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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10 Ways to Protect Your Horse From Laminitis This Spring

The arrival of Spring often strikes fear in the hearts of horse owners — and for good reason. A diagnosis of laminitis is devastating. Often, by the time a diagnosis is made, the hoof disease has already taken hold and management becomes a lifelong task.  With the arrival of Spring just weeks away, we turn our attention to those horses most at risk. There’s much you can do this season to protect them. We share our top 10 tips. Tip 1: Restrict high-energy Concentrate Your horse’s diet should be designed specifically for their workload. Avoid overloading them with excess commercial…
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How to Safely Transition Your Horse to Spring Pasture

As Winter becomes Spring, the transition to Spring pasture must be managed with care. A gradual approach not only protects the health of your horses, but also promotes the health of your pastures — saving you energy, time and money.  Healthy horses Your horse’s digestive system is designed to process fibre, including hay and pasture. However, there are vast differences between these two fibrous feed sources, including moisture content. While hay is comprised of approximately 15% moisture, pasture usually holds 85% moisture. Being a hindgut fermenting herbivore, rapid changes from hay to pasture can wreak havoc on microbial populations in…
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From Winter to Spring: 4 Tips for Feeding Your Horse

As Winter becomes Spring, new nutrition challenges arise. But, with some forethought and planning this month, you can protect your horse’s health. In this article, we share four important tips when feeding your horse from Winter to Spring. Tip 1: Manage pasture intake The arrival of Spring is a particular concern for the insulin-resistant or laminitic horse, as grass growth is dramatically higher in fructans and water-soluble carbohydrates. However, even if your horse doesn’t require a dry lot or grazing muzzle, there are steps every horse owner should take. For horses without access to pasture during Winter, the transition to…
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The Role of Nutrition on Horse Behaviour: Part 3

  Creating a diet for your horse begins by assessing their age, breed, workload and overall health. But, what about when your horse’s feed ration is unbalanced, leading to unexpected and unwanted behaviours? In our new series on the role of nutrition on horse behaviour, we explore this further… Every horse is an individual and your horse’s diet should be specifically formulated for them. It’s important you continue to pay attention to their nutrition throughout life as their caloric needs may change — at different times of year, when their workload increases and as they age. Encountering unexpected — and…
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The Role of Nutrition on Horse Behaviour: Part 2

Creating a diet for your horse begins by assessing their age, breed, workload and overall health. But, what about when your horse’s feed ration is unbalanced, leading to unexpected and unwanted behaviours? In our new series on the role of nutrition on horse behaviour, we explore this further… Every horse is an individual and your horse’s diet should be specifically formulated for them. It’s important you continue to pay attention to their nutrition throughout life as their caloric needs may change — at different times of year, when their workload increases and as they age. Encountering unexpected — and certainly…
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The Role of Nutrition on Horse Behaviour: Part 1

Creating a diet for your horse begins by assessing their age, breed, workload and overall health. But, what about when your horse’s feed ration is unbalanced, leading to unexpected and unwanted behaviours?  In our new series on the role of nutrition on horse behaviour, we explore this further… Every horse is an individual and your horse’s diet should be specifically formulated for them. It’s important you continue to pay attention to their nutrition throughout life as their caloric needs may change – at different times of year, when their workload increases and as they age. Encountering unexpected – and certainly…
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How to Keep Your Horse Warm in Winter

For every degree below seven degrees celsius, the horse requires an additional 1% digestible energy in their diet to remain warm. In this article, we share several ways you can use nutrition to keep your horse warm this Winter. The first question many horse owners ask is “What is the best source of digestible energy for warmth in Winter?” Unfortunately, some horse owners immediately assume concentrates are the solution considering their energy density. However, this is just not true. Fibre, provided in roughage sources, like hay and pasture, remains the best dietary ingredient to promote warmth in cold weather. It…
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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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