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December 2016

Name: Arnica Biological Name: Arnica montana Parts Used: Dried flowers Contains: Arnicin, bitters, carotenoids, flavonoids, glycosides alkaloid, inulin, isobutyric ester of phlorol, lactones, mucilage, resin, polysaccharides, sesquiterpene lactones, tannins, thymol and thymohydroquinone dimethl ether.

2016 EWEN Research: The Effect of Flavour and Odour on Horse Diet

December 2016

Founder of MB Equine Services, Mariette van den Berg, travelled in June to Europe to attend two very special equine science conferences - the European Workshop on Equine Nutrition (EWEN) and the International Society for Equitation Science (ISES) Conference.  

Feeding Horses with Equine Metabolic Syndrome

December 2016

When horses were originally domesticated, they endured heavy workloads. These activities required a high energy output and, therefore, additional calories in the form of cereal grains. More recently, horses have decreasing exercise output, accompanied by an increase in high calorie diets, resulting in several metabolic issues becoming prevalent. Equine metabolic syndrome

Super Fibres and Hydration

December 2016

Horses can become dehydrated for a number of reasons... For example, during Summer when the weather is hot and horses naturally sweat more, or during Winter when the water may be too cold to drink. Additionally, horses may be required to travel substantial distances to competition venues and, during or following travel, horses may exhibit signs of stress, such as sweating. During outings, horses may not consume adequate water and feed intake may also be restricted leading to varying degrees of dehydration.


October 2016

Name: Feverfew Biological Name: Tanacetum parthenium Parts Used: Aerial parts Contains: Alpha-pinene, bitter, calcium, carbohydrates, camphor, costic acid, essential oils, farnesene, fats, fibre, flavonoids, germacrene, glycosides, monoterpenes, pinene, phosphorus, potassium, protein, pyrethrin, sesquiterpene lactones (rich, mainly parthenolide), tannins and volatile oil.

Effects of Dietary Starch on Equine Behaviour

October 2016

It is not uncommon for horse owners to supplement their horse’s diet with ‘calming products’ to curb unwanted, over-reactive and potentially dangerous behaviours. There is no question that a population of horses are overly sensitive or over-reactive to certain situations, and these horses may have ‘imbalances’, which supplements can help to correct.


October 2016

Name: Spirulina Biological Name: Spirulina Arthrospra Plantensis Parts Used: Whole plant

Red Clover

August 2016

Name: Red clover Biological Name: Trifolium pratense Parts Used: Flowers Contains: Bioflavonoids, benzyl alcohol, calcium, carbohydrates, chromium, cobalt (high), copper (high), coumarins, cyanogencic glycosides, fatty acids, iron (rich), isoflavons, magnesium, manganese, menthyl salicylate, molybdenum (in the blossoms), phenolic glycosides, phosphorus, potassium, proteins, resin, salicylate acids, sitosterol, sodium, starch, vitamins A, B complex, C, E and K.

Feeding Foals, Weanlings and Yearlings

August 2016

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. 


August 2016

Name: Chlorella Biological name: Chlorella pyrenoidosa Parts used: Whole plant (algae).


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