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Contaminated Hay Can Cause Botulism in Horses

The bacteria that cause botulism are always present in soil, so horses are never far from the source of the deadly neurotoxin produced by these microbes. However, horses that develop botulism have often developed signs after eating contaminated hay.

KER Research

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What Are the Effects of Feeding a High-Fat Diet to Horses?

A study was designed to evaluate whether adding fat to a grain meal would affect glucose and insulin responses when the level of grain intake remained the same.


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Wireless Sensor Tracks Bone Fracture Healing

A wireless sensor developed at Colorado State University may be helpful in tracking the strength and weight-bearing ability of healing fractures. The device may be applicable to monitoring of fractures in horses, injuries that are often difficult to treat effectively.

General Interest

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Do Horses Need to Take Vitamin Pills?

Horses produce all necessary vitamins except A and E in their bodies. These vitamins must be provided by the horse’s diet. Many of these vitamins have key roles in the regulation of calcium and phosphorus, and in proper skeletal development.