How Effective Are Grazing Muzzles in Reducing Pasture Intake?

Limiting pasture intake is recommended for obese horses and ponies, especially those at risk for laminitis.  This can be difficult to do if horses have access to pasture full-time or when, for example, stabling is not an option.  Using grazing muzzles has been recommended but how much of an effect do grazing muzzles really have on reducing pasture intake in horses? 

 Read more about this research and the results here:

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BUCKEYE® Nutrition Announces Partnership with Lauren Kieffer Equestrian

BUCKEYE® Nutrition is proud to announce its professional partnership with Lauren Kieffer Equestrian.  Through this partnership, Lauren will work with BUCKEYE® Nutrition to promote best feeding practices in competition, at clinics, and over social media.

Lauren Kieffer

 "As a professional equestrian I have learned just how big of a role nutrition plays in my horses’ well-being and performance. BUCKEYE® Nutrition creates high quality solution-based horse feeds that I can trust and their passion for horses show in their products. I am thrilled to partner with such a wonderful company and know I will continue to see great results."

Lauren was born and raised in a rural community of Southern Illinois called Mt. Carmel, where she competed in local hunter/jumper, 4-H and eventing her own horses, as well as horses in training throughout high school.  In 2005, at the age of 18, Lauren’s talent, positive attitude and commitment to her sport earned her an opportunity to begin training and working for Olympians Karen and David O'Connor in Virginia and Florida.  Throughout her time with the O’Connor Event Team Lauren has matured into a fantastic horseman, trainer and competitor.  Her greatest accolades include competing as a member of the gold medal Pan American Games Team in 2015 with Meadowbrook’s Scarlett and winning the 2014 USEF National CCI 4* Championship with Veronica.

2016 WALTHAM®-BUCKEYE® Nutrition Equine Grant

BUCKEYE® Nutrition and WALTHAM®, a leading scientific authority on the nutrition and health of companion animals, are together offering the WALTHAM®-BUCKEYE® Nutrition Equine Research Grant, up to a total of $20,000 per annum –which may be awarded to one project or split between several. These grants are intended to help fund a clearly defined piece of original research focusing on the nutrition, health, behavior or welfare of horses with the intention of publishing the findings in a peer-reviewed scientific journal so that horses around the world may benefit.

Applications are due by March 31st, 2016.

Download the application here.

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Foal Nutritional Solutions

It's that time of year again when cute fuzzy little foals start appearing everywhere!  You want them to grow up to be strong and healthy.  We can help them reach their potential.

Take a look at our unique and proven solutions specifially for foals, including FOAL-AIDE®, Foal Starter and Mare's Milk Plus®, the gold standard for milk replacers.

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Does Breed Affect Insulin Dynamics?

Being obese and/or having abnormal insulin responses (insulin dysregulation or ID) is thought to increase the risk of laminitis.  Obesity is often associated with ID in certain breeds, but are there breed differences in insulin responses regardless of body condition? In this study, researchers at the University of Melbourne, Australia investigated whether breed contributes to ID in non-obese horses.

Click the image below to read more about this exciting research.


Breed Insulin Differences


BUCKEYE® Nutrition Announces Partnership with Belinda Trussell Dressage

BUCKEYE® Nutrition is proud to announce its professional partnership with Belinda Trussell Dressage.  Through this partnership, Belinda Trussell will work with BUCKEYE® Nutrition to promote best feeding practices through competition, at clinics, and over social media channels.

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“My horses are not only elite athletes, but also members of the family - and it's so important for me to do everything I can to keep them strong, healthy and happy. That's why Buckeye Nutrition makes so much sense for me and my horses. BUCKEYE® Nutrition has exceptionally high standards of quality, and the consistency and high nutritional value of their ingredients give me confidence that I am feeding my horses an outstanding diet with all the nutrients they need and the superlative quality they deserve.  BUCKEYE® Nutrition truly understand that every horse is a superstar, deserving of the very best!"


Belinda Trussell is a Canadian Olympic dressage rider known for being the youngest member of the Canadian dressage team at the 2002 World Equestrian Games in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain. Representing Canada, she also competed at the 2004 Summer Olympic Games in Athens, Greece, three World Equestrian Games in 2002, 2010 and 2014, and the 2004 Dressage World Cup Final in Düsseldorf, Germany.  In 2015, Belinda and Anton, a 2000 Oldenburg gelding, competed as a member of the Canadian silver medal winning team at the Pan American Games. She placed 4th in the individual Freestyle competition, scoring 76.800, a personal best. She also secured an individual qualification for the 2016 Rio Olympics.


About BUCKEYE® Nutrition

Headquartered in Dalton, Ohio, BUCKEYE® Nutrition has been manufacturing quality products since 1910. BUCKEYE® Nutrition takes feed safety seriously, implementing many programs mandated in human food manufacturing facilities. With the backing of the WALTHAM®, a world-leading authority on pet care and widely renowned as an institution of the highest scientific caliber, our equine nutritionists provide scientifically-based equine nutritional solutions which guide our formulations and our BUCKEYE® Nutrition brand promise of being the highest quality, safest feed available.


BUCKEYE® Nutrition. Your Passion. Our Purpose™.



For more information, contact:


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Different Hay Soaking Techniques for Laminitis-Prone Horses

Pasture-associated laminitis has been linked to the over-consumption of water soluble carbohydrates (WSC) such as fructans, glucose, fructose and sucrose in horses and ponies. For those animals prone to laminitis, soaking hay prior to feeding helps to reduce the WSC content. An upper limit of 100 grams of WSC per kilogram of forage dry matter has been advised, but are common practices used today adequate to reduce WSC in hay?

Read more about this research here!

Soaking Hay Research

The Ultimate Combination

GRO 'N WIN® and ULTIMATE FINISH®:  The Ultimate Combination for a balanced diet. 

Let's face it-feeding time can be complicated and costly when feeding several different types of horses.  But it doesn't have to be.  With GRO 'N WIN® and ULTIMATE FINISH®, you can rest assure that all of your horses are receiving the nutrients they need when paired with good quality forage.  Whether it be a young, growing horse, broodmare or performance horse, this pair will work for almost all ages and stages. 

The low daily feeding rate makes this combination lower in cost, too. Let's say you have a trail riding horse around 1,200 pounds.  With GRO 'N WIN® and ULTIMATE FINISH®, here would be your feeding rates and cost per day:

Feed Lbs per day Cost per lb Total $ per day
GRO 'N WIN® 1.75 lbs $0.58 $1.02
ULTIMATE FINISH® 0.5 lbs $0.91 $0.45
TOTAL COST     $1.47


Now, let's compare that to our Pleasure Pelleted feed for the same horse:

Feed Lbs per day Cost per lb Total $ per day
Pleasure Pelleted 9 lbs $0.28 $2.52

*Cost per day will vary depending on feeding rate and individual product costs.


Click here to learn more about how GRO 'N WIN® and ULTIMATE FINISH® can be the Ultimate Combination for your horses.

A New Way to Assess Body Fat: The Body Condition Index

Obesity is widespread in the equine population, especially in horses & ponies used for pleasure or leisure, and can be associated with adverse metabolic conditions.

Learn all about the Body Condition Index, a new, useful tool to assess body fat deposition in horses.

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Muscle Matters: The Right Protein for Weanlings

Protein, made up of individual amino acids, is essential for muscle, ligament and tissue development and maintenance, especially in young, growing horses. Limiting certain amino acids such as lysine will inhibit this process, but what other amino acids may be limiting in the growing horse? Researchers at the University of Kentucky set out to answer this question.

Take a look at what they found