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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

Off the Track (Part 2), brought to you by Stance Equine

November 2012

In Part 2 of the series on rehabilitating the off the track horse into a successful pleasure or sport horse, Dr Kempton of Stance Equine discusses some of the aspects to take into account when ‘letting down’, retraining and returning the ex-racehorse into work.   OTT horses usually do not come with a safety certificate or warranty of fitness, and in most cases their training methods and feeding regimes are unknown. It is therefore essential that as a responsible owner you take some time to think about your goals and expectations for this new horse.

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.

NSC... Why is it important? Brought to you by Stance Equine

May 2011

Dr Tim Kempton, Stance Equine.  All feeds contain carbohydrates. Carbohydrates include the fibre, and sugars and starch. The fibres are the STRUCTURAL CARBOHYDRATES that hold the plant up. These fibres are both digestible or indigestible. Look at your horse’s manure. Take some and wash it in a bucket. What you see is the indigestible fibre from the feed. Horse’s manure is drier than cattle because they do not digest fibre as well as cattle, and because they absorb more water from the hindgut.

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