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Nutrition

Effect of Soaking Hay on Nutrient Content and Hygiene Quality

December 2018

Soaking hay in water to reduce the sugar content of hay is very common and, for many people with horses diagnosed with laminitis, insulin resistance, polysaccharide storage myopathy (PSSM) or obesity, it's become a routine part of their daily horse-keeping duties. But, have you considered what the effects of soaking are on the hay’s nutrient profile and hygiene quality?

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 for Coat Health

December 2018

Everyone wants to see their horses with a sleek, glowing coat and not only for aesthetic reasons, but also because the quality of a horse’s hair coat is directly related to his overall health. Providing the horse with plenty of roughage and a balanced diet along with an effective parasite control regime, sufficient exercise and grooming is imperative when striving for a healthy coat.

4-Step Guide to Safe Weight Gain

December 2018

Is your horse showing a bit more rib than you like to see? Is he or she losing the fat layer along the spine that is often referred to as topline? Have you tried everything, but your horse never seems to gain weight? In this article, nutritionist Larissa Bilston explains the first four steps to improving your horse’s condition in a safe and sustainable way. It’s about the calories

Equine Gastric Ulcers: Management and Prevention

November 2018

In this article, Dr Emanuela Valle a researcher and veterinary consultant in Torino, Italy, explains the role of diet and behaviour in the prevention and management of equine gastric ulcers.

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.

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