Electrolytes and the Performance Horse: Part 2

The heat is on! During Summer, extremes in temperature and humidity can be harmful to horses. For performance horses in particular, a demanding training and competition regime can result in rapid water and electrolyte loss.  In this new series, we discuss the essential electrolytes that power performance and the steps you can take to reduce the risk of dehydration, heat stress and heat exhaustion. What are electrolytes? Electrolytes are electrically charged minerals that are imperative for heathy bodily function. Of the electrolytes found in horse sweat, sodium, chloride, potassium, calcium and magnesium are the most well known. However, following intense…
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Electrolytes and the Performance Horse: Part 1

The heat is on! During Summer, extremes in temperature and humidity can be harmful to horses. For performance horses in particular, a demanding training and competition regime can result in rapid water and electrolyte loss.  In this new series, we discuss the essential electrolytes that power performance and the steps you can take to reduce the risk of dehydration, heat stress and heat exhaustion. What are electrolytes? Electrolytes are electrically charged minerals that are imperative for heathy bodily function. Of the electrolytes found in horse sweat, sodium, chloride, potassium, calcium and magnesium are the most well known. However, following intense…
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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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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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2 Steps for Feeding the Performance Horse

The goal of any nutritional program is to provide a performance horse with a well-balanced diet that protects their health and supports them to reach their full athletic potential. In this article, we share the two steps for feeding your performance horse.  It’s important to remember that nutrition doesn’t have to be complex. There are seven fundamental ingredients that every horse needs in their diet, regardless of their workload. These include: Vitamins Minerals Fibre Fats Protein Carbohydrates Water Step 1: A Well-Balanced Diet For the performance horse — just like the pleasure horse — a diet is only truly well-balanced…
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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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