How Psyllium Can Help Reduce Equine Obesity

Obese and insulin-resistant horses may benefit from the addition of psyllium to their diet. Made from the husk of seeds of the shrub-like herb called Plantago ovata, psyllium is a high-fiber dietary additive commonly fed to horses to help expel sand from the digestive system. Intrigued by studies that found psyllium lowered blood glucose in people, researchers at Montana State University set out to see if it could do the same for horses.

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Feed to Free Up Motion

Arthritis is both overdiagnosed and underdiagnosed in horses today. It's overdiagnosed when a cause of pain other than joint disease is making your horse move stiffly or be sore.

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Omega Fatty Acids Are Health Benefits for Horses

While there are several omega fatty acids, only two are of any real concern, omega-3 and omega-6. In the body, omega-3 is in charge of repairing cellular walls and maintaining a fluid and efficient waste-nutrient transfer. It's also critical for brain function, and is instrumental in cleaning up after an injury has healed, acting as a potent anti-inflammatory. Omega-6, on the other hand, is in charge of causing inflammation and immune system reactions, which is necessary to stabilize injuries an

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Feed Supplements for Feet

Thin soles, brittle walls, feet won't grow? If your horse has hoof problems, your veterinarian or farrier may suggest a supplement that specifically targets foot health. But with so many different products on the feed store shelves, which one should you choose? Here's what we know about hoof health. By Dr. Barb Crabbe for Horse & Rider magazine.