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Horse Nutrition

Next time you clean out a pumpkin for a pumpkin pie or to make a jack-o'-lantern, don't throw anything out. Most horses enjoy pumpkin. It's both a healthful treat and safe—even for horses with equine metabolic syndrome (EMS) and...
The term “hard keeper” refers to horses who struggle to maintain enough fat cover and/or healthy muscle tone. These horses can benefit from extra care and support year-round, but winter can be an especially challenging season for them. While...
Just as many humans start to sneeze in the fall, horses can also be affected by seasonal allergies and also equine asthma. Sometimes this is apparent by coughing, but other times, according to Laurent Couëtil, professor of Large Animal...
Your horse’s gastrointestinal (GI) tract has a number of critical roles to play, including breaking down food, absorbing nutrients, and housing a large portion of your horse’s immune system. Unfortunately, many common elements of modern horsekeeping like training, travel,...
Salt (aka sodium chloride) and electrolytes play a key role in the health and well-being of your horse, so it’s important to ensure that his daily requirement is being met. However, pasture, hay, and fortified grain provide very little...
The landscape for equine supplements is constantly evolving, and SmartPak is committed to staying on top of the latest trends and ingredients. One category of supplements that has seen increased use of novel ingredients — such as turmeric, resveratrol,...
Researchers from the University of Kentucky were looking for an effective way to reduce inflammation in horses suffering from equine metabolic syndrome (EMS), characterized as overweight and insulin resistant. EMS is generally treated with one of two pharmaceuticals—metformin or...
Hemp is all of the buzz these days, and for good reason. It's a plant with literally thousands of uses. Hemp is used for clothing, fuel, paper and everything in between. It is a weed and capable of growing...
                                   Advertorial                                 "Cooked hay?" That's what four-time Olympic dressage...
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a lot of overbuying of food, and this is not only at the grocery stores. Horse owners may have an urge to buy more feed than usual, and horse owners should plan ahead for...
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