Nutrition Blogs

Nutrition Blogs

There are a lot of blogs here. Please read the “Feeding Horses – Frequently Asked Questions” bolg first then come back here for more details. Thanks and remember, members get more details in the forums and in the Rounds. Doc T

Feeding Salt To Horses

All horses need salt but what is it, why do they need it and how do we get it in them? Is a lick enough or should it be added to the food? Can excess salt inflame the gut in horses? What about electrolytes?

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Hormesis, Hay And Horses

Hormesis is the cellular process of resting which helps to clean up cellular debris, remove damaged cells and help the mitochondria switch their fuel source (mitochondrial flexibility). Critically important.

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Food Does Not Equal Love

The purpose of eating is to survive. How sugars are used, the development of uric acid and the association of disease in horses is discussed and a solution offered. The sign here is wrong.

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Weed Killer In My Beer And Wine

There are a lot of you who drink beer and a lot who drink wine.  Some drink both.  Today’s newspaper has some bad news for you.  There is weed killer in your favorite beverage including organic wine.

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A Question About Soybeans

The objections to using soybean meal in horses as a protein source are addressed here: GMO, glyphosate, feminization. How SBM is made and my conclusions are here too.

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Feeding Senior Horses

When do horses become “seniors?” Why have I never found “senior feeds” for squirrels or other wild animals? Could “senior feeds” just be a marketing gimmick? Time to take a look.

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Honesty – A True Story

When the words of this man I met settle into your consciousness you will either be shocked or say that this is the problem with the world (and our horses) today. I personally became speechless.

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Protein For Horses Revisited

I need to revisit what I wrote about protein in horses 2 years ago. Things need updating because the feed companies have reformulated their protein supplements and I have new thoughts.

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Feeding The Horse As Simple As 1-2-3

This is for horse owners who just want to know how to feed horses in a simple action set. Step 1) stop inflammation, Step 2) add protein, Step 3) write it all down.

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Betrayal

We are told to trust the experts mainly because we cannot be all experts in everything. We need to become experts in how to feed horses because how they are being fed is hurting them in every area of health.

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Complexicate

Horses are becoming too complicated to keep as I watch everyone try to better others as to why their theories are better. So I made a new word – complexicate – to describe this phenomenon.

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Cheating On The No Grain Diet

I need to come clean with all of you. I have been cheating on the no grain diet. Please forgive me but I and Melissa have been put into an impossible position. Tis the season of sugary treats offered by grateful clients..

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Constantly At War

In every moment of life in our horses, there is a battle between the body and the invading organisms surrounding them. To win, the immune system needs to be calm and in good condition.

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Lectins

Lectins are plant proteins developed by plants to protect their seeds from being eaten and killed by animal digestion. They cause autoimmune disease, leaky gut syndrome and hormonal disruption, etc.

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Symbiosis And The Horse’s Gut

Symbiosis is any type of a close and long-term biological interaction between two different biological organisms. Horses cannot live without the microbes living happily in their digestive tract.

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Doughnut Hole

Our horses digestive tract is a tube running through the body. This is a fundamental principle to understand. The hole in the doughnut isn’t part of the doughnut but is necessary to the doughnut.

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No Sweat!

Horses living in climates with high temperatures and high humidity are often affected by anhidrosis (non-sweating). This is a highly effective cure that costs nothing and works in 3 to 4 days.

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Why Horses Should Not Be Fed Grain

Feeding horses grain is a new concept (about 100 years) relative to the time they have been kept by humans (4000 years) or their time living on Earth (55 million years).

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Starvation and Weight Loss

Starvation and weight loss follow 3 possibilities: 1) lack of food, 2) inability to consume food and 3) inability to absorb food. The results are the same but requires first identifying the cause.

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Protein Bioavailability For Horses

Protein bioavailability in horses is essential in understanding the difference between crude protein (what is listed on the label) versus the actual absorbed protein through the gut wall.

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Protein Sources For Horses

Here is a table with various protein sources for horses. Not all inclusive, it shows commercial mixes available in the US along with the beneficial and harmful ingredients. Current as of 12/2020.

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Chronic Protein Deficiency In Horses

An introduction to the biggest health issue in horses today. Due to modern feeding, horses are consuming their own protein PLUS they are being fed enough high quality protein.

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