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    The form of potassium in plants is very water...

    The form of potassium in plants is very water soluble. It comes out easily with soaking and draining. Hot water works better if you want to be extra vigilant. ...
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    a good article with pictures:...

    a good article with pictures:
    http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/livestock/horses/facts/06-109.htm
  3. Must read for those planting tropical milkweed. ...

    Must read for those planting tropical milkweed.
    http://monarchbutterflygarden.net/is-tropical-milkweed-killing-monarch-butterflies/

    You may be encouraging monarch to breed again, when they...
  4. Take Patty very seriously. My black mare...

    Take Patty very seriously.
    My black mare stopped cantering a couple times. A chiropractor could get her right for a while. Then when Patty and the other NB folks starting shoeing her correctly...
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    Here's the original study:...

    Here's the original study: http://www.safergrass.org/pdf/SoakReport2.pdf
    It and subsequent studies included hays that were so high in NSC that soaking was not enough for a IR horse. Until you get...
  6. Can you provide a citation? Or at least a theory...

    Can you provide a citation? Or at least a theory for which mechanism Vit C interferes with in IR horses?
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    Placebo effect in pets

    An interesting article by a vet who promotes evidence based medicine.
    http://web.randi.org/swift/alternative-medicine-and-placebo-effects-for-pets

    Another from his blog:...
  8. Does this horse have access to ryegrass?

    Does this horse have access to ryegrass?
  9. I knew of one gelding who's owner had him on an...

    I knew of one gelding who's owner had him on an unbelievably complicated system of supplement's and remedies. Horse had multiple skin issues, was hot and spooky. Threw horse out to pasture and quit...
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    This is old information superseded by new...

    This is old information superseded by new studies. The differences in ACTH between normal and PPID horses have been characterized. Now fall is considered the BEST time to test, because PPID horses...
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    I used to live in a very cold place, and rode in...

    I used to live in a very cold place, and rode in a community heated indoor.
    Not sure what it's called but I did a mini clip that REALLY helped. I just clipped the front of the neck, follow the...
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    One theory has to do with fructans that form in...

    One theory has to do with fructans that form in cool season grass when nights are below 40F. Warm season grasses form starch under the same conditions. Both can cause a lot of gas when its...
  13. I basically agree with this, with one, well a...

    I basically agree with this, with one, well a few, caveats. Some people ( and for that matter a few vets) cannot see subtle lameness. Others can see slight laminitis in horses along the highway...
  14. While the rest of this post seem accurate, this...

    While the rest of this post seem accurate, this one statement makes no sense to me. In the fall, the excess sugars are what makes the fructan in the leaves and stem. It does not translocate to the...
  15. I would need to see a recent fasting insulin...

    I would need to see a recent fasting insulin level to comment. One really needs to get yearly blood work to be pro-active.
    But yes, horses with PPID are sometimes NOT IR and can eat grass with...
  16. Before I comment on diet, I want to see the ACTH...

    Before I comment on diet, I want to see the ACTH levels on any horse over 20 with laminitis. Generally, what they need is an increased dose of pergolide. A lot of older cases need 3 mg to keep...
  17. Muscle wasting is a common symptom of PPID, which...

    Muscle wasting is a common symptom of PPID, which is more common in aged IR horses, They can gain weight with the correct dose of pergolide.
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    and if you have metabolically normal horses you...

    and if you have metabolically normal horses you don't have to worry about NSC anyway.
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    A clump is something that is large enough that it...

    A clump is something that is large enough that it won't dry out and will instead get moldy. Of course this totally dependent upon drying conditions.
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    ahh....no. An explanation here:...

    ahh....no. An explanation here:
    http://www.ker.com/library/advances/405.pdf
    see page 30 on source/sink relationships during growth.
    When leaf area is large, THEN NSC are higher because that is...
  21. We really hope it's not because the coffin bone...

    We really hope it's not because the coffin bone is pushing it out. That's why new radiograph's would help determine his fitness for work. But I say, if he is not noticeably lame, he needs to get...
  22. Yes this looks like chronic mild laminitis. If...

    Yes this looks like chronic mild laminitis. If he is sound, get him back in work, get rid of the sugar and starch in the diet. Get lateral radiographs to confirm the position of the coffin bone so...
  23. I have a theory about what might be going on in...

    I have a theory about what might be going on in this area, and why alfalfa/brome might be a good choice for low NSC. Islands have increased cost for fertilizer due to freight. The area also might...
  24. Perhaps this is useful:...

    Perhaps this is useful:
    http://www.safergrass.org/pdf/Does%20this%20website%20apply.pdf

    If your horses need grain to maintain weight, it's doubtful that they will have a problem with too much...
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    OK But then you keep making it sound like they...

    OK But then you keep making it sound like they need you, and I don't think they do.



    When Gene pulled the ineffectual ( by everyones standard's- the mare had been completely down for 5...
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