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EPM: New Research and Nutritional Support for Our Horses

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Fifty years ago, researchers identified EPM — equine protozoal encephalitis — but it wasn’t until the 1990s that the microscopic parasite Sarcocystis neurona was identified as the culprit.  Today we know that there are actually two EPM-causing parasites: S. neurona and Neospora hughesi. We also know that the definitive host for S. neurona and N. ...[Read Full Article]

 

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Summertime Recovery Tips for Horses

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We tend to work our horses harder in the warmer months. The harder the horse’s body works, the more energy it burns, and the byproduct of this energy process is heat.  As a result, keeping horses cool and hydrated in hot and/or humid weather becomes a primary focus of horse owners in the summertime. The ...[Read Full Article]

 

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Aqua-Forte and Alixir: New Equine Hydration Solutions from BioStar

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Aqua-Forte and Alixir: New Equine Hydration Solutions from BioStar

As we discussed last month, water is a major component of the equine body.  Adult horses are 65% water, and foals are 80%.  When we think about the size of an adult horse, that’s a lot of water that needs regular replenishing; a 1000-pound horse consumes an average of 10 gallons of water per day.  ...[Read Full Article]

 

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In the Lab: Science and Equine Hydration Therapy

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In the Lab: Science and Equine Hydration Therapy

Water comprises an enormous part of the horse’s body: foals are about 80% water and adult horses about 65% water.  When you think about the average size of an adult horse, that’s a lot of water. Up to 50% of the body’s water is contained inside the cells, while 14% surrounds the cells and blood ...[Read Full Article]

 

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Lactobacillus rhamnosus: An Underrated Probiotic Player

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Lactobacillus rhamnosus: An Underrated Probiotic Player

Lactobacillus is a lactic acid bacteria that is a common component of equine and canine probiotic formulas.  This genus belongs to the Firmicutes, a phylum that constitutes a significant proportion of the microbiota in the GI tract: “The complex intestinal microbiota of healthy horses is dominated by the bacteria phylum Firmicutes with 46-79% of identified ...[Read Full Article]

 

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