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Since we were founded, we’ve been working to help our animals reach their full potential. And if it works for us, we know it’ll work for you, too.

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Kelly Vineyard, M.S., Ph.D.

Feeding Horses for a Shiny Coat

 
Mary Beth Gordon, Ph.D.

Feeding Metabolic Horses: Risky Business or Simpl...

 
 
Katie Young, Ph.D.

It’s Spring – Ready, Set, Ride!  

 
Katie Young, Ph.D.

Carbohydrates in Horse Feed – Myths and Rec...

Katie Young, Ph.D.

Hay Quality for Horses

 
Katie Young, Ph.D.

Feeding Your Horse for Weight Gain

 
 
Karen E. Davison, Ph.D. , K...

Winter Challenges and Caring for Senior Horses

 
Purina Animal Nutrition Expert

Life Off the Fast Track

Karen E. Davison, Ph.D.

Season Changes Mean Diet Changes for Most Horses

 
Gina Fresquez, M.S. , Mary ...

Should Your Horse Always Be Fed Hay Before Grain?

 
 
Purina Animal Nutrition Expert

Body Condition Scoring Your Horse

 

Meet Our Ph.D. Equine Nutritionists

Mary Beth Gordon, Ph.D.

Feeding Your Horse with Special Needs

 
Purina Animal Nutrition Expert

Get Ready for Adventure – Horse Care Tips f...

 
 
Mary Beth Gordon, Ph.D.

Nutrition Based on Exercise Type

 
Karen E. Davison, Ph.D.

Pregnant Mare Nutrition during Late Gestation

Mary Beth Gordon, Ph.D.

Nutritional Solutions Tested Around the Country

 
Katie Young, Ph.D.

Tips to Help Your Horse Beat the Summer Heat

 
 
Karen E. Davison, Ph.D. , K...

The Same Nutrients in Every Bag

 
Karen E. Davison, Ph.D.

Proper Foal Feeding Through the First Year

Karen E. Davison, Ph.D.

Nutritional Needs of the Suckling Foal

 
Katie Young, Ph.D.

Feeding Brood Mares for Optimum Performance

 
 
Katie Young, Ph.D.

Feeding Options for Senior Horses: Part One

 
Katie Young, Ph.D.

How to Winter Horses

Katie Young, Ph.D.

Horse Management: Feeding Guidelines

 
Kathy Williamson, DVM

5 Tips for Preparing for a Farm Call From Your Ho...

 
 
Kathy Williamson, DVM

What Should I Feed My Horse Who was Recently Diag...

 
Karen E. Davison, Ph.D.

Getting the Best Horse Feed Nutrition & Value...

Katie Young, Ph.D.

Feeding Options for Senior Horses: Part Two

 

Feeding Horses Well Into Their Senior Years

 
 
Karen E. Davison, Ph.D.

Equine Gastric Ulcer Syndrome

 
Karen E. Davison, Ph.D.

Green Grass for Horses: Approach with Caution

Purina Animal Nutrition Expert

Help Your Horse Fill-Out the Healthy Way

 
Kathy Williamson, DVM

Helping Prevent Pasture-Associated Laminitis and ...

 
 
Kelly Vineyard, M.S., Ph.D.

Forage Alternatives: When Good Hay is Hard to Find

 
Kathy Williamson, DVM - Man...

Ideas for Decreasing Heat Stress in Horses

Karen E. Davison, Ph.D.

Horse Feeds - Who Needs It?

 
Kelly Vineyard, M.S., Ph.D.

How Exercise Affects Nutrient Requirements of the...

 
 
Mary Beth Gordon, Ph.D.

Improving Gut Health with Equine Feed Additives. ...

 
Kathy Williamson, DVM

Maintaining Ideal Body Condition in Athletic Horses

Karen E. Davison, Ph.D.

Oats for Performance Horses

 
Karen E. Davison, Ph.D.

Orphan Foal Feeding Program

 
 
Karen E. Davison, Ph.D.

No Hoof, No Horse - How Nutrition Affects Hoof Gr...

 
Karen E. Davison, Ph.D.

Polysaccharide Storage Myopathy and Horse Tying U...

Kelly Vineyard, M.S., Ph.D.

Refeeding the Malnourished Horse

 
Karen E. Davison, Ph.D.

Some Popular By-products in Horse Feed

 
 
Purina Animal Nutrition Expert

Starch, Sugars, Fat and Calories in Diets

 
Purina Animal Nutrition Expert

Take Ownership of Your Horse’s Health

Karen E. Davison, Ph.D.

Unusual Eating Behaviors of Horses

 
Karen E. Davison, Ph.D.

Winter Means Increased Respiratory Problems for S...

 
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Animal feed experts at the Purina Animal Nutrition Center share their knowledge. If you don’t find the answer you’re looking for here, contact us.

