Feed Room Chemist: An Equine Nutrition Podcast

By Dr. Jyme Nichols

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Dr. Jyme Nichols, equine nutritionist for Bluebonnet Feeds, explores unique cases, debunks popular myths, and breaks down advanced research data. This podcast combines a little fun with a lot of science to provide real-world feeding advice for your horse.

Episode Date
Bonus Episode - Becoming an Equine Nutritionist
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Bonus material here for anyone thinking about pursuing a career in equine nutrition! And.... maybe a shameless plug to vote for Dr. Jyme in the 2021 Kimes Ranch Sponsorship contest! How cool would it be for an equine nutritionist to win? 

Take 10 seconds and cast your vote for Dr. Jyme at https://kimesranch.com/pages/sponsorship-contest 

Voting ends at midnight 11/26/2021. 

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Nov 24, 2021
78 | Soy – Good, Bad, or Unknown?
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Is soy really that good? Is it really that bad? Dr. Nichols undresses this hot topic and explains what we know about the use of soy. You can now follow @drjyme on Facebook and Instagram! Please tell your friends how #feedroomchemist has made you an #empoweredhorseowner!

Show Notes:

Research References:

· Crain, Haffner, Hoffman, Spooner. Influence of dietary oil source on reproductive parameters in mares. Journal of Equine Veterinary Science 2015 35:444.

· Applegate CC, Rowles JL, Ranard KM, Jeon S, Erdman JW. Soy consumption and the risk of prostate cancer: An updated systematic review and meta-analysis. Nutrients. 2018 Jan 4;10(1):40.

· Baglia ML, Zheng W, Li H, Yang G, Gao J, Gao YT, Shu XO. The association of soy food consumption with the risk of subtype of breast cancers defined by hormone receptor and HER2 status. International journal of cancer. 2016 Aug 15;139(4):742-8.

· Zhang FF, Haslam DE, Terry MB, Knight JA, Andrulis IL, Daly MB, Buys SS, John EM. Dietary isoflavone intake and all‐cause mortality in breast cancer survivors: The Breast Cancer Family Registry. Cancer. 2017 Jun 1;123(11):2070-9.

· Guha N, Kwan ML, Quesenberry CP, Weltzien EK, Castillo AL, Caan BJ. Soy isoflavones and risk of cancer recurrence in a cohort of breast cancer survivors: the Life After Cancer Epidemiology study. Breast cancer research and treatment. 2009 Nov 1;118(2):395-405.

· Antinutritional Factors of soybeans: https://poultry.caes.uga.edu/extension/poultry-nutrition/soybeans/antinutritional-factors.html

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Nov 19, 2021
77 | Oils, Licks, & Omeprazole with Hind Gut Program
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Listener questions around oil supplements, mineral licks, and whether it is safe to use omeprazole with the Hind Gut Health program.

Show Notes:

· Fish Oil Factor: Flaxseed base infused with fish oil. This granular omega fatty acid supplement has a 2:1 ratio of 3’s to 6’s. https://strideanimalhealth.com/fish-oil-factor/

· Hind Gut Program: https://strideanimalhealth.com/hind-gut-health-program/

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Nov 05, 2021
76 | Decoding Labels
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Reading labels on supplements and feed tags can be one of the most confusing and frustrating parts of being a horse owner. In this episode, Dr. Nichols offers some insight as to why labels are written the way they are and drops a few tips for converting all of that information into something meaningful.

Show Notes:

NRC online calculators: https://nrc88.nas.edu/nrh/

NRC Hardcover Book, ISBN 978-0-309-10212-4: National Research Council. 2007. Nutrient Requirements of Horses: Sixth Revised Edition. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press.

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Oct 29, 2021
75 | Organic Minerals [Dr. Larson & Dr. Wisniewski, Guest Experts]
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Do organic minerals give my horse an advantage? Are all organic minerals processed the same way by the body? Which form is best? These questions and more will be addressed by Dr. Nichols and two PhD guest experts, Dr. Connie Larson and Dr. Andrea Wisniewski!

Show Notes:

Bluebonnet Feeds products which contain the Zinpro® complexed trace minerals discussed in this episode:

· All feeds in the Intensify® family.

· All feeds in the Equilene® family.

· Horseman’s Elite® Pelleted, Horseman’s Elite® Mare & Foal, Horseman’s Elite® Senior Care.

Stride Animal Health supplements containing these minerals:

· 101 Diet Balancer

· NutriMix Plus

· Element

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Oct 15, 2021
74 | Ingredients to Avoid + Omega-3 Research Update
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Research Update on Omega 3 dosing!! Also included in this episode is a list of ingredients to avoid in horse diets. Dr. Nichols explains some of the important toxins to be aware of for horses.

Show Notes:

Omega 3 fatty acid (EPA & DHA) research conducted by Cornell University: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jevs.2021.103781

Toxins discussed:

· Ionophores (common cattle medication)

· Fumonisin (fungus that grows on corn)

· Decaying organic matter (moldy hay and lawn clippings)

· Maple leaves

· Johnsongrass

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Oct 08, 2021
73 | Flax & Peas
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Are flax seed and peas a good option for my horse’s diet? Dr. Nichols discusses the nutritional profile, benefits, and drawbacks of using flax and peas in horse rations.

Show Notes:

Omega 3’s are fatty acids that have a double bond at the 3rdcarbon atom from the end of the carbon chain. This episode touches on 4 of those. Check out Episode 13 for a deeper dive.

· EPA (Found in fish oil. An essential fatty acid required by the body, must be consumed in the diet)

· DHA (Found in fish oil. An essential fatty acid required by the body, must be consumed in the diet)

· ALA (Found in flax seed, but it must be converted by the body to EPA and DHA)

· ETA (Found in the New Zealand Green Lipped Mussel. Helpful in joint pain, arthritis, inflammation)

For products with these omega 3 fatty acids, check out StrideAnimalHealth.com

· Fish Oil Factor

· Rewind (for horses, humans, and dogs)

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Oct 01, 2021
72 | Physitis
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Should you really pull the feed on a youngster presenting with physitis (swollen growth plates & joints)? It’s a common recommendation, but is it the right thing to do? Maybe, maybe not. In this episode, Dr. Nichols explains how to decide.

Show Notes:

Feed recommended for growing horses: Intensify Growth & Development

Vitamin & Mineral recommended for growing horses: 101 Diet Balancer

Amino Acid supplement recommended for growing horses: Competitive Edge

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Sep 24, 2021
71 | Starch, Sugar, Glycogen, Oh My!
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Do you really need a high NSC feed to replenish glycogen stores? 🤔 Busting myths, misconceptions, and simple misunderstandings about the role that starch and sugar play in a horse’s diet.

Show Notes:

Research reference: P. Waller and M.I. Lindinger. 2010. Nutritional aspects of post exercise skeletal muscle glycogen synthesis in horses: A comparative review. Equine Veterinary Journal 42(3):274-281.

