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The 5 Essentials of Horse Nutrition

Correct nutrition is paramount to your horse’s health, wellbeing and performance. It also directly – and visibly – influences their skin, coat and hooves. In this article, we share the five essentials of horse nutrition to help you formulate the best feeding plan for your horse. We highly recommend you consult your veterinarian or a qualified equine nutritionist when planning your horse’s feeding regime. Our team at Running Cool can also help answer any questions you may have. Age Your horse’s nutritive requirements will change throughout their life. At a young age, your horse has a higher need for protein-rich…
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3 Steps to Correctly Feed Your Horse

Nutrition plays a central role in your horse’s health and, yet, mistakes are often made when feeding horses. Determining your horse’s nutritive requirements sounds complicated, but it’s made easier by these three simple steps… By far, the most common mistake made by horse owners is over-feeding their horses. Over-feeding is detrimental to your horse’s health – and your wallet. An overweight or obese horse is at higher risk of life-threatening diseases and simply cannot perform at their optimum. Step 1: Measure your horse’s bodyweight Knowing your horse’s bodyweight is fundamental to protecting their health, and it should be done either…
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How to Choose the Right Supplement for Your Horse

For many horses, the addition of dietary supplements is simply not necessary. However, if you’re looking for a dietary supplement for your horse, it’s vital you consider your options carefully. In this article, we help you navigate the complex world of horse supplements. Most commonly, dietary supplements are used for one of two reasons, including: To prevent deficiencies – i.e. vitamins, minerals and electrolytes. To improve performance – i.e. calming agents, joint and muscle supplements, and blood tonics.  As a horse owner, your horse’s health is in your hands and it’s imperative that you select a proven dietary supplement that’s…
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4 Common Ways Horses Become Dehydrated During Summer

At the height of Summer, adequate water intake is essential to remain hydrated, maintain core body temperature and replenish water lost in sweat. In this article, we explain four common ways your horse may become dehydrated and how to avoid them. There are six vital nutrients every horse needs in its diet, including carbohydrates, protein, fat, vitamins, minerals and water, yet water is often the first to be overlooked. During Summer, the high temperatures and longer days increase the risks of dehydration. Let’s take a closer look at four common ways your horse may become dehydrated. 1. Your horse loses…
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5 Steps to Weight Gain for Horses

Is your horse in good health, but not gaining enough weight? For some horses, maintaining a healthy body condition can be challenging. In this article, we outline five important steps to safe and successful weight gain in horses. Weight loss can be attributed to a number of causes, with only some related to diet. Even if you’re confident your horse is in good health, a veterinary examination is critical if your horse has lost weight suddenly or if you’re struggling to maintain a healthy body condition. For this reason, the first two steps to weight gain relate to your horse’s…
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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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Feeding Horses to Reduce Equine Gastric Ulcer Syndrome

Research into equine gastric ulcer syndrome has found that up to 90% of racehorses and 60% of performance horses suffer from gastric ulcers, mild to severe, at some point during their careers. However, correct feeding practices can reduce the risk to your horse. Before we delve into how you can use correct feeding practices to protect your horse’s digestive system against gastric ulcers, let’s first examine the risk factors your horse may be exposed to. Gastric ulcers are commonly caused by: Strenuous training Lack of turnout time Lack of turnout time with other horses Exercising on an empty stomach Certain…
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10 Common Horse Feeding Mistakes

A nutritionally balanced diet is imperative to your horse’s health, wellbeing and performance. In this article, we outline the 10 most common horse feeding mistakes that you should avoid for the benefit of your horse. 1. Incorrect diet Every horse is an individual and a nutritionally balanced diet considers factors such as: Workload Health problems Weight Age Metabolism Season 2. Over-feeding or under-feeding Your horse’s daily ration should be measured based on their weight, so as to avoid over-feeding or under-feeding. Close attention should be paid to their body condition throughout the year as you may need to make changes…
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Feeding Horses During Transport

It’s show season and that means your horse will spend more time on the road. Travelling is physically and mentally demanding for horses, but proper nutrition and feeding practices can support them. We outline what do before, during and after travel for optimum health. Before travel Before you require your horse to travel, they should be healthy, in good physical condition and maintained on a nutritionally-balanced, forage-first diet. Even short trips deplete your horse’s energy. Ensure you have fresh water and quality hay hanging low at their head during transit. Any long-distance journey above four hours requires more intensive preparation…
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Feeding Horses for Hoof Health

Your horse’s hooves provide quite an accurate snapshot of their overall health. There are several elements that impact upon hoof health, including hoof care, season, exercise and nutrition. In this article, we’re focusing on the importance of nutrition for healthy hooves. Just like their coat, your horse’s hooves can tell us much about the status of their health. While it may take longer for hooves to show the signs of ill health – sooner or later, your horse’s hooves will have much to say. As such, a well-balanced diet is important for every part of their body. Forage first The…
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