How to Feed Horses to Avoid Colic

At times, feeding horses comes under debate, especially during discussions about colic. In this article, we explain when feeding horses may increase colic risk and how our Running Cool range works to avoid colic. A discussion on colic begins by understanding what colic is. Colic is a term used to describe any gastrointestinal pain in horses and it’s caused by many factors, including feeding. Remember, not only is what you feed important, but your overall feed management is critical to your horse’s health. Incorrect Feeding Practices There are several common scenarios horse owners may encounter where incorrect feeding practices are…
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5 Feeding Tips for Easy Keepers

Any horse owner with an easy keeper – a horse that can maintain or even gain weight on minimal food rations – knows how challenging feeding can be. In this article, we share five tips for maximum nutrition with minimal calories. Tip 1: Limit pasture intake Unrestricted pasture intake can place your easy keeper at unnecessary risk of weight gain, deadly hoof diseases and grass-induced disorders. There are several strategies you can implement for your horse, but it’ll depend on how they may be affected by pasture. For those easy keepers that can graze safely, pasture intake may be limited…
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The Importance of Electrolytes for Horses

Just as water needs to be replenished following high intensity exercise in hot weather, so too do lost electrolytes. In this article, we explain the role of electrolytes in your performance horse’s body and how they may be replenished during show season. Made up of sodium, chloride, potassium, calcium and magnesium, these vital minerals, lost in sweat, are responsible for conducting the body’s electrical impulses and regulating life-sustaining internal functions, including heartbeat. Usually, horses can replace lost electrolytes by eating and drinking normally, as electrolytes form part of a well-balanced diet. However, in hot conditions where horses are expected to…
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Feeding Your Horse During Show Season

During show season, we expect a lot from our equine athletes. Long-distance travel, interrupted feeding schedules and the stress of new environments can wreak havoc on their health and performance. In this article, we discuss show season nutrition. Without proper nutrition and hydration, we simply can’t expect our equine athletes to perform at their peak. The effects of a busy show schedule, combined with extended periods on the road, can be detrimental to our horse’s health, resulting in: Dehydration and increased risk of impaction colic Digestive imbalance, ulcers and colic Travel sickness Weight loss Fatigue Feeding For Performance At horse…
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