Tips on Feeding Horses Hay-Based Diets

According to the National Research Council’s Nutrient Requirements of Horses, many mature horses can maintain a healthy body weight by consuming a diet composed solely of forage, in addition to clean water and salt. Here are some tips for managing horses on hay-based diets.

  1. Weigh your horse’s hay, and feed based on your horse’s target body weight. Ensure your horse is receiving 1.5–2.5% of its body weight in forage each day.
  2. Have a veterinarian or equine dentist routinely examine and treat your horse’s teeth. Don’t assume the horse has a functional mouth if you simply pull back his lips and find a full set of incisors. These front teeth are usually the last ones lost by aged horses. The molars you don’t see grind forage. If your horse is not able to chew its hay sufficiently, consider alternative forage sources.
  3. If the horse is overweight, restrict grazing and offer mature hay with lower digestible sugars and higher indigestible fiber. However, be sure that the horse will actually eat the hay and not just use it for bedding.
  4. Feed off the ground to minimize the chance of sand colic in areas where this is a concern. Use nets, feed bunks, feed racks, or place the hay on rubber mats.
  5. Hay shortage in your area? Consider other forage sources: hay cubes, alfalfa or grass hay pellets, chopped forages, shredded beet pulp, or soy hull pellets.
  6. Invest in a few hay nets. Use of hay nets will keep forage off the ground and away from sand and bedding dust; make it easy to weigh and preload hay to quickly feed hungry horses on busy days; and potentially slow consumption.
  7. Soak or steam hay to reduce dust if your horse has a respiratory ailment or to reduce the water-soluble sugar content for horses with endocrine abnormalities or chronic laminitis.

In the case of harder keepers, a forage-only diet can be challenging. Making sure the horse has the best-quality forage will go a long way to increasing the caloric intake. Abundant grass and legumes, like clover, in the pasture and high-quality alfalfa, grass, or mixed hay with a high leaf-to-stem ratio are excellent sources of forage calories. Supplementing with forage alternatives, such as hay cubes and pellets or beet pulp, will further increase calorie consumption.

An all-forage diet does not, however, work for every horse in every circumstance. Depending on the origin of the forage and the individual horse, additional minerals and vitamins may be necessary to balance out the deficiencies of the forage. Deficiencies can be corrected through the use of a ration balancer or a vitamin and mineral supplement, such as Micro-Max™, which is a low-intake concentrated source of vitamins and minerals for mature horses. Micro-Max is ideal for horses that maintain body weight on diets composed entirely of forage or forage and small amounts of concentrate. Learn more.


Kentucky Equine Research (KER) is an international equine nutrition, research and consultation company serving both the horse producer and the feed industry. Its goal is to advance the industry’s knowledge of equine nutrition and exercise physiology and apply this knowledge to produce healthier, more athletic horses. For more information, see or call 888-873-1988.

Fair Grounds Barn Under Quarantine

Barn 14 at the Fair Grounds has been placed under quarantine by the State of Louisiana’s Department of Agriculture after a horse residing in the barn tested positive for a strain of Equine Herpes Virus known as EHV-1. The infected horse, an unraced 2-year-old filly trained by Alice Cohn, was euthanized Monday.

Horses currently stabled in Barn 14 will not be permitted to leave the property until the quarantine has been lifted and will only be permitted to train during a specific period after regular training hours. All residents of Barn 14 will continue to be monitored and is none show signs of or test positive for the virus, the quarantine will be lifted at the end of the standard 14-day period.

The quarantine will not affect horses shipping in for races as long as they have the proper vaccination documents.

Owner Clifford Grum Dies at 82

Clifford Grum, a prominent businessman and Thoroughbred owner, died Dec. 19 in Lufkin, Texas under the card of Hospice of the Pines. He was 82.

Grum once served as publisher of Fortune magazine and was an executive vice president of Time Inc. Grum served as a board member and then chairman of First Bank and Trust East Texas in Diboll, Texas until his death. He was a former member of national boards including Time Inc., Tupperware Brands, Cooper Industries, Guaranty Federal, Premark International, and Trinity Industries.

