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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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Common Horse Nutrition Mistakes During Spring

During Spring, there are higher risks associated with fast grass growth. However, incorrect pasture management and prolonged turnout time aren’t the only common mistakes. In this article, we outline three avoidable feeding errors so you can easily navigate around them. Mistake 1: Not assessing body condition Regularly assessing your horse’s body condition is a fundamental part of a well-balanced diet and exercise regime year-round. However, in Spring, the rapid growth of lush pasture makes body condition scoring even more critical. Many horses are relatively inactive during Winter, often spending large periods paddocked or stabled. Because of this, some horses will gain…
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Managing Your Horse During Spring Grass Growth

With the arrival of Spring, the risk for digestive disease and metabolic disorders can increase as your horse consumes lush Spring pasture. In this article, we discuss three simple management strategies you can implement to avoid these health risks. In Spring, cool-season grasses grow rapidly and can accumulate high amounts of non-structural carbohydrates (NSCs) – namely sugars, starches and fructans; predisposing your horse to acute digestive disease, such as colic, or chronic metabolic disorders, such as laminitis.      Following a Winter season on sparse pasture or hay, your horse’s digestive tract is unaccustomed to these levels, resulting in the death…
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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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Horse Nutrition: Feeding Your Broodmare

The most common mistake when feeding the broodmare is over-feeding during pregnancy and under-feeding during lactation. Providing your mare with optimum nutrition is an essential part of a successful breeding program. In this article, we explain the importance of diet during each stage of your mare’s pregnancy – from conception to lactation. Conception  Body condition has a massive impact on your mare’s breeding ability. A mare in healthy body condition (approximately 5 on the Henneke Scale) will find it easier to conceive and carry her pregnancy to term. To support your mare’s conception, she should be fed good quality roughage, along…
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The Essential Nutrients Every Young Horse Needs

As your young horse transitions from nursing foal, to weanling, to yearling, their nutrition has a profound impact on health, soundness and optimum development. In this article, we explain the nutrient requirements during each of these critical stages of life. From birth to two years, the young horse achieves 90% or more of its adult size. A well-balanced nutrition plan is designed to support these rapid changes in height, weight and strength, while preventing the development of growth disorders caused by nutritional imbalances.      The nursing foal During the first 2-3 months of life, your foal will acquire nutrients entirely…
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