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Nutrition

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

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. 

Wormwood

April 2018

Name: Wormwood Biological Name: Artemisia absinthium Parts Used: Leaves and flowering tops. Contains: Absinthol, azulenes, bitter sesquiterpenes, flavonoids, glycosides, isovaleric acid, lactones, lignans, minerals, organic acids, phenolic acid, sesquiterpene lactones (artabsin and anabsinthin), terpenes, thujone, trace elements, vitamins and volatile oils.

Feeding the 'Hot' and 'Fizzy' Horse

March 2018

Most horse owners have heard the terms ‘feeling their oats', ‘high’, ‘fizzy’, ‘hot’ and ‘hyper’ all used to describe the effect grain or certain feeds seem to have on the behaviour of some horses.  Does feeding management or individual feed ingredients really influence the behaviour of horses?  

Witch Hazel

March 2018

Name: Witch Hazel Biological Name: (Hamamelis virginiana) Parts Used: Young leaves, twigs and bark. Contains: Bioflavonoids, bitters, essential oils, gallic acid, gallotannins, proanthocyanins, resins, saponins, tannins and traces of volatile oil. Reported actions: Antihemorrhagic, antiinflammatory, astringent, drying effect on the skin, haemostatic, sedative, pain relieving, promotes regeneration of skin tissue, tonic, toning, tones uterus, vulnerary and speeds wound healing.

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