Developmental Orthopedic Diseases

HORSE FEED & PRODUCTS FOR DODs

Nutritional problem solving for developmental orthopedic diseases

Developmental orthopedic diseases (DODs) encompass a complex of musculoskeletal abnormalities that may affect growing horses (NRC, 2007). It includes angular limb deformities, physitis, subchondral bone cysts, osteochondrosis (OCD), flexural limb deformities and cervical vertebral malformation. DODs can be caused by trauma, injury, illness, environment, genetics and/or nutrition.

Here are some nutritionally-related causes of DODs and solutions using BUCKEYE Nutrition products.

Energy Deficiency

Nutritional Cause Reason Resulting Condition Solution
Feeding too much Consumption of mare's grain Rapid growth, impaired skeletal development FOAL-AIDE™ and
 - if younger than 3 months, Foal Starter
 - If older than 3 months, GRO 'N WIN™
High non-structural carbohydrate levels Consumption of grains high in non-structural carbohydrates Reduced cartilage synthesis, growth plate cartilage formation and bone ossification Free-choice quality forage and 
 - If younger than 3 months, Foal Starter
 - If older than 3 months, GRO 'N WIN or Growth Formula
Feeding too little Poor milk quality or quantity, inadequate diet Reduced growth, impaired skeletal development - If younger than 3 months, MARE'S MILK PLUS and Foal Starter
 - If older than 3 months, GRO 'N WIN

Protein Deficiency

Nutritional Cause Reason Resulting Condition Solution
Feeding too little Inadequate diet Reduced growth rate and feed intake GRO 'N WIN or Growth Formula
Low lysine and threonine levels Poor milk quality, low quality protein Reduced growth rate - If younger than 3 months, Foal Starter
 - If older than 3 months, GRO 'N WIN

Mineral Deficiency

Nutritional Cause Reason Resulting Condition Solution
Low calcium and phosphorus Poor milk quality, inadequate diet Reducing bone development and growth GRO 'N WIN or Growth Formula
Excessive phosphorus Diet imbalance Impaired calcium absorption and retention Evaluation of total ration including forages
Low copper Inadequate copper in mare's ration during gestation Cartilage defects FOAL-AIDE and 
 - if younger than 3 months, Foal Starter
 - If older than 3 months, GRO 'N WIN

View more details about each product below or contact us with any questions about the needs of your horse with a developmental orthopedic disease.

 

Related Products

GRO 'N WIN™ Ration Balancer package GRO 'N WIN™ Ration Balancer

Feed Form Pelleted
Type of Horse All Life Stages
Crude Protein, Min 32.00%
Crude Fat, Min 5.00%
Crude Fiber, Max 5.00%

MARE'S MILK PLUS™ Powdered Milk Replacer package MARE'S MILK PLUS™ Powdered Milk Replacer

Feed Form Powder
Type of Horse Nursing, Orphaned or Rejected Foals
Crude Protein, Min. 21.00%
Crude Fat, Min. 14.00%
Crude Fiber, Max. 0.15%

Foal Starter Milk-Based Pellet package Foal Starter Milk-Based Pellet

Feed Form Milk-Based Pellet
Type of Horse Nursing, Orphaned or Rejected Foals
Crude Protein 20.00%
Crude Fat   6.00%
Crude Fiber   6.40%

FOAL-AIDE™ Paste package FOAL-AIDE™ Paste

Feed Form Ready-To-Use Paste
Type of Horse Nursing Foals, Growing Horses
Vitamin A, Min. 3,000 IU
Vitamin D, Min.    300 IU
Vitamin E, Min.    100 mg

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