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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.

Study Reveals High Starch Diet can Affect PPID Diagnosis

March 2018

New research, conducted in collaboration with SPILLERS®, has shown the equine diet and, more specifically, a starch rich food, can influence adrenocorticotropin hormone or ‘ACTH’. This could potentially lead to an incorrect disease diagnosis in some horses when ACTH is used to test for Pituitary Pars Intermedia Dysfunction (PPID).  The threshold values for diagnosis of the disease currently vary dependent on the season, but these new findings suggest that diet should also be considered1. 

Are You Adding Salt to Your Horse’s Diet? You should!

February 2018

An average 500kg horse has a daily requirement of 10g of sodium and 40g of chloride on a cool day with no work (NRC, 2007).  Bump the work level up to moderate and those requirements increase to 17.8g and 53.3g respectively, and this does not account for hot weather.  These two electrolytes are critical to the function of numerous cellular processes within your horse’s body - and, for that matter, yours as well! Salt’s role in the horse’s body

Rescue Remedy

February 2018

Name: Rescue Remedy - Five Flower Essence Description: Dr Edward Bach’s five flower formula, known as ‘Rescue Remedy’, is for use in any emergency situation where there is fear, panic, anxiety, shock, emotional upset, trauma or distress of any kind. It brings a sense of calm reassurance and comfort to help better cope with life’s upheavals - whatever they may be. It is for emotions, fear, uncertainty, lack of interest, loneliness, oversensitivity, despair and over concern.  The uses of Rescue Remedy are virtually limitless.  

Feed Balancers: Does Your Horse Need Them?

December 2017

Many horse owners understand the importance of supplementation. We know hay and pasture alone does not provide horses with a balanced ratio of vitamins and minerals. We also know these are included in commercial feeds, but is buying a bag of feed from the produce store enough? We ask Larissa Bilston to answer the frequently asked questions on the role of feed balancers, which are commonly sold as pellets. She explains when balancer pellets are needed to supplement the diet, and why they are a more efficient and cheaper option, despite their price.

Feeding Your Horses in Summer

December 2017

In Australia and the tropics of Asia, horses endure severe extremes in temperature and humidity. This can dramatically affect their health and performance if not managed correctly. High temperature, high humidity, lack of air movement, poor ventilation, dehydration and exposure to direct sunlight all increase the danger of serious heat and heat-related problems for humans and horses alike. Horses are no exception, especially when they are expected to perform at intense levels. Anhidrosis


December 2017

Biological name: Verbena Officialis Parts used: Aerial parts Contains: Alkaloids, bitters, citral, geranoil, glycosides, iridiods, limonene, minerals, mucilage, phosphates, saponins, tannins, verbenin, verbenalin and volatile oils.

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


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).


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