Horse Health Matters®
- Understand what the glycemic index is, and how it affects your horse
- Ranks 10 common horse feeds on the glycemic index scale
- Relates the use of the glycemic index for feeding horses with some common health problems
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Horse health essentials
Quote of the day
Horses let us enter their world and trust us to keep them safe. In return we live in paradise with them.Louise
Today's glossary term
An establishment where pedigreed horses are bred.
Tip of the day
Open gates in to the area where you are taking your horse. Take care that stirrups and looses reins do not catch on the gate.
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- Is there a low cost way of getting my horse to gain some weight?
- How do you shoe a horse with a crooked leg?
- My mare pins her ears when I approach!
- Is an all-stock 12% protein feed mix safe for my horse?
- How do I help my horse's dry cracked feet?
- I have two horses in my small herd of 5 that don't get along. What can I do?
- My horse has a club foot. Can it be treated?
- I'm building a barn. How big should the stalls be?
- My horse eats free-choice hay but she is getting fat. What should I do?
Recent health center articles
Learn about the 5 ways you can improve air quality for your horse and how good ventilation makes your barn a healthy place for your horse and you.
Read about the 6 factors that affect the amount of water your horse needs daily and learn about the options available that enable you to make sure your horse has access to fresh, clean water at all times.
Read to learn how moisture, temperature, time, and storage affect the nutritional value of hay and how you can take a sample of hay to test for the nutrients, and also discover something you may not know about the combustibility of hay.
For horse owners that have a choice about where their horse is kept, this article may provide some surprises. Learn about the pros and cons of caring for your horse at home or putting it in a boarding stable.
Young horse, old horse, sick horse, working horse - all have different dietary requirements. This article explains how to adapt the horse's diet to meet its nutritional need depending on life stage or type of work.
This article will teach you to judge the quality of hay for your horse. It also offers great suggestions for selecting the type of hay to feed, depending on what is available in your locality. Getting better quality for lower cost is a winner for both you and your horse.
Unless you live on a large ranch with ample pasture, the single biggest cost of horse ownership is the feeding or the horse. This article provides a review of the important feeds and supplements that are commonly used in feeding equines.