Karen Briggs

Karen Briggs is the author of six books, including the recently updated Understanding Equine Nutrition as well as Understanding The Pony, both published by Eclipse Press. She's written a few thousand articles on subjects ranging from guttural pouch infections to how to compost your manure. She is also a Canadian certified riding coach, an equine nutritionist, and works in media relations for the harness racing industry. She lives with her band of off-the-track Thoroughbreds on a farm near Guelph, Ontario, and dabbles in eventing.

Articles by: Karen Briggs

feeding the orphan foal; Feeding Horses for Joint Health

Feeding the Orphan Foal

Orphan foals raised with a correct balance of nutrients and monitored for growth, food consumption, and weight gain can be every bit as tall, strong, and athletic as foals raised by their dams.

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Hay Feeders Uncovered

Is there a better way to feed hay to horses? There are dozens of hay feeder options, as it turns out, each with its own advantages. Hay feeders are designed to keep hay off the ground and sheltered from the elements to reduce wastage.

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Minerals and Vitamins

They represent only a tiny portion of your horse’s feed intake, but they pack a nutritional wallop several times their size. Break down the components of the equine diet and think, for a moment, about what each accomplishes for your ho

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Filling a Need? (Supplements)

When was the last time you stepped into a feed room that didn’t contain a wide array of buckets, bottles, and tubs of supplements? Supplements have become more the rule than the exception.

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Barn-O-Matic

The latest models of automated waterers and feeders can take some of the work out of horsekeeping, and automatic stall cleaners can even minimize your time wielding a pitchfork!

Finding it difficult to schedule enough

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Skin Deep

Your horse’s skin is a huge and complex organ that serves as a barometer for his inner health.

We tend to think of a horse’s skin as just the envelope that contains all the important stuff. But the skin is an organ–the

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Drug Protocol Turns Rescued Mares into Nurse Mares

A medication protocol that can induce lactation in “open” mares has changed the way prominent Kentucky Standardbred nursery, Walnut Hall Ltd., manages its nurse mare herd, while giving more than 20 rescued mares a new

Walnut Hall’s vet, Joe

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USDA Ordered to Release NAIS Data

Agricultural journalist Mary-Louise Zanoni has succeeded in keeping the USDA from applying Privacy Act safeguards to information it has collected from livestock owners as part of the

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