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The Benefits of Slow Feeding Horses in Spring

Cameron Jensen - Monday, September 04, 2017

In many parts of Queensland, it feels like Spring has already arrived. A forage-first diet is essential for your horse’s health, wellbeing and performance. In this article, we discuss the benefits of slow feeding.

At the start of Spring, many horse owners take caution when returning their horses to pasture. For horses at risk of pasture-induced health problems, slow feeding is immensely important. However, slow feeding provides many positives to all horses, including those in work.

1. Healthy digestion

Above all, slow feeding promotes healthy digestion. In nature, horses graze up to 18 hours per day, promoting digestion and movement. Slow feeding allows horse owners to replicate this natural environment. This Spring, place slow feeding hay nets in multiple locations around the paddock.

2. Reduced stress

Your horse’s natural grazing behaviours are also important for their mental wellbeing. Limiting any horse’s feed intake to one small meal a day promotes the release of cortisol — the stress hormone. Instead, slow feeding hay nets ensure forage is available at all times.

3. Weight management

Under no circumstances should food be withheld from horses. Even overweight horses must receive 1.5-2.5% of their bodyweight in low-NSC hay per day. Slow feeding has been shown to lower cortisol, stimulate metabolism and regulate insulin — for a healthier bodyweight.

4. Lowered risk of ulcers

Within just six hours of food deprivation, ulcers begin to form inside a horse’s stomach. Saliva buffers the stomach acid your horse produces 24 hours a day. By using slow feeding hay nets, your horse continuously chews, in turn, helping to prevent the formation of stomach ulcers.

5. Dental health

When you picture a horse grazing, what do you see? Slow feeding at ground level allows your horse to wear their teeth evenly and maintain their natural grazing position — a lowered head and neck, allowing maximum jaw movement.

6. Positive experience

As prey animals, horses prefer to eat outside in unrestricted environments. Otherwise, their peripheral vision is impaired. Slow feeding hay nets should be placed in open areas, so your horse will feel safe, confident and secure when eating.

7. Herd harmony

Horses benefit physically and psychologically when kept in herds. However, meal times can often encourage dominant behaviours. When spaced apart, slow feeding hay nets allow all members of your herd to eat together.

At Running Cool, we genuinely care about your horse’s health and wellbeing. Our superior horse feed range supports your horse at every stage of life with well-balanced vitamins, minerals and protein for pleasure and performance. Click here to learn more.

 

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10 Ways to Protect Your Horse From Laminitis This Spring

Cameron Jensen - Monday, August 28, 2017

The arrival of Spring often strikes fear in the hearts of horse owners — and for good reason. A diagnosis of laminitis is devastating. Often, by the time a diagnosis is made, the hoof disease has already taken hold and management becomes a lifelong task. 

With the arrival of Spring just weeks away, we turn our attention to those horses most at risk. There’s much you can do this season to protect them. We share our top 10 tips.

Tip 1: Restrict high-energy Concentrate

Your horse’s diet should be designed specifically for their workload. Avoid overloading them with excess commercial horse feed by providing only the daily rations they need, matched to their caloric requirements for energy.

Tip 2: Remove sugars, add fats

If your horse is losing weight unexpectedly or their workload is set to increase with the start of Spring, give them energy with fats, not sugars. Fats in the form of oils can be safely added to your horse’s daily feed rations when additional calories are needed.

Tip 3: Store horse feed securely

If any horse has unrestricted access to commercial horse feeds, the consequences can be deadly. All horse feed should be stored in closed containers within a closed feed room that cannot be accessed easily by roaming horses.

Tip 4: Only make dietary changes gradually

When changing hays and commercial horse feeds, dietary changes must be made with care. Click here to learn more. However, if your horse is already fed Running Cool, feeds can be swapped without the need for a gradual approach.

Tip 5: Limit access to fresh Spring grass

Young, growing grass which appears in early Spring and following drought must be approached with caution. If your horse’s Winter diet has comprised mostly hay, allow them to graze for 15 minutes of grazing per day in the mornings, then increase steadily. Click here to learn more.

Tip 6: Test hay for starch and sugar

Just like pasture, hay may also contain high levels of non-structural carbohydrates (NCSs), including starch and sugar, that are responsible for pasture-induced, or endocrinopathic, laminitis. When changing hay sources, test a sample if your horse is particularly at risk.

