Monthly Archives:

BUCKEYE® Nutrition partners with the University of Kentucky Gluck Equine Research Center

BUCKEYE® Nutrition has partnered with the University of Kentucky Gluck Equine Research Center, an internationally recognized equine research facility, to continue support of research dedicated to advancing the science of horse nutrition, specifically in the areas of obesity, laminitis and the senior horse.  By collaborating with key research institutes and universities around the world, BUCKEYE® Nutrition continues to set the bar for nutritional innovation and science-based solutions. 

Gluck Bn Web Photo


The research partnership will be led by Amanda Adams, PhD, Assistant Research Professor at the Gluck Center along with Pat Harris, MA, VetMB, PhD, DipECVCN MRCVS, head of the WALTHAM® Equine Studies Group and Director of Science for MARS Horsecare.  Prof Harris comments that “this is a fantastic opportunity to work with Dr Adams and collaborate on innovative research which will address both fundamental as well as practical questions of key interest to all those interested in the health and welfare of horses.”

Dr Adams’ research focuses on improving the health and well-being of the aged horse and understanding the effects of obesity on various metabolic and inflammatory components, particularly in horses affected by equine metabolic syndrome (EMS).  Dr Adams is a past recipient of the BUCKEYE® Nutrition & WALTHAM Equine Research Grant, in which data indicated that age does play a role in regulating certain aspects of inflammatory and metabolic function in geriatric horses.  She states “Collaborations are critical to the success of any research program and I very much look forward to collaborating with Dr Pat Harris and the BUCKEYE® Nutrition & WALTHAM Equine Research team, who are truly passionate about the horse, and are a team that not only supports product development research but basic research in order to better understand the mechanisms of biology behind aging, obesity and laminitis, allowing us, as an industry, to provide better care for the horse.” 


Risk Factors For Fecal Water Syndrome

Fecal water syndrome (FWS) is characterized by normal feces with the addition of fecal water running out of the anus before, during or after defecation. Although the exact reason is unknown, horse owners continue to express concern for the health and well-being of animals affected by FWS.

Read more here to learn about what risk factors may be associated with the occurence of FWS in horses.

Fecal Water Syndrome

Proper Fitting & Use of Grazing Muzzles

Limiting pasture intake is recommended for obese horses and ponies and 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.  Grazing muzzles are a valuable tool to limit pasture intake in horses and ponies and, when properly used, can help to limit pasture intake in those that are obese or prone to obesity with access to pasture.

Here are some recommendations for proper fitting and use of grazing muzzles.


Proper Fitting and Use of Grazing Muzzles

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:

 Grazing Muzzles Ponies March 2016

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.

 1 Page W B Writeup


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.

Breeding Solutions-Product Guide.jpg

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.

 Anton WEG

“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:


Stacy Boyd, Marketing Manager                                          

MARS Horsecare us                          

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