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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 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, by HyGain Feeds

February 2014

How to feed horses for weight gain is a commonly asked question. 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 that their horse hasn’t got enough top line. This is achieved through the horse working in a manner that strengthens muscles in the back and the correct diet of quality protein, which helps to build muscle.

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

Feeding the Senior Horse

May 2018

The nutritional management of the senior horse is challenging as there is no set criteria that defines ‘old age’ or the ‘senior’ horse. The nutrient requirements of senior horses differ from other classes of horses because of the changes in metabolic and digestive efficiency that accompany the aging process. It is not uncommon to hear of individual horses in their upper 20’s or early 30’s. Why are horses living so long? 

Eucalyptus

May 2018

Name: Eucalyptus Biological Name: Eucalyptus gobulus Parts Used: Leaves Contains: Aroladendrene, azulenes, cineole, camphene, cymeme, globulol, limonene, menthol, menthone, menthoside, phellandrene, phenolic acid, pinene, pinocarvone, rosmarinic acid and triterpenes.

Benefits of Feeding Fats to Horses

April 2018

Enhancing horse productivity and wellbeing has drawn considerable interest in feeding fat supplemented diets to horses. Much of this interest has been prompted by a significant amount of research on the subject over the last 10 years.  Whilst several unknown aspects of specific fatty acid nutrition in the horse still exist, the caloric and some extra caloric effects of feeding fats to horses are well documented. 

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