diet and Nutrition: nursing mare, hindquarters, mare

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: feed, iodine solution, morining
iodine solution, morining, morning and evening: Throughbred horses will be slim because thats the way the breed is built, but if you think that he is underweight then you should start by feeding him 2 flakes of hay morning and evening and 1 scoop of grain morining and evening. It is not too healthy to ride...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: what to feed, quality alfalfa, feed mixture
quality alfalfa, feed mixture, grass mix: Hi April, Thanks for your question. You have to be careful with ponies that they don t get too overweight as it s a lot harder to take off then put on. What is the analysis of the sweet feed (energy, protein etc) and how much are you feeding? What...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: feed, iodine solution, underweight
iodine solution, underweight, fungus: ok it s good that you ride him everyday but you should give your horse days off. So like give him about 2-3 days off a week. If you want him to gain some weight then I would try giving him 2 flakes in the morning and 2 at night, then give him a scoop of grain...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: Garlic, garlic capsules, place garlic
garlic capsules, place garlic, equine animal: Hi Nicole, First up, has the horse seen a vet? The vet will need to run full blood tests to see what is causing the allergy in the first place. Garlic can help, but you would need much more than capsules provide. After the blood tests come back and...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: Grass, grass clippings, grass cuttings
grass clippings, grass cuttings, bowel impaction: Hi Mark, Thanks for your question. The short answer is NO!!!! :0) NEVER EVER feed grass clippings to horses. The short stem and heat produced from the cut and continuing decomposition which begins as soon as the grass is cut, will once digested by...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: Green Alfalfa, alfalfa plant, extreme drought
alfalfa plant, extreme drought, roughage: Hi Richard, The alfalfa plant itself is a wonderful grazing perennial for horses. Just make sure that you only leave them for an hour or two for a few weeks so that they don t gorge themselves and risk bloat and laminitis. Now, this isn t a problem...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: geriatric horse feed, vitamin mineral supplement, calcium absorbtion
vitamin mineral supplement, calcium absorbtion, soybean meal: Hi Lori, Sugar beet is a good feed, but don t forget to soak it first (just follow the directions on the bag). I still don t like the bran, and I personally would substitute with lucerne/alfalfa chaff. A little bran can be added to the feed say up to...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: Horse Feed, suspensory ligament, dressage horses
suspensory ligament, dressage horses, stall rest: Hi Mary, I m in Australia and we don t have the same brands as you do in the US and UK so I don t know what is in those particular feeds. As your horse is injured and will be stable bound I would cut out the grain altogether - she doesn t need it and...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: Horse refusal to drink water, bashkir curly horse, bran mash
bashkir curly horse, bran mash, wheat bran: Hi Elizabeth, First, timothy hay is not enough to sustain a horse with this workload. Second, I recommend removing the bran mash. I believe that there is no place in the diet of horses for bran mashes. Wheat bran binds calcium and stops the horse from...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: Horse sweats and nose bleed, deserved retirement, semi retirement
deserved retirement, semi retirement, indoor arena: Hi Barb, The short answer is that your horse s body is telling you that it is too old to do the kind of work you want it to do. Nasal bleeds are an obvious sign that physically, it cannot take the strain of this highly athletic activity. From what you...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: Can Horses eat Silage, lawn clippings, borded
lawn clippings, borded, feeding trough: Hi, Short answer is no. Like lawn clippings silage can ferment in the stomach/hind gut and cause severe colic. It would be best to try and fence it off or move the feeder for the cattle to the other side of the paddock so the horse can t reach it. ...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: hair loss on top of tail, ground flax seed, apple cider vinegar
ground flax seed, apple cider vinegar, alfalfa pellets: Hi Christina, This is bit of a tricky one! Is the horse leaning on his tail or rubbing it on a wall or fence? There are a few things that can make a tail fall out. These include: Selenium Toxicity Contact dermatitis Ringworm. There are...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: hay storage, square bales, bales of hay
square bales, bales of hay, hay storage: Hi Randy, Thanks for your question. I usually store my hay with one of the flat sides down. It sure makes it easier to stack! I haven t heard of a way not to store hay. So long as air can circulate around the bales and that you don t stack so high...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: hernia-what does one look and feel like?, arabian mare, oval area
arabian mare, oval area, pound man: Hi Judy, I doubt very much that it s a hernia, I ve had a few horses develop fatty tissue lumps in this area. However, if it gets bigger or starts to get sore, get a vet to check it out. Please, please, please don t let that man ride her again, he is...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: horse feeding, pony nuts, pasture mix
pony nuts, pasture mix, thoroughbred gelding: Hi Julie, Your horse s diet is not balanced which is why he is not in good condition. Sugar beet and bran are not a complete diet and in the case of bran (I assume you mean wheat bran?) is actually damaging your horse. This diet is not sufficent for a...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: horses nutrition, corn bran, thoroughbred mares
corn bran, thoroughbred mares, ground limestone: Hi So you can t go out and buy grain right? Because if you could you should try sweet feed. But I dont think you can according to your message. If you have oats I would try feeding that to them. Maybe more alfa hay. Just try stuff that you think that would...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: Lameness, horse vet, mineral base
horse vet, mineral base, joint food: It s a shame you can t xray her. Does she kick even under sedation? I haven t heard of powdered iodine, not for arthritis anyway.... But I haven t seen it available for many years. Your vet might be able to get some for you? Sounds like you have her...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: licking the ground, colic, vet
colic, vet, signs: It depends on what might be on the ground. Like if you once had a salt block out there or something then he might be trying to get some salt that might of been left on the ground. You shouldnt worry about it to much, but if he starts to have signs of colic...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: loss in hair color, apple cidar vinegar, chestnut mare
apple cidar vinegar, chestnut mare, black horses: I have never heard of horse losing his coat color from feedig him the wrong thing. It could be plenty of other reasons why too. Like if you leave your horse out in the sun for a long time the coat will start to fade away but that is usually with black horses....

