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Dr. William Bernard: Healthy as a horse: Probiotics and equine performance

Horses encounter unique challenges that can impact health and overall performance. As equestrians take a closer look at gut health, what benefits do probiotics offer? Renowned equine veterinarian Dr. William Bernard works in the heart of…

Equine Tag-ology: What a feed tag says (and does not say)

Understanding what's on your feed tag can help you provide better nutrition to your horse. Feeds may look to be the same in the feed tub, but once inside your horse's digestive tract the differences can be dramatic.

Scaletti and Murphy: Less is more with organic trace minerals

Twenty years' worth of research demonstrates that organic trace minerals are far superior to inorganic sources. So why do nutritionists continue to incorporate inorganic minerals into the feed? Are the perceived cost savings only short-…

High-tech horses: 5 insights for the cloning-curious

Given the opportunity, would you recreate your best horse? If you find yourself even mildly curious at the thought, here are 5 things you should know about equine cloning.

Amanda Adams: Age and grace: Caring for the senior horse

Like humans, horses are living longer, healthier lives. As their nutrition and care needs change with age, how can we best support senior horses? In this podcast, Dr. Amanda Adams, an associate professor at the Gluck Equine Research Center…

Parasite control: A horse health essential

Internal parasites come along with the territory of grazing animals, and horses are no exception. Find out what you can do to help break the parasitic life cycle.

Are flies bugging your horses?

While flies may seem simply annoying, they can carry serious implications for your equine friends, from disease to hoof and leg problems.

Assigning a specific weight to define obesity in horses is impossible due to differing bone structure and muscling. Instead, evaluating fat deposition over the horse’s body is a better method to estimate body condition. Body condition scoring, or BCS, systems have been developed to apply a numerical score to the horse’s condition based on fat coverage over target areas of the body.

Feeding the fat horse: Achieving better body condition through nutrition

Excess weight may cause or predispose the horse to problems like joint pain, laminitis and insulin resistance, or it may indicate an existing metabolic disorder.

Dr. Samantha Brooks will present “Racing to the Future: Using Genomics to Improve Horse Health" at 6:00 p.m. on April 25 at Mitchell Fine Arts Center, Transylvania University, Lexington, Kentucky.

Alltech, Transylvania University take science to the stables with discussion on genomics and horse health

WHAT: “Racing to the Future: Using Genomics to Improve Horse Health” will reveal the latest findings in groundbreaking research that studies the genetic traits driving horse health