Challenges in Caring for Therapy Horses 

CHAPS volunteers posing with a rider on a horse

Reading Time: 3 minutes Ask any rider and they’ll likely tell you the first place they go after a tough day is to the barn. The healing power of horses is no secret to those who spend time around horses regularly. Equine Assisted Services (EAS) brings together horses and humans to work as one towards a common goal — […]

Feeding the Growing Foal to Meet Nutrient Needs

Reading Time: 3 minutes Proper nutrition is vital for your foal’s health and can ensure he reaches his genetic potential. Credit to: The Horse Posted by Karen Davison, PhD  Q: When should I start introducing my foal to hay and grain to make the transition easier after weaning? A: This is an important topic to understand, because the goal for developing youngsters […]

Winter Drinking Water Temperature

Reading Time: 2 minutes Horses’ overall water consumption decreases as its temperature drops. Credit to: The Horse Posted by Clair Thunes, PhD  Q: Should I give my horses warm drinking water in the cold weather? What are the pros and cons of warm drinking water versus cold during the winter? A: Drinking water is one of the most important aspects of horse […]

Maintaining Your Horse’s Weight During the Winter

Reading Time: 4 minutes The best winter weight management practice could be consistent monitoring of your horse’s body condition. Credit to: The Horse Posted by Clair Thunes, PhD  Q: I have the easiest keeper in the barn. He lives out 24/7 on grass with free-choice hay as needed and is fed only a ration balancer. Now that winter is officially here […]

Feeding the Senior Horse With Dental Problems

Reading Time: 3 minutes As your horse ages, dental problems might develop that require changes to his diet. Credit to: The Horse Posted by Clair Thunes, PhD | Q:My senior horse is missing most of his teeth and cannot eat hay like he used to. How can I make sure he has enough fiber in his diet now that he eats […]

How to Choose the Right Calories for Your Horse

Reading Time: 3 minutes Credit to: The Horse Feeding your horse good-quality feed and forage can help him gain weight in a safe way. Posted by Kelly Vineyard, MS, PhD       Q: I’ve got a recently retired Thoroughbred racehorse. He’s rangy and could use some more weight and bloom on his coat, but it’s winter. How can I get him going […]

Managing the Laminitic Pony

Reading Time: 3 minutes Credit to: The Horse If managed with the right nutrition plan, horses and ponies with histories of laminitis can have successful careers. Posted by Anna Pesta Dunaway, PhD | Feb 13, 2023 | Commentary, Equine Nutrition FAQs, Laminitis (Founder), Metabolic Problems, Nutrition, Nutrition-Related Problems, Ponies   Q: How can I manage my laminitic pony as we head into spring? She is still in work and shows often, […]

Do you have a senior horse that’s trying to age gracefully?

Reading Time: 2 minutes Credit to: Purina Animal Nutrition Choose the #1 equine vet recommended senior feed for your horse. We’re years ahead in senior research, so you can have more good years with your senior horse. Unparalleled Research to Support the Unique Needs of Your Horse Purina® Equine Senior® and Purina® Senior Active® horse feeds are backed by unparalleled research and our […]

Feeding Horses for Weight Gain

Reading Time: 4 minutes Credit to: Purina Animal Nutrition One common question asked by horse owners is “how do I put weight on a thin horse?” There are several factors that can lead to a horse being underweight, including health conditions, age-related issues, or simply inadequate calories in the horse’s diet. When dealing with a thin horse, first we need […]

Refeeding a Malnourished Horse to Excellent Health

Reading Time: 5 minutes Credit to: Kelly Vineyard, M.S., Ph.D. Senior Nutritionist, Equine Technical Solutions Purina Animal Nutrition With quality veterinary care and a proper nutrition plan, you can successfully bring malnourished horses back to good health, allowing them to enjoy a promising future. Use these tips to avoid refeeding complications and to create the best nutrition plan for […]