Stride Animal Health supplement that supports glycogen replenishment:

· TurboMag BCAA (https://strideanimalhealth.com/turbo-mag-bcaa/)

Bluebonnet Feeds products containing chromium to support glycogen replenishment:

· Intensify Omega Force (https://bluebonnetfeeds.com/intensify-omega-force/)

· Intensify Ex-Factor Low Starch (https://bluebonnetfeeds.com/intensify-ex-factor-low-starch/)

· Intensify Senior Therapy (https://bluebonnetfeeds.com/intensify-senior-therapy/)

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Sep 17, 2021
70 | Magnesium
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Does magnesium elicit a calming effect on horses? This episode explains what we know based on the latest research.

Show Notes:

Study #1 – Effect of Magnesium. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jevs.2015.03.051

Study #2 – No Effect of Magnesium. https://tinyurl.com/se3hbjt3

For those wanting to supplement with magnesium Turbo Mag BCAA is a great choice. https://strideanimalhealth.com/turbo-mag-bcaa/

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Sep 10, 2021
69 | Beet Pulp
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Dr. Jyme discusses an oh-so-mysterious horse feed ingredient - beet pulp!

Show Notes:

For more information on the products mentioned in this episode, visit these links:

  • 101 Diet Balancer - https://strideanimalhealth.com/101-diet-balancer/
  • NutriMix Plus - https://strideanimalhealth.com/nutrimix-plus/
  • Equilene Pro Care - https://bluebonnetfeeds.com/equilene-pro-care/

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Sep 03, 2021
68 | CBD in Horses
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This episode discusses CBD and everything that encompasses the legal issues, benefits, dangers, and unknowns as it relates to horses.

Show Notes:

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Jul 09, 2021
67 | Cold Water + Hot Horse
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Should you let a hot horse drink cold water? Do you hose off a hot horse? Should you scrape the water or let it sit? Check out this episode for all the science-based answers!

Show Notes:

Don’t forget to register and attend for free! EquiSUMMIT 2021 – a virtual education event for horse owners July 9-10, 2021. Register at www.attendequisummit.com

Research papers to support the answers in this episode:

· No effect of drinking water temperature (ambient vs. chilled) on consumption of water during hot summer weather https://www.vet.upenn.edu/docs/default-source/research/equine-behavior-laboratory/96noeffe.pdf?sfvrsn=8224e0ba_0

· Comparison of post-exercise cooling methods in horses https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jevs.2021.103485

· A Comparison of Five Cooling Methods in Hot and Humid Environments in Thoroughbred Horses https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32684268/

· Evaluation of washing with cold water to facilitate heat dissipation in horses exercised in hot, humid conditions https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/10188810/

· Post exercise changes in compartmental body temperature accompanying intermittent cold water cooling in the hyperthermic horse https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/9458396/

· Comparison between two post exercise cooling methods https://doi.org/10.1111/j.2042-3306.1995.tb04948.x

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Jul 02, 2021
66 | Stressed Out
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Is your horse stressed out? What does that even mean for a horse? This episode uncovers the most common stressors in horses and how those can ultimately lead to leaky gut syndrome or other digestive disturbances. Dr. Nichols teams up with Kemin’s Michael Eggleston to describe what research-proven ingredients are available in terms of helping horses cope with stressed-induced gut issues.

Show Notes:

EquiSUMMIT – a free virtual education event for horse owners July 9-10, 2021. Register at www.attendequisummit.com

Learn more about leaky gut and view a multitude of educational resources at www.bluebonnetfeeds.com/leakygut

Bluebonnet Feeds products with CLOSTAT® (research proven probiotic):

· Intensify Omega Force

· Intensify Senior Therapy

· Intensify Ex-Factor Low Starch

· Intensify Growth & Development

· Intensify Pelleted

· Intensify Total Advantage

· Equilene Pro Care

Bluebonnet Feeds products with ButiPearl Z EQ® (butyric acid + zinc to support intestinal lining):

· Equilene Pro Care

Stride Animal Health products with CLOSTAT®:

· GI Calm

· Transform DSI

· 101 Diet Balancer

Stride Animal Health products with ButiPearl Z EQ®:

· GI Calm

· Gastro pHix

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Jun 25, 2021
65 | Stallion Nutrition, HYPP, & Coprophagy
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Dr. Nichols discusses a general feeding program for stallions during breeding season vs off season. She also explains why horses might eat poop and what you can do to prevent it. Finally she answers a listener question about HYPP and what you need to be mindful of in the diet when caring for an HYPP horse.

Show Notes:

Products mentioned in this episode:

101 Diet Balancer - https://strideanimalhealth.com/101-diet-balancer/

Fish Oil Factor – https://strideanimalhealth.com/fish-oil-factor/

The Difference – https://strideanimalhealth.com/the-difference/

Intensify Omega Force – https://bluebonnetfeeds.com/intensify-omega-force/

Natural Blend Performance - https://bluebonnetfeeds.com/natural-blend-performance/

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Jun 18, 2021
64 | A Lifetime of Missing Nutrients
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Dr. Nichols addresses a listener question about horses that have gone a “lifetime” without a fully balanced diet. Is it harmful to put them on a good plane of nutrition later in life or would they be better off to continue through life the way they had been?

Show Notes:

Products mentioned in this episode:

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Jun 04, 2021
63 | Hives & Protein Bumps
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Horses occasionally develop hives or protein bumps on their body. The term “protein bumps” should not be confused with the idea that there is too much protein in the diet, but rather a reaction to a very specific biological protein. Dr. Nichols explains this misconception along with the most common reasons horses get hives and the steps you can take to resolve them.

Show Notes:

Products mentioned in this episode:

· Immune Health Program - https://strideanimalhealth.com/immune-health-program/

· LIFELINE+ - https://strideanimalhealth.com/lifeline-equine/

· Element Mineral - https://strideanimalhealth.com/element-mineral/

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May 28, 2021
62 | Racehorse Nutrition
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Since we are in the midst of the Triple Crown races, it only makes sense to honor these amazing athletes with an episode on their nutritional needs!

Show Notes:

Products Dr. Nichols recommended during this episode:

· Equilene® Track Master® Ultra Fat

· RER/tying up: A) TurboMag BCAA or B) Moving Up

· Hind Gut Dysbiosis: A) Health Hind Gut Program or B) ADR Powder

· Bleeding: LIFELINE+ daily and Surge pre-race

· Fore Gut/Gastric Buffering: A) Gastro pHix or B) LIFELINE+ Equine

· Anxiety-Related Stress: Engage

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May 21, 2021
61 | Choosing a Gut Supplement
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The gut is incredibly complex. When choosing a gut supplement, you first need to identify what you are trying to accomplish before you can successfully choose the correct product. This episode provides that blueprint. 

Show Notes:

Stride Animal Health has solutions for each situation. Here are the products Dr. Nichols recommends for each situation.

· Hind Gut Dysbiosis: A) Health Hind Gut Program or B) ADR Powder

· Leaky Gut Syndrome: A) GI Calm or B) LIFELINE+ Equine

· Fore Gut/Gastric Buffering: A) Gastro pHix or B) LIFELINE+ Equine

· Enzymatic Digestion: Transform DSI

· Anxiety-Related Digestive Stress: Engage

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May 07, 2021
60 | Liver Conditions & Deworming
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This episode covers two listener questions – one on feeding horses with liver dysfunction and the second on deworming protocols.

