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A collection of research and review papers presented at Kentucky Equine Research conferences featuring international authorities on equine nutrition, sports medicine and veterinary topics. They have refined nutritional requirements of horses, and discovered ways to effectively deliver nutrients for horses in all athletic endeavors, to achieve optimal growth in young horses, and to ensure nutrient requirements are being fulfilled in reproductively active horses.
General Nutrition * Recent research developments from Kentucky equine research * Pasture counts: the contribution of pasture to the diets of horses * Nutrition and the equine foot * Dietary lipid form and function * The glycemic and insulinemic index in horses * Does it work? Testing the efficacy of feed supplements * Can feed cause a positive blood test in racehorses? Some recent information on the effect of dietary supplements on plasma TCO2 concentration in horses * Oral joint supplements: panacea or expensive fad * The diagnostic potential of equine hair: a comparative review of hair analysis for assessing nutritional status, environmental poisoning, and drug use and abuse * Feeding Management * Feeding management of horses under stressful conditions * An ounce of prevention: feeding management to minimize colic * Bag o' bones: managing the underweight horse * Hidden killers: moulds and mycotoxins * Feeding fat to manage muscle disorders * Trends in feeding the American endurance horse * Sport horse nutrition-an Australian perspective * Nutritional management of mares-the foundation of a strong skeleton * Performance Horses * Effects of exercise and training on skeletal development in horses * Feeding more and getting less: effects of high grain intakes on digestive capacity and gastrointestinal health of performance horses * Exercise and immune function: nutritional influences * Use of non-starch carbohydrate energy sources in performance horse feeds * Exercise and stress-impact on adaptive processes involving water and electrolytes * Growth and Development * Principles of bone development in horses * Methods of assessing bone growth and development in young horses * Nutritional assessment of weanlings and yearlings * Managing growth for different commercial end points * Conformation and soundness * The prevalence of radiographic changes in thoroughbred yearlings and the effect of those changes on future racing performance * Incidence of radiographic changes in thoroughbred yearlings. 755 cases * The effect of growth promotants in young growing horses * Nutritional challenges of feeding the two-year-old * Pathological Condtions * Overview of bone disease * Advanced techniques in the diagnosis of bone disease * Surgical and medical management of osteochondritis dissecans (OCD) * Recent advances in osteochondrosis research * The role of nutrition in the management of developmental orthopedic disease * The relationship between glycemic response and the incidence of OCD in thoroughbred weanlings: a field study * Laminitis: causes and cures * Cushing's disease and other problems of the older horse * Losing control: nutrition-related diseases of the central nervous system * Muscle disorders: untying the knots through nutrition * Respiratory disease: is there a nutrition link * Chemical arthrodesis of the distal tarsal joints using sodium monoiodoacetate in 104 horses