There are many horse diseases that are affected by horse nutrition in some manner.
Diseases related to horse nutrition are split into two categories: those that are directly related to nutrition and those that are indirectly related to nutrition.
Diseases that are directly related to nutrition are good news and bad news. They are usually pretty serious, but at the same time, with proper management, they are also completely preventable. Some examples of problems that are directly related to nutrition are:
Diseases that are indirectly related to nutrition are a bit more complex, as modifying the horse’s diet alone usually cannot treat or prevent these. In fact, some of these diseases are not preventable at all.
However, proper nutritional management often plays an important role in managing the problem. Some diseases that are indirectly related to nutrition include:
Then there are those horse diseases that fall into both categories...diseases that can be brought on by nutrition conditions or completely unrelated conditions. These diseases can usually be managed to some extent by nutritional management. Included in this category is:
These diseases listed above are all diseases that most owners recognize as related to nutrition in one way or another. However...
Did you know that many other diseases are also related to nutrition?
can all be related to nutrition too! These diseases are usually caused by a compromised immune system.
Often, simply improving your horse's nutrition level can improve his immune function and as a result prevent diseases such as these.
I've come across many horses that were diagnosed as having chronic cases of rain rot. When they were provided with a high quality vitamin and mineral supplement they no longer dealt with the disease at all!
No owner wants to deal with horse disease, but it is part of living with horses. Learning all you can about horse nutrition will enable you to manage or prevent a number of diseases, making you and your horse’s lives that much easier.
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