Show Notes:

Printable Deworming Protocol from Colorado State University: https://vetmedbiosci.colostate.edu/vth/wp-content/uploads/sites/7/2021/01/recommended-equine-deworming-schedule.pdf

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Apr 30, 2021
59 | Salt - Dr. Rachel Mottet
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Independent equine nutritionist, Dr. Rachel Mottet discusses salt and the many forms including Himalayan, iodized, loose, block, you name it! Salt is an often over-looked piece of the horse’s diet, but is it absolutely critical to optimum health. Side note: we are dedicating this episode to all of the upcoming high school and college graduates still searching for the perfect career path! 

Show Notes:

Get in contact with Dr. Rachel Mottet of Legacy Equine Nutrition by visiting her Facebook page: facebook.com/legacyequinenutrition

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Apr 22, 2021
58 | Chromium
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In this episode Dr. Nichols visits with Michael Eggleston about chromium – an ingredient recently approved by the FDA for use in horse feeds. Chromium plays a pivotal role in helping a horse deal with heat stress, improves muscle recovery, and even supports horses dealing with PSSM or equine metabolic syndrome.

Show Notes:

For downloadable documents and to learn more about the research behind chromium visit www.bluebonnetfeeds.com/chromium

Products that contain KemTRACE® Chromium Propionate:

· Bluebonnet Feeds Intensify Omega Force *NEW

· Bluebonnet Feeds Intensify Senior Therapy *NEW

· Bluebonnet Feeds Intensify Ex-Factor Low Starch *NEW

· Turbo Mag BCAA by Stride Animal Health

· Gastro pHix by Stride Animal Health

· OrthoMax by Stride Animal Health

· The Difference by Stride Animal Health

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Apr 09, 2021
57 | Joint Supplements
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Glucosamine, chondroitin, MSM, and hyaluronan (HA) are common ingredients in many joint health products for humans and animals. This episode digs into the science behind each one.

Show Notes:

· 101 Diet Balancer – base diet balancer to provide correct amounts of macro and microminerals and amino acids essential for a healthy diet. https://strideanimalhealth.com/101-diet-balancer/

· OrthoMax – joint support by Stride Animal Health: https://strideanimalhealth.com/ortho-max/

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Apr 02, 2021
56 | Making Horse Feed
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So, you want to be a horse feed manufacturer, eh? This episode is a replay of a presentation Dr. Nichols did for a college class. It describes what goes into equine feed manufacturing and the choices that a specific horse-focused facility (Bluebonnet Feeds in Ardmore, Oklahoma) has made in their journey to become one of the most respected equine feed manufacturers in the country.

Show Notes:

To view the video replay with slides, visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D5EYDXqSFdw&t=20s

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Mar 26, 2021
55 | Donkey Nutrition
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Interested in nutrition for donkeys? This is your episode!

Show Notes:

Element Mineral by Stride Animal Health - Ideal mineral supplement for donkeys because it does not contain extra protein, sugar, or calories.

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Mar 19, 2021
54 | How to Choose a Feed
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Confused by all the feed choices out there? Inspired by a listener question, Dr. Nichols explains her 8-step process for selecting the brand or line of feed to best fit your needs.

Show Notes:

Feed Selection Road Map:

  • 1. Is the nutritionist qualified?
  • 2. Least Cost vs Locked Formula
  • 3. Ionophore Stance
  • 4. Feeding Rates
  • 5. Trace Mineral Source (zinc methionine complex, copper lysine complex, manganese methionine complex)
  • 6. Amino Acids
  • 7. Bonus Round (supplement replacements)
  • 8. Final Check of Basics (protein, fat, fiber, starch/sugar)

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Mar 05, 2021
53 | Immune Health & Strangles
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This episode answers listener questions about a horse with an auto-immune disorder and covers the basics of Streptococcus equi,also known as strangles.

Show Notes:

· Immune Health Program – 30 day “jump start” kit for horses dealing with immune system issues.

· LIFELINE+ Equine – the only safe source of oral plasma for horses in the United States. Ideal for supporting the immune system.

· ACVIM Consensus Statement – Guidelines for Strangles: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/epdf/10.1111/jvim.15043

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Feb 26, 2021
52 | Miniature Horse Nutrition
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Interested in miniature horse nutrition? This is your episode, it contains everything you need to know to safely feed these tiny fluffy equids.

Show Notes:

· Equi-Analytical – forage testing facility recommended by Dr. Nichols.

· 101 Diet Balancer and Element mineral by Stride Animal Health – supplements recommended to support vitamin and mineral needs of miniature horses (just be sure to use a quarter of the recommended dose).

· Intensify Senior Therapy or Intensify Ex-Factor – vitamin and mineral fortified feeds with low NSC contents safe for miniature horses.

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Feb 19, 2021
51 | Dirty Truth About Hay + Reading Forage Analyses
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The truth is, hay is never what you think it is… this episode will convince you of that! This is a must-listen for every person responsible for feeding horses.

Show Notes:

Get your hay tested at Equi-Analytical.com. Find high quality slow feeder hay nets for round bales at haychix.com – these are research proven to help you get up to 94% out of each bale and significantly reduce hay wastage.

· Equilene Pro Care – feed used by Dr. Nichols for her young mare to support foregut, hind gut, and help prevent the chance of leaky gut developing.

· Intensify Senior Therapy – feed used by Dr. Nichols for the geriatric herd responsible for babysitting her children and husband.

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Feb 05, 2021
50 | Shelley Morgan, Pro Barrel Racer
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Professional Barrel Racer and 2 time NFR qualifier, Shelley Morgan joins us for a competitor spotlight episode. Shelley explains how she made her way to become a full time barrel racer and dives into the nutrition program she uses to keep her team of horses performing at the top.

Show Notes:

Bluebonnet Feeds and Stride Animal Health products mentioned in this episode:

· Intensify Omega Force – the feed Shelly uses for Kiss and Phoebe.

· LIFELINE+ – plasma supplement that Shelley described as being the turning point for Kiss. The active ingredient in this product (plasma) is discussed in detail in Episode 6.

· Gastro pHix – foregut supplement that has helped Kiss regain her appetite plus improved the reach in her stride and overall level of “try”. Gastro pHix is discussed in detail in Episode 48.

Connect with Shelley on her Athlete Page: facebook.com/Shelley-Morgan-336256570706

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Jan 29, 2021
49 | Cold Weather Feeding
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Thermoneutral Zone and Lower Critical Temperatures are important aspects to understand for cold weather feeding. Dr. Nichols discusses what components of the diet you should change as the temperatures drop.

Show Notes:

Products mentioned in this episode:

· TurboMag BCAA – metabolic pH balancer to encourage water intake and proper hydration within the digestive tract during cold weather.

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Jan 22, 2021
48 | Gastro pHix - Foregut Health
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NOT "just another gastric buffer". Gastro pHix® is a highly effective foregut health supplement designed to support and help prevent all 3 types of ulcers that horses face in the foregut (non-glandular, glandular, duodenal). This is an audio replay of a webinar which can be found at strideanimalhealth.com/webinars.

Show Notes:

Gastro pHix® is a soothing foregut buffer recommended to support normal pH of the horse's stomach, and soothe and support normal health of tissues which line the stomach and small intestine. Available at StrideAnimalHealth.com

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Jan 15, 2021
47 | Foals & Fetal Programming
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This episode walks through the entire process of feeding broodmares and foals to ensure you have a healthy horse for years to come.

