Grazing Muzzles (What does the research say?)

Equine obesity is an epidemic across the industry. From studies that illustrate judges scoring overweight horses higher (6), to equine obesity prevalence publications showing that about 50% of the evaluated populations are classified as overweight or obese (2, 7, 8, 9). It is a serious issue in the industry that is negatively impacting equine well-being. […]

Active Ingredient vs. Product Research in Equine Nutraceuticals

It is no secret that equine dietary supplements are a hot topic! This past weekend at the Can-Am Equine Expo one of my seminars focused on dietary supplements and how horse owners can critically evaluate the research behind the products they are purchasing. One of the concepts that was covered was the difference between active […]

The Different Types of Ulcers in the Equine GI Tract

Gastric ulcers are sores that form on the stomach lining in the horse. Research has estimated that the prevalence may be up to 90% in some demographics. Working horses tend to be more at risk of developing this disease due to the intensive management they are often exposed to. When equine gastric ulcers are discussed, […]

Electrolyte Supplementation

Electrolytes supplements are commonly given to many horses, particularly in the summer months. When the temperature rises, the amount of sweat the horse produces increases. Additionally, in Ontario, our horses are often ridden more frequently in the warmer weather. What are electrolytes? Electrolytes are a class of minerals that dissociate into electrically charged ions in […]

Evaluating Your Horse’s Mineral Status

Evaluating your horse’s mineral status is important as we always want to ensure that there are no nutritional deficiencies. However, understanding the limitations of the common laboratory tests is crucial. There are three common methods for investigating mineral status in the horse: blood work, hair analysis and diet calculations. Blood Work Bloodwork is of course, […]

Equine Digestive Anatomy: The Hindgut

If you care for a horse, you are likely aware that they are fundamentally different from humans, or even our other domesticated animals. This includes unique digestive anatomy. Horses are monogastric, meaning that they have a single compartment stomach; however, they are also classified as hindgut fermenters. The hindgut of the horse accounts for 60% […]

Equine Digestive Anatomy: The Stomach & Small Intestine

This week on the Friday with Finn blog, we take a step further into the equine gastrointestinal (GI) tract and take a closer look at the foregut. When discussing the foregut of the horse, the focus is on the stomach and the small intestine. Telling horse owners that large meals can be detrimental to their […]

Equine Digestive Anatomy: The Pharynx & Esophagus


The previous Friday with Finn blog post was all about the mouth! This week, we begin to move through the gastrointestinal tract and discuss the pharynx, the esophagus, and the lower esophageal sphincter. The Pharynx The Pharynx (commonly referred to as the throat), is a muscular tube (funnel shaped) that connects the mouth and the […]

Equine Digestive Anatomy: The Mouth


Understanding why we do certain things in equine nutrition is important, and primarily ties back to the digestive anatomy. A horse’s digestive tract is unique and dictates what we feed our horses. Therefore, through understanding the anatomy of the gastrointestinal tract (GIT) it can provide you with fundamental knowledge to make informed decisions about equine […]

The Circle of Influence & the Horse’s Topline


As riders, we tend to evaluate a horse’s level of fitness by assessing their topline, but what is often misunderstood is that the state of a horse’s topline goes far beyond training alone. Envision a circle centered around your horse, divided into a minimum of eight equal segments. Each of these segments represents an influence […]