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Nutrition

Feeding for Joint Health

July 2017

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

Hops

July 2017

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.

Feeding Management Through Winter

May 2017

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. 

Rosemary

May 2017

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.

Blue Chip Equine Feed Balancers

April 2017

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?

Omega Feeds - All Natural Superfoods

April 2017

The team at Omega Feeds have scientifically formulated a range of horse feed products based on the goodness of the sunflower.  Sunflower seeds are the unsung superfood containing high-quality vitamins, minerals, cofactors and enzymes, which makes them an excellent addition to your horse’s diet! What makes their products even more unique is they take the sunflower seed, dehull it, and separate the fibre and fat components to create a product range that is more easily digestible and suitable for a variety of horses. 

Rice Bran Oil: Facts and Benefits

April 2017

Many surprising benefits have been attributed to the addition of fat to the equine diet and there are many oils available to the consumer - canola, maize, soybean and blends of these to name a few options available.  All have similar levels of energy and omega essential fatty acid profiles. Rice bran oil, in particular, has become quite a sought after product; not only for its high-energy value and essential fatty acid content, but also as rice bran oil is one of the few natural sources of gamma-oryzanol and ferulic acid.

How Protein Affects Performance

April 2017

Protein features frequently in discussions on feeding, nutrition and performance. Alternately feared and revered, protein is part of the bigger picture of conditioning and nutritional protocols that result in specific changes in body composition and performance.

Bergamot

April 2017

Name: Bergamot - essential oil. Biological Name: Citrus aurantium - supsp, bergamia. Parts Used: Fruit peel from the almost ripe fruit. Essential Oil Method of Extraction: Expression. Essential Oil Scent: Spicy citrus, slightly floral, fresh, light, sweet and warm. Constituents: A-pinene, a-terpineol, b-bisabolene, bergaptene, b-pinene, furocoumarins, geraniol, geraniol acetate, limonene, linalool, linalyl acetate, myrcene, nerol, neryl acetate, sesquiterpene alcohols and terpenes.

2016 EWEN Research: Acidosis and Laminitis: Identifying Horses at Risk

March 2017

In this Part Five of our exclusive report from the European Workshop on Equine Nutrition (EWEN), Dr Mariette van den Berg discusses a recent study by French researchers that evaluated if diet composition (specifically high-fibre or high-starch diets) can modulate the bacterial lipopolysaccharides (LPS) in equine faeces. This study provided valuable information to an area of research that aims to development a reliable and simple faecal test to identify those horses who are at risk of developing acidosis or laminitis.

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