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MB Equine - Nutrition

Can regular mowing protect from laminitis?

September 2017

With Spring upon us in the Southern Hemisphere, many horse owners caring for sugar-sensitive horses will be frantically trying to adopt different management strategies to reduce the intake of sugary pastures to avoid weight gain and/or laminitis. The approaches used probably involve restricting and/or managing their horses’ access to grazing either strip grazing, fitting grazing muzzles and often, by locking horses out of pasture completely or during parts of the day.

Report on the European Workshop on Equine Nutrition (EWEN): Part 2

November 2016

Founder of MB Equine Services, Mariette van den Berg, travelled in June to Europe to attend two very special equine science conferences - the European Workshop on Equine Nutrition (EWEN) and the International Society for Equitation Science (ISES) Conference.  

Report on the European Workshop on Equine Nutrition (EWEN): Part 1

November 2016

Founder of MB Equine Services, Mariette van den Berg, travelled in June to Europe to attend two very special equine science conferences - the European Workshop on Equine Nutrition (EWEN) and the International Society for Equitation Science (ISES) Conference.  

Series: Pastures for Horses

07/18/2016

Feeding the Broodmare

November 2013

The feeding program of the breeding mare is an important management aspect. Feeding can affect the fertility, milk production, and the skeletal development and growth of the foal. Understanding the nutritional needs of the maiden/barren, pregnant and lactating mare is essential for the development of a proper feeding program for all stages. In this article we discuss the preparation and nutritional requirements of the maiden, barren and pregnant mare.  Preparation of the breeding mare 

Taking the guesswork out of choosing hay - Part 4 Hay Testing

October 2013

In the previous edition we presented an example of forage testing of four types of hays and reviewed the results of the laboratory analysis. In this last part of the series about choosing the right forage for your horse, we continue interpreting the analysis results and discussing which of the forage types would be suitable for different types of horses including performance breeding and growing horses, as well as those that are sugar-sensitive or have metabolic disorders such as laminitis, insulin resistance (IR), tying-up, Cushing’s disease or Equine Metabolic Syndrome (EMS).

Taking the guesswork out of choosing hay - Part 3 Hay Testing

September 2013

With thanks to SGS Agriculture & Food Laboratories for providing the analysis specifically for this series. Conserved forages can comprise a large part of the diet of horses; therefore, it is important to review the type and quality of all the roughage we are feeding. Last month, we provided a summary of the roughage sources that are available to horse owners such as hay, chaff, haylage, hay cubes and super fibres.

Taking the guesswork out of choosing hay Part 2 - Choosing Roughage

August 2013

Managing your pastures to provide enough forage for your horses would be ideal; however, in reality not many horse owners have the capacity to maintain horses on pasture as well as harvesting roughage/hay to preserve for lesser times in the year. Moreover, in parts of Australia, the conditions are not favourable for growing enough fresh grass or forages. This means that you have to shop around for your roughage. In this article of our series of forage diets for horses, we discuss the selection and use of various types of roughage, and the importance of quality versus quantity.

Taking the guesswork out of choosing hay Part 1- Feed Properties

July 2013

In previous editions we have discussed a number of aspects relating to pasture management, and provided an overview of a number of common grass species found in horse pastures in Australia. In the Pastures for Horses series we touched briefly on non-structural carbohydrates (NSC) in the different species, but many horse owners may be wonerding what they actually are, and what part they play in pasture and conserved forages (hay and chaff).

Feeding the broodmare

November 2012

The feeding program of the breeding mare is an important management aspect. Feeding can affect the fertility, milk production, and the skeletal development and growth of the foal.  Understanding the nutritional needs of the maiden/barren, pregnant and lactating mare is essential for the development of a proper feeding program for all stages. In the following section the preparation and nutritional requirements of the maiden/barren and pregnant mare will be described. The nutrition and feeding management of the lactating mare will be explained next month in part 3. 

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