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Ep. 023: Horse Feeding Myths - What's Wrong and What's Right?


Dr. Tania Cubitt


Hailing originally from Australia, Dr. Tania Cubitt is one of Standlee’s resident nutrition experts, with both technical and practical life experience. She has a PhD in Equine Nutrition and Reproduction from Virginia Tech and raises black angus cattle, along with a few goats in Virginia.

Katy Starr


From the western state of Idaho, Katy Starr works as a marketing consultant for Standlee Premium Western Forage, focusing on nutritional content. She has a bachelor’s degree in animal science and agribusiness from the University of Idaho, and partners with her husband in raising a small commercial cattle herd and their three girls.

Episode Details

Co-hosts Dr. Tania Cubitt and Katy Starr chat about many different so-called equine feeding "myths."

Episode Notes

On this episode, co-hosts Dr. Tania Cubitt and Katy Starr chat about many different so-called "myths," including:  


• Do horses need to be fed at the same time every day?

• Is it okay for hot horses to drink cold water?

• Should horses be fed prior to exercise or will it cause digestive upset?  


Whether you've heard rumors spread through the barn or at shows or blasted across social media, we're talking about a number of "myths" or maybe some "truths" to these rumors on this episode!


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Scientific References:

2:13 – 

  • Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science, “The Effect of an Irregular Feeding Schedule on Equine Behavior.”


More In-Depth Related Episodes 

  • Episodes 7 & 8 – Alfalfa Misconceptions – Myth vs. Truth Part I & II
  • Episode 21 – Nutritional Deficiencies in Horses and When You Need to Worry


Additional Resources:

  1. “Alfalfa and Horses” nutritional white paper -
  2. “Should I Be Concerned About Feeding Alfalfa? Facts and Misconceptions” webinar -
  3. “Beet Pulp – What Is It and Why Do Horses Need It?” webinar -
  4. “Beet Pulp: What Do I Need to Know?” nutritional white paper -



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