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The Equine Nutrition and Health Services Blog provides equine nutrition tips, advice, and product discussion as well a variety of interactive features to help foster discussion and learning. Located at www.equinenutritionhealth.com, the blog offers an "Ask the Nutritionist" form, Equine Health and Wellness forum, videos, and an equine photo submission in addition to its weekly equine nutrition blog posts.

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In addition to Equine Nutrition and Health Services blog posts, we like to share relevant and educational equine nutrition articles.

Recent Blog Posts

Muzzle, Stall, or Dry Lot?

Posted by Dr. Amy Gill on Tuesday, October 8, 2013 Under: Nutrition Tips & Advice

We all have had at least one or two horses that cannot be left to free range on pasture due to risk of laminitis or colic, seem to gain weight while barely eating anything...

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Managing Horses on Fall Pastures

Posted by Dr. Amy Gill on Tuesday, September 3, 2013 Under: Nutrition Tips & Advice

As we head into fall, it’s time to plan for changes in the nutritional needs of your horses and those of the pastures they have been grazing.  After a long hot summer, many pastures become...

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Is Botulism a Serious Threat to my Horse?

Posted by Dr. Amy Gill on Monday, August 12, 2013 Under: Nutrition Tips & Advice

Botulism is caused by toxins produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum.  Horses can consume the bacterial spores from soil and feedstuffs.  Most often it is found in forage where...

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Slow feeding….What it Means for the Health of Your Horse

Posted by Dr. Amy Gill on Friday, July 12, 2013 Under: Nutrition Tips & Advice

Though it’s not really anyone’s fault per se, today’s modern horse keeping practices have unfortunately forced horses  into sedentary lifestyles where free ranging and getting plenty of exercise foraging for foodstuffs has essentially become a thing of the past.  To compound the problem...

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Equine Immunity: How Nutrition Can Improve Immune Response

Posted by Dr. Amy Gill on Wednesday, July 10, 2013 Under: Nutrition Tips & Advice

Keeping horses healthy and free of disease and disorders is a hot topic of conversation in many popular press journals, magazines and on the internet.  Horse husbandry advice ranges from...

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Fighting Fly Allergies & Mosquito Borne Diseases Starts With A Proactive Understanding Of These Problems

Posted by Dr. Amy Gill on Tuesday, May 28th, 2013 Under: Nutrition Tips & Advice

It Takes More Than Insect Repellent To Manage Fly Allergies & Mosquito Control Issues. Learn How To Prepare Yourself For This Season's Pest Control Problems...

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Protein & Amino Acids in the Equine Diet

Posted by Dr. Amy Gill on Thursday, August 23th, 2012 Under: Nutrition Tips & Advice

Proteins are composed of units called amino acids. Proteins are synthesized from available amino acids that are ingested or synthesized by the horse and are used to build muscle and bone, blood components, enzymes that catalyze biochemical reactions, hormones, peptides, and antibodies...

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Alfalfa & the Equine Diet – Its Uses and Benefits

Posted by Dr. Amy Gill on Tuesday, August 14th, 2012 Under: Nutrition Tips & Advice

For horses, the sweet smell and green, leafy look of alfalfa is hard to resist. While horses love the taste of this forage, it often comes with a variety of myths and misconceptions that lead horse owners to under utilize this valuable forage in their horse’s diet...

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All Blog Posts

Muzzle, Stall, or Dry Lot?

   We all have had at least one or two horses that cannot be left to free range...

Managing Horses on Fall Pastures

   As we head into fall, it’s time to plan for changes in the nutritional needs of your horses...

Is Botulism a Serious Threat to my Horse?

   Botulism is caused by toxins produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum...

Slow feeding….What it Means for the Health of Your Horse

   Though it’s not really anyone’s fault per se, today’s modern horse keeping practices have unfortunately forced horses...

Fighting Fly Allergies & Mosquito Borne Diseases Starts With A Proactive Understanding Of These Problems

   It Takes More Than Insect Repellent To Manage Fly Allergies & Mosquito Control Issues...

Equine Immunity: How Nutrition Can Improve Immune Response

   Keeping horses healthy and free of disease and disorders is a hot topic of conversation in many popular press journals, magazines...   

Let's Talk About...Manure!

   Horse manure is one the most widely scrutinized “by-product” of horse husbandry...

