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nutrition What’s in your horse’s feed bucket? Good nutrition is the key to a healthy horse. Learn all about feeding a horse and meeting his nutritional needs.



Horsekeeping - Healthy Pastures
Experts give advice on how to make the most out of your pasture.

10 Rules to Feed By
No matter what type of horse you have, proper nutrition is important for keeping him healthy and happy.

Senior Horse Servings
Nutrition strategies for older horses, whether they're hard-keepers, easy-keepers, or just right.

Soil and Hay Tests for Horse Owners
Equine nutritionists recommend testing your horse's pasture and hay. Here's why and how to do it.

Top 10 Winter Feeding Tips
Here are ten tips to feed your horse for a healthy winter.

Equine Nutrition Tip: Grass Clippings are Not Safe for Horses
Find out why it's not safe to feed your horse grass clippings after you've mowed the lawn.

A Better Technique for Measuring Changes in Your Horse's Weight
Taking a weight tape measurement at the heart girth may not be the best method.

Winter Nutrition Tip: Don't Forget the Water
Snow is not an adaquate source of water for horses.

Research Shows That More Than 20 Percent of Horses are Too Fat
The British study found a high obesity rate in horses kept as recreational mounts.

Protein and the Equine Diet
Dr. Juliet Getty explains the importance of protein in your horse's diet.

The Truth about Hay Bellies
Find out what really causes the distinctive, round abdomen in some horses.

Good nutrition is the key to healthy hooves
Poor-quality hooves could be an indication of other problems.

Is your horse getting his minerals?
Your pasture may not provide everything that your horse needs.

Use caution when introducing your horse to spring grass
Limiting intake at certain times of day can reduce risks related to fresh grass.

How does grazing time affect ponies' grass intake?
A recent study shows that reducing turn out time may not reduce the amount of grass consumed.

Iodized salt can help your horse's health
Iodine is necessary for proper thyroid function in horses.

Supplemental salt can help your horse in hot weather
Hot, humid weather increases the need for salt in your horse's diet.

Can horses eat before exercise?
Read more on this equine nutrition myth.

Feed extra forage at night for your horse's digestive health
Horses' digestive systems are designed to work constantly throughout the day and night.

Slow feeding is best for horse health
Equine nutritionists recommend ways to slow down your horse's consumption of forage and concentrate.

How to Safely Feed a Malnourished Horse
Whether undernourished due to illness or neglect, bringing a horse back up to a healthy weight must be done carefully.

Horses on a restricted diet resort to eating bedding
Even wood shavings become an appealing snack when equines are put on a diet.

Vitamin D Requirements for Horses
Stabled horses and those in northern regions are at risk of vitamin D deficiency.

Feeding fruit to an insulin-resistant horse
Horses love fruit, but is it safe to feed to a horse with insulin resistance?

When is the best time to feed grain to your horse before competition?
Testing by Kentucky Equine Research shows when to feed to optimize a horse's energy use.

Managing Insulin Resistant Horses
Even overweight horses stay healthiest with free-choice forage.

Vitamin C for senior horses
Older horses need supplemental vitamin C to maintain good health.

Is your horse getting sufficient vitamins and minerals?
If you're not feeding according to label instructions, your horse might be missing out.

Understanding Processed Horse Feeds
Is it better to feed processed or unprocessed grains to your horse?

The value of fat in a horse's diet
Supplemental fat may be a solution for sugar-sensitive horses.

Why don't horses have a gallbladder?
The equine diet and eating habits require a different type of digestion than that of humans.

How copper and zinc affect equine health
A faded, reddish coat can sometimes be attributed to an imbalance of these minerals.

A safer snacking solution for overweight horses
Horses can enjoy the flavor of apples without all the sugar.

Is Halloween candy safe for horses?
An equine nutrition expert explains how to decide what's safe for your horse.

Safe autumn grazing for horses
Cool temperatures can increase the risk of laminitis and other problems for some horses.

The Benefits of Yeast in Equine Nutrition
This unexpected ingredient can help horses in surprising ways.

Carbs, fats or protein: What's most important for your horse's diet?
An equine nutritionist breaks down the elements of an equine athlete's nutritional needs.

How to Stack Hay
Learn how to properly stack hay to prevent instability, mold, pests and heat build-up.

Pumpkin Treats for Horses
There are several ways your horse can enjoy this flavor of autumn.

How hay bags and slow feeders affect horses
Feeding hay with different methods had an impact on horses’ eating behavior, and their attitude toward humans.

Hay Before Grain?
An equine nutritionist explains why the order in which you feed your horse can make a difference in his digestive health.

Check Winter Feed
Identifying certain hay conditions could help keep your horse healthy this winter.

Goat Food Lethal for Horses
A common ingredient in goat food could lead to cardiac failure in horses.

Obesity in Horses is on the Rise
Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine researchers study equine obesity.

Making the Most of a Hot Horse
How to handle the hot horse through management and exercise.

The Bran Mash – Thumbs up or down?
The truth about this cold-weather comfort food for horses.

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