Show Notes:

Products mentioned in this episode:

· Intensify Growth & Development by Bluebonnet Feeds

· 101 Diet Balancer by Stride Animal Health

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Jan 08, 2021
46 | Oats – Good or Bad?
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This episode undresses the topic of feeding oats. We will cover the good, the bad, and the ugly of this historic horse feed option.

Show Notes:

Diet Balancers by Stride Animal Health that are excellent for correcting the nutrient profile of an oat and hay diet:

· 101 Diet Balancer (pellet)

· NutriMix Plus (powder with mega dose of biotin)

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Dec 31, 2020
45 | Dr. Vandergrift – The Difference & Moving Up
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World-renowned equine nutritionist, Dr. Bill Vandergrift joins us to describe, in detail, the functional ingredients used in two unique supplements he designed which are aimed at having muscle enhancing effects. One which improves muscle stamina + endurance and another that increases muscle mass and improves libido in stallions. Grab a pen and paper, this one is full of information! 

Show Notes:

Available at StrideAnimalHealth.com

· Moving Up: improves muscle stamina and endurance

· The Difference: improves muscle mass and definition

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Dec 21, 2020
44 | Sebastian Petroll, Reining Trainer
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Sebastian Petroll takes the stage for our first competitor spotlight episode. We learn a little about what it was like moving from Germany to the United States to begin a career as a reining horse trainer, hear about his recent big wins at the NRHA futurity, and what he does from a nutritional standpoint to make sure his horses are feeling their best.

Show Notes:

Connect with Sebastian on Facebook and Instagram @PetrollReiningHorses

Sebastian’s feed of choice:

· Intensify Growth & Development – for growing horses and broodmares.

· Horseman’s Elite Pelleted – for show horses.

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Dec 18, 2020
43 | Elevation & Natural Vitamin E
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Listener question episode! First Dr. Nichols addresses the impact that elevation has on athletes and what functional ingredients can be fed to help improve oxygen carrying capacity and athletic performance. Secondly, she explains the benefits of natural vitamin E and why synthetic E should not be feared.

Show Notes:

A functional yeast proven to improve athletic performance by increasing packed cell volume (PCV) and blood hemoglobin can be found in the following products:

· Intensify® family of horse feeds by Bluebonnet Feeds

· Equilene® family of horse feeds by Bluebonnet Feeds

· ADR Paste or Powder from Stride Animal Health

· Transform DSI pellets from Stride Animal Health

More about Dr. Ben Levine, MD can be found here: https://utswmed.org/doctors/benjamin-levine/

Natural vitamin E supplement: Vitamin E/C by Stride Animal Health

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Dec 11, 2020
42 | Aloe & Inflammatory Ingredients
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This listener question episode digs into two topics. The first is the safety and effectiveness of aloe vera. The second explains  “inflammatory” ingredients, what that means for your horse, and what you can do to help balance the ratios of pro-inflammatory and anti-inflammatory components of your horse’s diet.

Show Notes:

Products mentioned in this show:

· Equilene Pro Care – feed with research proven anti-inflammatory benefits.

· Fish Oil Factor – supplement with high levels of omega 3 fatty acids from fish oil and flax seed.

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Dec 04, 2020
41 | Muscle Stamina & Endurance
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This episode talks about improving muscle stamina and endurance in horses and highlights some biologically active nutritional technologies that support muscle health and ultimately lead to improvements in performance. Have a horse that ties up? Listen to the end! Show Notes: To take advantage of the 50% off sale on “Moving Up” visit https://strideanimalhealth.com/moving-up/ Sale ends Monday November 30, 2020. Please share this episode on your favorite social media channels using #feedroomchemist so we can see which episodes you are loving! _ If you have a topic or question you would like addressed on a future episode please email info@acbluebonnet.com Dr. Jyme Nichols is Director of Nutrition for Bluebonnet Feeds and Stride Animal Health. For more information on these brands or a free virtual nutrition consult from our team just visit bluebonnetfeeds.com/nutrition-consult --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/feedroomchemist/message
Nov 26, 2020
40 | Hind Gut: Digestive Tract Part 2
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This episode continues the journey through the equine digestive tract and focuses heavily on the hindgut. Dr. Nichols covers the main problems that can occur and what you can do to prevent negative issues from overtaking your horse.

Show Notes:

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Products mentioned:

· Intensify Feeds – a family of super premium horse feeds by Bluebonnet Feeds which provides an excellent digestive support package designed for preventative care.

· Equilene Pro Care – a beet pulp based feed that contains elevated levels of prebiotics and probiotics to help horses under stress.

· ADR – available in paste or powder forms, this supplement is a mega dose probiotic and prebiotic that can be used during stressful events such as travel and in conjunction with antibiotics and NSAIDs.

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Nov 20, 2020
39 | Foregut: Digestive Tract Part 1
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This episode begins the journey through the equine digestive tract and focuses heavily on the foregut. Dr. Nichols covers the main problems that can occur in each section of the equine digestive tract and what you can do to prevent negative issues from cropping up. Show Notes: Please share this episode on your favorite social media channels using #feedroomchemist so we can see which episodes you are loving! We will be sharing the love with lucky listeners! Products mentioned: · Intensify Omega Force – low feeding rate, nutrient dense pelleted feed that can be fed in small meals. · Equilene Pro Care – contains a seaweed calcium that buffers stomach acid. · Intensify Growth & Development – contains lithothamnion, a seaweed calcium that improves bone health. · Gastro pHix – a Foregut supplement that is about to hit the market! · LIFELINE+ Equine – the only oral plasma supplement in the United States that is horse-safe. _ If you have a topic or question you would like addressed on a future episode please email info@acbluebonnet.com Dr. Jyme Nichols is Director of Nutrition for Bluebonnet Feeds and Stride Animal Health. For more information on these brands or a free virtual nutrition consult from our team just visit bluebonnetfeeds.com/nutrition-consult --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/feedroomchemist/message
Nov 17, 2020
38 | Why Horses Quit Eating
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Ulcers, hay changes, and hind gut pH changes are just a few of the reasons your horse may have gone off feed. Check out this episode for all the details on why your horse may have stopped eating his hay or grain.

Show Notes:

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Oct 30, 2020
37 | Coastal Causes Colic? Are Supplements Necessary? And More!
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Listener question episode! We cover a variety of questions, such as: Does coastal cause colic? Do I really need to feed a supplement? Does pasture alone provide enough fiber? How do I prevent laminitis when my only option is pasture turnout? Tune in to hear the answers, and don’t forget to hit subscribe and share with a friend! 😉

Show Notes:

Wow, this episode resulted in a lot of product references! Here’s the laundry list:

Competitive Edge – Amino Acid Supplement

ADR Paste or Powder – Mega Dose Probiotic with Prebiotics

LIFELINE+ - Plasma

Turbo Mag BCAA – Metabolic pH balancer for improving hydration and preventing impaction

Transform DSI – Enzymes to support hay digestion (help reduce “hay belly”)

Fish Oil Factor – 30% fat supplement with high level of omega 3’s

Shine – 99% fat supplement as a liquid top dress

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Oct 23, 2020
36 | Nutrition Dangers
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Ever thought of green grass, iron supplements, and zinc as dangerous? Most people have not. This episode explains when normal nutritional components can turn dangerous.