Tip 7: Remain vigilant with preventive healthcare

Prevention is, by far, better than cure and this isn’t more true than in cases of laminitis. Regular de-worming, vaccinations and veterinary checks are paramount to protecting your horse from this potentially fatal disease.

Tip 8: Regularly trim and balance the hooves

Healthy hooves are a must when avoiding laminitis. Regardless of whether your horse is kept shod or barefoot, regularly trimming every 6-8 weeks will help to ensure their hooves remain healthy and any problems are detected early.

Tip 9: Support both hooves during lameness

If lameness arises at any time, both hooves must be supported. In many cases where the unaffected hoof is left unsupported, mechanical laminitis can occur as a result. Instead, both hooves should be considered.

Tip 10: Avoid hard ground when training or exercising

Excessive concussion can have adverse affects on your horse’s hooves. Particularly when cantering or galloping, riding over hard ground should be kept to an absolute minimum — if not avoided altogether.

At Running Cool, we genuinely care about your horse’s health and wellbeing. Our superior horse feed range supports your horse at every stage of life with well-balanced vitamins, minerals and protein for pleasure and performance. Click here to learn more.

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How to Safely Transition Your Horse to Spring Pasture

Cameron Jensen - Monday, August 14, 2017

As Winter becomes Spring, the transition to Spring pasture must be managed with care. A gradual approach not only protects the health of your horses, but also promotes the health of your pastures — saving you energy, time and money. 

Healthy horses

Your horse’s digestive system is designed to process fibre, including hay and pasture. However, there are vast differences between these two fibrous feed sources, including moisture content. While hay is comprised of approximately 15% moisture, pasture usually holds 85% moisture.

Being a hindgut fermenting herbivore, rapid changes from hay to pasture can wreak havoc on microbial populations in the digestive system — often leading to toxin absorption, digestive upset and even colic. Instead, gradual dietary changes give microbial populations time to adjust.

Healthy pastures

A slow introduction to Spring pasture takes into account your pasture’s growth phase. At 7-10cm, grazing can radically diminish photosynthesis, leaving plants depleted and with only shallow root structures; in turn, allowing harmful plant species, such as weeds, to take hold.

Pastures should only be grazed when above 15-20cm in height. When pastures reduce to 7-10cm, grazing must cease to prevent over-grazing. While you wait for pasture to grow, your horse can be moved to another pasture or given continuous free-choice hay on a dry lot.

Spring grazing strategy

To protect the health of your horses and your pastures, there are some simple steps you can follow this Spring.

  1. When the grass reaches 15-20cm in height, allow your horse to graze for 15 minutes per day, preferably in the morning when non-structural carbohydrate (NSC) content is lowest.
  1. As your horse is introduced to Spring pasture, continue to feed them their normal hay diet. A forage-first diet, supported by a well-balanced concentrate, such as Running Cool, is imperative for every horse, regardless of age, breed, use and workload.
  1. Gradually increase grazing time by 15 minutes each day, until your horse is grazing for 4-5 hours consecutively. By then, your horse can graze unrestricted.

Spring grass and health problems

However, caution must be taken for any horse pre-disposed or currently suffering from equine metabolic syndrome, laminitis or cushing’s disease. For these horses, pasture intake may need to remain minimal or be avoided altogether.

If you suspect your horse is at risk of any of these conditions, consult your veterinarian for their feeding recommendations.

At Running Cool, we genuinely care about your horse’s health and wellbeing. Our superior horse feed range supports your horse at every stage of life with well-balanced vitamins, minerals and protein for pleasure and performance. Click here to learn more.

 

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From Winter to Spring: 4 Tips for Feeding Your Horse

Cameron Jensen - Tuesday, August 08, 2017

As Winter becomes Spring, new nutrition challenges arise. But, with some forethought and planning this month, you can protect your horse’s health. In this article, we share four important tips when feeding your horse from Winter to Spring.

Tip 1: Manage pasture intake

The arrival of Spring is a particular concern for the insulin-resistant or laminitic horse, as grass growth is dramatically higher in fructans and water-soluble carbohydrates. However, even if your horse doesn’t require a dry lot or grazing muzzle, there are steps every horse owner should take.

For horses without access to pasture during Winter, the transition to grazing should be done slowly. If grass growth poses a risk on your property, horses should only be allowed to graze for short periods in the morning over the coming weeks.

