Formulating Your Horse’s Diet: Part 1 – Vitamins & Minerals

Nutrition is a fundamental part of your horse’s health, wellbeing and performance. In this new series, we discuss the components of correct nutrition to help you formulate a healthy, well-balanced diet for your performance horse or pony. In Part 1, we examine two of the most commonly overlooked ingredients that are vital to sustaining performance – vitamins and minerals. Vitamins and minerals play a critical role in growth, immune and reproductive function for all horses. Without an adequate daily intake of vitamins and minerals, deficiencies can rapidly deplete your horse’s health and performance. But, what exactly are vitamins and minerals?…
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Horse Nutrition: Part 2 – Deworming

Internal parasites, like worms, can wreak havoc on your horse’s health in many ways. Without effective deworming, these parasites compete for nutrients in the diet, leading to loss of condition and poor health. In this article, we explain the role of deworming.  It’s a fact that all horses co-exist with internal parasites. When restrained to small numbers, horses and parasites live in relative harmony. But, when left unchecked, parasite populations can expand rapidly with debilitating affects on your horse’s health. Frequent and effective deworming is the surest method to combat the threat of internal parasites. When done well, parasite burdens…
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Horse Nutrition: Part 1 – Dental Care

Feed time is often the first place where horse owners notice the signs of poor dental health. Without proper dentition, your horse is unable to chew, digest and absorb the vital nutrients in their diet. In this article, we explain the role of the dental care. In contrast to humans, your horse’s teeth continue to erupt throughout their life – much like an eraser can be pushed through the sleeve when it becomes too short. For this reason, every horse must receive at least one dental examination each year. Horses have evolved to process high amounts of dietary fibre; they…
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10 Tips for Feeding Fussy Horses

Is your horse a fussy eater? Some horses will go off their feed temporarily, while others – it seems – are just plain fussy. In this article, we share 10 tips to help you tempt the fussy eater at your home. Tip 1: Forage first Your horse should consume 1.5-2.5% of their bodyweight in roughage, such as hay and pasture, every day. Fibre will support a healthy digestive tract and chewing will prevent stomach ulcers. A sore digestive system could turn any horse fussy. Tip 2: Add water If your horse has become sensitive to certain flavours, such as supplements,…
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