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Nutrition

Beyond Genetics: The Importance of Foetal Nutrition

July 2018

When horses are bred to be ‘genetic superstars’, but fail to live up to their owners’ and trainers’ expectations, the questions that often arise are:   Did I choose the best bloodlines? Am I feeding my equine athlete all the recommended feeds and micro nutrients they require?  Have I got the best trainer, farrier, vet?  Do I need to have my horse regularly massaged or acupunctured?  The reality, however, is that it might be too late for your equine superstar... 

Feeding Foals, Weanlings and Yearlings, brought to you by Hygain Feeds

October 2018

Fewer topics in equine nutrition stir more controversy than feeding the growing horse. Many factors add to the confusion of providing nutrition throughout these critical stages of life. For example, growing horses may have different commercial end points. Some will be shown in halter futurities where maximum growth and condition are required at a young age. Others will be prepared for sale, also requiring a ‘well-grown’ individual and many will be kept on the farm to be used as replacement horses or future performance horses.

Enteroliths: Is Your Horse at Risk?

October 2018

Enteroliths are stones that can form in the large intestine (right dorsal colon) of the horse that may cause partial or complete blockage of the intestine. They are one of the many causes of colic in horses. This article reviews the dietary factors associated with the formation of enteroliths.

Lavender Essential Oil

September 2018

Name: Lavender Essential Oil Biological Name: Lavendula angustafolia     Parts Used: Flowering tops. Essential Oil Method of Extraction: Steam distillation. Essential Oil Scent: Classic, fresh, floral, slightly fruity, herbaceous and sweet. Constituents: Beta-caryophyllene, cineole, farnascene, lavandulol, lavandulyl acetate, linalyl acetate, linalool, ocimene and terpinenol.

Drought Feeding

August 2018

The most difficult and important factor in feeding horses during drought is providing all the roughage they need to maintain a healthy gut. What is roughage? The first rule of good horse nutrition is to feed plenty of roughage because the horse’s gut evolved to continuously ingest and digest the fibre contained in roughage.

Feeding During Drought

July 2018

Droughts are part of life for horse owners in Australia. Each drought brings its own set of difficulties. How well you survive drought will depend on the initial plan of action and the modifications undertaken to your strategy as the drought progresses. Planning and decision-making must be done early. If you leave your decisions until the drought worsens, many of the management options available early on may no longer be available to you. Prices for horses usually drop dramatically, agistment dries up, and feed and hay prices generally soar.

Mare and Foal Nutrition Impacts Lifelong Health

July 2018

Problems associated with excess body condition are well known among horse owners and include insulin resistance, laminitis, osteoarthritis and exercise intolerance. Recent research also shows the health of offspring of overweight mares may also be compromised. Studies show, for example, excess maternal nutrition during pregnancy can alter glucose and lipid (fat) metabolism in foals until 160 days of age, and another study reported a higher incidence of osteochondrosis (OC) in foals born to dams that were fed concentrates during gestation, rather than forage only.

Tea Tree

July 2018

Name: Tea Tree Essential Oil Biological Name: Melaleuca alternofolia Parts Used: Leaves and twigs Essential Oil Method of Extraction: Steam or water distillation Essential Oil Scent: Camphorus, earthy, fresh, herbaceous, powerful and woody. Constituents: Alpha-terpineol, alpha terpenene, beta-caryophyllene, cineole, cymene, pinene, sesquiterpenes, sesquiterpene alcohols and terpinen-4-ol.

Feeding for Weight Gain, brought to you by HyGain Feeds

June 2018

Some horses do not maintain their bodyweight easily and it can prove a real challenge to keep them at an ideal weight. Ultimately, your horse’s ribs should not be visible, but they should be easily felt if you run your hand along your horse’s side.  A common complaint from horse owners is their horse hasn’t got enough topline. This is achieved through the horse working in a manner that strengthens the muscles in their back and the correct diet of quality protein, which helps to build muscle. 

Walnut

June 2018

Name: Walnut Bach Flower Essence Biological Name: Juglans regia

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