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2 Steps for Feeding the Performance Horse

The goal of any nutritional program is to provide a performance horse with a well-balanced diet that protects their health and supports them to reach their full athletic potential. In this article, we share the two steps for feeding your performance horse.  It’s important to remember that nutrition doesn’t have to be complex. There are seven fundamental ingredients that every horse needs in their diet, regardless of their workload. These include: Vitamins Minerals Fibre Fats Protein Carbohydrates Water Step 1: A Well-Balanced Diet For the performance horse — just like the pleasure horse — a diet is only truly well-balanced…
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8 Tips to Keep Your Horse Healthy During Transport

Even in Winter, time spent on the road can deplete your horse’s energy, hydration and health. In this article, we share eight useful tips to ensure your horse stays healthy wherever you’re travelling this season. Tip 1: Protect your horse’s health Transporting your horse to another location, by its very nature, will expose them to health risks, including infectious diseases. Prior to travel, ensure your horse is vaccinated against the major threats, including herpes, strangles, hendra and tetanus. Tip 2: Bring your own equipment If you’re taking your horse to a competition, you should exercise caution when using communal facilities,…
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Common Horse Nutrition Mistakes During Winter

During Winter, the cold and damp conditions can bring up a number of health problems linked to diet and management. In this article, we share five common nutrition mistakes that you can easily avoid this Winter. Mistake 1: Providing inadequate calories When it gets cold outside, your horse has to utilise more energy to stay warm. A forage-first diet that provides your horse with unlimited free-choice roughage does more than you think. Fibre is the key ingredient for warmth this Winter, so be sure your horse is getting enough. Mistake 2: Forgetting about water intake Just because your horse isn’t…
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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 Your Horse During Winter

Winter is here! It’s time to evaluate your horse’s diet to ensure they’re receiving everything they need for their health and wellbeing. The easiest way to start is with our top five recommendations for feeding your horse during Winter. Tip 1: Fibre, fibre, fibre Your horse’s digestive system is designed to process fibre. Fibre provides them with energy, helps to keep them warm in Winter and assists in preventing digestive upsets, such as gastric ulcers, colic and diarrhoea. This Winter, your horse’s diet should be comprised primarily of forage sources, including quality pasture and hay. In addition, it’s important to…
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3 Risks of Impaction Colic During Winter

As the temperature drops, the risk of impaction colic often rises — particularly as you increase your horse’s forage intake to promote body warmth. In this article, we discuss the three most common causes of impaction colic during Winter.  There are many benefits of feeding forage, such as pasture and hay, including in Winter. A concentrated source of fibre, forage helps your horse: Gain energy Maintain body condition Produce body heat At all times of year, every horse needs to consume between 1.5 and 2.5% of their bodyweight in forage every day to maintain a healthy body condition. Fibre is,…
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Formulating Your Horse’s Diet: Part 5 – Carbohydrates

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 examined two of the most commonly overlooked ingredients that are vital to sustaining performance – vitamins and minerals. In Part 2, we turned our attention to the importance of fibre. In Part 3, we discussed fats. In Part 4, we explored protein. Next, we explain the complexities of carbohydrates. Carbohydrates are usually the main source of energy in commercial…
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Formulating Your Horse’s Diet: Part 4 – Protein

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 examined two of the most commonly overlooked ingredients that are vital to sustaining performance – vitamins and minerals. In Part 2, we turned our attention to the importance of fibre. In Part 3, we discussed fats. And, now, we explore protein. Protein is perhaps the most misunderstood ingredient in the horse’s diet. Derived from the Greek word ‘proteos’, meaning…
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Formulating Your Horse’s Diet: Part 3 – Fats

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 examined two of the most commonly overlooked ingredients that are vital to sustaining performance – vitamins and minerals. In Part 2, we turned our attention to the importance of fibre. Now, we discuss feeding fats. Feeding fats, usually in the form of oils, is becoming more commonplace for both pleasure and performance horses. Fats are an excellent source of…
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Formulating Your Horse’s Diet: Part 2 – Fibre

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 examined two of the most commonly overlooked ingredients that are vital to sustaining performance – vitamins and minerals. Now, we turn our attention to the importance of fibre. With a gastrointestinal tract capable of digesting large amounts of fibre, fibre should be the foundation of your horse’s diet. Not only does fibre provide them with energy, chewing and digesting…
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