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: Malnourished horse, skin and bones, malnourishment
skin and bones, malnourishment, putting on weight: Hi Barbara, Good on you for taking on the challenge. Taking a malnourished horse to good health is a slow, challenging but ultimately rewarding experience. The first concepts to understand that malnourishment affects a horse: physically, physiologically...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: Malnourished sorta?, mare and foal, sexual maturity
mare and foal, sexual maturity, correct weight: Hi Kelly, My first suggestion is to geld this horse. He is not a good breeding prospect and by gelding him he will most likely grow taller and fill out as all his energies will go to growth rather than sexual maturity. I certainly wouldn t breed from...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: Mare with bad dandruff !!!, curry comb, piriton
curry comb, piriton, sweet itch: Hi Kate, This is quite a common side effect of sweet itch. You need to pick a warmish day and give her a good bath with a medicated equine shampoo. Give her a good scrub with your fingers or rubber curry comb to get down to the skin. You may need to...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: Nutrition, stable yard, gaining weight
stable yard, gaining weight, gain weight: Hi Rachael, Can you tell me a few more things about your horse? How is she kept? (Stable, yard, paddock, combination?) Is she rugged? What are you feeding her? How often do you ride/work her? How long? What intensity? What activity (trail...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: natural feed, alfalfa hay, soybean meal
alfalfa hay, soybean meal, rice bran: Hi Karen, Without knowing what this powerful supplement is its hard to say what foods would agree with it. I would certainly avoid corn, your horse doesn t need it and probably would fizz with it. Your horse is only in light work, it doesn t really...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: nursing mare, foal, colt
foal, colt, mare: I m sorry i cant help with that question. My mare s foal died so I dont have exprience in that or I didnt study anything either because I didnt have a reason to since the foal died. The next time your vet is out maybe you should check with him. Thank Yo...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: plants horses can or cannot eat., cucumber plants, planting a garden
cucumber plants, planting a garden, night shade: Hi Rob, Thanks for your question. There are so many different varieties and hybrids of plants these days that I m hesitant to give a general answer. I suggest you take the common and scientific names of the type of cucumber you want to plant to your...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: Ribby 5 year old TB, thoroughbred gelding, rice bran
thoroughbred gelding, rice bran, nutrient composition: Hi Trix, To be honest I had to research what tef was, it s not used much/if at all here in Australia. From the nutrient composition analysis I have found it is very similar to our oaten hay. It has medium levels of energy and fairly low levels of...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: Supplements, horse stable, canters
horse stable, canters, pre existing conditions: Hi Haley It very much depends on the type of work they will be doing. Are the trails steep or in other ways hard work? Will the horses just walk along or will there be lots of canters? Make sure you have a balanced feed that meets their needs. An...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: strangles, bran mash, pleasure horses
bran mash, pleasure horses, rice bran: Hi JoAnne Thanks for your question. Strangles is a horrible disease that is very contaigous and extremely painful for the horse and heart wrenching for the owner to watch. 99% of strangles cases can be prevented by an annual vaccine that should be administered...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: sugar cubes, sugar cubes, cheers
sugar cubes, cheers, horses: Hi, It s not the sugar cubes that are bad for the horse (although they shouldn t be fed too many - strictly a now and then treat) but the behaviour that many owners unintentionally reward by feeding the cubes. Like most things, it just comes down to...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: Topped Field/Rushes, irish draft, dept of agriculture
irish draft, dept of agriculture, shetland: Hi Penny, I can t see any problem provided the Rushes aren t poisonous. Without knowing exactly what species of plant the rushes are it s hard to be specific, but as long as they are not poisonous - especially after being cut, it should be fine. If...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: Vaccines, combination vaccine, booster shot
combination vaccine, booster shot, innovator: Hi, It means that if she hasn t had this vaccine before she needs two injections - 1 now and 1 in 2 - 4 weeks after the initial injection. She will then need 1 injection a year as a booster. If she has had the vaccine before then she just needs the...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: Winter feeding and 1 underweight appy, competition horses, performance mix
competition horses, performance mix, balanced performance: Hi, 1. Senior feeds are such for two reasons. 1. they are maintenance levels of energy and protein only (which is why your horse is losing weight, she s using more energy and protein than she s receiving in her feed). 2. They often have a digestive additive...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: over weight pony, steady trot, quality hay
steady trot, quality hay, knowledgeable person: Hi Hayley, You are quite right in your concern about the pony getting too fat. What is your pasture like? Lush? Or dry? What kind of hay are you feeding? Your pony also needs to exercise more. If she can t be ridden - for whatever reason - then...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: widsucking, ingrained habit, annoying habit
ingrained habit, annoying habit, stable doors: Hi Jess Thanks for your question. The short answer is no. Once it s an ingrained habit it s almost impossible to break. That said however, I ve never had any problems with windsuckers. I ve tried the collars but they don t work and are a safety...

