Horse Feeding Myths Discussed with Dr. Staniar

When the topics of horse feeding and equine nutrition are discussed among horse people, opinions can vary greatly and fact and fiction may sometimes get confused.

A  few weeks ago I surveyed members of my Training Journals course asking what questions they had regarding nutrition and what to feed their horse. Several questions came up more than once and they were questions that I recognized are often connected with misinformation. While there is a lot of information available on nutrition, the credibility of that information is sometimes questionable.

That’s why I decided to take these questions to a true expert in the field – Dr. Burt Staniar from Penn State University. Dr. Staniar was not only my Equine Nutrition professor when I attended Penn State, but he is a person who has dedicated his career to education and research in this field.

Here are a few of the questions I asked Dr. Staniar in our interview:

  • Is it safe to give water to a hot horse? One long standing belief in the horse world is that horses will colic when given water when they are hot and tired after exercise
  • Does alfalfa cause colic?
  • Is wheat bran really beneficial as a laxative in the winter months?
  • What does our horses manure tell us about their health and nutrition? This was Dr. Staniar’s favorite question to answer

As we mention in the video, Dr. Staniar has agreed to do a follow up interview to answer other questions you have on feeding and equine nutrition. So leave your questions in the comments!

Also, take a few moments to watch Dr. Staniar’s other videos at Equi Oris, his “vlog” dedicated to all questions related to the horse. “In this vlog, we will try to offer some answers, facts, and even opinions on topics in which horse enthusiasts may be interested. We hope this is an opportunity to open more communication and sharing of credible information.”

Thanks for watching and see you in the comments!

Callie

P.S. If you’d like to hear more information about equine nutrition join me in the training journals here.

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