Show Notes:

Feeds proven by Dr. Nichols to be “super-safe" if a horse were to break into the feed room! 😅 (Check out the episode for that inside joke). 

Equilene Pro Care and Intensify Senior Therapy both by Bluebonnet Feeds.

101 Diet balancer – provides balanced trace minerals and vitamins for easy keepers, insulin resistant horses, or those that can’t tolerate extra calorie levels.

Intensify Ex-Factor Low Starch – a low starch, low sugar feed that provides extra calories or energy for horses that are sensitive to sugar levels in the diet.

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Oct 16, 2020
35 | Nutrition Consulting with Lindsay Burer
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Equine nutrition consultant, Lindsay Burer, joins us for our first ever guest episode! Lindsay offers insight on what it is like to be a traveling nutrition consultant with Bluebonnet Feeds and Stride Animal Health, what an owner can expect from a nutrition consultation, and the highs and lows of this kind of career.

Show Notes:

Connect with Lindsay, on Facebook: Lindsay Burer- Equine Nutrition Consultant

facebook.com/lbequinenutrition

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Oct 09, 2020
34 | Weanling to 2-yr-old Nutrition & Wobblers
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This episode addresses listener questions around wobbler syndrome and how to feed weanlings to 2 year olds.  Dr. Nichols shares her secrets to helping reduce OCDs in a breeding operation.

Show Notes:

Products mentioned in this episode are:

· Intensify Growth & Development by Bluebonnet Feeds

· 101 Diet Balancer by Stride Animal Health

· Ortho Max by Stride Animal Health

· Surge by Stride Animal Health

· Fish Oil Factor by Stride Animal Health

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Oct 02, 2020
33 | Metabolic pH & Anhidrosis
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This episode uncovers the benefits of using a metabolic pH balancer in equine athletes for improving hydration, supporting  muscle function, speeding up recovery time, and supporting normal movement of digesta through the intestinal tract. We are also going to address a listener question about anhidrosis in horses.

Show Notes:

Products mentioned in this episode are:

· Turbo Mag BCAA– for helping maintain healthy metabolic pH balance. Now through September 30, 2020, use promo code SIZZLE at checkout for a buy one Turbo Mag BCAA, get the second half off (5 lb pails only). 

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Sep 22, 2020
32 | PSSM – Tying Up
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This episode hits the high points in the differences between Type 1 and Type 2 PSSM and what you can do to manage these horses and help prevent episodes of tying up, or at the very least lessen their severity.

Show Notes:

Products mentioned in this episode are:

· Moving Up – supplement designed for horses with PSSM

· Turbo Mag BCAA– for helping a horse stay hydrated and maintain healthy metabolic pH balance.

· Intensify Omega Force – high fat, low starch feed for horses that tie up.

· 101 Diet Balancer– a diet balancer for horses that tie up.

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Sep 11, 2020
31 | Poop, GMO’s & Cyanide
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This episode uncovers the secrets behind your horse’s manure and offers tips for abnormal situations. After that Dr. Nichols touches on the use of GMO ingredients in horse feeds (CAUTION: personal opinions may be involved), and then wraps it up by explaining why some people worry that flax seed might cause cyanide poisoning in their horse.

Show Notes:

Products mentioned in this episode are:

· Turbo Mag BCAA – for helping a horse stay hydrated and maintain normal healthy bowel movements.

· ADR Paste or Powder – support for the microbial environment in the hind gut, especially for horses with loose stool caused by anxiety, stress, or medications.

· GI Calm – supplement designed for horses battling leaky gut syndrome.

· Intensify Senior Therapy – ideal for horses needing an easy-to-chew few that is high in fiber and low in starch/sugar.

· 101 Diet Balancer– a diet balancer free of GMO ingredients.

If you have a topic or question you would like addressed on a future episode please email info@acbluebonnet.com

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Sep 04, 2020
30 | Tendons, Stifles, DSLD and OCD
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This listener question episode digs into nutritional approaches to support: tendon and ligament health, degenerative suspensory ligament desmitis (DSLD), recovery from stifle surgery, and osteochondritis dissecan (OCD) prevention.

Show Notes:

Products mentioned in this episode are:

  • Ortho Max – provides the building blocks necessary for tendon-to-bone healing and improving bone fill during critical growth stages.
  • Surge– nitric oxide supplement that helps improve nutrient supply to bones, tendons and soft tissue.
  • Fish Oil Factor – omega 3 for total body anti-inflammatory support.
  • 101 Diet Balancer and NutriMix Plus– both supplements provide the diet balancer effect for providing important trace minerals to growing horses and horses recovering from injury.
  • LIFELINE+ Equine® Plasma Supplement for improved joint range of motion and stride length.
  • Intensify Growth & Development – feed for broodmares and growing horses.

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Aug 21, 2020
29 | Fixing Bad Feet
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Need some simple tricks to try for addressing your horse's hoof health? This episode discusses which specific vitamins and minerals have been shown to support healthy hoof wall and also zeros in on management practices which may be holding your horse's hoof health hostage.

Show Notes:

Products mentioned in this episode are:

Fish Oil Factor  – omega 3 fat supplement to help add moisture to dry cracking hooves.

Surge – nitric oxide supplement that helps improve circulation and blood supply to the foot.

101 Diet Balancer and NutriMix Plus – both supplements contain the specific amounts and ratios of biotin, copper, zinc, lysine, and methionine discussed in this episode.

Hoof Health Program– 30 day program designed to get the maximum rate of hoof and sole growth out of a horse in a short window of time.

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Aug 14, 2020
28 | Early Fatigue + Lyme Disease
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It’s case study time again! This particular horse suffers from Lyme Disease and is “running out of gas” during normal workouts. Dr. Nichols walks through her process for evaluating this horse in a virtual nutrition consult and provides recommendations for the owner.

Show Notes:

Products mentioned in this episode are:

Ex-Factor Low Starch – a 10% NSC, extruded feed designed for horses with metabolic conditions and sugar sensitivities.

Intensify Feeds – contains unique probiotic strains that support a healthy microbial population in the gut.

Transform DSI – probiotic containing Kluyveromyces marxianis, Lactobacikkus acidophilus, and Enterococcus faecium.

ADR Paste – megadose probiotic paste.

LIFELINE+- plasma supplement which supports a healthy immune system and normal inflammatory response.

Immune Health Program – a carefully formulated 30 day program containing 3 unique technologies for supporting the immune system.

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Aug 07, 2020
27 | Sand Colic, BOSS, & More!
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This listener question episode covers sand colic, black oil sunflower seeds (BOSS), Omgea 3’s and fat for overweight Cushing’s horses, and using seaweed derived calcium vs. calcium carbonate.

Show Notes:

Products mentioned in this episode are:

101 Diet Balancer – a vitamin and mineral supplement for horses.

Fish Oil Factor – an omega 3 supplement that is fed in small amounts.

Equilene Pro Care – a new beet pulp based feed that contains seaweed derived calcium.

