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…

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…

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…