Feeding Horses for Coat Health

A full, shiny coat not only signifies health and vitality, but it can help your horse stand out in the competition arena this show season. With a few simple daily steps, you can bring out the best in your horse’s coat. Many of us know that nutrition plays a huge part in the health of our horses’ skin, coat and hooves. If you’re looking to support your horse’s health and give their coat that added shine, follow these five steps to a healthier, shinier coat. 1. Select high quality forage Lucerne and other legume forages are rich in protein, helping…
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Managing Mares and Stallions During Spring

In the southern hemisphere, the breeding season is well and truly underway with the arrival of Spring. In this article, we share the essentials of mare and stallion care during Spring, including their nutrition, handling and health. Nutrition  A balanced diet, rich in amino acids, vitamins and minerals, is the first step to supporting your mare or stallion this breeding season. Your horse’s daily ration is vital to supporting breeding success – providing your stallion with cool energy for breeding and your mare with nutrients for pregnancy. However, like any horse, mares and stallions must be carefully managed if encountering lush…
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Common Horse Nutrition Mistakes During Spring

During Spring, there are higher risks associated with fast grass growth. However, incorrect pasture management and prolonged turnout time aren’t the only common mistakes. In this article, we outline three avoidable feeding errors so you can easily navigate around them. Mistake 1: Not assessing body condition Regularly assessing your horse’s body condition is a fundamental part of a well-balanced diet and exercise regime year-round. However, in Spring, the rapid growth of lush pasture makes body condition scoring even more critical. Many horses are relatively inactive during Winter, often spending large periods paddocked or stabled. Because of this, some horses will gain…
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Managing Your Horse During Spring Grass Growth

With the arrival of Spring, the risk for digestive disease and metabolic disorders can increase as your horse consumes lush Spring pasture. In this article, we discuss three simple management strategies you can implement to avoid these health risks. In Spring, cool-season grasses grow rapidly and can accumulate high amounts of non-structural carbohydrates (NSCs) – namely sugars, starches and fructans; predisposing your horse to acute digestive disease, such as colic, or chronic metabolic disorders, such as laminitis.      Following a Winter season on sparse pasture or hay, your horse’s digestive tract is unaccustomed to these levels, resulting in the death…
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