Feeding Horses when the Temperatures Drop

Here’s a useful article from the University of Maryland College of Agriculture and Natural Resources which I first read at http://www.thehorse.com. It seems particularly appropriate given that I just had to cross country ski to the barn today! Winter presents a challenge to horse owners when it comes to feeding their horses. Low temperatures, harsh […]

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What is a Ration Balancer and Why Should I Feed One?

Ration balancers seem to be all the buzz on equine bulletin boards these days — almost everyone is feeding one or asking about feeding one. So what are they? A ration balancer is a lot like a multi-vitamin supplement for your horse that is fed to balance the nutritional content of your horse’s total ration […]

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Will Feeding Too Much Hay Make My Horse Fat?

When I boarded my horse at a commercial facility, he generally got two flakes of hay in the morning and another three overnight. When it was really cold out, they might add a late night feeding. At that time, he also got 8 quarts of 14% pellets per day and an additional quart of oats.  […]

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Feeding Alfalfa Beneficial for Ulcer-Prone Horses

Feeding Alfalfa Beneficial for Ulcer-Prone Horse

Research into equine ulcers has revealed that 90% of racehorses, more than 50% of performance horses, and as many as 37% of pleasure horses suffer from gastric ulcers. That is a stunningly large amount of the horse population. Could feeding Alfalfa hay be beneficial for ulcer-prone horse? Research suggests that it could be helpful. Ulcers […]

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Beet Pulp Fact and Fiction

I’ve written about beet pulp in the past as a forage alternative in the past, but there are so many misconceptions about this type of feed that I feel it deserves its own post. Beet pulp is the fiber that remains when sugar is extracted from beets. It is high in fermentable fiber and is […]

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Have some Chardonnay with that Equine Senior, why don’t you?

One day I noticed that the owner of one of the ponies at the barn had switched her pony’s feed. I asked her why. She had been feeding the pony a regime prescribed by a nutritionist that had come to the barn and evaluated several of the horses. Her reply? The new feed looked more […]

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