Nutrition - Equine

  •  A brown horse hangs its head out a stall window while snow falls.

    October 31, 2017

    As we get into the heart of fall, it’s time to start preparing for the upcoming winter. Hi-Pro Feeds took a few minutes to ask Dr. Morrow about how caring for horses changes during those colder months.

    Dr. Morrow, how does caring …

  • Two hands hold feed next to a Hi-Pro bag.

    October 2, 2017

    By Matt McMillan, Ph.D., Equine Nutritionist, Hi-Pro Feeds

    Colic in horses can be defined as exhibiting signs of distress caused by abdominal pain. It is one of the most frequent causes of emergency treatment annually and is …

  • A cowboy loops his lasso while a herd of cattle look on.

    July 27, 2017

    By Matt McMillan, Ph.D., Equine Nutritionist, Hi-Pro Feeds

    On a weight basis, the horse’s body consists of approximately 60 to 65% water, 30 to 35% of protein, fat, and stored energy sources, and 4% in minerals.  While minerals only …

  • A blonde woman feeds a brown and black horse from a bucket.

    June 22, 2017

    By Matt McMillan, Ph.D., Equine Nutritionist, Hi-Pro Feeds

    Molds are single-celled fungi that are found everywhere in nature.  They grow on plants among other substrates in nature and play a role in the natural process of plant decay. …

  • A group of colts on a green field look over a fence toward camera.

    May 4, 2017

    By Matt McMillan, PhD and Chris Morrow, DVM

    It’s the goal of every horse owner who intends to breed a mare to produce a good, strong, healthy colt.  To accomplish this goal, there are many considerations to be taken into account from …

  • Hunter Meinzer hand feeds a horse

    April 13, 2017

    By Chris Morrow, DVM and Matt McMillan, PhD

    Tying-up in horses is a ‘catch-all’ term used by many horse men and women who are referring to a muscle cramping, soreness, or unwillingness to move in horses that is generally brought …

  • Dr. Chris Morrow examines a brown horse.

    March 2, 2017

    By Dr. Chris Morrow, DVM

    As equine practitioners, we use the word choke to describe an esophageal obstruction. This condition will present itself as a horse begins to exhibit signs of distress including the expelling of feed from …

  • A horse walks across a lot with a purple blanket on.

    January 17, 2017

    By Matt McMillan, Ph.D., Equine Nutritionist, Hi-Pro Feeds

    As winter weather approaches, temperatures will begin to fall with the possibilities of rain, snow, ice, and wind. Because of these environmental changes, increased …

  • Black and white photo of horse with his mane braided at a rodeo

    November 17, 2016

    By Matt McMillan, Ph.D., Equine Nutritionist, Hi-Pro Feeds

    Nutrient requirements of the horse can change depending upon several factors related to the type, and weight of the horse, stage of life and level of activity. When …

  • Brown horse grazes green grass with a sunset backdrop.

    October 10, 2016

    By Matt McMillan, Ph.D., Equine Nutritionist, Hi-Pro Feeds

    The senior horse has become more prevalent in modern times due to the change in workload, and activity of horses in general compared to what was required of the horse many …

  • A bowl of soybeans sits next to a bottle of vegetable oil on its side.

    September 12, 2016

    By Matt McMillan, Ph.D., Equine Nutritionist, Hi-Pro Feeds

    At one time, it was generally thought by the equine scientific community that horses could not digest and utilize fat at a rate that would be sufficient to contribute to …

  • Two horses eating oats.

    August 8, 2016

    By Matt McMillan, Ph.D., Equine Nutritionist, Hi-Pro Feeds

    Distiller’s Dried Grains with Solubles (DDGS) are the by-products produced from the manufacturing process of ethanol. These products have been readily available in …

  • A mare grazes green grass while her colt looks ahead.

    July 18, 2016

    By Matt McMillan, Ph.D., Equine Nutritionist, Hi-Pro Feeds

    As breeding season for mares comes to a close, many considerations should be taken into account so that a live, healthy foal can be produced in the springtime next year.  …

  • A horse pokes it's head out of a trailer window.

    December 22, 2016

    By Matt McMillan, Ph.D., Equine Nutritionist, Hi-Pro Feeds

    While some equine enthusiasts haul their horses throughout the year, many more begin to look towards taking their horses down the road to their favorite equine event as …

  • Two horses graze on green grass with a sunset in the background.

    April 14, 2016

    By Dr. Chris Morrow, DVM

    As a student of the horse it is evident that the species was evolved on varied grass diets.  They are designed to walk around foraging ready to run away from anything that would eat them.  The health of the …

  • A brown horse eats Alfalfa hay from a trough.

    March 17, 2016

    By Matt McMillan, Ph. D, Equine Nutritionist, Hi-Pro Feeds

    For many years, feeding oats and alfalfa hay has been a very common diet for the working and performance horse.  However, with more and more research being conducted in the …

  • A brown quarter horse with black halter stands in profile.

    January 29, 2016

    By Matt McMillan, Ph. D, Equine Nutritionist, Hi-Pro Feeds

    As any good scientist would say, the answer to this question is “It depends…”.  So what about starch?  It seems that starch is, and has been the hot topic of discussion …