Tip 2: Monitor body condition

During Winter, temperature and workload can effect horses differently. While some horses gain weight over Winter due to lack of exercise, other horses lose weight keeping warm. Before jumping into your horse’s Spring diet, you must first assess body condition.

When evaluating your horse’s body condition, it’s always best to seek the advice of your veterinarian or a qualified equine nutritionist. Only with an unbiased and accurate condition score can you make the necessary changes to increase or decrease your horse’s caloric intake safely.

Tip 3: Consider quality concentrates

At the start of Spring, many horse owners are eager to bring their horses back into work. If your horse’s workload increases, their energy requirements also go up. A quality horse feed, such as Running Cool, will provide them with the essential protein, vitamins and minerals they need.

However, care must be taken when choosing the right horse feed for your horse. A qualified equine nutritionist will help you assess workload and body condition to ensure you select a well-balanced horse feed that will maintain ideal body condition.

Tip 4: Protect against dehydration

As the weather warms, hydration must remain a top priority. Every horse should have unlimited access to fresh, clean drinking water, and be offered additional water following exercise and transport. Your water sources should also be checked regularly for signs of contamination.

At Running Cool, we genuinely care about your horse’s health and wellbeing. Our superior horse feed range supports your horse at every stage of life with well-balanced vitamins, minerals and protein for pleasure and performance. Click here to learn more.

 

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The Role of Nutrition on Horse Behaviour: Part 3

Cameron Jensen - Monday, July 31, 2017

 

Creating a diet for your horse begins by assessing their age, breed, workload and overall health. But, what about when your horse’s feed ration is unbalanced, leading to unexpected and unwanted behaviours?

In our new series on the role of nutrition on horse behaviour, we explore this further…

Every horse is an individual and your horse’s diet should be specifically formulated for them. It’s important you continue to pay attention to their nutrition throughout life as their caloric needs may change — at different times of year, when their workload increases and as they age.

Encountering unexpected — and certainly unwanted — behaviours can be challenging. While some behaviours are mild, such as difficulty when tacking up, other behaviours can be downright dangerous, like rearing, bucking and spooking under saddle.

As a horse owner, it’s important you don’t jump to any conclusions too quickly. Your horse isn’t necessarily trying to be “stubborn” or “nasty”; in fact, they’re often trying to tell you an important message — and it’s up to each of us to listen.

Remember, unexpected behaviours can be linked to a number of causes. Before making any changes to your horse’s diet, you should have them assessed by your veterinarian to ensure pain or an underlying health problem isn’t the cause.

If these possibilities have already been eliminated, it’s time to consider their diet.

Diet and Feed Management

In Part 1 and 2 of our series, we recommended simple dietary changes you can make for your horse when you consider their age and workload. A forage-first diet, high in fibre, low in sugar, is fundamental for health, wellbeing and performance — and good behaviour.

But, what if your feed ration is correct and your feed management is wrong? There are a number of common mistakes horse owners make at feed time, particularly when feeding performance horses whose diets demand higher energy. These include:

  • Providing too much feed in one sitting. It’s imperative that each serving of feed doesn’t exceed 2kg. Ideally, your horse should receive the full ration across two or more meals per day to ensure their digestive tract isn’t overloaded all at once.
  • Focusing on grain and concentrate, without providing enough forage. Fibre is the most important ingredient in your horse’s diet. Without adequate forage, including pasture and hay, undigested starch from grain and concentrate disrupts the normal fermentation process.

Together, these feeding mistakes can lead to irritation, inflammation and pain in the hindgut — sometimes exhibited as mild colic signs. However, other problems can occur, including unwanted behaviours, such as:

  • Unwillingness to work
  • Loss of appetite
  • Chewing of fences or other surfaces

However, when the right type and amount of feed is given, your horse’s health, wellbeing and performance benefit. If you still have questions about your horse’s diet, speak with a qualified equine veterinarian or nutritionist. To learn more about our Running Cool range, please call (07) 4666 3366 or visit www.runningcool.com.au.

At Running Cool, we genuinely care about your horse’s health and wellbeing. Our superior horse feed range supports your horse at every stage of life with well-balanced vitamins, minerals and protein for pleasure and performance. Click here to learn more.

 

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The Role of Nutrition on Horse Behaviour: Part 2

Cameron Jensen - Monday, July 24, 2017

 

Creating a diet for your horse begins by assessing their age, breed, workload and overall health. But, what about when your horse’s feed ration is unbalanced, leading to unexpected and unwanted behaviours?