“He was just a wonderful human being,” said Dr. J. David Richardson, a member of The Jockey Club and Kentucky Horse Racing Commission. “He loved horses and loved racing. The last time I saw him was at Churchill Downs around the end of the meet. He was game to the end.

As an owner, Grum’s horses raced in the name of his first wife, Janelle, and later Mary. His only graded stakes win came in 1998 with Relic Reward in Oaklawn Park’s Exxex Handicap (gr. III). Mary Grum’s Athena won last year’s Thirty Eight Go Go Stakes at Laurel Park and this year’s Roxelana Stakes at Churchill Downs.

Grum was a serious buyer at the Louisiana yearling sales. In 2006 he made Louisiana sales history at the Breeders Sales Company of Louisiana Annual Yearling Sale, breaking the $100,000 mark for not just one, but two yearlings; a filly by Salt Lake out of Kathie’s Sister and colt by Grand Slam out of Lady’s Kiss.

Known to be a generous man, Grum was involved with Louisiana Downs’ Backside Benevelonce Fund, Inc., and was instrumental in getting the chapel built at the Bossier City track.

Grum had a long association with trainer Cecil Borel, and upon Borel’s retirement in 2014, Crum’s trainer had been Helen Pitts.


Report: Equine Herpesvirus Case Confirmed At Fair Grounds

by  | 12.26.2016 | 10:27pm 

Fair Grounds Race Course
Fair Grounds Race Course

Fair Grounds officials on Monday have taken preliminary steps to quarantine a barn in which a horse tested positive for equine herpesvirus, Daily Racing Form reports. The report was based on confirmation by Jason Boulet, the track’s senior director of racing.

A Fair Grounds trainer who spoke to the Paulick Report said test results came back Monday confirming the finding.

Equine herpesvirus, a highly contagious disease. has one strain, EHV-1, that can be accompanied by neurological symptoms and may prove fatal for some horses. Daily Racing Form reported, based on a source familiar with the situation, that the horse testing positive died on Sunday.

Officials with the Louisiana Department of Agriculture & Forestry were expected to be at Fair Grounds early Tuesday morning to determine what quarantine protocols will be necessary.

There are nine strains of equine herpesvirus on record, and many horses are exposed to some form of EHV with no serious side effects or symptoms. Three strains are considered serious health risks, including EHV-1, which may present with fever and respiratory symptoms and can also carry neurological symptoms and a risk of death. Symptoms of the neurologic form of EHV-1 include fever and nasal discharge, followed by lack of coordination, lethargy, head tilt, and inability to balance or stand. EHV-1 is highly contagious and may be transmitted through contaminated equipment, contact between horses, and on clothing or hands of humans working with sick horses. Veterinarians aren’t sure how long the virus can survive in the environment, or how well it travels through the air. The Paulick Report compiled a list of frequently-asked questions about EHV-1 during an outbreak at Sunland Park earlier this year.

The most recent case of equine herpesvirus at a racetrack occurred at Gulfstream Park in November. Horses in the quarantined barn were permitted to train but at separate times from the general population. The horses were tested and had their temperatures monitored during a 14-day quarantine period. There being no further positive tests, the quarantine was lifted after 14 days.

A website maintained by the Equine Disease Communication Center provides updates on equine herpesvirus and other equine diseases. Alerts on outbreaks can be found here.

Year End Reminders

Dear Breeders,


In this busy holiday season, the Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association would like to remind you of a few tasks to be completed before the end of the year.


Louisiana Stallion Registrations and Louisiana Futurity Nominations (for pregnant mares) are due by December 31, 2016.


Also, anyone with information about Louisiana Breds winning outside of North America, please contact Roger Heitzmann. or 504-947-4676.


With warmest wishes for a Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous New Year!


Any questions or need more info call
Roger A. Heitzmann III, Secretary/Treasurer
Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association


Posted by  | Dec 19, 2016 | 

Ashley Broussard secured the Jockeys’ Guild Jockey of the Week honors for December 12 – 18, 2016, after a six-win race streak on a single card at Delta Downs. The award is voted on by a panel of experts for riding accomplishments by members of the Jockeys’ Guild, the organization which represents more than 950 riders in North America.

