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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).

Feeding the Fussy Eater in Winter, by Barastoc Feeds

August 2016

As we move into Winter, we need to prepare our older horses to maintain their health and condition through Winter to come into Spring in a healthy way. This preparation needs to combine both nutrition and management, especially if we have a fussy eater. To assess what condition our older horse is in, we need to assess its condition score and weight. There are numerous condition score charts online with example pictures to assist you in determining what condition score your horse is. One example can be found at

How to Choose the Right Feed

August 2016

Walking into a feed store can be a daunting experience with so many bags and brightly coloured packages to choose from. As you wander through the aisles of pallets stacked two and three high with all manner of feeds and supplements it becomes increasingly difficult to make a decision on which will be best for your horse. There are a few simple questions that you need to ask yourself in order to simplify the selection of the right feed for your horse. Question 1. What is the age of your horse?


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