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.

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Episode 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.

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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Sep 11, 2020
Episode 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

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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Sep 04, 2020
Episode 30 | LQ: Tendons, Stifles, DSLD and OCD
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This listener questions (LQ) 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.

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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Aug 21, 2020
Episode 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.

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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Aug 14, 2020
Episode 28 | Case Study: 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.

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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Aug 07, 2020
Episode 27 | LQ: Sand Colic, BOSS, & More!
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This Listener Question (LQ) 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

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 31, 2020
Episode 26 | Iron Overload in Horses
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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.

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 24, 2020
Episode 25 | LQ: Apple Cider Vinegar
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This Listener Question (LQ) 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!

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 17, 2020
Episode 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
Episode 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
Episode 22 | LQ: NSC & Beet Pulp
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This Listener Questions (LQ) 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 slink: 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
SEMINAR ALERT - Tulsa, OK
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Dr. Nichols will be doing a live seminar Thursday June 25th at Noon Central Time in the Ford Arena at the Bonus Race World Finals in Tulsa, Oklahoma. If you can't make it in person, the event will be available by LIVE webcast at www.bonusracefinals.com

In addition, Dr. Nichols will be taking appointments for private, in-person, equine nutrition consults on Thursday and Friday, June 25 & 26, 2020. To sign up please email info@acbluebonnet.com 

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Jun 19, 2020
Episode 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
Episode 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
Episode 19 | Topline in Horses
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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
Episode 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
Episode 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
Episode 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
Episode 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
Episode 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
Episode 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
Episode 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
Episode 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
Episode 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 more information on these brands or a free virtual nutrition consult from our team just click here!

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Apr 25, 2020
Episode 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
Episode 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
Episode 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
Episode 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
Episode 5 | Case Study - Senior Horse Nutrition
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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
Episode 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
Episode 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
Episode 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
Episode 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