Obesity has been defined as a medical condition in which excess body fat has accumulated to the extent that it may have an adverse effect on health, leading to reduced life expectancy and increased health problems. Now, let’s talk about equines specifically.
Biological Name: Petroselinum crispum. Parts Used: Leaves, seeds and roots. Contains: The leaves contain bioflavonoids, calcium, chlorophyll, copper, enzymes, fatty acids, iron, magnesium, manganese, potassium, selenium, sodium, vitamins A (rich), B complex, C but it only has trace amounts of B3 and D. The seeds contain apiole, beta carotene, bioflavonoids, calcium, coumarins, glycosides, histidine, iron, limonene, myristicin, potassium, protein and vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, C and K. The roots contain bergaptene, beta carotene, calcium, iron, potassium and vitamins A, B1, B2, C and K.
High performance diets have historically been based on a cereal grain ration fed with roughage. The high level of sugar and starches in the grains provide energy for the horse to perform, but it can come with complications.
Exertional Rhabdomyolysis, Tying Up, Azoturia, Monday Morning Sickness and Poly Saccharide Storage Myopathy are all names of common muscle metabolism problems. The scientific name for tying up is rhabdomyolysis, which simply translated means muscle (‘rhabdo’) breakdown (‘lysis’). The causes are several, but the result is the same - muscle cramping.
Biological Name: Hordeum vulgare. Parts Used: Young sprouting seeds.
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.
Forage, such as hay and pasture, is critical for the health and wellbeing of all horses. Understanding the design, function and reliance of the horse’s digestive system on forage is the first step in appreciating its critical value. Knowledge of what’s in forage, the types and physical forms of forage, and the importance of forage quality should be common for all horse owners. Finally, understanding how much forage a horse requires per day is essential in properly feeding any horse. So, let’s get started learning about forages for horses. The digestive system
Biological Name: Hydrastic canadensis. Parts Used: Root (rhizome). Contains: Aluminum, alkaloids (berberine, berberastine, candaline, canadine and hydrastinine), berberine, calcium, carbohydrates, chlorogenic acid, cobalt, copper, fats, fatty acids, fibre, hydrastine, inositol, iron, isoquinoline alkaloids, magnesium, manganese, meconin, phosphorus, phytosterins, polyphenolic acids, potassium, protein, resin, silica, starch, sugar, vitamins A, B complex, C, E and volatile oils.
What is beet pulp? Beet pulp is a by-product of the sugar industry. Sugar is extracted from the beet leaving the pulp. Beet pulp is rich in fibre, and is unique in its form as it is soluble fibre and highly digestible.
Biological Name: Salva sclarea Parts Used: Flowering tops and foilage. Essential Oil Method of Extraction: Steam distillation. Essential Oil Scent: Herbaceous, earthy, mellow, musky, nutty, sweet and warm. Essential Oil Constituents: Linalol, linalyl acetate, myrcene, phellandrene, sclareol and pinene.