Category Archives: Nutrition

Nutritional Support for Equine Allergies

Just this summer,  I’ve noticed Lee Lee rubbing her neck and chest on her stall door when she comes up to eat.  Itchy skin and rubbing to relieve it is a telltale sign of an allergy so I’ve been working to address the problem. Allergies are fairly common in horses–just as they are in people.   And since […]

Fat Sources for Horses

The following post is written by equine nutritionist, Dr. Juliet Getty.  You can visit her site, Getty Equine Nutrition, to learn more about what she does and to access her other nutrition articles.   Fat is Fat, Right? Check Your Omegas! Fat is an excellent source of calories – more than twice the calories offered by carbohydrates […]

Chaste Tree Berry for Horses

The herb, chaste tree berry (vitex agnus-castus), is one that many horse people may have heard about.  It’s often fed to horses with Cushing’s or other conditions affecting the pituitary gland. If you read online about chaste tree berry, you will likely encounter stories proclaiming the positive effects of the herb, but you may also […]

EPM: Cause, Symptoms, and Treatments

Seven years ago, my gelding, Hershey, suddenly came up lame.   The lameness was so unusual though that I couldn’t determine the source of it.  It didn’t appear to be in any one leg or hoof, but more of a problem in the spine or neck and it was only noticeable when he was under saddle.  Like […]

Horse Clear from Effective Pet Wellness: Product Review

One of my goals for this year was to learn how to do my own fecal egg counts (FECs) for my horses.  I wanted to learn this for several reasons: to know if and when my horses needed a deworming product, to save money, and to test the efficacy of natural deworming products that I’ve been […]

Nutritional Excesses in Horses

It seems we hear quite a bit about nutritional deficiencies in horses, but what about nutritional excesses?  They happen to be common as well.  There are six main categories of nutrients that horses (and all other animals) need: carbohydrates, protein, minerals, vitamins, fat, and water.  Of course, some of these nutrients are needed in greater […]

Natural Remedies for Gastric Ulcers in Horses

Last week, I wrote about preventing gastric ulcers in horses–which is mainly done by making modifications in diet and management practices.  This week, I’d like to expand on the issue a bit more and focus on some natural remedies for this very common condition. First of all, we may not be aware of how many horses suffer […]