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.

Aloe Vera for Gastric Ulcers in Horses – Does it Really Work?

By |2022-05-09T10:31:26-05:00May 8th, 2022|Horse Health|

Aloe vera (Aloe barbadensis) is a medicinal plant that is frequently used to soothe skin irritations. The gel of the inner leaf is also commonly fed to reduce or prevent gastric irritations and ulcers in horses. Aloe vera gel contains several active ingredients with anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant and anti-microbial effects. This herbal remedy also stimulates mucous production and influences gastric acid production.

Ulcer Recurrence in Horses: How to Stop Ulcers from Coming Back

By |2022-03-29T12:50:09-05:00March 25th, 2022|Horse Health|

Up to 90% of horses treated for gastric ulcers with omeprazole can experience a recurrence of ulcers when they stop taking this drug. Horses can develop rebound acid hypersecretion (RAHS) after the discontinuation of omeprazole. Higher levels of stomach acid often lead to new ulcers being formed, particularly if the underlying causes of ulceration have not been addressed.

Iodine for Horses: Dietary Requirements, Sources, & Signs of Deficiency

By |2022-03-22T11:37:01-05:00March 22nd, 2022|Horse Health|

Roles Dietary Iodine Sources Deficiency Toxicity Iodine is an essential trace mineral required by horses and all mammals. It is used to make thyroid hormones that control metabolism in all [...]

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

By |2022-01-21T12:06:07-05:00January 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 |2021-12-09T09:38:22-05:00December 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.