In our new series on the role of nutrition on horse behaviour, we explore this further…

Every horse is an individual and your horse’s diet should be specifically formulated for them. It’s important you continue to pay attention to their nutrition throughout life as their caloric needs may change — at different times of year, when their workload increases and as they age.

Encountering unexpected — and certainly unwanted — behaviours can be challenging. While some behaviours are mild, such as difficulty when tacking up, other behaviours can be downright dangerous, like rearing, bucking and spooking under saddle.

As a horse owner, it’s important you don’t jump to any conclusions too quickly. Your horse isn’t necessarily trying to be “stubborn” or “nasty”; in fact, they’re often trying to tell you an important message — and it’s up to each of us to listen.

Remember, unexpected behaviours can be linked to a number of causes. Before making any changes to your horse’s diet, you should have them assessed by your veterinarian to ensure pain or an underlying health problem isn’t the cause.

If these possibilities have already been eliminated, it’s time to consider their diet.

Diet and Age

As your horse ages, you’ll need to re-consider their dietary needs. But, for now, let’s turn our attention to the young, nervous horse. These horses in their early stages of training are often mild and obedient at home, but in new environments become increasingly anxious.

For most young horses, they’ll develop confidence over time as they continue encountering novel experiences. But, with some simple dietary changes, life can become much simpler — and set your young horse up for lifelong health.

A study conducted by Dr Jan Bowman at Montana State University studied 12 young Quarter Horses at the beginning of training. Each horse was trained five days a week; one group received a hay-only diet (grass/alfalfa), while the other also received two kilograms of sweet feed per day.

During training, each horse wore a pedometer and heart rate monitor, so they could be easily scored for obedience and separation anxiety. As you may expect, the results linked high levels of sugar to nervous behaviours.

In contrast to the horses on a hay-only diet, the horses given sweet feed were:

  • Livelier
  • Less obedient
  • More resistant to being saddled
  • More inclined to buck and run
  • More anxious when separated
  • More inclined to vocalise

By reducing the amount of sugar in your horse’s diet, you will notice positive changes in behaviour. A forage-first diet, high in fibre, is ideal for every horse, regardless of their age. For those in training or competition, energy should be supplied in the form of fat and fibre, instead of grain.

At Running Cool, we genuinely care about your horse’s health and wellbeing. Our superior horse feed range supports your horse at every stage of life with well-balanced vitamins, minerals and protein for pleasure and performance. Click here to learn more.

 

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The Role of Nutrition on Horse Behaviour: Part 1

Cameron Jensen - Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Creating a diet for your horse begins by assessing their age, breed, workload and overall health. But, what about when your horse’s feed ration is unbalanced, leading to unexpected and unwanted behaviours? 

In our new series on the role of nutrition on horse behaviour, we explore this further…

Every horse is an individual and your horse’s diet should be specifically formulated for them. It’s important you continue to pay attention to their nutrition throughout life as their caloric needs may change - at different times of year, when their workload increases and as they age.

Encountering unexpected - and certainly unwanted - behaviours can be challenging. While some behaviours are mild, such as difficulty when tacking up, other behaviours can be downright dangerous, like rearing, bucking and spooking under saddle.

As a horse owner, it’s important you don’t jump to any conclusions too quickly. Your horse isn’t necessarily trying to be “stubborn” or “nasty”; in fact, they’re often trying to tell you an important message - and it’s up to each of us to listen.

Remember, unexpected behaviours can be linked to a number of causes. Before making any changes to your horse’s diet, you should have them assessed by your veterinarian to ensure pain or an underlying health problem isn’t the cause.

If these possibilities have already been eliminated, it’s time to consider their diet.

Diet and Workload

The purpose of your horse’s diet is to supply them with the energy and nutrients they need. When considering your horse’s caloric requirements, you must first evaluate their workload. As your horse’s workload increases from light, to moderate, to strenuous, they’ll require more energy.

However, there are two common reasons for unexpected behaviours that can be linked to diet and workload. These are:

  • Providing your horse with too much energy for their workload
  • Providing your horse with energy from carbohydrates, instead of fibre

A study conducted by Dr Nell Davidson et al. entitled ‘The effects of diet and exercise on the behaviour of stabled horses’ compared the behaviour of two groups of horses, maintained on different diets (forage/grain vs forage) and exercise regimes (light vs strenuous).

