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Feeding the Horse - Pearls and Practical Considerations

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    December 8, 2021 1:39 PM EST

    A 4-part series on feeding the horse presented by internationally recognized and leading equine nutrition expert Dr. Steve Jackson, PhD!  


    Forages: The basis of equine nutrition

    View On Demand - Running time 56 mins

    Viewer Rating:  4.6 / 5 stars!

    In this segment Dr. Jackson discusses the role of forages and fiber in meeting nutrient requirements and in promoting the health of horses. Discussion will include:

    - Forage species appropriate for horses in pasture and hay
    - Reliable estimates of forage intake for different classes of horses
    - How to read and understand forage analysis including what the numbers mean
    - Converting numbers to an understanding of meeting nutrient requirements


    Feeding Mares and Young Horses

    View On Demand - Running time 53 mins

    Viewer Rating:  4.7 / 5 stars!

    This segment will focus on the relationship between mare nutrition, fetal development, and postpartum growth including the feeding and nutrition of weanlings and yearlings. Discussion will include:

    - Nutrition of the pregnant mare and the impact on fetal development
    - Milk production in mares and "creep feed or no creep feed"
    - Transition of foals from on their mares to weanlings and then to yearlings
    - Pitfalls that may be encountered along the way that may involve or be caused by nutrition
    - Feeding horses for sale or show


    Feeding Athletic and Performance Horses

    View On Demand - Running time 53 mins

    Viewer Rating:  4.5 / 5 stars!

    In this segment Dr. Jackson will focus his discussion on the proper feeding of the athletic horse and how to best meet the nutrient requirements for work. Discussion points will include:

    - Nutrient requirements
    - Important nutrients for work and the best sources of nutrients for athletic horses
    - Balancing fiber and hard feed to meet nutrient needs and maintain gut health
    - Typical nutrient specification for feeds for performance horses
    - Supplements and avoiding over-supplementation

    Common and uncommon diseases in horses that have a nutrition or nutritional management cause or component

    View On Demand - Running time 77 mins  (68 of presentation and 9 of Q&A)

    Viewer Rating:  4.3 / 5 stars!

    In this segment the focus turns to the impacts of nutrition - from deficiency to excess of nutrients - on the health and productivity of horses. Discussion will include:

    - How to identify whether health problems are due to management or "the feed"
    - Nutritional excesses as a cause of disease in the horse
    - Taking ownership of the health of horses
    - Most common diseases that have a nutritional component including: equine metabolic syndrome, PPID or Cushings Syndrome, nutritional secondary hyperparathyroidism, myositis, recurrent exertional rhabdomyolysis, polysaccharide storage myopathy, hyperkalemic periodic paralysis, fescue toxicity, and developmental orthopedic disease

    View the session(s) of your choosing or subscribe and view the entire series!

    Fee: Free for Premium Membership Subscribers 
    Premium Membership Subscribers should register for this series here.
    $36 per session / $99 for the webinar series