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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

Grass species for horse pastures - Part 1

February 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

April 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

April 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

May 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.

Anatomy of the digestive system - Part 2 The Small Intestine

November 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. 

Anatomy of the Digestive Tract - Part 3 The Large Intestine

November 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. 

Get the shine with Omega-3 Fatty Acids

November 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.

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

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.

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