If you have a topic or question you would like addressed on a future episode please email info@acbluebonnet.com

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Jul 31, 2020
26 | Iron Overload
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Ever heard of iron overload in horses? It’s becoming a popular topic that is causing some people to pull their hair out trying to find a perfectly balanced diet. Unless you have an insulin resistant horse, iron content in the diet might not be worth the worry. Check out this episode to learn why.

Show Notes:

Insulin Resistant horses may benefit from a low starch feed that is balanced in trace mineral content. Intensify Ex-Factor® Low Starch from Bluebonnet Feeds or 101 Diet Balancer from Stride Animal Health are excellent options.

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Jul 24, 2020
25 | Apple Cider Vinegar
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This listener question episode provides some insight around the use of apple cider vinegar in horses. If you have an ulcer prone horse or one with equine metabolic syndrome and/or insulin resistance, this is a must listen!

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Jul 17, 2020
24 | Mineral Intake + Blood & Hair Analysis
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Ever wondered if a horse can self-regulate their mineral intake? Curious if you can “over-do” by providing minerals in the feed? Ever wonder what the best way is to determine your horse’s nutritional status? This episode covers these questions and explains why blood analysis and hair analysis may not be the best way to determine nutritional status.

If you have a topic or question you would like addressed on a future episode please email info@acbluebonnet.com

Dr. Jyme Nichols is Director of Nutrition for Bluebonnet Feeds and Stride Animal Health. For more information on these brands or a free virtual nutrition consult from our team just visit bluebonnetfeeds.com/nutrition-consult

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Jul 10, 2020
23 | Stomach Buffers
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This episode dives into the research that has been conducted around saliva production and gastric buffer capacity in horses. It outlines how feeding time impacts your horse’s gastric health and highlights a new ingredient, seaweed derived calcium, that is showing promise not only as a gastric buffer, but also in bone formation, bone density, and can even impact a horse’s startle response.

Show Notes:

· Equilene Pro Care® Beet Pulp based, high fiber feed that contains seaweed derived calcium as a gastric buffer.

If you have a topic or question you would like addressed on a future episode please email info@acbluebonnet.com

Dr. Jyme Nichols is Director of Nutrition for Bluebonnet Feeds and Stride Animal Health. For more information on these brands or a free virtual nutrition consult from our team just visit bluebonnetfeeds.com/nutrition-consult

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Jul 02, 2020
22 | NSC & Beet Pulp
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This listener question episode provides a full explanation of non-structural carbohydrates (NSC) and a “how to” lesson for calculating a total diet NSC content for your horse. In addition, Dr. Nichols addresses when it is and isn’t necessary to soak beet pulp and pelleted feeds. Don't forget to join the LIVE Webcast or show up in person for Dr. Nichols' session at the Built Ford Tough Arena in Expo Square, Tulsa, Oklahoma on Thursday June 25, 2020 at Noon Central Time. The focus will be Barrel Horse Nutrition. 

Live Webcast link: http://horsesportsnetwork.com/Events/View/255/2020/Bonus-Race-Finals-at-the-Built-Ford-Tough-Livestock-Complex-at-Expo-Square-Tulsa-OK-June-24-28-2020 

Show Notes:

For a complete listing of starch and sugar contents of all Bluebonnet Feeds equine feeds go to https://bluebonnetfeeds.com/content/equine/nsc-equine.pdf

If you have a topic or question you would like addressed on a future episode please email info@acbluebonnet.com

Dr. Jyme Nichols is Director of Nutrition for Bluebonnet Feeds and Stride Animal Health. For more information on these brands or a free virtual nutrition consult from our team just visit bluebonnetfeeds.com/nutrition-consult

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Jun 23, 2020
21 | EPM (Equine Protozoal Myeloencephalitis)
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Equine Protozoal Myeloencephalitis (EPM) is a potentially devastating neurologic disease in horses caused by the parasite Sarcocystis neruona. Early detection and medical intervention is key to helping horses recover. This episode outlines the signs of EPM and uncovers nutritional aspects for prevention and support of horses who have contracted the disease.

Show Notes:

Episode 13 goes in depth on omega 3 anti-inflammatory support, and Episode 6 provides in depth explanation on the benefits of plasma. Supplements to support horses with EPM include:

Vitamin E/C – antioxidant with both forms of natural Vitamin E (d-alpha-tocopherol and d-gamma-tocopherol).

Fish Oil Factor – potent anti-inflammatory containing omega 3’s from fish oil on a flax seen and rice bran base.

Rewind®– potent omega 3 anti-inflammatory from the New Zealand Green Lipped Mussel.

LIFELINE®+ Equine – oral plasma that supports epithelial tight junctions which helps prevent horses from contracting EPM and serves as immune system support for horses that do have EPM.

If you have a topic or question you would like addressed on a future episode please email info@acbluebonnet.com

Dr. Jyme Nichols is Director of Nutrition for Bluebonnet Feeds and Stride Animal Health. For more information on these brands or a free virtual nutrition consult from our team just visit bluebonnetfeeds.com/nutrition-consult

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Jun 19, 2020
20 | Gastric Ulcers
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Omeprazole is a drug commonly used to treat and prevent gastric ulcers in horses. This episode discusses pros and cons of omeprazole use in horses, and two drug-free alternatives that are showing promise for preventing gastric ulcers in horses. Show Notes: Episode 6 goes into much more detail on plasma and it’s benefits to a horse. LIFELINE®+ Equine – plasma supplement proved to prevent gastric ulcers in horses. Equilene® Pro Care – beet pulp based feed that contains plasma and seaweed-derived calcium for ulcer prevention. Turbo Mag BCAA - metabolic pH balancer to keep horses hydrated while traveling. If you have a topic or question you would like addressed on a future episode please email info@acbluebonnet.com Dr. Jyme Nichols is Director of Nutrition for Bluebonnet Feeds and Stride Animal Health. For more information on these brands or a free virtual nutrition consult from our team just visit bluebonnetfeeds.com/nutrition-consult --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/feedroomchemist/message
Jun 16, 2020
19 | Topline
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There is a lot that goes into developing a good topline in your horse. Good nutrition helps but there is a lot more to it! This episode explains what steps you should take to determine why your horse may have a less-than-ideal topline.

Show Notes:

Episode 12 provides an in-depth review of amino acids, or you can watch the webinarvideo on Stride Animal Health’s YouTube channel.

Competitive Edge– Amino acid supplement for horses.

If you have a topic or question you would like addressed on a future episode please email info@acbluebonnet.com

Dr. Jyme Nichols is Director of Nutrition for Bluebonnet Feeds and Stride Animal Health. For more information on these brands or a free virtual nutrition consult from our team just visit bluebonnetfeeds.com/nutrition-consult

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Jun 13, 2020
18 | Mane Growth & Molasses Content
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EVERYONE wants a horse with a long mane and tail! While your horse is limited by their own genetics, there are things you can do from a nutritional standpoint to maximize “what his mama gave him”. This episode covers two listener questions around mane and tail growth and molasses content in feeds and how to decipher what the true sugar content is.

Show Notes:

Episode 13 covers Omega 3’s in depth.

NutriMix Plus – nutrition for mane and tail growth.

Fish Oil Factor – nutrition for mane and tail growth.

