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10/17/2016

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.  

10/14/2016

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

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.

10/01/2012

Digestive and metabolic disorders are very common in the domestic horse and in the majority of the cases they can be traced back to the way we manage and feed our horses. 

10/01/2012

Digestive and metabolic disorders are very common in the domestic horse and in the majority of the cases they can be traced back to the way we manage and feed our horses. 

10/14/2012

Dietary oils are added to the diet of horses to safely increase the energy-density of the feed and to improve the skin and coat condition of the horse for a healthy shine.

10/17/2013

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 

09/19/2013

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).

08/15/2013

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.

07/13/2013

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.

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