Four Tips to Reduce Cribbing: Reconsider Using a Cribbing Collar

Are you using a cribbing collar? Please reconsider. Cribbing collars are tormenting. They may discourage the behavior, but they do not relieve the urge. The hormonal response that results can lead to oxidative stress throughout the body, potentially harming vital organs, as well as joints and the digestive tract. Inflammation …

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The Importance of Feeding Several Protein Sources

Quality is What Counts By Juliet M. Getty, Ph.D.   The quantity of protein in the diet is important but even more so is its quality. To achieve quality, we need to include additional protein sources to a forage-based diet. It all has to do with the way the body digests and utilizes protein.    Hay provides …

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Horses and Music

Dr. Getty

Study Shows Music Helps Horses Perform Better By Juliet M. Getty, Ph.D.   Researchers from Poland[i] set out to determine the effect of music played in the barn on the emotional state of race horses. Many horse owners have found that music has an apparent calming effect on fear, aggression, and overall stress. Race horses, in particular, have demands …

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Dr. Getty’s Four Favorite Calming Ingredients

by Dr. Juliet M. Getty, Ph.D. With travel and competition season just around the corner, “show nerves” are common. Agitated, nervous horses that are normally well behaved may benefit from nutritional calming. But before deciding, make sure your horse isn’t stressed by things that you can control. Restricting forage where …

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Dr. Getty’s Tip of the Month: Snow will NOT meet your horse’s water needs!

Piles of fluffy snow in your pasture – and a horse that nibbles at them – making you think your horse is all set for water this winter? Sorry. Think again, please! The main cause of colic during the winter is from reduced water consumption. Snow will not provide enough …

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Dr. Getty’s Tip of the Month: Hay is missing key nutrients

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Living pasture grasses and alfalfa are rich in fat and water-soluble vitamins, essential fatty acids, minerals, carbohydrates, and protein. But once they are cut, dried, and stored as hay, many nutrients that were once plentiful begin to dwindle. Fat soluble vitamins. These include vitamins A, D, E, and K. Vitamin A (as …

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Feeding Flaxseeds – Do you have all the facts?

By Juliet M. Getty, Ph.D.   Do you feed your horse flaxseeds? You likely do. Good job! Flaxseeds are a wonderful source of fat, quality protein, water-soluble fiber, and have amazing health benefits. Read on and get all the facts about this excellent whole food. Flaxseeds are high in fat …

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NSC and ACTH – Double Trouble in the Fall

By Juliet M. Getty, Ph.D.   Horses are more likely to suffer from laminitis in the fall than any other time of year. Two reasons – high NSC (non-structural carbohydrates) from cooler nighttime temperatures and increased blood ACTH (adrenocorticotropic hormone) secretion from the pituitary gland. Both of these lead to …

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