Equilene Pro Care – reference feed for listener question about molasses content.

If you have a topic or question you would like addressed on a future episode please email info@acbluebonnet.com

Dr. Jyme Nichols is Director of Nutrition for Bluebonnet Feeds and Stride Animal Health. For more information on these brands or a free virtual nutrition consult from our team just visit bluebonnetfeeds.com/nutrition-consult

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Jun 10, 2020
17 | Grass Clippings, Raccoons, & Blister Beetles
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Dr. Nichols shares some personal experiences this week around blister beetles, why you should never feed grass clippings to horses and why you should “raccoon-proof” your feed room. In addition, she offers up the trouble-shooting technique she used to figure out why two of her horses went off feed at the exact same time. 

Show Notes:

ADR Powder – megadose prebiotic and probiotic supplement that Dr. Nichols uses to help regain appetite in horses. It is especially helpful for horses that are stressed from a new environment, on antibiotics, or being given NSAIDs (i.e. bute, banamine).

If you have a topic or question you would like addressed on a future episode please email info@acbluebonnet.com

Dr. Jyme Nichols is Director of Nutrition for Bluebonnet Feeds and Stride Animal Health. For more information on these brands or a free virtual nutrition consult from our team just visit bluebonnetfeeds.com/nutrition-consult

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Jun 05, 2020
16 | Tips for Starting New Supplements or Grain
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Introducing a new supplement, changing grain or starting a new batch of hay all require a little special attention on your part. This episode provides tips for making this process as successful and safe as possible.

If you have a topic or question you would like addressed on a future episode please email info@acbluebonnet.com

Dr. Jyme Nichols is Director of Nutrition for Bluebonnet Feeds and Stride Animal Health. For more information on these brands or a free virtual nutrition consult from our team just visit bluebonnetfeeds.com/nutrition-consult

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May 30, 2020
15| Feeding Garlic to Bleeders
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A listener question spurs a review of the research regarding the use of garlic in horses that suffer from respiratory conditions such as Exercise Induced Pulmonary Hemorrhage (EIPH). This episode reviews the scientific literature available regarding the potential dangers of feeding garlic and also the benefits that garlic can have in normal horses when it comes to repelling insects.

If you have a topic or question you would like addressed on a future episode please email info@acbluebonnet.com

Dr. Jyme Nichols is Director of Nutrition for Bluebonnet Feeds and Stride Animal Health. For more information on these brands or a free virtual nutrition consult from our team just visit bluebonnetfeeds.com/nutrition-consult

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May 27, 2020
14 | Choke & Poor Coat Quality
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Choke in horses is not the same kind of emergency as it is in humans. In humans, the food becomes lodged in the trachea which blocks the ability to breathe. In horses, the food becomes lodged in the esophagus which does not restrict breathing. This episode provides tips for preventing choke in horses, and, as a bonus, provides some steps that can be taken when trying to troubleshoot poor coat quality in horses.

Show Notes:

For more info on Cushing’s Disease refer to episode 9.

Nutritional products mentioned in this episode:

· Fish Oil Factor – 30% Fat supplement with omega 3’s

· Shine– 99% fat supplement in liquid form

If you have a topic or question you would like addressed on a future episode please email info@acbluebonnet.com

Dr. Jyme Nichols is Director of Nutrition for Bluebonnet Feeds and Stride Animal Health. For more information on these brands or a free virtual nutrition consult from our team just visit bluebonnetfeeds.com/nutrition-consult

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May 15, 2020
13 | Omega 3's
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Dr. Nichols explains the differences between omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, and then dives deeper into the different kinds of omega-3’s and how to decide which is best for your horse. The four omega 3 fatty acids addressed in this episode are Alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), and Eicosatetraenoic Acid (ETA). Listen in for a better understanding of when to apply each to your horse's diet and why marine-sourced omega-3's are a better option for providing anti-inflammatory support. 

Show Notes:

Nutritional products mentioned in this episode:

· Fish Oil Factor (EPA & DHA from Fish Oil on a Flax Seed and Rice Bran base)

· Rewind(ETA from New Zealand Green Lipped Mussel)

If you have a topic or question you would like addressed on a future episode please email info@acbluebonnet.com

Dr. Jyme Nichols is Director of Nutrition for Bluebonnet Feeds and Stride Animal Health. For more information on these brands or a free virtual nutrition consult from our team just visit bluebonnetfeeds.com/nutrition-consult

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May 12, 2020
12 | Amino Acids [Webinar Audio]
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Amino acids are one of the most important components of the horse’s body, yet they are highly overlooked by most horse owners. Dr. Nichols conducted an online webinar on amino acids and this is the audio from that session. If you are interested in watching the webinar rather than just listening, go to strideanimalhealth.com/webinars and choose the recording titled: Amino Acid Support in Horses.

Show Notes:

Nutritional products mentioned in this episode:

· Competitive Edge – pelleted amino acid and protein supplement


Dr. Jyme Nichols is Director of Nutrition for Bluebonnet Feeds and Stride Animal Health. For more information on these brands or a free virtual nutrition consult from our team just click here!

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May 08, 2020
11 | Going Grain-Free?
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Horses on grain-free diets, forage-only diets, or those battling serious food allergies can all benefit from an equine diet balancer. Forage alone does not provide proper nutrition to meet the needs of today’s horse. Diet Balancers are a simple, and effective way to ensure your horse is getting the nutrition needed to maintain proper metabolic functions and live a long healthy life, even if you are trying to go “grain-free”.

Show Notes:

Nutritional products mentioned in this episode:

· 101 Diet Balancer – pelleted, full spectrum diet balancer including probiotics

· Nutrimix Plus – powdered, 100 mg/dose of biotin for hoof support

· Boost ‘Em – pelleted, 30% protein diet balancer safe for all animal species.

· Competitive Edge – pelleted amino acid and protein supplement

Dr. Jyme Nichols is Director of Nutrition for Bluebonnet Feeds and Stride Animal Health. For more information on these brands or a free virtual nutrition consult from our team just click here!

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Apr 28, 2020
10 | Iono-What??
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An ionophore (i·on·o·phore) helps transport ions across cell membranes. They are a common staple in beef cattle and poultry diets because they improve feed efficiency and growth rates. Why do we care? Because they are DEADLY TO HORSES.

Horse owners may be unknowingly exposing their horses to ionophores through cross contamination in their horse feeds or accidental exposure on their own properties. This is a topic that every horse owner needs to understand.

· Ionophore-FREE feed mills do not allow ionophores on their property, period. No chance of accidental contamination. Bluebonnet Feeds and Stride Animal Health use ionophore-FREE facilities.

· Ionophore-Safe feed mills do manufacture feeds containing ionophores, but run flushes between those feed and the horse feeds. This can lead to accidental cross-contamination or human error which can result in a life-threatening situation for your horse.

Dr. Jyme Nichols is Director of Nutrition for Bluebonnet Feeds and Stride Animal Health. For a free virtual nutrition consult from our team visit: https://bluebonnetfeeds.com/nutrition-consult/ 

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Apr 25, 2020
9 | Cushing's Disease in Horses
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Today is all about Pituitary Pars Intermedia Dysfunction (PPID), or Cushing’s Disease in horses. Horses with PPID typically have a long hair coat that doesn’t shed in the spring and summer. They may be underweight, have increased drinking and urination, and be dealing with laminitis. Providing adequate medication (as directed by your veterinarian) and a low starch diet are critical to proper management. Listen to the episode to learn more!

