Cold Weather Feeding Tips

No matter what part of the country you live in, the weather has certainly gotten colder. Sure, some people have it worse than others, but there are certain adjustments everyone can make to help horses thrive in the cold months.How Cold is Cold? Someone’s perception of a “freezing cold day” in Florida might be a bit different than another person’s perception of a “freezing cold day” in Montana but…

James Payne Values Good Condition & Simplicity

Maintaining horses in the perfect body condition is a top priority for cutting horse trainer, James Payne, an NCHA Open Hall of Fame rider whose lifetime NCHA earnings exceed $3.6 million. We often hear the saying “a fat horse sells”, but people tend to overlook the fact that an overweight horse is more likely to suffer injuries. Payne strives for the horses in his program to look good, but also b…

Alley Issues Tied to Nutrition

No matter what kind of races you attend or what caliber horse you ride, fine tuning your horse’s nutrition program increases your chance of success. Have you ever felt a sugar high from eating a candy bar and drinking an energy drink? Have you ever gotten “butterflies” in your stomach before you entered the arena because you were excited, nervous or anxious? Have you ever dealt with ulcers, indige…

Dangerous Nutrition

Never feed moldy hay, always offer clean water, and never let a horse eat too much grain. We all know those things, right? However, there are several other potentially dangerous situations we might be putting our horses in without realizing it. Here are a few things to look out for. Prefer audio? Check out Episode 36 of the Feed Room Chemist podcast to hear Dr. Jyme Nichols discuss the danger…

Balancing Metabolic pH

Ensuring your horse’s metabolic pH is balanced might be one of the simplest things you can do to keep your horse healthy and feeling his best. The problem is, most people have never even heard of metabolic pH when it comes to managing the health of their horse. Metabolic pH can be manipulated through the diet, and equine nutritionists understand a positive “dietary cation anion difference”, oth…

​Alfalfa: Friend or Foe?

Most conversations about alfalfa are loaded with misconception. In some parts of the country, the leafy green legume is readily available and commonly fed to horses. In other parts, it is a delicacy. In some circles of horse owners it is an essential staple, and in others it is completely off limits. Like most things, there is a time and place for alfalfa if it is available in your area.Forage for…