Just two weeks after winning five races in one night, jockey Ashley Broussard took her riding to a new level by winning six consecutive races at Delta Downs on Wednesday, December 14. She began her win streak in the fourth race aboard Randinsky ($6.60) and continued through the ninth race aboard Private Songster ($5.40). She had two additional mounts on the ten-race card, finishing fourth and second in the first two races of the night.

This is Broussard’s second season at Delta; she was the leading jockey in the 2015 meet until a fall resulting in collarbone and rib injuries forced her to miss the last two months of the meet. Despite the time off for her injuries, she ended the meet as the second-leading jockey behind Gerard Melancon.

With Broussard’s Wednesday victories, she is the second-leading jockey by wins for the current Delta Downs meet, which runs through March. Only Diego Saenz tops Broussard’s Delta wins.

A former barrel-racer, Broussard was a natural when she began riding as a jockey in 2013. She has since won multiple stakes and amassed over $5 million in earnings so far in her career. Last week, Broussard earned $124,320 in 25 starts, seven wins, and seven second-place finishes, bringing her 2016 totals to $2,279,502 in earnings from 730 starts. spotlights the riders across North America and around the world who may be the bravest, toughest and most accomplished of all athletes. The Jockeys’ Guild Jockey of the Week is selected by a vote of representatives of America’s Best RacingThe Daily Racing FormEquibaseHorse Racing NationThe Jockeys’ GuildThe Paulick ReportThe Thoroughbred Daily NewsNational Thoroughbred Racing AssociationNational Turf Writers and BroadcastersThoroughbred Racing Associations, and Turf Publicists of America.

Rodney Paul Frisard Obituary

Rodney Paul Frisard, went home to be with Jesus on Thursday, December 15, 2016 at 4:43 am, at the age of 70, after a nearly five year fight with ALS. Rodney is responsible for writing the programs that pay the breeders awards for both the Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association and the Louisiana Quarter Horse Breeders Association and the program still in use today to accredit foals as Louisiana breds. Rodney joined the Army and proudly served his country in Vietnam. After his discharge from the Army he began pursuing a career in Computers, owning Frisard Computer Consultants. Rodney’s love of country was always proudly displayed in his characteristic Flag ties, which he began wearing after 9/11.

Survivors include his wife of 31 years,  Cindy Frisard; 2 sons Brian Fitzpatrick (Marie), Eric Fitzpatrick (Suzanne); 2 daughters Amanda Packer Osborne (Danny), and Tara Packer Sosa (Chris); and eight grandchildren.

A memorial service was held on Friday December 16, 2016 at St. Matthew’s United Methodist Church in Metairie, La.

Memorial Mass for Paul Richard “Dickie” Arceneaux to be held Wednesday, 12-21-16

Obituary for Paul Richard “Dickie” Arceneaux

A Memorial Mass will be held on Wednesday, December 21, 2016 at 1:00 PM in Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church in Mire for Paul Richard “Dickie” Arceneaux, 71, who died on Saturday, December 17, 2016 at his residence in Church Point surrounded by his family and close friends.

Reverend Michael J. Arnaud, Pastor of Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church, will be the Celebrant of the Memorial Mass and will conduct the funeral services. Charlotte Jagneaux, vocalist, accompanied by Phyllis Simar, organist, will sing for the services, “In The Garden”, “On Eagles’ Wings”, “Amazing Grace”, “Ave Maria” and “J’irai la voir un jour”.

A resident of Bosco, Louisiana, he is survived by his beloved wife of 25 years, Mitzie Arceneaux; his sons, Preston Arceneaux, David Arceneaux and his wife, Sarah, Scottie Lantier and Waylen Lantier; three daughters, Christina Arceneaux, Gwen Arnold and Carrie Robichaux; one sister, Annette Mouton and her husband, Butch; one brother, Victor “Doobie” Arceneaux; eleven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Curtis and Maude Lyons Arceneaux.

