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Nutrition

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. 

Chlorella

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 www.barastochorse.com.au.

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?

Beef Casserole

July 2016

Beef Casserole

Dandelion

July 2016

Name: Dandelion Biological name: Taraxacum officinale Parts used: Whole plant (roots and leaves).

Can Super Fibres Fuel Performance?

July 2016

Last month, Karen Richardson discussed the digestive and fermentation characteristics of ‘super fibre’ products (i.e. haylage, sugarbeet pulp, soyhulls) that make them more energy-dense than other fibrous products, such as hay and chaff. This month, she investigates whether super fibres have what it takes to fuel hard working performance and racing horses.

Does Soaking Hay Really Reduce Carbohydrate Content?

July 2016

Hay is the primary component of the equine diet. In recent years, with the increased incidence of metabolic disorders, such as laminitis and insulin resistance, the carbohydrate content of hay has come into question.  Pasture-associated laminitis is currently thought to be a sequel to over-consumption of certain carbohydrate fractions in forages, potentially associated with the development of chronic metabolic disorders, such as insulin resistance, especially in overweight animals.  Water soluble carbohydrates (WSC), in particular, are the predominant culprits in most grass forages.

Are Pectin-Lecithin Supplements Effective in Preventing and Treating Ulcers?

July 2016

In this article, equine nutritionist Karen Richardson reviews the scientific research available to find out if the claims made by supplements based on pectin-lecithin complexes match their effectiveness in preventing and treating equine gastric ulcers (EGUS). Understanding phospholipids' protective role

Research-Based Nutrition with EquiFeast

June 2016

We would all love to think that everything we feed to our horses has been researched in great detail. Sadly, this is not even remotely true. Most of the effort by feed companies still revolves around unlocking the mysteries of starch, fats, protein and other forms of energy, while research into vitamins and minerals is really sparse.

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