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November 2010

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We know how important quality feeds are to maintaining your horse's health. In fact, what you feed your horse can be the cause, prevention or treatment of a number of health conditions.

In this month's free webcast, Beyond the Feed Tag, Purina Mills is dishing on what the feed tag doesn't tell you. Join us at 7PM on November 16 to learn more about ingredient selection, quality testing, formulation methods and safety programs.

Did you know...?

Common Toxins in Equine Feedstuffs
from Michigan State University Extension Bulleting E-3061
by Christine Skelly, Ph.D.

Equine feedstuffs can be exposed to toxins during growth, harvest and storage. Plant disease, environmental conditions and insect infestation can all increase the likelihood of toxins being present in grains and hays. The possibility that a potential toxin will affect a species depends on its digestive system and eating behavior. Ruminants are less likely than horses to be affected by certain toxins because of their ability to ferment feed in the foregut prior to absorption. Read on.

This Month's e-Tips

Here are some guidelines to reduce risks of toxin exposure in your horse’s feed:

  • Store hay and grain in a dry, cool location with proper ventilation.
  • Feed grain within 3 weeks of purchase or storage.
  • Clean feed troughs often.
  • Inspect feed visually and by smelling before every feeding.
  • Buy hay and grain from a reputable supply source that is familiar with the equine feed industry.
  • Avoid feeding horses with livestock where exposure to ionophores or silage is likely.
  • If a horse shows any symptoms of toxicity, immediately remove the feed source from all horses exposed until the cause of the symptoms is identified.

Question of the Month

Horses with Equine Metabolic Syndrome should NOT be fed:
A. Grass hay
B. Grains
C. Beet pulp
D. Warm season grasses

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Photo of the Month

This is our BLM Curly Mustang, Black Rock's Golden Firefly, whose barn name Sparky. Sparky is an approximate one and a half year old colt stud. He is extremely healthy and very curious. A month ago we traveled from Texas to Reno, NV to pick him up from BLM, Palomino Valley. Sparky and his herd were gathered at the Black Rock East Mountains, NV.

Submitted by Angie Gaines, Curly Mustang Association

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November 2010

In This Issue

Purina Mills
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News & Updates

FREE Live Webcast
Beyond the Feed Tag

Dr. Randel Raub, Purina
November 16, 2010
7:00 PM EST

FREE Live Webcast
How Green is Your Farm?
Dr. Ann Swinker
December 14, 2010
7:00 PM EST

NCSU Open Horse Show Judges Certification Clinic
Raleigh, NC
November 13, 2010

NCSU Horse Breeding Management and Transported Semen Short Course
Raleigh, NC
December 9-11, 2010

Purina Horse Owner's Workshops
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