“Dickie”, as he was known to family and friends, loved and spent many years training racehorses. He was a well known farrier and later became a successful Mud Engineer in the oil and gas industry. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and working on that old green tractor. Dickie cherished his family and friends and will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him.

The family requests that visitation be observed at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church in Mire on Wednesday, December 21, 2016 from 9:00 AM until time of services. A Rosary will be recited by the Catholic Daughters on Wednesday at 11:00 AM.

A gathering of friends and family will be held immediately following the Memorial Mass at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church Hall in Mire.

View the obituary and guestbook online at

Martin & Castille – DOWNTOWN, 330 St. Landry Street Lafayette, LA. 70506 337-234-2311

Broussard Wins Six Straight at Delta Downs

Broussard Wins Six Straight at Delta Downs
Photo: Delta Downs

Ashley Broussard

While winning four races in a row already made for a memorable night, jockey Ashley Broussard sensed she could accomplish something even more special after scoring that fourth straight win in the seventh race Dec. 14 at Delta Downs Racetrack Casino & Hotel.

Broussard’s feelings proved spot-on as she would rally from seventh aboard Terry Eoff’s Texas Jambalaya in the eighth race at 9-2 before winning the ninth race on 3-2 second-choice Private Songster, who is owned by Jacques Miramon Racing and trained by Karl Broberg.

In nailing down that sixth straight victory, Broussard tracked in third early, opened up by three lengths on Private Songster in the stretch, and raced steadily to the wire for a 1 1/4-length score in the five-furlong claiming race for fillies and mares.

“I thought I was going to win three or four going into the night. But when I won that fourth race in a row, I really liked my next two horses,” Broussard said. “I got real excited at that point.”

Broussard’s win streak began with a front-running score in the fourth race aboard Marie Miller’s Randinsky (2-1) before she rallied from fifth aboard Circle H Farms’ Big Risque (2-1) to win the fifth race.

Broussard actually reached the line second in the sixth race on 7-5 favorite Drummer Boy. But the stewards ruled that Dry Wood Creek, with Steve Bourque up, interfered with Tigertail Ranch’s Drummer Boy and put the latter up when Dry Wood Creek was disqualified to third. Broussard then pressed the pace in the seventh race aboard Randy Stone’s Disturbingbehavior, who scored a one-length victory as the 6-5 favorite.

Broussard, 24, of Youngsville, La., is riding her second full meet at Delta. Last year she was leading the meet in wins before missing the final two months after a fall in which she suffered a fractured collarbone and broken ribs. She still finished in second at that meet with 66 wins, behind veteran Gerard Melancon’s 78 victories.

At the current meet Broussard, a multiple stakes-winning jockey, ranks second in wins with 31; seven behind Diego Saenz.

Broussard didn’t ride in the 10th race of the night, the final event of the card. She’ll take her personal six-race win streak into the Dec. 15 Delta card where she’s scheduled to ride Concord’s Baby (3-1 ML) in the first race.

Equine Sales Company Sets 2017 Auction Dates

Equine Sales Company today announced its complete 2017 schedule of auctions. In addition to the 2-Year-Olds in Training Sale already announced for May 9 with a breeze date of May 7, two other sales will be held at the Opelousas, Louisiana, facility.

The Consignor Select Yearling Sale will be held Thursday, August 31, and the Open Yearling and Mixed Sale will be held Sunday, October 15. All three sales will be held on similar dates compared to the 2016 schedule.

“Equine Sales Company had its best year yet in 2016, and I think we have found a good spot on the calendar for all three sales to work well for consignors and buyers, both nationally and regionally,” said Foster Bridewell, sales director for Equine Sales Company. “The addition in 2016 of the Equine Sales Derby and Equine Sales Oaks at Evangeline Downs for sale graduates has proven to a big boost for breeders, buyers and consignors, and we look forward to continuing those races in 2017 and beyond.”

The 2016 Consignor Select Yearling Sale marked the first unified yearling sale held with the Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association, which had previously held a separate yearling sale. The unified sale proved to be very successful, and that partnership will continue in 2017.

For more information, go to
or contact Foster Bridewell at Equine Sales Company
(337) 678-3024 or