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What are Essential Amino Acids in Protein, and Why Do They Matter?

Nutrition articles frequently refer to protein quality and essential amino acids. When we use the term crude protein, we are essentially talking about a calculation based on measured nitrogen. Protein is about 16% nitrogen by weight, so if we measure …

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Does My Senior Horse Need Calories or Protein?

There are some common questions come up when we talk about what happens to horses as they age and why their bodies change shape: Does my good old horse need more calories (energy) or more protein? He is out on …

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Feeding Sunflower Seeds to Horses

Sunflower seeds come in 2 basic classifications with some specialized varieties in each. Black oil sunflower seeds are primarily produced for sunflower oil production, and striped sunflower seeds are primarily produced for confectionary/human consumption. Black oil sunflower seeds will be …

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Selenium Levels for Horses

As a horse owner, you may have heard about selenium levels and that you need to be concerned with them.  But why? Technical reason: selenium is a key trace mineral in equine diets because it is a major component of …

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Manage Pasture to Help Control Horse Feed Costs

Managing pasture can be a very important tool in controlling feeding cost for all livestock, particularly horses being kept on small acreages.  If pasture is going to provide a substantial amount of the required nutrition for a horse, it takes …

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Spring Pasture Time for Horses!

Introducing horses to growing pasture is a welcome event each year, yet must be approached with caution. Introducing the horses to pasture too soon in the season or for too long a time period can be bad for both the …

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Is City Water OK for My Horse?

The question comes up from time to time if municipal water supplies are OK for horses. The concern is generally related to the added chlorine or added fluoride in the water. The water is treated with chlorine to minimize risk …

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Horse Feed Tag Mathematics

We often receive questions from horse owners, wondering what the various units of measure on horse feed tags mean, and how they can use those units to figure out what their horse is consuming…and wondering why in the world they …

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Dehydration in Horses – A Year Round Concern

We sometimes think of dehydration as only a hot weather concern. Horses (and people) can experience dehydration any time they are losing more water from their body than they are taking in to maintain fluid balance. This can be a …

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Feeding the Hard-Keeper Horse that has Ulcers

My horse is a hard keeper, and is also prone to ulcers.  What should I feed? Horses vary a great deal in what level of nutrition is required to maintain desired body condition and muscle mass.  Horses have not been …

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