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Matching feed ingredients with nutrients

Nutrition
January 16th, 2022

Recognizing and understanding ingredients on a bag of horse feed can be challenging. In this 2018 article published by the Paulick Report, author Denise Steffanus details which horse feed ingredients contain which nutrients.

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Horses' protein needs

Nutrition
January 12th, 2022

Protein is a critical nutrient for building muscle and strength in horses, and research about horses’ protein requirements is ongoing. Claire Thunes provides a summary of a recent lecture by University of Kentucky equine nutrition researcher Kristine Urschel, PhD, about how horses digest and absorb protein and its role in building muscle and topline in this article available on The Horse.

Feeding the broodmare

Nutrition
January 10th, 2022

The nutritional needs of broodmares change as they go through stages of reproduction. In this online publication, authors Laurie Lawrence and Fernanda Camargo from the University of Kentucky Department of Animal and Food Sciences provide a comprehensive overview of nutritional strategies throughout the broodmare’s reproductive cycle, including meeting feeding needs during gestation, lactation, rebreeding, and post-weaning.  

Basics of equine nutrition

Nutrition
January 10th, 2022

This article, written by Dr. Carey Williams for Rutgers Agricultural Experiment Station, provides a basic overview of some of the limitations of horses’ digestive systems and responsive considerations for their nutrition; including needed nutrients, forages, and supplements. Thank you to C. Williams for the photograph with diagram.

Nutrition for mares, foals, and weanlings

Nutrition
March 24th, 2020

Chris Baker from Three Chimneys Farm shares information on nutrition for mares, foals, and weanlings. For the first several months, foals receive their basic nutrients from milk. During that time, the mare requires nutrient rich feed and sufficient caloric intake to maintain her milk production and overall health. 

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