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Nutrition

Let's Talk About Poo

November 2017

Anyone who has ever had to look after a horse for any length of time knows that they produce a lot of manure. In fact, a 500kg horse defecates about 4-13 times a day, producing 15.5 to 22.5kg of faeces and urine daily, which adds up to 8 metric tons a year! While those unfamiliar to horses might think finding no poop in the stall in the morning would be a Godsend, for those of us with horses, such an occurrence is a nightmare we hope to never experience. The ideal poo

Thyme

November 2017

Biological Name: Thymus Vulgaris. Parts Used: Leaves and flowering tops. Contains: Apigenin, biotin, bitters, caffeic, camphene, carvacrol, cymene, flavonoids (naringenin, thymonin and others), luteolin, methylchavicol, organic acids, rosmarinic acid, triterpenoids, tannins, terpinene, thuyanol, vitamins B1 and B2, and volatile oils (thymol, cymol, cineole, linalool, borneol, geraniol, pinene and others).

Understanding Obesity

October 2017

Obesity has been defined as a medical condition in which excess body fat has accumulated to the extent that it may have an adverse effect on health, leading to reduced life expectancy and increased health problems. Now, let’s talk about equines specifically.

Parsley

October 2017

Biological Name: Petroselinum crispum. Parts Used: Leaves, seeds and roots. Contains: The leaves contain bioflavonoids, calcium, chlorophyll, copper, enzymes, fatty acids, iron, magnesium, manganese, potassium, selenium, sodium, vitamins A (rich), B complex, C but it only has trace amounts of B3 and D. The seeds contain apiole, beta carotene, bioflavonoids, calcium, coumarins, glycosides, histidine, iron, limonene, myristicin, potassium, protein and vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, C and K. The roots contain bergaptene, beta carotene, calcium, iron, potassium and vitamins A, B1, B2, C and K.

Low Sugar, Low Starch Diets for the High Performance Horse

September 2017

High performance diets have historically been based on a cereal grain ration fed with roughage.  The high level of sugar and starches in the grains provide energy for the horse to perform, but it can come with complications.  

Tying Up in Horses

September 2017

Exertional Rhabdomyolysis, Tying Up, Azoturia, Monday Morning Sickness and Poly Saccharide Storage Myopathy are all names of common muscle metabolism problems.  The scientific name for tying up is rhabdomyolysis, which simply translated means muscle (‘rhabdo’) breakdown (‘lysis’). The causes are several, but the result is the same - muscle cramping. 

Green Barley Grass

September 2017

Biological Name: Hordeum vulgare. Parts Used: Young sprouting seeds.

Can regular mowing protect from laminitis?

September 2017

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 in Your Horse’s Diet

August 2017

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

Golden Seal

August 2017

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.

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