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Horse Hay Analysis: What are ‘ADF’ and ‘NDF’?

I recently got my hay tested and received the analysis back. I have heard of water-soluble carbohydrates (WSC) and starch, but the analysis also lists “ADF” and “NDF” on it. What are they, and are they relevant? —Via e-mail A.The abbreviations “ADF” and “NDF” stand for “acid detergent fiber” and ...

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Study: Horses Can Smell Human Fear, Happiness

Have you ever felt that a horse could smell your fear? Recent study results suggest he probably did—quite literally. Horses can smell specific odors in human sweat that reflect emotions like fear and happiness, Italian researchers have learned. And that finding could open doors to a whole new way of ...

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Is Your Horse a ‘Right-Handed Optimist’?

Are you right-handed or left-handed? When you take a step, do you start with your right or your left foot? And does your “motor laterality” reflect the way you think and feel? It appears to in horses. In a study published in the journal Animals1, Isabell Marr, MSc; Kate Farmer, MA; ...

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Monensin Poisoning in Horses: Clinical Signs and Outcomes

It’s a terrible feeling to know something you’ve fed your horse has inadvertently made him sick. In some instances, however, it happens. Monensin is an antibiotic feed additive mainly used to promote growth in cattle and poultry. While it can have positive effects on those and other livestock species, it’s highly ...

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A Closer Look at Foal Hoof Balance

While foals are on their feet and mobile within hours of birth, gait and balance mature and stabilize over time. To learn more about the dynamic changes the hoof undergoes in the first six months, a team of Dutch researchers recorded pressure plate measurements at walk and trot from 10 ...

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BEVA: Help Horses Lose Weight to Reduce Health Risks

With some studies suggesting that more than half of certain horse populations in the U.K. are overweight or obese, the British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA) is urging owners to act now to reduce the risk of their horses suffering weight-related health and welfare risks come spring. In today’s domestic environments with ...

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Senior Horse Feed and Fiber

Is it true that senior horse feed isn’t really suitable for older horses because they have a high fiber content, and aged horses don’t actually digest the nutrients, they just run through their digestive tracts? —Via e-mail A.Many senior feeds are high in crude fiber compared to other types of ...

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Horse Arrivals at Miami Animal Import Center Temporarily Suspended

The USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) Miami Animal Import Center, in Florida, temporarily stopped accepting new equine imports Saturday after a suspected salmonellosis outbreak began. Salmonellosis is spread through horse-to-horse contact, shared water buckets, and contaminated feed. Clinical signs in horses can include lameness, fever, severe diarrhea, and dehydration. ...

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