Performance and Muscle

  1. Feeding Weanlings for Growth, Health and Soundness

    Feeding Weanlings for Growth, Health and Soundness
    Feeding Weanlings for Growth, Health and Soundness The two life stages that have the most intensive nutritional needs are mares in early lactation and weanlings. Their requirements per pound of body weight are the highest. Nutrient dense diets are those that have high levels of protein/amino acids and minerals per calorie. As you might expect, mineral requirements are extremely high...
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  2. Please help me balance my foundered and Cushings horses' feed

    Please help me balance my foundered and Cushings horses' feed
    Question: I have a 12 year old Tennessee Walker mare in good physical condition, not overweight or underweight. We brought her and a 20 year old standardbred paint gelding to PA from upstate NY on November 15. They had both been out on good pasture in NY, and when we moved them we reduced their pasture time. In spite of...
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  3. How can I help my OTTB's deep hoof cracks starting at the coronet band?

    How can I help my OTTB's deep hoof cracks starting at the coronet band?
    Question: I have an OTTB mare who has been barefoot for 18 years and trimmed every 5 weeks. She has thin soles and walls. Last summer, and again this summer, she has developed deep cracks in the hoof wall that begin at the cornet band. They started on one of the the front hooves. and now I am seeing one...
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  4. What is the best diet for PSSM?

    What is the best diet for PSSM?
    Question: I believe my 22 yr old QH mare has PSSM. Rather than subjecting her to a test, I am going to put her on the suggested PSSM diet. I am currently feeding 2 lbs. Triple Crown Senior, 1 lb Triple Crown 30% ration balancer, and 2 oz Cool Stance Turmericle. I was planning on upping the fat content with ground...
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  5. What fat will provide the best percentage of calories as an EPSM preventative?

    What fat will provide the best percentage of calories as an EPSM preventative?
    Question: Hello! I'm looking to increase the percentage of calories that my 13 y/o Shire Mare's gets from fat as an EPSM preventative but also for skin condition (Florida is rough on the skin) and to give her some vitamin E because she is turned out in a beautiful natural setting but there is very little pasture for her. We've...
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  6. Failing Pastures can happen sooner than you think

    Failing Pastures can happen sooner than you think
    FAILING PASTURES Brown, dormant grass is easy to spot, but very mature green grass can also lack sufficient nutrients. I'm going to define failing pastures as those that no longer can meet the nutritional needs of the horse.  This can happen a lot sooner than you  might think. Grasses stressed by extremes of weather - drought, heat or cold...
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  7. How can I balance an Iron overload?

    How can I balance an Iron overload?
    Question: I am currently studying as a vet tech and have know found interesting questions that you may be able to help with.  I have a 16 yr MSF. I have many indicators of iron toxicity, the first being my demographics; I live in NH, secondly has dermatological signs of systemic imbalances including his mane and tail have been in the past...
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  8. Will Amino Fac 41 help with my horse's low blood count?

    Will Amino Fac 41 help with my horse's low blood count?
    Question: We have a 6 y/o welsh cob that has a low blood count and is showing its signs.  He gets a good quality hat, nutrena ration balancer and a calming supplement.  Would Amino fac 41 be helpful, and would it be ok to combine with a lixotinic supplement? Dr. Kellon: Low blood count - i.e. anemia - is uncommon in an animal this...
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  9. The Lactic Acid Myth

    The Lactic Acid Myth
    The Lactic Acid Myth If you’re like most people you have been told time and time again that lactate, or lactic acid, is the cause of muscle fatigue, “burning” and tying up. You may even have bought supplements for your horse based on claims that they could reduce lactic acid, or changed your horses diet based on similar claims. Truth...
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  10. Does Arthroxigen contain any ingredients not allowed under USEF and/or FEI drug rules?

    Does Arthroxigen contain any ingredients not allowed under USEF and/or FEI drug rules?
    Question:  Arthrogenix contains white willow bark as well as other herbs. Can you tell me if this supplement would be legal under USEF and/or FEI drug rules? Thank you. Dr. Kellon: Arthroxigen CR (competition ready) formulation does not contain any substances on the FEI or USET list.  However, they caution the list can change at any time and 10 days after a...
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