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A Variety of Equine Nutrition Topics Written by Performance Horse Nutrition
Tania Cubitt Ph.D. – Performance Horse Nutrition Horses are grazing herbivores that live in herds when in their natural environment. They are designed to walk over long distances consuming a variety of forages constantly throughout the day. So what is the “modern horse”? The modern domesticated horse is housed and managed by humans – this consists[…]
What is it? Equine gastric ulcers are caused because gastric acid (hydrochloric acid secreted by parts of the stomach lining), and, to a lesser degree, the digestive enzyme pepsin, irritating the lining of the stomach, causing ulceration. Gastric ulcers are common in horses. Their prevalence has been estimated to be from 50% to 90%[…]
Dr. Tania Cubitt Ph.D. – Performance Horse Nutrition All horse owners want their horses to be healthy, look good, and be physically fit athletes. Nutritional management is a simple, yet cost effective tool that we can apply to ensure, improved performance and health in our horses. Body condition scoring serves as an effective tool to determine[…]
With what seems to be a rise in food allergies in humans we find ourselves asking does my horse have a food allergy. In this article we will discuss what a food allergy is and how can we determine if our horse suffers from one and finally what we can do about the problem.[…]
Dr Tania Cubitt Ph.D. Performance Horse Nutrition Respiratory diseases can be costly for the horse owner in many ways. The major categories of respiratory diseases affecting horses are infectious (those caused by viruses or bacteria), allergic and parasitic. This article will focus on respiratory issues caused by allergens, but first in order to understand[…]
Dr Tania Cubitt & Dr Stephen Duren – Performance Horse Nutrition What is it? Polysaccharide storage myopathy is a muscle disease that occurs primarily in horses with Quarter Horse bloodlines such as Quarter Horses, Paint Horses and Appaloosas. Polysaccharide storage myopathy also occurs in other breeds including Drafts, Draft crossbreeds, and Warmbloods. The primary clinical[…]
Dr. Tania Cubitt & Dr. Stephen Duren, Performance Horse Nutrition What is it? Developmental orthopedic disease (D.O.D.) can be loosely defined as any musculoskeletal disorder that occurs in the young animal as a result of growth and maturation. Invariably, it is related to the process of endochondral ossification and the maturation of cartilage to bone in the[…]
Dr. Tania Cubitt & Dr. Stephen Duren, Performance Horse Nutrition What is it? Insulin resistance is a condition in which the body’s cells become less sensitive to the insulin that is being produced. Insulin is a hormone that is secreted or produced and released from the pancreas. Insulin is released in response to an increase in[…]
Dr. Tania Cubitt & Dr. Stephen Duren, Performance Horse Nutrition What is it? An obese horse is one that has accumulated so much body fat that it begins to have a negative effect on health. What are the symptoms? Obesity has a number of potentially negative effects, including: increased stress on the heart and lungs,[…]
Dr. Tania Cubitt & Dr. Stephen Duren, Performance Horse Nutrition What is it? Laminitis is inflammation of the laminae of the foot. The laminae are tiny finger like structures in the hoof that interlock to join the coffin bone to the hoof wall effectively suspending the bones of the foot inside the hoof wall. Inflammation[…]