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Nutrition

Aloe Vera

May 2016

Name: Aloe Vera Biological Name: Aloe barbadensis Parts Used: The aloe vera extract is made by pulverising the whole leaves of the plant. Aloe vera juice is generally made from the inner leaf only.

Gastric Ulcers in Horses: Treatment & Prevention

May 2016

Endoscopic procedure reveals nearly 90% of examined racehorses and up to 60% of performance horses have gastric ulcers. Many trainers discuss with their veterinarian or nutritionist their horses are just not performing, not eating up and just don’t look right. The problem, pure and simple, could be gastric ulcers.  The story is not unique; it can be told for an estimated 90% of racehorses. They are suffering from equine gastric ulcer syndrome (EGUS), which is an ulceration, moderate to severe, of the oesophageal, gastric or duodenal mucosa. 

Can Super Fibres Fuel Performance Horses?

May 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.

White Willow

April 2016

Name: White Willow  Biological Name: Salix alba Parts Used: Bark and leaves Contains: Abutin, bioflavonoids, calcium, carbohydrates, esters, fats, fibre, iron, magnesium, manganese, methyl salicylate, mucilage, phenolic glycosides, phosphorus, potassium, protein, resins, salicylic acid (precursor to aspirin), natural salicylates, salicin, salicortine catechin, selenium, sodium, tannins, vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B6 (high), C, volatile oils and zinc.

Feeding for Weight Gain, brought to you by HyGain Feeds

April 2016

How to feed horses for weight gain is a commonly asked question. Some horses do not maintain their bodyweight easily and it can prove a real challenge to keep them at an ideal weight. Ultimately, your horse’s ribs should not be visible, but they should be easily felt if you run your hand along your horse’s side. 

Effects of Soaking Hay on Nutrient Content and Hygiene Quality

April 2016

Soaking hay in water is a method commonly employed by horse owners to reduce the sugar content of hay and, for many people with horses diagnosed with laminitis, insulin resistance, polysaccharide storage myopathy (PSSM) or obesity, soaking hay in water may have become a routine part of their daily horse-keeping duties. But, have you considered what the effects of soaking are on the hay’s nutrient profile and hygiene quality? Fortunately for us, some researchers from the United States and United Kingdom have done just that.

What's Super about Super Fibres?

April 2016

You may be familiar with 'super fibre' products, such as sugarbeet pulp, soyhulls and haylage, but what makes these products stand out as superior sources of digestible energy amongst their traditional forage counterparts hay and chaff? The short answer is they have been shown to be more digestible than hay, possess superior fermentation characteristics and, ultimately, are an excellent source of digestible energy.  Digestibility

Valerian

March 2016

Name: Valerian Biological Name: Valeriana Officinalis Parts Used: Roots. There is a species of valerian native to South America where the aerial parts are used. Contains: Aluminium, alkaloids, beta-caryphyllene, borneol, bornyl acetate calcium, camphene, carbohydrates, choline, essential oils, eugenol, fats, faurinols, fibres, flavonoids, fructose, glucose, gums, ionone, iridiods, iron, isovalerianic acids, magnesium, monoterpenes, phosphorus, pinene, potassium, protein, resins, sesquiterpenes, silica, sodium, sterols, sugars, tin, valerianic acid and valerianal.

Forage in Your Horse's Diet

March 2016

Forage, such as hay and pasture, is critical for the health and wellbeing of all horses. Understanding the design, function and reliance of the horse’s digestive system on forage is the first step in appreciating the critical value of forage. Knowledge of what’s in forage, the types and physical forms of forage, and importance of forage quality should be common for all horse owners.  Finally, understanding how much forage a horse requires per day is essential in properly feeding any horse. So, let’s get started learning about forages for horses. The digestive system

Research Review: Biotin and its Effects on the Hoof Wall

March 2016

Hoof wall (or horn) problems, such as thin, brittle walls, flakiness, cracks, or soft and crumbly white line inevitably mean lost shoes, hoof tenderness affecting gait, performance issues and susceptibility to infections. Owners often turn to biotin supplements to improve hoof problems, but is there evidence of its effect? Karen Richardson reviews the research...

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