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Kelsey J. Nonella, Ph.D. is an equine nutritionist who was riding horses before she could walk. Her love for horses drives her to help educate people on what their horses’ needs in order to have happy, healthy horses.

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The Mystique of the Mustang

When people hear the word “mustang”, they conjure up images of wild horses running freely throughout the prairies and mountains of the western United States. Indeed, these horses have enjoyed a few hundred years worth of being free from ownership... The true definition of mustang in the Spanish language! But what many people may not realize is that a more accurate descriptor for a mustang would be “feral” because these intelligent, robust horses are descended …

Parasites Affect Your Horse From the Inside Out… Help It Fight Back

Parasites. To the unsuspecting, and unfortunate, host, they’re a scourge that has existed on the Earth for far longer than Homo Sapiens or Equus Caballus combined. These organisms, classified into three categories: protozoa, helminths, and ectoparasites, all function in the same manner, they feed on a host via its blood (external) or through digested food (internal). Most internal parasites focus on the intestines because that’s where most mammals absorb food, and thus, will give the …

Keeping Your Horse’s Overall Health Tuned Up

Good Nutrition: Keeping Your Horse’s Overall Health Tuned Up.If your car or truck is running low on fuel, do you stop and fuel it up? Sure you do! How about oil? It is crucial for the health and longevity of your car to ensure that the oil level and other fluids are adequate when running your car. If there isn’t enough oil and fluids in your car, it is prone to breaking down, causing a …

Help Your Horse Overcome the Effects of Mycotoxicosis

What Are Mycotoxins?Mycotoxins are harmful secondary compounds produced by fungi that can be found in soil and plant matter commonly consumed by horses, including: grains, forages, and feed. While the presence of fungi are not completely absent from these food sources, they will produce mycotoxins under ideal conditions such as specific moisture and oxygen levels present in the air, and at certain temperatures. Mycotoxicosis is more common among agricultural animals such as poultry, swine and …

The Grandeur of the Clydesdale Never Ceases to Impress!

To many Americans, the Clydesdale is synonymous with the Anheuser-Busch Brewing Company. Their famous TV commercials, which usually air during Christmas and the Super Bowl, are seen by millions of people annually and are filmed with the company’s own horses who comprise a series of hitches throughout the country. Apparently, the qualification process to make one of those teams is as stringent as someone trying to become a Dallas Cowgirl! The process is worth it, …

You Are the Appaloosa of My Eye!

The Nez Perce Gift to the WorldAlthough the Appaloosa is descended from various breeds early Spanish explorers brought over to the Americas, it is considered a distinctly Native American horse by both historians and horse aficionados today. The Nez Perce of Washington, Oregon and Idaho are credited with “creating” the Appaloosa, as they were the first tribe known to selectively breed for specific traits, namely, intelligence and speed. They kept the best horses which presented …

The American Quarter Horse… The Toyota Corolla of the Horse World

American Quarter Horses. How To Keep Them Strong And HealthyThe Toyota Corolla is the best-selling vehicle in the history of the world with over 40 million sold since its introduction in 1966! By 1997 it had outsold even the cheeky original Volkswagen Beetle to take that number one spot. To car enthusiasts, there has been relatively little to get excited about when a new Corolla is introduced, it’s not a sports car by any means, …

Insulin Resistance… Not Just Common In Humans, It’s Becoming More Common In Horses

We Love Bacon and Soft Drinks as Much as We Love Our HorsesHorse owners typically take great pride in being able to say they care greatly for their animals. They provide plenty of clean water, safe shelter & lots of relaxing grooming. When it comes to feed, only high quality hay or pasture makes it into the horse. Indeed, many horses are treated quite nicely, as they should be!Now, if only their owners adopted the …

Why Mane, Tail, and Coat Health Is Important To Your Horse…

Walk through any large retail pharmacy or supermarket and you’ll come to an aisle dedicated solely to hair and skin care products. Shampoos, conditioners, creams, moisturizers… The choices are staggering! Yet, it should come as no surprise that many Americans spend a lot of time and money on their looks. It’s a source of pride & beauty for many, and a link to their youth for others. But it can also be an indicator doctors …

Why Choose Organic Selenium Over Inorganic Selenium?

Selenium is a naturally-occurring essential mineral found in certain foods and is required by an innumerable number of organisms, including horses and humans. To date, certain key health benefits have been attributed to selenium, and they include:* Its function as a natural antioxidant* Its role in resistance to viral infections* Its role in aiding reproductive system functions* Its ability to protect the integrity of muscle tissues*Its involvement in immune system responseAs selenium relates to horses, …

Keep Your Horse in Fighting Shape, Especially as Winter Approaches

A summer full of fun-filled adventures and competitions with your horse is what we as horse owners crave. Warm evenings shared with our equine counterparts are why we have such a passion for our sport. In order to perform at their highest levels, our horses must have optimal body conditions and be in excellent shape. However, we must ask ourselves a couple of questions: Has all of the practice and hauling taken a toll on our …

Could Selenium Deficiency Have Been To Blame For General Custer’s Defeat At Little Bighorn?

Many of us are familiar with the story of General Custer’s defeat during the Battle of Little Bighorn... The discovery of gold by the Little Bighorn River in 1874 (present-day Montana) led the U.S. Government to attempt to buy sacred land from the Sioux, Arapaho, and Cheyenne Nations, only to be turned down. Custer was sent to push them off their lands in 1876 as a result. To this day, theories abound regarding all the …