Here are the blogs on nutrition that Dr Tucker has written in chronological order. They are also listed individually in the “related Materials” tab of their specific nutrition topics.
The most frequently asked questions about feeding horses asked in emails, comments and in social media. These equine nutrition questions are the bare essentials.
Soybean meal is a high quality protein for horses lacking it in their environment and from the chronic loss through auto-digestion in high sugar diets. Balancing this is key.
Minerals are elements necessary for life. Horses get their minerals from their environment. This discusses deficiencies, excesses and regulation of minerals.
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?
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.
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.
When is it OK to eat sugar? Enjoy this comical video which basically explains how sugar is necessary for body functions and is OK even in abundance at certain times.
The European College of Equine Internal Medicine (ECEIM) issued a statement on a problem affecting horses called Equine Metabolic Syndrome. I summarize it here.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The final installment of the series on feeding horses. Dig in deeper by enrolling in the Horsemanship Nutrition Course. Congratulations on reading all of these.
Lectins are plant proteins made to discourage animals from eating their seeds by making the animals sick. Insidious over years, they confuse the other causes of disease.
Feeding supplements to horses fill a void in their nutrition. But are they necessary and effective? Are there guarantees to their quality or their quantity in the product?
An objective discussion about feeding horses with GMO foods treated with pesticides and herbicides. Why to worry and why we should not worry.
Protein in the maintenance of horses is not appreciated. It is not complicated. Our training of feeding horses has ignored the importance.
Where do horses get their fat if all they eat is ground plants (pasture and hay)? The answer is from bacterial digestion of cellulose. Here are the details.
Feeding sugar every day in excess of horse’s needs creates a dependency no different than drugs and alcohol. This blog explains why.
Inside every car is an engine needing fuel and inside every cell of your horse are engines called mitochondria. They both need maintenance.
The digestive tract of the horse has a 1 cell thick lining with an army of defense cells behind it. Attacks on this cause the immune system to respond.
You are not feeding the horse but you are feeding the trillions of microbes within their gut and they, in turn, feed the cells of the horse. Happy gut microbes = healthy horse.
The similarities and differences between sugar, fat and protein. It is essential to understanding how these interact in the health of horses.
All equids graze ground plants. They avoid taller plants with more woody cellulose (lignin). Ruminants browse eating short and tall plants.
Complexicate – to complicate things to make people look more intelligent and feel more significant and usually agenda based. I decomplexicate horse feeding.
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.
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..
Our beliefs are based on what we’ve been taught by trusted sources. But is the knowledge we gain from mentors with no experience or with agendas really helping our horses?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
Chronic protein deficiency in horses is at the root cause of many injuries and illnesses I see in horses. This 2016 video presentation is from my HorseTalk™ series of webinars.
This HorseSense™ 5 minute video describes the cause of grittiness in horses related to hind gut inflammation from inflammatory ingredients in horse feeds.
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.
Feeding horses has been learned from someone in your past. But who taught them? And who taught them? Through the chain of teacher – student the information has changed.