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…

Cautions For Omeprazole Use

Equine gastric ulcer syndrome is a common condition in performance horses. More than 60% of performance horses may suffer from gastric ulcers at some point in their career due to the stressful demands of their lifestyle. To address the issue, many horses receive the drug omeprazole (i.e. UlcerGard® or GastroGard®). Research from the scientific community is beginning to uncover negative side effect…

​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…

Solving the Omega-3 Mystery

Horses commonly receive omega supplements to benefit health, performance, and outward appearance. However, few people understand the differences and what to look for when adding omegas to the diet. For instance, some omegas are anti-inflammatory while others are pro-inflammatory. Some omegas are easily used by the body while others must undergo a conversion process that may leave the horse with le…

Bluebonnet Myth Busters: Q1 2020

Each month, we share #bluebonnetmythbusters over on our social media channels. These are common misconceptions de-bunked and set straight with research-based facts. Below is a collection of myth busters from the first quarter of 2020.Myth: Broodmares are fine on a pasture-only diet until the last trimester.Fact: Researchers from the University of Cambridge compiled a list of studies showing nutrit…