Feeding Horses to Reduce Equine Gastric Ulcer Syndrome

Research into equine gastric ulcer syndrome has found that up to 90% of racehorses and 60% of performance horses suffer from gastric ulcers, mild to severe, at some point during their careers. However, correct feeding practices can reduce the risk to your horse. Before we delve into how you can use correct feeding practices to protect your horse’s digestive system against gastric ulcers, let’s first examine the risk factors your horse may be exposed to. Gastric ulcers are commonly caused by: Strenuous training Lack of turnout time Lack of turnout time with other horses Exercising on an empty stomach Certain…
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10 Common Horse Feeding Mistakes

A nutritionally balanced diet is imperative to your horse’s health, wellbeing and performance. In this article, we outline the 10 most common horse feeding mistakes that you should avoid for the benefit of your horse. 1. Incorrect diet Every horse is an individual and a nutritionally balanced diet considers factors such as: Workload Health problems Weight Age Metabolism Season 2. Over-feeding or under-feeding Your horse’s daily ration should be measured based on their weight, so as to avoid over-feeding or under-feeding. Close attention should be paid to their body condition throughout the year as you may need to make changes…
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Feeding Horses During Transport

It’s show season and that means your horse will spend more time on the road. Travelling is physically and mentally demanding for horses, but proper nutrition and feeding practices can support them. We outline what do before, during and after travel for optimum health. Before travel Before you require your horse to travel, they should be healthy, in good physical condition and maintained on a nutritionally-balanced, forage-first diet. Even short trips deplete your horse’s energy. Ensure you have fresh water and quality hay hanging low at their head during transit. Any long-distance journey above four hours requires more intensive preparation…
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Feeding Horses for Hoof Health

Your horse’s hooves provide quite an accurate snapshot of their overall health. There are several elements that impact upon hoof health, including hoof care, season, exercise and nutrition. In this article, we’re focusing on the importance of nutrition for healthy hooves. Just like their coat, your horse’s hooves can tell us much about the status of their health. While it may take longer for hooves to show the signs of ill health – sooner or later, your horse’s hooves will have much to say. As such, a well-balanced diet is important for every part of their body. Forage first The…
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5 Health Problems Your Horse’s Coat Shows

If your horse’s coat could talk, it would be able to tell you about some important health issues. Your horse’s coat health is directly influenced by their overall health and diet. In this article, we outline five common health issues indicated by poor coat health.  1. Parasites Any horse burdened by internal or external parasites will have a rough, dull coat. Internal parasites, like worms, compete for nutrients from your horse’s diet, depleting skin and coat health. Biting insects often leave scabs or blisters on the skin, leading to irritation and poor coat condition. 2. Fungal infections While shedding is…
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