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Drink-Up Keeps Travelling Horse Hydrated

Drink-Up Keeps Travelling Horse Hydrated

Like many equestrians, Jean Higgins from Queensland struggled to hydrate a horse that would not drink while on the road—until she decided to try KER’s Drink-Up.

Australasian Focus

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Pregnant mare

Nutrition of Mares in Late Pregnancy

As a mare's pregnancy advances to the last three or four months owners should re-evaluate feeding strategies to support the upswing in energy and other nutrients necessary for rapid growth of the fetus.

Nutrition

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selenium for horses

Selenium Supplementation in Exercising Horses

In addition to the antioxidant benefits of selenium, supplementation with selenium may also improve mitochondrial biogenesis, an increase in mitochondrial mass to improve energy production.

KER Research

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diets to reduce the incidence of tying-up

Can High-Fat or Low-Starch Diets Minimize Muscle Cramping in Horses?

This study was designed to determine the effects of three rations on plasma creatine kinase activity and lactate concentration in Thoroughbred horses with recurrent exertional rhabdomyolysis.

Health

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soft tissue injuries in horses

Gene Therapy for Tendon, Ligament Injuries in Horses

A novel approach to treating therapies was recently described by a group of scientists. Their technique involved using gene therapy to create specific genes that, once injected into the horse, produce proteins that help heal the injury.

General Interest

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process of weaning horse foals

Cold Weather Weaning Practices Impact Foal Health

The weaning process is one of the most stressful events in a horse's life. Stress often causes immunosuppression, leaving the foal’s immune system weaker than normal and unable to fight off infection.