Mineral Status

Do horses know when they are deficient in something? This is a common question, and many people believe horses have the ability to self-regulate. In other words, they believe horses know exactly how much of each element they need in their diet, and therefore will seek out those minerals when they are deficient. This is an unfortunate misconception. The amount of mineral a horse consumes is influen…

​Leaky Gut Syndrome in Barrel Horses

Leaky gut syndrome is popping up on the radar of more and more barrel horse owners. It is a condition that affects more horses than we realize, and much effort is being put in from researchers to help provide answers. Here are the details you need to know.What is Leaky Gut?Leaky gut is a failure of the intestinal barrier. At a microscopic level, the intestinal lining is really just a series of cel…

Reading Feed Tags: Part 2

In the last blog, we discussed the first steps to take when reading a feed tag which included evaluating protein, amino acids, fat, fiber, and the list of major feed ingredients. We also touched on the differences between least-cost formulations, open labels and locked formulas. This month we will turn our focus to vitamins and minerals.The first minerals to evaluate are calcium and phosphorus.…