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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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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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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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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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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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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