Show Notes:

Author’s pick on nutritional products to support a horse with Cushing’s Syndrome

· Intensify® Ex-Factor® Low Starch – 10% NSC, high fat, extruded feed.

· Intensify® Senior Therapy® – 12% NSC, High fat, high fiber, pelleted feed.

Dr. Jyme Nichols is Director of Nutrition for Bluebonnet Feeds and Stride Animal Health. For more information on these brands or a free virtual nutrition consult just click here!

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Apr 22, 2020
8 | Coronavirus in Horses vs Humans
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Equine coronavirus and COVID-19 in humans are different diseases. This episode explains the difference between the two and what you can do to keep your horse from contracting equine coronavirus. 

If you have more questions about equine coronavirus or other equine diseases, the Equine Disease Communication Center or EDCC is a wealth of knowledge and can provide you with resources and tips for preventing and managing disease in horses. Just visit their website at www.equinediseasecc.org/biosecurity 

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Apr 17, 2020
7 | Starved Horses
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Horses can become malnourished or starved for a variety of reasons. If you find yourself in a situation where you are providing care for an undernourished horse this is the episode for you! We talk about Re-Feeding Syndrome and how offering too much nutrition too quickly can cause serious problems for the horse that could ultimately lead to death. This episode provides tips on exactly what to feed, how often and how much.

Show Notes:

Author’s pick on products mentioned in this episode

· ADR Paste - Probiotic Paste to be used in the first 30 days.

· ADR Powder – Probiotic powder to be used after 30 days.

· Equilene Pro Care® Beet Pulp based, high fiber feed.

· Intensify® Senior Therapy® – High fiber feed with built in digestive support.

Dr. Jyme Nichols is Director of Nutrition for Bluebonnet Feeds and Stride Animal Health. For more information on these brands or a free virtual nutrition consult just click here!

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Apr 14, 2020
6 | Plasma Supplements
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If I was allowed only one nutritional technology to use for the rest of my life, plasma is it! A plasma supplement can support the gut, lungs, reproductive tract, and even improve stride length and hock range of motion in horses. It is also a natural option shown through research to help prevent gastric ulcers. Ready to learn more?

Show Notes:

More information on the products mentioned can be found here:

· LIFELINE+ Equine® Plasma Supplement

· Equilene Pro Care® Beet Pulp based feed with Plasma

Dr. Jyme Nichols is Director of Nutrition for Bluebonnet Feeds and Stride Animal Health. For more information on these brands or a free virtual nutrition consult just click here!

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Apr 10, 2020
5 | Case Study: Senior Horses
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This case study breaks down the feeding program for three very different senior horses – Jesse, a 1200 lb senior horse who needs to maintain current body weight; Stoney The Cow Pony, an 800 lb pony who needs to gain weight; and Johnny Cash, a 250 lb miniature pony that is prone to laminitis and needs to lose some weight. 

Show Notes:

More information on the products mentioned can be found here:

· Intensify Senior Therapy

· Element Mineral

Dr. Jyme Nichols is Director of Nutrition for Bluebonnet Feeds and Stride Animal Health. For more information on these brands or a free virtual nutrition consult just click here!

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Apr 07, 2020
4 | Senior Horse Nutrition
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For senior horses, dental care and specialized nutrition go hand in hand. Senior horses should have dental examinations every 6 to 12 months to check for tooth abnormalities, fractures, impactions, and infections. Just because a horse is chewing forage doesn’t mean he is actually swallowing it – quidding is a common condition where the horse chews the hay into a wad and then spits it out. A horse that quids is not receiving adequate nutrition so alternative feeds must be provided. Check out this episode to learn more!

Show Notes:

More information on the products mentioned can be found here:

· Intensify Senior Therapy

· Horseman’s Elite Senior Care

· 101 Diet Balancer

· Nutrimix Plus

Dr. Jyme Nichols is Director of Nutrition for Bluebonnet Feeds and Stride Animal Health. For more information on these brands or a free virtual nutrition consult just click here!

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Apr 06, 2020
3 | Leaky Gut [Webinar Replay]
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Dr. Nichols hosted a webinar on Leaky Gut Syndrome, so we converted the audio file into a podcast! In this episode she explains what it means when a horse has Leaky Gut Syndrome, and provides tips for horse owners to help identify when their horse might be exhibiting symptoms. In addition, the describes the tools available through nutrition to help build a strong intestinal barrier and prevent leaky gut from occurring. Show Notes: More information on the products discussed can be found by clicking the names below: · LIFELINE+ Equine® (plasma) · GI Calm for Leaky Gut (butyric acid, microbial support, zinc) · 101 Diet Balancer(zinc methionine complex) · Intensify® Feeds (beta-glucans, zinc methionine complex, microbial support) · Equilene® Feeds (zinc methionine complex) · NEW FEED Equilene® Pro Care® (plasma, butyric acid, zinc methionine complex, microbial support) Dr. Jyme Nichols is Director of Nutrition for Bluebonnet Feeds and Stride Animal Health. For more information on these brands or a free virtual nutrition consult please contact us! --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/feedroomchemist/message
Apr 04, 2020
2 | Mare & Foal Nutrition
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Is your mare taking her prenatal vitamins? What you feed a pregnant mare now will impact the health and soundness of her baby long into his adult life.  With foaling and breeding seasons upon us it’s important to take a critical look at the nutrition program for your pregnant mare and growing foal. Nutrition plays a major role in preventing OCD’s and other orthopedic conditions (along with good genetics, proper management, and avoiding physical trauma). Show Notes: Formulated by PhD Equine nutritionists, Intensify Growth & Development (pellet) and Horseman’s Elite Mare & Foal (large pellet) are designed to meet the needs discussed in this episode. Stride Animal Health’s, 101 Diet Balancer and Competitive Edge Amino Acid Supplement, are excellent tools for filling the gaps of forage only diets, oats, and custom mixed rations. Equi-Analytical is THE PLACE to go for forage analyses! Dr. Jyme Nichols is Director of Nutrition for Bluebonnet Feeds and Stride Animal Health. For more information on these brands or a free virtual nutrition consult please contact us! --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/feedroomchemist/message
Apr 01, 2020
1 | Alfalfa: Friend or Foe?
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This episode unpacks the mystery around ALFALFA! When and why to feed alfalfa or avoid it.  Have a bleeder? How about a horse with PSSM? Maybe you have a chunky monkey or a hard keeping senior? This episode has the tips you need when it comes to choosing the right kind of forage.   Show Notes: I mention 101 Diet Balancer as a tool for filling the gaps of forage only diets.  Equi-Analytical is THE PLACE to go for forage analyses!  Dr. Jyme Nichols is Director of Nutrition for Bluebonnet Feeds and Stride Animal Health. For more information on these brands or a free virtual nutrition consult please contact us! --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/feedroomchemist/message
Mar 30, 2020
Feed Room Chemist: An Equine Nutrition Podcast (Trailer)
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Mar 30, 2020