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Nutrition

Feed Balancers: Does Your Horse Need Them?

December 2017

Many horse owners understand the importance of supplementation. We know hay and pasture alone does not provide horses with a balanced ratio of vitamins and minerals. We also know these are included in commercial feeds, but is buying a bag of feed from the produce store enough? We ask Larissa Bilston to answer the frequently asked questions on the role of feed balancers, which are commonly sold as pellets. She explains when balancer pellets are needed to supplement the diet, and why they are a more efficient and cheaper option, despite their price.

Feeding Your Horses in Summer

December 2017

In Australia and the tropics of Asia, horses endure severe extremes in temperature and humidity. This can dramatically affect their health and performance if not managed correctly. High temperature, high humidity, lack of air movement, poor ventilation, dehydration and exposure to direct sunlight all increase the danger of serious heat and heat-related problems for humans and horses alike. Horses are no exception, especially when they are expected to perform at intense levels. Anhidrosis

Vervain

December 2017

Biological name: Verbena Officialis Parts used: Aerial parts Contains: Alkaloids, bitters, citral, geranoil, glycosides, iridiods, limonene, minerals, mucilage, phosphates, saponins, tannins, verbenin, verbenalin and volatile oils.

Let's Talk About Poo

November 2017

Anyone who has ever had to look after a horse for any length of time knows that they produce a lot of manure. In fact, a 500kg horse defecates about 4-13 times a day, producing 15.5 to 22.5kg of faeces and urine daily, which adds up to 8 metric tons a year! While those unfamiliar to horses might think finding no poop in the stall in the morning would be a Godsend, for those of us with horses, such an occurrence is a nightmare we hope to never experience. The ideal poo

Thyme

November 2017

Biological Name: Thymus Vulgaris. Parts Used: Leaves and flowering tops. Contains: Apigenin, biotin, bitters, caffeic, camphene, carvacrol, cymene, flavonoids (naringenin, thymonin and others), luteolin, methylchavicol, organic acids, rosmarinic acid, triterpenoids, tannins, terpinene, thuyanol, vitamins B1 and B2, and volatile oils (thymol, cymol, cineole, linalool, borneol, geraniol, pinene and others).

Understanding Obesity

October 2017

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.

Parsley

October 2017

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.

Low Sugar, Low Starch Diets for the High Performance Horse

September 2017

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.  

Tying Up in Horses

September 2017

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. 

Green Barley Grass

September 2017

Biological Name: Hordeum vulgare. Parts Used: Young sprouting seeds.

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