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  • Faulty theory?? Should be fasted overnight and not administered a meal until 90 minutes after dosing with omeprazole?? There has been is a misunderstanding!!! Listen to this episode!

    Studies referenced:

    Hypothesis Article: Sykes (2019) https://beva.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/eve.12894

    Study: Sykes (2017) https://beva.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/evj.12630

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  • Ah the complex and complicated problem of poopy butt…. More formally known as free fecal water syndrome. Check out this episode to learn more about this annoying situation and what you may be able to do to help.

    Products mentioned in this episode include: TurboMag BCAA, Travel Paste, Equilene Pro Care, GI Calm, LIFELINE+, Gastro pHix, ADR Powder.

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  • I don’t care about your protein percent! This episode explains why crude protein is a [virtually] useless number in horse nutrition.

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  • How accurate are serum allergy tests? Do you really need to use an elimination diet or buy allergy shots for your horse? This episode is likely to take you by surprise!

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    Show Notes:

    · Study in HORSES shows serum allergy tests are unreliable in 59 allergens tested: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.vetimm.2007.08.007

    · Study concludes serum allergy testing is not a reliable screening tool for food allergy in healthy EQUIDS: https://doi.org/10.1111/evj.12369

    · Study in DOGS showing only 28% agreement between serum and intradermal testing among 487 reactions. Blocking anti-CCD IgE improved the agreement to a moderate level of 59%:  https://doi.org/10.1111/vde.12742

    · Study evaluated 4 allergy tests in HORSES and found that none of them could reliably differentiate between controls and asthma-affected horses. There was also no agreement among the results of the 4 different allergy tests: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jevs.2021.103433

    · Invitro allergy tests compared to intradermal testing in HORSES with RAO: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.vetimm.2008.09.021

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  • The microbiome is the second brain of the horse, meaning it is responsible for far more than just digesting forage! Catch the audio replay of Dr. Nichol’s talk from the 2022 EquiSUMMIT virtual conference.

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    Show Notes:

    · Watch the full webinar with slides by registering at www.attendequisummit.com

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  • Continuing on with the forage series, this episode recaps what we learned about alfalfa in the pilot episode of Feed Room Chemist. *Replay of episode 1.

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    Show Notes:

    101 Diet Balancer - a tool for filling the gaps of forage only diets. Equi-Analytical - THE PLACE to go for forage analyses!

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  • Continuing on with the hay series, this episode explains the cool season grass called Fescue and its implications in the horse’s diet.

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    Show Notes:

    · Scientific name for tall fescue: Festuca arundinacea

    · Managing Fescue for horses by University of Arkansas: https://www.uaex.uada.edu/publications/pdf/FSA-3042.pdf

    · Resource by AAEP on endophyte infected fescue: https://aaep.org/issue/fescue-horses-diet-minimizing-risk-your-horses-health

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  • Continuing on with the hay series, this episode explains the cool season grass called Orchardgrass and its implications in the horse’s diet.

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    Show Notes:

    · Scientific name for orchardgrass: Dactylis glomerata.

    · 101 Diet Balancer: recommended to balance the vitamin and mineral gaps of orchardgrass.

    · The Effect of Soaking on Carbohydrate Removal and Dry Matter Loss in Orchardgrass and Alfalfa Hays: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jevs.2011.11.009

    · Seasonal and Diurnal Variation in Simple Sugar and Fructan Composition of Orchardgrass Pasture and Hay in the Piedmont Region of the United States: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jevs.2011.03.004

    · Horse Preference, Forage Yield, and Species Persistence of 12 Perennial Cool-Season Grass Mixtures Under Horse Grazing: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jevs.2015.10.003

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  • Raise your hand if you have ever heard bermudagrass causes colic…. Dr. Jyme digs into this common misconception and explains all you need to know about feeding bermudagrass hay. 

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    Show Notes:

    · EquiSUMMIT Registration: www.attendequisummit.com

    · Teff = Eragrostis tef

    · Bermudagrass = Cynodon dactylon

    · Forage Testing: www.equi-analytical.com

    · University of Florida Extension Article, Tifton 85 vs Coastal: https://extadmin.ifas.ufl.edu/media/extadminifasufledu/cflag/image/docs/fl-equine-institute/2007/CoastalvsT-85.pdf

    · Feeding practices associated with colic in horses: https://doi.org/10.2460/javma.2001.219.1419

    · Factors associated with development of ileal impaction in horses with surgical colic: 78 cases (1986-2000): https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/12358048/

    · Hydration supplement: Turbo Mag BCAA https://strideanimalhealth.com/turbo-mag-bcaa/

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  • Low carb hay, ever heard of it? How about Teff hay, does that ring a bell? Researchers are looking for ways to replace cool season grass hays with warm season hays to help lower the sugar content in the horse’s diet. Teff is one possible solution, but it all comes down to how it is grown.

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    Show Notes:

    · EquiSUMMIT Registration: www.attendequisummit.com

    · Certification Program for Growing Low Carb Teff Hay: https://www.oncourseequinenutrition.com/lowcarbhorsehayproject

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  • Veterinarian, Dr. Ken Kopp, joins Dr. Nichols for a 2-part episode on heat stress in horses. If you missed part 1 (episode 95) stop, and go start there!

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    Show Notes:

    · Register for 2022 EquiSUMMIT: http://attendequisummit.com/

    · Article by The Horse: When the rider is hot, the horse is hotter.