Horses - Diet and Nutrition: worming, qh mare, drug group
qh mare, drug group, ivermectin: It sounds like all your horses need to be rotated to a different drug group. You should rotate your wormer chemicals annually to prevent resistance. Have a chat to your vet about which wormer would be the best for you to rotate to in your area. Cheer...

Horticulture: Broken Dracaena Plant, dracaena plant, softley
dracaena plant, softley, mrec: Krish, I visited with my wife, and we both think it should root in water. She found the following site, at the U of Flordia. http://mrec.ifas.ufl.edu/Foliage/folnotes/dracaena.htm If the plant has not gotten to soft it should reroot, let me know how...

Horticulture: Drought resistant crops, e mail address, third world countries
e mail address, third world countries, resistant crops: David, The answer to your second part requires more time than I have available this morning. Please respond to my e-mail address I gave you. This space only allows so many words or characters. My answers will exceed the allowed space. Please give me some...

Horticulture: Germination of lentil beans, lentil beans, process of germination
Horticulture: Germination of lentil beans, lentil beans, process of germination, conclusion

Horticulture: Germination of lentil beans, minute increments, lentil beans
minute increments, lentil beans, pinto beans: Glad to help out. I assume this is a science fair project. Lentils, beans and pea have a germination temperature range of 50 degrees to about 110 degrees. The best temperature is probably in the 75 to 85 degree range. Any thing over 120 will most likely kill...

Horticulture: PINK POLKA DOT PLANT, polka dot plant, aquarium water
polka dot plant, aquarium water, fish tank: Tai, I must tell you I have never worked with a Polka-dot Plant, but we can examine several ideas with you, that might help out. First how old is the plant, is it in the original soil and pot? They appear to to be sensitive to chlorine & fluorine in the...

