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Fix it with the best: Equine nutrition now has Fibregenix!

November 2018

A first for Australian equine nutrition, a new range of Australian-made feed balancers to help you simplify your horse’s feeding regime, reducing the financial burden whilst providing exceptional health benefits. Fibregenix balancers will tick all the boxes not just for the horse owner but for the retailer as well. The equine market is awash with supplements which can make life very confusing for horse owners. Through their diet consultation service, Fibregenix is constantly advising people who are over-supplementing their horses to quite toxic levels.

Fiber Fresh for Gastric Health

November 2018

To keep your horse healthy on the inside you need to feed fibre, lots and lots of natural forage fibre. Forage is what horses are designed to live on – literally; to freely move around on large areas of grassland, grazing moist forage for 16-18 hours a day. Confinement, training and unnatural diets unfortunately put modern horses at high risk of gastric diseases such as ulcers and hind gut acidosis as well as associated colic, laminitis and carbohydrate-induced tying up. Gastric ulcers are a painful sore or raw wound in the lining of the stomach, or occasionally duodenum.

Feeding Stallions, brought to you by Hygain

November 2018

The goal of any breeding program is to produce strong sound foals. To do this there are several factors involved including genetics, environment and nutrition. Nutrition is a critical piece of any successful breeding operation and must be considered at every level: stallions, mares and foals. In this article we will focus on feeding the stallion.

Feeding Foals, Weanlings and Yearlings, brought to you by Hygain Feeds

October 2018

Fewer topics in equine nutrition stir more controversy than feeding the growing horse. Many factors add to the confusion of providing nutrition throughout these critical stages of life. For example, growing horses may have different commercial end points. Some will be shown in halter futurities where maximum growth and condition are required at a young age. Others will be prepared for sale, also requiring a ‘well-grown’ individual and many will be kept on the farm to be used as replacement horses or future performance horses.

Fibregenix: First Aussie-made Balancer Range Set to Change the Future of Equine Nutrition

August 2018

Drawing on years of experience of leading nutritionists and scientists, the new Australian-made Fibregenix Feed Balancers are the ultimate, all–in-one, nutrient-rich supplement products formulated to balance the rations of horses and ponies, and bridge nutritional gaps.  The three balancers are 100% free from whole cereals and molasses and tailored to cater for different metabolic and general health requirements for various categories of horses rather than adopting a ‘one balancer suits all’ approach.

Feeding the Broodmare and Nursing Foal brought to you by HyGain Feeds

August 2018

Mare owners spend thousands of dollars on stud fees and shell out hundreds of dollars in veterinary care to prepare their mares for breeding and foaling. Mares are expected to produce enough milk for a foal for up to six months. Many mares are expected to raise healthy foals year after year, requiring successful rebreeding while the previous year’s foal is still by her side. Because nutrition influences each stage of the broodmare’s production cycle, nutritional management may, in many ways, determine the success of the breeding program.

Feed Balancers: Does Your Horse Need Them?

December 2017

Many horse owners understand the importance of supplementation. We know hay and pasture alone does not provide horses with a balanced ratio of vitamins and minerals. We also know these are included in commercial feeds, but is buying a bag of feed from the produce store enough? We ask Larissa Bilston to answer the frequently asked questions on the role of feed balancers, which are commonly sold as pellets. She explains when balancer pellets are needed to supplement the diet, and why they are a more efficient and cheaper option, despite their price.

Feeding Your Horses in Summer

December 2017

In Australia and the tropics of Asia, horses endure severe extremes in temperature and humidity. This can dramatically affect their health and performance if not managed correctly. High temperature, high humidity, lack of air movement, poor ventilation, dehydration and exposure to direct sunlight all increase the danger of serious heat and heat-related problems for humans and horses alike. Horses are no exception, especially when they are expected to perform at intense levels. Anhidrosis

Feeding for Topline and Condition, brought to you by Stance Equine

September 2012

Dr Tim Kempton from Stance Equine explains how condition is measured using a 9 point score from poor/emaciated = 1,  through to extremely fat or obese = 9. The upper curvature of a horse’s withers, back, and loin is called the "topline." Pertinent points Both condition and topline are determined to large extent by a combination of muscle and fat to put on weight.  Sports horses conditioned for endurance and racing generally have little fat on the topline.

Feeding on the trail, brought to you by Stance Equine

July 2012

The attraction of trail riding is to ride through remote and natural landscape, which in most cases is National Parks and State Forests. For the adventurous riders who head-out on extended trails, there is often insufficient herbage along the trails to provide the nutrients required to maintain bodyweight, and allow the horse to perform the work required. Dr Tim Kempton, Stance Equine. Therefore, it is necessary to pack in supplementary feed, or arrange feed drops. Key issues for selecting suitable feeds include: 1. Energy density.

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