Running Cool: Choosing the Right Feed for Your Horse

At Running Cool, we genuinely care about your horse’s health and wellbeing. We’ve created a range of superior horse feeds that are suitable for every horse, including pleasure, performance and breeding. Let us help you choose the right feed for yours…  Running Cool Barley/Soy Booster Does your horse need to gain weight? Choose Running Cool Barley/Soy Booster – the first choice horse feed for condition. Running Cool Barley/Soy Booster is our best-selling horse feed, most often utilised for safely and successfully achieving weight gain. Containing barley, vegetable protein meal, including fully extruded full fat soyabean meal, legume hulls, vegetable oil,…
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5 Tips for Feeding the Performance Horse

Feeding the performance horse requires a careful balance. Too much body weight can place excessive stress on bones, joints, tendons and ligaments; while too little body weight can deplete vital energy reserves. In this article, we share five tips for feeding for performance. Most performance horses range between 3 and 5 on the Henneke Body Condition Scale, with variances in body condition caused by imbalances in caloric intake and exercise regime. Put simply, it’s critical you understand your horse’s daily feeding requirements to provide this balance. Any horse that is over- or under-weight cannot perform at their full potential. Here’s…
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10 Summer Horse Care Tips

Summer is one of the best seasons to have fun with our horses but, in Australia, the heat can be extreme – leading to dehydration and heat stress. In this article, we outline 10 tips for caring for your horse during Summer. 1. Avoid midday heat Exercise your horse during the cooler parts of day, such as in the early morning or late afternoon. Better yet, if the temperature is high, exercise at night if you have access to well-lit riding facilities. 2. Provide shade Ensure your horse has plenty of shade throughout the day. Man-made structures are fine, but…
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Why Choose a Fully Extruded Horse Feed

The extrusion process, which we use at Running Cool, increases the digestibility of grain more than any other method of processing. By choosing an extruded horse feed, your horse receives increased vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates and amino acids in their diet. But, there are even more benefits to choosing a fully extruded horse feed, like Running Cool. Here’s six reasons to choose Running Cool… 1. Improved starch digestibility  During the extrusion process, heat and pressure cause the starch granules to be gelatinised. Gelatinisation has far-reaching benefits for your horse. Most important, it reduces the potential for digestive upsets, like laminitis and acidosis,…
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Horse Nutrition: Building Topline with Protein

A healthy topline of prime muscle is what many horse owners strive for. In order to build muscle for topline, you must first understand how correct nutrition plays a central role. In this article, we explain how protein helps to create that perfect topline. While regular exercise conditions muscles, correct nutrition that supplies your horse with amino acids, the building blocks of the body, actually builds muscles. As such, exercise alone will not produce the muscles for a healthy topline; nutrition is vital. Just like in humans, amino acids aren’t produced by the body and must be provided with correct…
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Caring for the Senior Horse

Proactive management of your senior horse can keep them thriving well into their golden years. In this article, we discuss how you can implement a complete management plan to support your senior horse’s health and wellbeing. Today, horses are living well into their 20’s and 30’s due to advancements in nutrition and veterinary care. While ageing is a natural process, a proactive approach to your horse’s management is vital to ensure serious problems are simply mistaken for ‘getting older’. Nutrition As the digestive system becomes less efficient, your senior horse feed requires a palatable dust-free feed that’s high in fibre,…
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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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How to Choose a Senior Horse Feed

By definition, a senior horse is any horse over 15. With proper nutritional support to maintain body condition and digestive function, many senior horses continue to perform at high levels. However, there are a few essentials to consider when choosing a senior feed. As your horse ages, their digestive system becomes less efficient and, thus, their ability to absorb and utilise vital nutrients decreases. A horse feed designed for senior horses is necessary to ensure they receive a balanced diet that supports their workload. In their prime years, many easy keepers can be maintained primarily on roughage, while horses in…
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Horse Nutrition: Feeding Your Stallion

Nutrition plays a vital role in the performance of your stallion during breeding season. A well-balanced diet, with adequate protein, will ensure your stallion’s nutritional requirements are met, resulting in a successful breeding season for your clients and stud. In this article, we outline the three key ingredients of your stallion’s diet that are crucial to their health, wellbeing and performance. 1. Energy Today, it’s not uncommon for sought-after stallions to be expected to perform in the breeding shed and the arena. The caloric needs of your stallion must be taken into account when devising a suitable nutrition plan. The demands…
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