Horticulture: pineapples, leaf tip, softley
leaf tip, softley, green leaves: David, First I must say I have no experience with pineapples, so this will be a learning experience for both of us. Please ask other people for their thoughts also. Now for your problem. Do they all have the same environment? Is there a different soil...

Horticulture: Rubber tree variaties, rubber trees, softley
rubber trees, softley, rubber tree: Billy, Thank you for the question. I will need to research this question as it is way out of my field. Please give me a few days to look up answers. When I have some resources to look into, I will get back to you. May I ask how you are using this information?...

Horticulture: scheflera, sphagnum moss, aluminum foil
sphagnum moss, aluminum foil, arboricola: Rosemary, The easiest way to propagate a Schefflera is by air layering. Cut a ring around the stem through the bark. Then moisten a ball of Sphagnum moss and squeeze out all the water you can. A ball about the size of your fist is usually enough. Wrap...

Horticulture: yucca tree, yucca tree, dead leaves
yucca tree, dead leaves, softley: Sean, Thanks for the question. Tell me a little more about the tree. How old is it? Are the leaves dying from the base to the tip, or tip to the base? Where are you located, (what town), and what kind of soil is it growing in? If you can send a photograph...

Horticulture: Bird of Paradise, new growth, herbicide damage, new leaves
herbicide damage, new leaves, whorl: Julie, I am not sure I really know the answer. New leaves slide over, or along the older leaves, if for some reason the leaf does not slide smoothly they will tear. We see this in corn if there has been a freeze, or sometimes herbicide damage. I suspect...

Horticulture: black walnut tree, Walnuts
Walnuts: There may be, but I am not finding much that will work. Some insecticides occasionally inhibit fruit production when applied near blooming time. Let me look and check on some other things this winter. What time in the spring do your trees bloom? If...

Horticulture: Dying Cyclamen, soil line, new leaves
soil line, new leaves, dead leaves: Dorothy, Let me do some more looking into the literature. I don t know what to say. It sounds like the plant sap is not moving within the leaf stems, or the leaf is not making enough energy to keep the leaf alive and healthy. I have to get some reports...

Horticulture: toxicity of Nandina Fire Power (NOT Heavenly Bamboo!!), nandinas, firepower
Horticulture: toxicity of Nandina Fire Power (NOT Heavenly Bamboo!!), nandinas, firepower, toxicity

Horticulture: Growing grapes, cherries and peaches from seeds, growing grapes, softley
growing grapes, softley, cherries: This is somewhat of a two part answer. Yes they will grow from seeds. I strongly suggest checking with the agricultural people before taking seeds in to make sure no diseases are introduced via the seeds. What variety of each of these plants will produce...

Horticulture: orange trees, citrus plants, orange trees
citrus plants, orange trees, root stock: Occasionally orange trees will have thorns, and it appears to be a “throw back” to the wild type from which most trees were developed. I am not sure that I can say it is common to produce thorns, but it is part of the genetics of the orange as well as many...

Horticulture: Rubber Limbs Broke, softley, rubber tree
softley, rubber tree, roots: Kim I am not sure about this, I would put the stem in water and see if it will root. If the break is ragged I would cut the very end off so there is a smooth end for the roots to form at. I don t know what to suggest for the wound on the main plant. I am...

Horticulture: Sterile hybrid producing offspring?, tiny neighbor, viable seeds
tiny neighbor, viable seeds, vigorous grower: It runs in my mind these plants will send out rhizome, that could account for young plants. The seeds produced, if any, should not germinate. This is somewhat of a short answer, but I think it covers the topic. If you want more discussion, send a note back....

Horticulture: toxicity of Nandina Fire Power (NOT Heavenly Bamboo!!), fire power, unexpected place
fire power, unexpected place, azalea: Trici, I did not find anything additional. I will keep looking, it seams when one is not looking for an answer it will pop-up in an unexpected place. Maybe some one will come forward with better information than I have. Keep in touch. Dale Softle...

Horticulture: toxins in japanese yew roots? lily of the valley roots?, golden retriever puppies, japanese yews
golden retriever puppies, japanese yews, japanese yew: Tricia, I would think if you get most of the root up you will be in good shape. It may take two or three digging sessions if the remaing root sends up new shoots. I could not find much information on the toxicity of the roots. As you know there is considerable...