About Dr. Priska Darani, Ph.D.

Dr. Priska Darani has had a lifelong passion for understanding how diet regulates metabolism and contributes to health in both humans and animals. Priska grew up on a dairy farm in Eastern Ontario before attending the University of Guelph in 2005 to complete a B.Sc. in Animal Biology with a focus on nutrition. While at Guelph, she worked at the Arkell Poultry and Equine Research Station where she assisted with daily care of the horses. In 2012, she received an M.Sc. for OMAFRA-funded research on how altering the amino acid balance of lactating cow rations can affect milk production and composition. In 2016, she completed her Ph.D. degree focusing on nutritional regulation of insulin sensitivity and using mathematical models to predict metabolic responses.

We Analyzed 6,515 Equine Diets in 2021 – Here’s What We Learned

By |2022-01-21T12:04:36-05:00January 20th, 2022|Horse Health, Nutrition|

In the last year, over six thousand horse owners from all over North America used Mad Barn to analyze their horses' diets. We looked at diets for weanlings, broodmares, pasture [...]

Camelina Oil for Horses: Should you Feed this Omega-3 Supplement?

By |2021-12-22T14:43:24-05:00December 9th, 2021|Horse Health, Nutrition|

Camelina oil is commonly fed to horses as an omega-3 fatty acid supplement. It is used to support weight gain, joint health, coat quality and general well-being. Camelina oil is extracted from the seeds of the camelina sativa plant, also known as false flax. It contains 35 – 40% alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), which is an essential omega-3 fatty acid.

White Line Disease in Horses [Causes Symptoms, Treatment & Recovery]

By |2021-09-12T07:13:56-05:00September 9th, 2021|Conditions, Hoof Health|

While line disease is a hoof condition that can lead to pain and lameness. This condition affects the equine hoof wall in one or more hooves at a time. White line disease originates as a separation between adjacent layers in the hoof wall starting at the toe, quarter, and/or heel, which can then become infected with bacteria and fungi.

Hyperkalemic Periodic Paralysis (HYPP) in Horses [Treatments & Feeding Guide]

By |2021-09-03T20:56:58-05:00September 2nd, 2021|Conditions|

Hyperkalemic periodic paralysis (HYPP) is a genetic condition in horses that affects how their muscles function and respond to signals from the nervous system. These horses have high levels of potassium in the blood and should be fed low potassium diets. Horses affected by HYPP have pronounced musculature which is sometimes perceived as a desirable appearance. They may also perform better in halter classes.

How to Feed a Horse with Polysaccharide Storage Myopathy (PSSM)

By |2021-08-19T14:43:25-05:00August 19th, 2021|Conditions, Nutrition|

Equine polysaccharide storage myopathy (PSSM or EPSM) is a genetic condition in horses that affects how muscle cells store sugars. This can lead to exercise intolerance, stiffness, and an abnormal gait in your horse. Horses with PSSM are at higher risk of tying-up episodes, known as exertional rhabdomyolysis. These episodes cause significant pain and are characterized by stiff, firm muscles along with profuse sweating and reluctance to move.

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