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Are oats a bad thing to feed to performance horses?  
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Are oats cheaper to feed than a high-quality complete horse feed, such as Purina® Omolene #500® horse feed?  
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Are unusual eating behaviors harmful to horses?  
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Can anything help alleviate polysaccharide storage myopathy (PSSM) in my horse?  
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Can equine gastric ulcer syndrome (EGUS) be successfully managed and/or treated?  
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Can pasture alone provide enough nutrition for my horses?  
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Do by-products really add nutritional value to horse feeds?  
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How do I know that my pastures are providing adequate forage for my horses?  
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How long should it take to transition my horses from winter hay to pasture grazing in spring?  
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If a newborn foal is orphaned and there is a lactating mare on site, can the orphan foal be placed with her to nurse and raise?  
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If a newborn foal loses its mother, what is the most immediate step to take?  
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What are by-products and how are they used in horse feeds?  
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What are some by-products used in horse feeds?  
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What are the advantages of feeding a high-quality horse feed such as Purina® Omolene #500® over oats?  
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What are the clinical symptoms of equine gastric ulcer syndrome (EGUS)?  
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What causes gastric ulcers in horses?  
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What causes polysaccharide storage myopathy (PSSM) and horse tying up?  
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What happens when the foal is weaned off of milk replacer?  
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What is coprophagy in horses?  
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What is geophagia in horses?  
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What is polysaccharide storage myopathy (PSSM) in horses?  
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I don’t know what to feed my horse. How can I decide which feed provides the nutrition he needs?  
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How can eating spring pasture cause laminitis and/or colic in horses?  
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Does spring pasture cause laminitis and/or colic in all horses?  
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How can I help prevent pasture-associated laminitis and colic in my horses?  
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What can cause joint damage in performance horses?  
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What mechanics contribute to the development of equine OA?  
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Why is it important for horses to have relatively clean coats prior to being examined by a veterinarian?  
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What are some examples of items a horse owner should have at the ready for certain types of veterinarian visits?  
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Why is horse feed that is cheaper by the bag more expensive to feed per day?  
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How do you calculate the actual per-day cost to feed a horse?  
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How do forage quality and weight per bale factor into finding the best value for horse hay?  
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What determines how much a horse should be fed?  
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Why is it important to measure horse feed by weight, not volume?  
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Why is it important to not overfeed grain to a horse?  
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Why is it important to not dilute balanced horse rations?  
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Why is it important to not supplement balanced horse rations?  
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Why is it important to feed horses adequate roughage?  
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What is a senior horse?  
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What are some of the problems common to older horses?  
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Why is good dental care important for senior horses?  
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What are the symptoms of Cushing’s disease in horses?  
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Can I feed my horse a forage-only diet?  
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So what type of diet should I offer my horse, in addition to forage?  
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How much feed and pasture should I allow my horse?  
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How can I be sure my horse stays at a healthy weight?  
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Do nutrients affect horse hoof growth and quality?  
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How do amino acids impact horse hoof growth and quality?  
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Are fats important in promoting horse hoof quality?  
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Should I supplement my horse’s diet with selenium?  
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Can I improve my horse’s hooves with biotin?  
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What is the minimum daily fiber requirement for a horse?  
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Are there other horse hay alternatives in addition to high-fiber feeds?  
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Why is hay preferable to corn to feed to horses during cold weather?  
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Does my horse not need to eat grain during the winter months?  
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Can horses eat snow during the winter to stay hydrated?  
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 GLOSSARY OF TERMS 

Learn the Language

Find the meaning of common words and
phrases used in animal nutrition and management.

  • Barrel
  • Bloom
  • Body Condition Scoring
  • Cannon Bone
  • Cast
  • Chestnut
  • Coffin Bone
  • Coggins Test
  • Colic
  • Colt
  • Complete Feed
  • Concentrate Feed
  • Conformation (Horse)
  • Cushing's Disease (Syndrome)
  • Easy Keeper
  • Farrier
  • Fetlock
  • Filly
  • Flank
  • Foal
  • Forage (Horse)
  • Forearm
  • Forehand
  • Forelock
  • Founder
  • Frog
  • Gait
  • Gastric Ulcers
  • Girth
  • Grooming Kit
  • Hand
  • Hard Keeper
  • Hives
  • Hyperkalemic Periodic Paralysis or HYPP
  • Insulin resistance
  • Knee
  • Lameness
  • Laminitis
  • Loins
  • Longeing
  • Mare
  • Muzzle
  • Navicular Bone
  • Paddock
  • Poll
  • PSSM
  • Ration Balancer
  • Sound
  • Stifle joint
  • Supplements
  • Tack
  • Topline
  • Turnout
  • Withers
  • Yearling