Lectures and Clinics by Kathryn Watts:


Several state boards of Veterinary Medicine have granted Continuing Education credits for lectures by Kathryn Watts on carbohydrates in equine diets and their impact on health. Getting accreditation in your state is probably only a matter of paperwork.

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Kathryn Watts

One day lecture Content

Factors affecting Non Structural Carbohydrate levels in forage

How I learned that a horse is not a cow, and a pony is not a racehorse.
Basic review of related plant physiology
Reasons why hay can be up to 1/3 dry weight sugar
Plant breeder and natural selection for high NSC
Affects of drought stress, cold stress, fertilizer shortage and stage of growth Better hay choices for equines intolerant of high sugars What wild horses eat.
Why high fiber hay is sometimes high in sugar as well.
Pasture management to minimize NSC concentration
Weeds may be worse than grass.
Why you need to learn basics of rotational grazing.
When to mow or graze to maximize production AND minimize carbs Testing grass and hay for non-structural carbs
Nomenclature nightmare- BEWARE Sampling procedures to get believable numbers.

Holistic Management of the Carbohydrate Intolerant Horse

Cushing’s and IR: Symptoms, diagnosis, testing options
Holistic treatment options: diet, drugs, supplements, exercise, hoofcare
Diet: low sugar options for concentrates, need to focus on low sugar hay Why straw may be higher in sugar than hay Unlikely sources of excess NSC in equine diets
Soaking hay to remove excess soluble carbs