Are you providing the best diet for your horse? Good nutrition is the cornerstone of having a healthy horse. We think that by feeding hay and “grain” or a complete feed we are giving our horses a diet to support a high level of performance; but many complete feeds contain ingredients that are actually harmful to your horse’s health. Dr. Mark recently wrote an article for the Arabian Horse World Magazine explaining the Glycemic Index and how you can use it to increase health & performance. Read more
At DePaolo Equine Concepts, we focus much of our owner education on equine nutrition. Many of the popular horse feeds out there contain ingredients that can be detrimental to your horse’s health. Why are they added if they aren’t healthy for my horse? Because they are cheap, easily accessible and they are appealing to the owner (either visually or aromatically). The same rings true Read more
Horses need electrolytes for proper cellular function. Sodium, potassium, calcium and magnesium are the primary electrolytes. The cheapest forms of these minerals are bound to chloride, which is NOT recommended for a top quality electrolyte supplement. A lack of calcium, magnesium, sodium and potassium may affect performance, recovery time, sensitivity to touch, anxiety and attitude in horses. The only way to improve deficiencies is to increase the levels of key electrolytes, vitamins and minerals with bio-available supplementation.
To address this concern, we recommend starting with a Read more
We had so many comments on our “Two Things To NEVER Feed Your Horse” post and the What Goes In The Bucket? post that we will continue to focus periodically on an overall healthy feed program on the blog. It is exciting to see owners wanting to learn more about what is actually going into their horse. It is even better when they make changes to improve their horse’s diet; and it is THE BEST when they let us know how they have seen a change in their horse! Read more
The US Arabian Nationals just wrapped in Tulsa, and our endorsees Freewill Farm and Setting Sun Stables brought home an impressive 12 National Championships! Now it’s time for the AQHA, NRHA and BFA organizations to bring their best horses and riders out for their championship shows. Read more
When feeding a horse with a neurologic disease, there are several things you can do to help insure your horse is getting the right nutrition and that he is able to do it safely and comfortably.
Feeding in a hay net or on top of a raised surface is recommended since horses with neurologic diseases have trouble balancing especially when Read more
Dr. Mark is currently at US National Arabian Horse Show in Tulsa, Oklahoma. This is one of his busiest horse shows of the year. Even though Dr. Mark doesn’t have too much down time if you are in Tulsa and need a break from the show maybe you should try some of the non-horse activities the city has to offer. Read more
Typically we recommend Harmony for horses dealing with Endocrine disorders. This supplement can help even out a horse’s temperament and hormone levels. Often when a horse’s endocrine health is severely compromised, for example when they have Cushings Syndrome this can lead to founder or chronic laminitis. Below are two videos Read more