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.
Athletic competition often requires horses to run, jump, turn, start and stop - placing an enormous strain on the skeletal system. As such, a performance horse may fail to reach their athletic potential because of injuries and diseases of the joints, which are the most common causes of lameness. As joint problems can be a limiting factor in career longevity of athletic horses, care and maintenance of the joints are a major concern among horse owners. The equine joint
Name: Hops Biological Name: Humulus lupulus Parts Used: Strobile (the fruiting body) Contains: Amino acids, asparagine, beta acids, bitter, calcium, carbohydrates, choline, essential oils, fats, fibre, flavonoids, fructose, glucose, humulone, lupulone acids, magnesium, oestrogenic substance, resin, rutin, pectin, phosphorus, polyphenolic tannins, potassium, protein, quercetin, selenium, tannins, valerianic acid, vitamins A, B complex, C (rich), volatile oils and zinc.
During cold weather, the horse requires additional energy to maintain its internal body temperature and keep warm. The exact amount of energy depends on the severity and extent of the cold period.
Name: Rosemary Biological Name: Rosmarinus officinalis Parts Used: Flowering tops and leaves Contains: Alpha-thujone, beta-thujone, bioflavonoids, bitter, borneol, bornyl acetate, calcium, camphene, camphor, carbohydrates, cineole, diterpenes, essential oil, fats, fibre, iron, linalool, magnesium, phosphorus, pinene, octanone, potassium, protein, resins, rosmarinic acid, sodium, tannins, thymol, triterpenic acids and vitamin C.
What are equine feed balancers? A blend of highly bioavailable essential nutrients provided as multi-supplements in just one nutrient-dense product, and containing no whole cereals or molasses. Focusing on providing nutrients to support metabolic functions, and long-term overall health and wellbeing. Rather than a ‘one product suits all’ scenario, our feed balancers are tailored to suit different categories of equines, including overweight, underweight, performance and senior horses. What makes our equine feed balancers superior?