Protein & Amino Acids in the Equine Diet

   Proteins are composed of units called amino acids. Proteins are synthesized...

Alfalfa & the Equine Diet – Its Uses and Benefits

   For horses, the sweet smell and green, leafy look of alfalfa is hard to resist...

Why Do Horses Eat Dirt?

    Dirt is a natural part of the equine diet. It contains minerals in bio-available form

Exercising and Training Horses in Hot Weather

   As the summer temperatures rise, heat and humidity become an issue for those trying to exercise and train horses...

Equine Probiotics for Digestive Health - EquiOtic

   Not all equine probiotic supplements are the same, learn about a live, equine sourced...

Supporting the Equine Immune System - Beta-Stim™

   From time to time all horses can benefit from an immune boost...

Managing Horses in Hot, Dry Weather

   Hot, dry weather is on the rise across the country and will continue throughout the summer months...

Interpreting the Feed Tag Part 2 - Understanding Minimum & Maximum Percentages

   Part 2 of our Interpreting the Feed Tag series will focus on the minimum and maximum percentages  of calcium...

How to Feed Your Horse on the Road

   With warmer weather comes thoughts and plans of hitting the road ...

Interpreting the Feed Tag Part 1 - Understanding Crude Protein, Fat, and Fiber

   The guaranteed analysis on a feed tag provides concentrations of specific nutrients...

A,B,C,D,E,K - Vitamins and the Horse

   Vitamins in the horse's body serve as antioxidants and are necessary for several metabolic processes...

Classifying Equine Feeds

   Looking through and examining the many types of equine feed available in today's market can be an overwhelming...

Micro, Macro, and Chelated - The Differences Among Minerals

   Minerals are inorganic molecules, also called elements, which are derived from the earth...

Feeding Myths Debunked - Pellets & Beet Pulp

   There are a number of myths and misconceptions when it comes to feeding the horse...

Food Allergies in Horses - A Tricky Conundrum

   Over the past several years, testing horses for horse feed allergies has become very popular...

Vitamin & Mineral Supplements - Beware of the "Kitchen Sink"

   With hundreds of vitamin and mineral supplements on the market today it can be difficult in knowing...

Supporting Equine Digestion - Intestinal Micro-organisms for Healthy Gut Function

   The equine digestive tract is a fragile system and the rigors of training often cause disruption...

Essential Fatty Acids - The Functions and Benefits

   Essential Fatty Acids (EFA’s) are compounds that are called essential because they are not synthesized by the body...

Picky Eaters - Feeding Strategies for the Finicky Horse

   Feeding horses with a selective palate can become a frustrating matter...

An Equine Electrolyte for All Seasons - Electro-Ryte™

   Even with cooler weather on the horizon, maintaining your horse's electrolyte level is still as important as ever...

Fueling the Motor – Energy Sources for Horses

   The energy level of the horse is one of the most commonly analyzed factors of performance...

The Scoop on Protein 

   The myths and misconceptions about protein are abundant. Have you ever...

What Makes Good Hay?

   The type of cutting that hay is derived from has often been used as an indicator of quality, but this method of evaluation is not the most accurate...

Ingredients in Feed that Affect Behavior

   Do you ever wonder if your horse’s feed is affecting his behavior? The way we feed our horses...

The Truth Behind Bran Mash - Its Uses & Disadvantages

   Despite being fed with good intentions, giving a weekly bran mash actually causes a dramatic...

Feeding and Management of Horses During the Transition from Warm to Cool Weather

   As the days shorten, good planning in conjunction with quality feeds and facilities can make...

Targeted Nutrient Therapy for Insulin Resistance

   Another proactive measure in helping the Insulin Resistant horse is a a supplement designed to...

Calcium - More than Just Bone

   Often when we hear the word calcium we think of it as a bone building nutrient, but calcium also serves...

Feeding and Managing the Overweight Equine - Being Proactive

   Equine obesity comes with its fair share of complications, just as it does in humans. As discussed last time, organ failure...

Feeding and Managing the Overweight Equine - Complications of Obesity 

   More and more nutritionists and veterinarians are seeing an increase in obesity within other species, including equines...

OmegaTri and the Equine - Reducing Inflammation, Restoring Balance

   The topic of oil supplementation for the horse is a common discussion among horse owners...

Keeping the Horse Replenished – Equine Electrolytes

   Electrolytes are mineral salts that create the electrical current in the horse and are necessary...

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