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01/27/2017

Rebecca Feasey isn’t one of those people who grew up on the back of a horse.  Growing up in the suburbs of Melbourne, Victoria, she didn’t get her first horse until the age of 26, when she took the plunge and bought a former trail horse from an acquaintance who was closing down his business. 

Series: Pastures for Horses

07/18/2016

Grass species for horse pastures - Part 1

24/01/2013 by Mariette van den Berg B.(hons) MSc(Equine Nutrition) www.mberg.com

As horse owners, and even on the smallest of properties, we sometimes forget we are grass and forage farmers for our horses. Whether you have grazing pastures to manage, you are growing or just buying hay and roughage, it helps to get know your grasses and legumes.

Temperate grasses for horse pastures - Part 2

21/03/2013 by Mariette van den Berg B.(hons) MSc(Equine Nutrition) www.mberg.com

Part 2 of the series on pastures for horses. As horse owners, and even on the smallest of properties, we sometimes forget that we are grass and forage farmers for our horses. Whether you manage grazing pastures or agist your horses, it helps to know more about grasses and legumes.

Tropical grasses for horse pastures - Part 3

22/03/2013 by Mariette van den Berg B.(hons) MSc(Equine Nutrition) www.mberg.com

This article focuses on grasses classed as C4, warm season or tropical grasses that were introduced to Australia and are now commonly found in pastures. Despite their tropical name, some of these grasses also grow in cooler, temperate areas. This is Part 3 of Mairette van den Berg's series Pastures For Horses.

Australian native grasses for horse pastures - Part 4

19/04/2013 by Mariette van den Berg B.(hons) MSc(Equine Nutrition)

When European settlers first arrived in Australia, grasslands and grassy woodlands covered much of the continent. Many of the explorers referred to grasses as the dominant plants in the landscape.

08/29/2014

Winter is well and truly upon us and these colder months can be particularly tough on our equine friends. One particular condition that all of us are familiar with is arthritis. It can affect us as well as our pets and the colder weather often exacerbates this condition. In this article, Dr Sarah Van Dyk from WestVETS Animal Hospital and Equine Reproduction Centre gives an overview of how arthritis affects older horses, the signs they may show, its diagnosis and treatment options. What is arthritis?

06/06/2014

 In this first of its kind study, a collaboration between Ohio State University, an equine therapy centre and an adult daycare centre, researchers determined that spending time with horses eases the symptoms of Alzheimer’s dementia. 

07/13/2013

Name: Fenugreek Biological name: Trigonella Foenum-Graecum Parts used: Seeds and sometimes the aerial parts. Contains: Alkaloids, amino acids, arginine, aspartic acid, bioflavonoids, calcium, choline, cystine, fats, glutamic acid, glycine, histidine, iron, isoleucine, lecithin, leucine, lysine, magnesium, manganese, methionine, oestrogen, phosphorus, potassium, proline, serine, selenium, sodium, steroidal saponins, sucrose, tryptophan, tyrosine, trypsin, vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B6, folic acid, B12, C, D and E. 

10/14/2012

During exercise, heat is produced as a by-product of skeletal muscle contractions. To prevent overheating and maintain core body temperature, horses have to lose this generated heat.

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