Broodmare diet kicks off summer time equine webinar sequence

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Kapper will explain why feed is so important and how to better feed your pregnant and lactating mares for better health outcomes.

Do you know the daily nutritional needs of your broodmare? Prenatal nutrients are important every trimester. Changes in management and diet can help improve your mare’s health and reduce problems in the early development of foals.

The next six webinars are free and aim to bring informative and insightful knowledge from seasoned industry professionals to horse owners. In addition, Kapper will present two more webinars in July and August as part of a nutrition series.

“Anyone who wants to take part can register here. All are at 7 p.m. (EST). An email with a zoom link will be sent on the day of the webinar. Registration via the link above will be closed at 12 noon the day before a webinar and reopened the day after.

Upcoming webinars in the series:

What’s next? How to restart your company after a shutdown – Panel Presentation, June 30th: Wondering how to rebuild your business after the pandemic? Let’s talk about the first steps in recovery from the pandemic shutdown and the complexities of reopening. In this webinar, our panel will discuss how to understand where you are in your business right now and how to determine which parts are worth re-igniting as you move on. Our panelist will share examples of how to approach the new operational challenges and stimulate ideas on how to plan diversification and prepare a sustainable future for your company.

Foal management and nutrition of newborn, suckling, growing and orphaned foals – Don Kapper, July 14th: Start right from day one. In every growth phase, foals must meet all nutritional requirements in order to achieve optimal growth rates, immune response and performance. Take part in this webinar with Don Kapper and learn what, why and how the newborn foal needs to be fed depending on the maturity of its digestive system and “growth rate”.

Routine handling of horses with little stress and cooperative grooming techniques – Dr. Robin Foster, July 28th: ​​H.Patients are expected to tolerate a variety of handling and health procedures, such as tying, trailer loading, grooming, bathing, taking mouthpaste, injections, taking temperature, and more. While these routine procedures are only slightly uncomfortable, some horses react with fear, avoidance, and aggressive behavior. This webinar describes how to reduce horse suffering and increase safety by identifying and addressing the cause of horse suffering and by practicing low stress, positive training and cooperative grooming techniques.

Performance nutrition – feeding and management of the performance horse – Don Kapper, August 4th: This webinar focuses on meeting all of the nutritional needs of performance horses based on their performance level. This includes choosing the “optimal” feed for the corresponding “fuel” (fast-twitch vs. slow-twitch muscles) and recovery after training to help the horses “jump back” and perform on the following days. This includes information on how to determine the calories in a feed based on their fat and fiber content and which are best to feed based on their muscle fiber types and the intensity of the work, and to help them recover and longevity as a performance horse to extend their genetic potential to the full, now and in the future.

Turning Science into Stories for Horse Owners – Emily Esterson, Aug 18: Horse owners rely on horse writers to provide accurate and relevant information. It is possible to write a great news story or an informative article using the content of a research paper as a starting point. This webinar is about finding research studies and carving out horse owner-related content for your audience for multiple streams of communication while making sure your stories are fun, informative, and scientific.