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  1. Understanding Fat and Fatty Acids

    Understanding Fat and Fatty Acids
    Understanding Fatty Acids Fat is much more than storage for calories.  The membrane of all cells contains fat. Fatty substances form a waterproof barrier in skin and hooves.  Fats can help build and maintain weight while supporting healthy blood sugar levels, promote a shiny coat, excellent body condition and help keep hooves nourished and moisturized from the inside out. ...
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  2. The Foundation for a Strong Immune System

    The Foundation for a Strong Immune System
    The Foundation for Strong Immunity There are many herbs, plants, and probiotics that can stimulate the immune system, but they won't help if the horse's body does not have the basic nutrients it needs to respond.  That missing link can be provided by the diet. You may not think of them this way, but basic vitamins and minerals...
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  3. Spring Grass: Panacea or Liability?

    Spring Grass: Panacea or Liability?
    Spring Grass: Panacea or Liability? Spring grass is mother nature's panacea for winter's nutritional hardships and the huge demands of pregnancy and lactation.  However, rangelands utilized by feral horses usually bear little resemblance to the fields of domesticated horses and even in the spring their diets also include high fiber items like shrubs. Unlimited access to powerhouse grasses can...
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  4. Hair Mineral Analysis

    Hair Mineral Analysis
    Messages From the Mane A Unique Perspective on Biochemical Individuality The Objectives of Hair Mineral Analysis Hair Mineral Analysis (HMA) is a laboratory test that measures the mineral content of the hair.  A small sample of hair (one tablespoon) taken from the mane closest to the horse’s skin can accurately give an overview of the mineral levels...
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  5. Prep for Show Season: Skin and Coat

    Prep for Show Season: Skin and Coat
    Improvements in coat, skin and hoof quality are visible quickly when essential fatty acids are supplemented. Skin is the largest organ system in the horse's body. Skin also gives rise to the coat and hoof tissues of wall, sole and frog, which are all specialized forms of skin.  The common denominator here is the protein keratin. Protein in the...
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  6. Why Feed Fat to Horses?

    Why Feed Fat to Horses?
    Why Feed Fat to Horses?  Supplementing the Equine Diet with Essential Fatty Acids Although feeding fat to horses is often a topic of debate, recent research indicates that feeding fats that contain the essential fatty acids (EFAs) to horses can provide support not only for skin and hooves, but mental, digestive, reproductive, pulmonary and joint function, as well...
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  7. Seasonal Spring Tips

    Seasonal Spring Tips
    Seasonal Tips for Spring and Show Season  To most effectively keep your horse healthy and performing its best throughout show season, conditioning begins in the spring. This provides time to adjust to the new demands of the changing heat and humidity, increased exercise, stalling and travelling after a long winter at rest. You can start by addressing the most...
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  8. The Benefits of Spirulina

    The Benefits of Spirulina
    The Benefits of Spirulina Spirulina platensis is a fresh water blue green algae with documented (in vitro and in vivo in laboratory animals) potent anti-histaminic, anti-inflammatory and immune system moderating effects but with a high safety profile, being used as a dietary staple in some areas of the world, and by the World Health Organization as a protein supplement...
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  9. The Balancing Act of Protein in the Horse's Diet

    The Balancing Act of Protein in the Horse's Diet
    The Balancing Act of Protein in the Horse’s Diet Most people are misinformed about protein in the equine diet, but it's important to get this key nutrient right. The percentage of protein stated on the label of your grain is misleading and not indicative of whether or not a daily serving is adequate in protein.  The protein requirement...
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  10. Equine Lung and Respiratory Health

    Equine Lung and Respiratory Health
    Equine Lung and Respiratory Health “No lung, no horse” is every bit as true as “No foot, no horse.” As with subtle lameness, even minor decreases in lung function can have major impacts on performance. The lung is both remarkably simple and remarkably sophisticated. The lung is the only place in the body where veins (leaving the tissue...
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