Monday, November 28, 2022

Does your horse need this super fiber - beet pulp? podcast - Listen

Ep. 048: Beet Pulp – What Is It and Why Do Horses Need It?

On this episode, co-hosts Dr. Tania Cubitt and Katy Starr discuss anything and everything you'd ever want to now about beet pulp including:

- What is beet pulp and where does it come from?
- What type of horse shold and shouldn't be fed beet pulp?| - Can beet pulp swell in a horse's stomach? - this answer may surprise you!

How much do you know about beet pulp? Go on this deep dive with us to really understand what this super fiber is all about!


Friday, November 25, 2022

Feed Tevis Winners

Developing an endurance horse requires proper training and conditioning, but without a solid feeding program, even the best-trained horses can struggle. Gabriella Blakeley and her 13-year-old Arabian gelding (also known as “Pyro”) won the 2022 Tevis Cup, with Christoph Schurke and the GE VA Blizzard of Ozz coming in second. “Ozzy,” the 13-year-old Arabian gelding, was also awarded the Haggin Cup, which is an award for the top 10 horse in best condition in the morning after finishing a ride.

Both riders know that feeding their horses well is critical to their long-term success and well-being. Carrie Williams, Ph.D., equine extension specialist and professor at Rutgers University, in New Brunswick, New Jersey, who also has experience feeding endurance horses, shared her advice with the horse.

Endurance Nutrition Program Overview

Williams said owners of endurance horses need to prioritize fats in their nutritional programs. “It is best to have them on a high-fat, forage-high fat diet because this is the primary fuel source they use for endurance exercise. It helps sustain their energy for long periods of time during exercise...”

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Monday, November 07, 2022

Selecting a Horse Trailer to Fit Your Needs - Full Article

If your horse needs a new ride, walk through this decision process so you end up with the perfect horse trailer.

By Stacey McKenna
May 14 2022

Many of us depend on trainers or friends to haul our horses to competitions, trailheads, or emergency veterinary appointments. That’s a sufficient strategy for some, but there’s a particular sort of freedom that comes from taking the leap and selecting a horse trailer of your own, especially if an emergency arises and a friend’s horse trailer is not available.

With an overwhelming array of options on the market, you won’t be starved for choice. Most trailer owners are glad to share their preferences, but it’s essential to choose the rig that’s right for you and your horse. Download our trailer-buying guide to help you navigate the market as you begin selecting a horse trailer...

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Friday, November 04, 2022

Transport Effects on Endurance Horses - Full Article

A study on transport effects on endurance horses concluded that equine athletes can experience significant changes in electrolyte concentrations prior to the start of competition during trailering and stabling.

By Nancy S. Loving, DVM | November 3, 2022

Equine athletes undergo considerable stressors even prior to competition. This is especially due to transport over significant distances to a venue. Horses that compete in long-duration sports, like endurance riding, are particularly at risk for dehydration and loss of electrolytes before and during competition. A study of horses competing in the July 2016 Tevis Cup 100-Mile One-Day Western States Trail Ride evaluated the status of horses prior to and during competition. The study aimed to determine transport effects on endurance horses. More specifically, it looked at how transport to the venue might affect their ability to compete successfully. [Fielding CL and Magdesian KG. Changes in electrolyte concentrations and hydration status in endurance horses following transport and an overnight stay prior to competition. American Journal of Veterinary Research Dec 2021, vol. 82 # 12]

Participating Horses

Researchers obtained blood samples on 19 equine participants in the Tevis Cup ride...

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Tuesday, November 01, 2022

Careful monitoring of endurance horses urged by researchers - Full Article

November 1, 2022

Endurance horses in more exhausting races should be carefully monitored, according to researchers who investigated the acute phase response of equines competing in the discipline.

The study by Karla Mihelić and her fellow researchers centered on 23 horses competing at one national competition held in April 2021 in Croatia.

Three races were held at the event, over distances of 43km, 67km and 86km. The races of 67 and 86km distances were classified as long while the race of 43km was considered short.

Blood samples were collected before the start and within 30 minutes after the end of the races.

Blood and biochemical tests were performed to investigate acute phase biomarkers changes...

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