It should come as no surprise the horses given the forage/grain diet and only light exercise demonstrated the highest levels of restless behaviours when stabled and the highest levels of uncooperative behaviours when handled.

Quite simply, these horses were fed more calories than they utilised. If your horse is on a light exercise regime, they should be given a forage-first diet, high in fibre, supported by a balanced concentrate to ensure they receive the right blend of vitamins and minerals.

For those horses on a moderate to strenuous exercise regime, grain should be replaced with fat and fibre in their forage-first diet. Horses should also be given the opportunity to exercise and socialise with others. Keeping them at pasture supports both health and wellbeing.

At Running Cool, we genuinely care about your horse’s health and wellbeing. Our superior horse feed range supports your horse at every stage of life with well-balanced vitamins, minerals and protein for pleasure and performance. Click here to learn more.

 

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How to Keep Your Horse Warm in Winter

Cameron Jensen - Monday, July 10, 2017

For every degree below seven degrees celsius, the horse requires an additional 1% digestible energy in their diet to remain warm. In this article, we share several ways you can use nutrition to keep your horse warm this Winter.

The first question many horse owners ask is “What is the best source of digestible energy for warmth in Winter?” Unfortunately, some horse owners immediately assume concentrates are the solution considering their energy density. However, this is just not true.

Fibre, provided in roughage sources, like hay and pasture, remains the best dietary ingredient to promote warmth in cold weather. It does this in two unique ways, which we discuss below.

The Solution: Fibre

Heat production is a by-product of digesting fibre.

  1. Firstly, heat is produced during normal metabolic processes.
  2. Secondly, heat is produced when microbial fermentation occurs in the hindgut.

Therefore, feeding fibre will, in turn, help to keep your horse warm — and warmer than if you rely on concentrates alone. Concentrates simply don’t produce as much heat during digestion and microbial fermentation doesn’t even occur when horses are fed grains.

In addition to feeding a high-fibre diet, there are a few other simple strategies you can implement this Winter to keep your horse warm.

1. Provide warm water

Dehydration is still possible in Winter as many horses simply don’t consume enough. Your horse should have unlimited access to fresh, clean drinking water at all times. However, if the water temperature is too cold, it may discourage your horse from drinking.

In the paddock, bucket warmers and insulated water troughs are useful to keep the water at a more pleasant temperature. When offering water by hand, check the temperature of the water and heat it slightly if required.

2. Encourage daily movement

It should come as no surprise that movement will warm up your horse. Regular riding isn’t always possible in Winter and it isn’t necessarily required to keep your horse active. By far, the easiest way is to house your horse at pasture with other horses.

In addition to your riding routine, you can also try many fun exercises in-hand. Lunging opens up a whole array of fitness and flexibility exercises — from trot poles and cavalettis, to training gait and lead changes in both directions.

3. Build body condition

A healthy body condition and thick Winter coat will also help to keep your horse warm in Winter. Ideally, your horse should have a body condition score of six or seven in the lead up to Winter. If not, you may need to consider rugging to provide your horse with an extra layer of insulation.

For any horse below their ideal body condition score, a qualified equine nutritionist or your own veterinarian will be able to offer advice to build condition safely. Remain focused on the importance of forage throughout Winter. If pasture is scarce, quality hay will need to be provided.

At Running Cool, we genuinely care about your horse’s health and wellbeing. Our superior horse feed range supports your horse at every stage of life with well-balanced vitamins, minerals and protein for pleasure and performance. Click here to learn more.

 

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2 Steps for Feeding the Performance Horse

Cameron Jensen - Tuesday, July 04, 2017

The goal of any nutritional program is to provide a performance horse with a well-balanced diet that protects their health and supports them to reach their full athletic potential. In this article, we share the two steps for feeding your performance horse. 