    · Travel Paste: https://strideanimalhealth.com/travel-paste/ - to encourage drinking, cellular hydration, muscle fatigue, and support the immune system.

    · Butyric Acid: Research on Protective Effects of Butyric Acid and Zinc on Equine Intestinal Cell Function Under Hypoxic Conditions, https://tinyurl.com/4supan6f

    · Chromium: https://bluebonnetfeeds.com/chromium/

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  • Veterinarian, Dr. Ken Kopp, joins Dr. Nichols for a 2-part episode on heat stress in horses. There are all kinds of goodies in this one! Stay tuned for part 2 (episode 96) next week.

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    Show Notes:

    · Register for 2022 EquiSUMMIT: http://attendequisummit.com/

    · Article by The Horse: When the rider is hot, the horse is hotter.

    · Travel Paste: https://strideanimalhealth.com/travel-paste/ - to encourage drinking, cellular hydration, muscle fatigue, and support the immune system.

    · Butyric Acid: Research on Protective Effects of Butyric Acid and Zinc on Equine Intestinal Cell Function Under Hypoxic Conditions, https://tinyurl.com/4supan6f

    · Chromium: https://bluebonnetfeeds.com/chromium/

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  • Dr. Nichols covers four listener questions around topics of spirulina for allergies, silicon and zeolite for bone health, and what do to if you find your horse eating his own poop!

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    Show Notes:

    · Spirulina research references:

    o https://swww.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3136577/

    o https://www.liebertpub.com/doi/abs/10.1089/jmf.2005.8.27

    · Silicon research references:

    o https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2658806/

    o O’Connor CI, Nielsen BD, Woodward AD, et al. Mineral balance in horses fed two supplemental silicon sources. J Anim Physiol Anim Nutr (Berl). 2008 Apr;92(2):173-81.

    o Spooner HA, Nielsen BD, Turner KK, et al. Mineral balance in horses fed sodium zeolite. 7th International Conference on Equine Exercise Physiology, 26-31 August 2006, Fontainebleau, France.

    o Nielsen BD, et al. Training distance to failure in young racing quarter horses fed sodium zeolite A. J. Equine Vet. Sci. 1993. 13(10):562-567. AND Proc. 13th ENPS p.5

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  • Dr. Nichols explains fodder in terms of horse nutrition, when it might be a good fit, and when it might not.

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  • Learn how to transition your horses off of hay and onto grass, along with other helpful tips this spring season.

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    Show Notes:

    Fish Oil Factor - https://strideanimalhealth.com/fish-oil-factor/

    Vitamin E/C - https://strideanimalhealth.com/vitamin-e-c/

    Forms of trace minerals to look for in ingredients list: zinc methionine complex, copper lysine complex, manganese methionine complex.

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  • Is lignin sulfonate really a bad ingredient? Have you heard you should avoid it? That might not be necessary, and this episode will explain why!

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  • Hay cubes can be very useful in certain situations. This episode offers advice on when and how to offer hay cubes along with times to avoid them.

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    Show Notes:

    · Differences in Chewing Activity and Dust Concentration of Alfalfa Cube vs. Long-Stem Hay Fed to Horses: http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.4011882

    · Nitrogen Retention and Nutrient Digestibility in Geldings Fed Grass Hay, Alfalfa Hay, or Alfalfa

    Cubes: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jevs.2010.04.007

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  • Stress affects behavior which affects attitude, physical appearance, and wellbeing. This episode connects the dots between nutrition, behavior, and stress to help your horse achieve unicorn status.

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    Show Notes:

    · Help University of Kentucky researchers by completing this survey on trailering horses: https://uky.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bK5B8c5CJIgwqAC

    · Hay bags and slow feeders – testing their impact on horse behavior and welfare: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.applanim.2017.09.019

    · Stranger danger? An investigation into the influence of human-horse bond on stress and behaviour: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.applanim.2018.05.034

    · Changes in cecal environment and forage intake of horses fed increasing amounts of starch: Journal of Equine Veterinary Science 76 (2017) p.70.

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  • This one is for all you snowbirds! In episode 86, Dr. Jyme discussed relocating a horse from a warm climate to cold. This episode does the opposite – it addresses how to handle taking a horse from the cold to the warm and back again. You can now follow @drjyme on Facebook and Instagram! Please tell your friends how #feedroomchemist has made you an #empoweredhorseowner!

    Show Notes:

    · TurboMag BCAA – metabolic pH balancer to support hydration on the trip

    · ADR – mega-dose prebiotic, probiotic, and postbiotic to support hind gut health

    · Gastro pHix – buffer for stomach acid to help prevent ulcers

    · Immune Health Program – 30 day program to prime the immune system prior to travel

    · LIFELINE+ - the only safe form of oral plasma available for horses in the United States

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  • Does your horse have a “hay belly”? In this episode, Dr. Jyme discusses what “hay belly” is, why it happens, and what you can do to prevent it. As the cherry on top, this show has cool hidden offer, so listen carefully! 
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    Show Notes:
    Hay Chix is offering a 20% discount right now for Feed Room Chemist listeners!! To get your discount code go to: http://682haychix.refr.cc/feedroomchemist
    Transform DSI: A pelleted digestive catalyst by Stride Animal Health that can improve fiber digestibility by up to 30%. Excellent for horses that hay a constant “hay belly” appearance.
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