1. Interpreting Equine Behavior

    Interpreting Equine Behavior
    It can be fascinating to read about equine behavior, especially things like the organization in feral bands. However, when it comes to interpreting an individual's more subtle responses there is a good chance we could get it wrong. How many times have you heard it said that when a horse exhibits licking and chewing, e.g. during a body work session...
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  2. Getting Nutritional Advice

    Getting Nutritional Advice
    Getting Nutritional Advice Nutrition is a science that incorporates physiology, biochemistry, organic chemistry, and biology. Nutrition is also as much a specialty as Orthopedics, Pharmacology, and more. Nutrition can be studied at the Masters degree or Ph.D. level. Veterinarians are not taught much nutrition in school. Neither are M.D.s, Farriers and trimmers, chiropractors, body workers, barn owners, trainers, fellow owners, clerks at...
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  3. What are your thoughts on Himalayan rock salt?

    What are your thoughts on Himalayan rock salt?
    Question: Both my horses like Himalayan rock salt...  it has minerals in it tho.. is that okay for them?  In the summer I was adding garlic salt to their Enrich Plus (heard garlic repelled bugs)... is that good?  They both have salt bricks in their stall but really don't care for them. Your thoughts? Dr. Kellon: I'm not a fan of...
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  4. Is a Salt Block Enough?

    Is a Salt Block Enough?
    Is a Salt Block Enough? While horses can, and do, lick salt blocks it may not be enough. It's a perennial question. Can a horse meet his salt needs from a salt block?  In a way, it's a trick question.  There is more than enough salt there to meet the horse's needs.  The real question is will the horse consume...
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  5. Why do companies use by-products and GMO ingredients?

    Why do companies use by-products and GMO ingredients?
    Question: My concern is why Uckele and so many other companies consistently use by-products in their supplements? I could never responsibly, knowingly give my horse GMO. This is such an important topic. Thank you- Dr. Kellon: By-products are often the most nutritious part of a food. For example, when white flour is made from wheat, the by-products are wheat germ and bran. ...
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  6. Do Feeds and Supplements Go Bad?

    Do Feeds and Supplements Go Bad?
    Do Feeds and Supplements Go Bad? They sure do - but the labeling laws don't make it easy for you to figure out which ones may be out of date.  To be fair, a big part of the problem is determining when "out of date" (best not to feed) is likely to be. When we buy fresh dairy or meat...
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  7. Salt to the Rescue!

    Salt to the Rescue!
    Salt to the Rescue! I do some version of this post every year for very good reason.  At the least it will safeguard your horse's well being and performance in the heat.  At best it could save his life. Sweating is the horse's major mechanism for cooling off.  Human sweat has the same concentration of electrolytes as plasma, but equine...
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  8. Test Your Nutrition Knowledge

    Test Your Nutrition Knowledge
    Nutrition is a specialty like any other scientific field. Despite this, it's common for people with no qualifications to offer nutrition advice. Many things you hear or read over and over again can be wrong.  Take this mini quiz to test your own equine nutrition knowledge.  The Answers are posted below. When building a diet and deciding how much to...
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  9. Balance is Everything

    Balance is Everything
    Homeostasis is a continuously occurring dynamic process that seeks to maintain balance between body processes and a stable internal environment. The Chinese describe it as a balance between Yin and Yang. A healthy horse at rest may seem as tranquil as a quiet bay on a sunny summer day, but the truth is that even a healthy horse is more like...
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  10. How to balance the high calcium in your hay

    How to balance the high calcium in your hay
    Question: Hi, I have recently gotten a hay analysis for what I feed my two endurance horses.  It looks like “really good hay” but very high in calcium.  I had an event that looked like maybe a calcium imbalance at a recent 50 mile race (muscle twitching and refusal to go) on my mare at 34 miles.  Other experienced riders...
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