It’s important to remember that nutrition doesn’t have to be complex. There are seven fundamental ingredients that every horse needs in their diet, regardless of their workload. These include:

  • Vitamins
  • Minerals
  • Fibre
  • Fats
  • Protein
  • Carbohydrates
  • Water

Step 1: A Well-Balanced Diet

For the performance horse — just like the pleasure horse — a diet is only truly well-balanced if it contains all of these ingredients. So, let’s explore these further:

  • Vitamins and Minerals: Vitamins and minerals have been grouped together to emphasise both are fundamental ingredients for sustaining performance. Without sufficient vitamins and minerals, even small deficiencies can limit your horse’s athletic potential. To learn more, click here.
  • Fibre: Fibre is arguably the most important ingredient in any horse’s diet. Every horse should receive a forage-first diet that is comprised primarily of roughage sources to assist in preventing dehydration, colic, gastric ulcers, behavioural problems, and more. To learn more, click here.
  • Fats: Fats, usually given in oil form, improve body condition, without promoting hot, fizzy behaviours typically associated with high-grain diets. Unsaturated fats, such as rice bran oil, provide your performance horse with readily digestible energy. To learn more, click here.
  • Protein: The amino acids that make up protein are the building blocks of your performance horse’s muscles, skin, hair and hooves. When supplied in the diet, high quality protein repairs tissue and maintains healthy coat and hoof condition. To learn more, click here.
  • Carbohydrates: Every performance horse requires energy, and both structural and non-structural carbohydrates play a role. In short, fibrous sources provide slow-release energy, while sugars and starches provide rapid-release energy. To learn more, click here.
  • Water: The importance of water cannot be overestimated. Every horse must have continuous access to fresh, cleaning drinking water to remain hydrated, including in Winter.

Step 2: Feeding Strategies for Performance

Throughout the day, your performance horse should have unlimited access to free-choice roughage, such as hay or pasture. When adding commercial horse feeds, such as Running Cool, you should consider their workload.

  • For performance horses in high intensity/short duration sports, their forage-first diet should be supported by carbohydrates for energy and protein for muscle repair, recovery and rebuilding.
  • For performance horses in low intensity/long duration sports, their forage-first diet should be supported by fats for improved body condition and fibre for slow-release energy.
  • For performance horses in moderate intensity/moderate duration sports, their forage-first diet will require a combination of carbohydrates, protein, fats and fibre, depending on the type of sport.

At Running Cool, we genuinely care about your horse’s health and wellbeing. Our superior horse feed range supports your horse at every stage of life with well-balanced vitamins, minerals and protein for pleasure and performance. Click here to learn more.

 

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8 Tips to Keep Your Horse Healthy During Transport

Cameron Jensen - Thursday, June 29, 2017

Even in Winter, time spent on the road can deplete your horse’s energy, hydration and health. In this article, we share eight useful tips to ensure your horse stays healthy wherever you’re travelling this season.

Tip 1: Protect your horse’s health

Transporting your horse to another location, by its very nature, will expose them to health risks, including infectious diseases. Prior to travel, ensure your horse is vaccinated against the major threats, including herpes, strangles, hendra and tetanus.

Tip 2: Bring your own equipment

If you’re taking your horse to a competition, you should exercise caution when using communal facilities, such as hoses. The easiest way to do this is to bring your own equipment, which will also make the new environment feel more familiar for your horse.

Tip 3: Continue normal routines

No matter how far you are from home, abrupt changes in your normal routine, especially feed times, should be avoided. Maintaining the same feeding schedule is critical for reducing stress and reducing the risk of colic.

Tip 4: Hang hay low

Inside the float, your horse should have continuous access to fresh, clean water and quality hay. To support their normal feeding position, hang hay below head height - being mindful of any potential hazards. If your horse suffers from a respiratory condition, consider soaking hay prior to travel.

Tip 5: Monitor your horse’s vitals

Just like at home, you should regularly check your horse’s vital signs, including temperature, heart and respiratory rate, and hydration status. Keep an eye on your horse’s urine and manure output when on the road as well, as dehydration can quickly lead to impaction colic.

Tip 6: Limit contact with other horses

If your horse is arriving on a new property, you should allow up to two weeks for quarantine. This minimises the introduction of new infections and parasites, and gives your horse time to adjust. When at competitions, try to limit direct contact with other horses.

Tip 7: Disinfect your equipment

Following travel, it’s advised to wash down and disinfect any equipment, including your horse’s float, to protect any horses at home from new infections. And, as a bonus, your gear will also be ready to packing next time you hit the road.

Tip 8: Watch your horse’s temperature

Once your horse is back home and settled after their journey, you should continue to check their rectal temperature twice daily for one week. An increased temperature is often one of the first signs of pleuropneumonia (travel sickness).

At Running Cool, we genuinely care about your horse’s health and wellbeing. Our superior horse feed range supports your horse at every stage of life with well-balanced vitamins, minerals and protein for pleasure and performance. Click here to learn more.

 

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