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Wondering whether you’re feeding a surplus of supplements? Are your ponies at a healthy weight, or are they a little too roly-poly? How much hay does a horse need, anyway? Now’s a great time to learn the answers to those questions and more.

Through Jan 23, 2012, Dr. Eleanor Kellon is offering a buy one get one free special on ALL of her online classes on equine nutrition and management. Free course to be same length as the purchased course – 10 week course or 2.5 week short course. Read the rest of this entry »

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Formal Place SettingDo you know which nutrients are important building blocks for healthy hoofs? Read ‘Feed the Feet‘, an article by Dr. Eleanor Kellon, VMD, in the August 2011 issue of HorseLink Magazine – a free online publication.

(Also in this issue, Clinton Anderson shows you how to teach your horse to flex his neck, and top clinician Julie Goodnight tests five saddlebags.

Plus, find out the latest cribbing research, learn about electrolytes, get your horse squeaky clean, and ride Kentucky with Darley Newman of Equitrekking.)

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Sodium deficiency leads to dehydration in horses! The electrolyte most likely to be in short supply in horses is sodium. You are better off providing extra sodium rather than too little, as a healthy horse can easily excrete the excess if plenty of fresh water is available.

Table salt is 40% sodium by weight (plain old iodized salt from the grocery store) – 2 tablespoons mixed with wet feed or sprinkled over wet hay fulfills the baseline daily sodium requirement (before sweat losses) for a 1000 lb horse. Read the rest of this entry »

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Caution! Grass that’s high in simple sugars and starches can trigger a laminitis attack in sensitive horses!

Was your horse or pony “a little sore-footed” last spring when the grass started coming out?

Is your mule a little on the chunky side?

Does your donkey have a cresty neck or fatty deposits at the top of his tail?

Is your miniature horse an easy keeper?

If you answered yes to any of those questions, your equine buddy may be insulin resistant.  Grass, hay, and bagged feeds that are high in simple sugars and starch can trigger a laminitis attack in insulin resistant equines!  Plan to limit grazing time this spring, and make other adjustments to your feeding program, to ward off a potential laminitis attack.
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Do hoof supplements really work? Do some work better than others? Which ingredients should I look for?

To find out, read this article from the May 2009 issue of Horse Journal, documenting results from a field trial of 28 hoof supplements:

Horse Journal Field Trial of Hoof Supplements


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