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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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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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Feeding Horses Off the Ground VS From a Feeder

When it comes to feeding horses, there are two distinct philosophies – one believes in feeding horses off the ground as nature intended and the other in using a feeder to prevent sand ingestion. So, which is better or is there, indeed, an even better way? Off the ground Horses have evolved to graze – consuming grasses and shrubs directly from the ground, and maintaining their head and neck in a downward position. By far, the greatest benefit of feeding horses off the ground is that it allows the airways to be cleared of dust and debris. However, many horse…
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The Importance of Feeding Forage to Horses

As horse owners, many of us understand that forage is an important part of the horse’s diet. But, how much do you know about the benefits of feeding forage? In this article, we explain what forage is and how it supports your horse’s long-term health. Forage sources, including hays, pastures and other plants, are naturally high in fibre and a vital component of horse nutrition. Every horse should receive 1.5-2% of its bodyweight in quality fibre sources per day; providing them with a forage-first diet. Primarily, there are two important benefits of feeding forage to horses. These are: Digestive tract…
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