Keeping Your Horse Cool In the Summer

2019-02-13T09:01:41-06:00March 24th, 2012|Articles|

Cool as a cucumber … but what if you are a horse!  Summer heat and humidity can be a dangerous combination for active horses.“Heat and humidity affect the horse, and with intense exercising, the excess heat has difficulty dissipating,” notes Dr. Glennon Mays, clinical associate professor at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & [...]

Feeding Horses for Weight Gain

2019-02-13T08:58:55-06:00March 23rd, 2012|Articles|

When a horse is too thin, what is the best way to help him gain weight?  The answer may not be the same in every situation so we need more information to make a good recommendation.  First, we need to know if the horse truly does need to gain weight.  Horse owners can disagree about [...]

You Can Lead A Horse To Water

2019-02-13T08:59:08-06:00March 23rd, 2012|Articles|

Water is the main component of the body. In fact, an average 1000 pound horse is roughly 660 pounds (80 gallons) of water. About two-thirds of this water is inside cells, called intracellular fluid, and one-third is outside cells or extracellular fluid. To function normally, the body must keep the amount of water in these [...]

It’s Spring – Ready, Set, Ride!

2019-02-13T09:02:23-06:00March 22nd, 2012|Articles|

Now that the weather has finally warmed up, horse owners are starting to spend more time with their horses, and are looking forward to even more enjoyable riding weather. There are some nutritional concerns, however, during this season, and some management issues we should address to ensure the health and performance of our horses. First, [...]

Feeding A Lactating Mare

2019-02-13T08:59:33-06:00March 22nd, 2012|Articles|

When a mare foals, her daily nutrient requirements increase significantly, nearly double that of early gestation. These nutrient needs must be met for the mare to recover from foaling stress, produce milk, and rebreed without losing body condition. Underfeeding mares during early lactation will result in lower milk production and weight loss. Early lactation weight [...]

Efficacy of Yeast Products In Equine Diets

2019-02-13T09:00:00-06:00March 22nd, 2012|Articles|

In the past several years, multiple sources have recommended yeast products for inclusion in equine diets for many purposes, including improving fiber and phosphorus digestibility, increase feed efficiency, support hindgut bacteria, and even prevention and cure of gastric ulcers. However, a close look at the published data available on the efficacy of supplementing yeast culture [...]

Changes in your horse’s diet

2012-03-20T13:52:43-05:00March 20th, 2012|McGregor News|

Spring has officially sprung! Remember that sudden forage changes in your horse's diet may trigger digestive issues. Feed hay immediately before turn-out to help him or her from overeating on lush, green pasture. Restricting grazing time will also help minimize risks. Here's a rule of thumb: allow 30 minutes of grazing once or twice a [...]

Feeding Management Guidelines

2019-02-13T09:00:12-06:00March 18th, 2012|Articles|

Feeding horses correctly and safely often appears to be enormously complicated for the horse owner. Horses are unique in the livestock world, and cannot be fed the same way as cattle, hogs sheep, or any other livestock species. However, following a few guidelines will go a long way toward ensuring that your horse's nutrient requirements [...]

Winter Care for Horses

2019-02-13T08:41:59-06:00March 18th, 2012|Articles|

Cold weather presents horses with some specific nutritional and management demands. As winter approaches it is a good idea to evaluate horses, housing and feeding programs to insure that horses get through the cold weather in good shape. All warm-blooded animals have a critical temperature. This is the temperature below which the animal must produce [...]

Extreme Weather Conditions and Reduced Production May Affect Hay Quality, Availability and Price

2019-02-13T09:30:59-06:00March 18th, 2012|Articles|

Unfavorable weather conditions last fall and winter meant more hay was fed than normal causing last year’s hay supplies to be running short.  Unprecedented weather extremes through the spring are affecting the quality and availability of new hay for 2011.  Whether you are suffering through the extreme drought in south Texas, excessive rainfall in the [...]