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    Since we were founded, we’ve been working to help our animals reach their full potential. And if it works for us, we know it’ll work for you, too.

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    How much feed and pasture should I allow my horse?  
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    How can I be sure my horse stays at a healthy weight?  
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    Do nutrients affect horse hoof growth and quality?  
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    How do amino acids impact horse hoof growth and quality?  
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    Are fats important in promoting horse hoof quality?  
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    Are oats cheaper to feed than a high-quality complete horse feed, such as Purina® Omolene #500® horse feed?  
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    Can anything help alleviate polysaccharide storage myopathy (PSSM) in my horse?  
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    Can equine gastric ulcer syndrome (EGUS) be successfully managed and/or treated?  
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     GLOSSARY OF TERMS 

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    phrases used in animal nutrition and management.

    • Barrel
    • Bloom
    • Body Condition Scoring
    • Cannon Bone
    • Cast
    • Chestnut
    • Coffin Bone
    • Coggins Test
    • Colic
    • Colt
    • Complete Feed
    • Concentrate Feed
    • Conformation (Horse)
    • Cushing's Disease (Syndrome)
    • Easy Keeper
    • Farrier
    • Fetlock
    • Filly
    • Flank
    • Foal
    • Forage (Horse)
    • Forearm
    • Forehand
    • Forelock
    • Founder
    • Frog
    • Gait
    • Gastric Ulcers
    • Girth
    • Grooming Kit
    • Hand
    • Hard Keeper
    • Hives
    • Hyperkalemic Periodic Paralysis or HYPP
    • Insulin resistance
    • Knee
    • Lameness
    • Laminitis
    • Loins
    • Longeing
    • Mare
    • Muzzle
    • Navicular Bone
    • Paddock
    • Poll
    • PSSM
    • Ration Balancer
    • Sound
    • Stifle joint
    • Supplements
    • Tack
    • Topline
    • Turnout
    • Withers
    • Yearling