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.
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
Grazing is a great preventive, but horses on hay-only diets may be at risk of Equine Motor Neuron Disease, or EMND.
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.