The Benefits of Slow Feeding Horses in Spring

In many parts of Queensland, it feels like Spring has already arrived. A forage-first diet is essential for your horse’s health, wellbeing and performance. In this article, we discuss the benefits of slow feeding. At the start of Spring, many horse owners take caution when returning their horses to pasture. For horses at risk of pasture-induced health problems, slow feeding is immensely important. However, slow feeding provides many positives to all horses, including those in work. 1. Healthy digestion Above all, slow feeding promotes healthy digestion. In nature, horses graze up to 18 hours per day, promoting digestion and movement.…
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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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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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