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5 Health Problems Your Horse’s Coat Shows

If your horse’s coat could talk, it would be able to tell you about some important health issues. Your horse’s coat health is directly influenced by their overall health and diet. In this article, we outline five common health issues indicated by poor coat health.  1. Parasites Any horse burdened by internal or external parasites will have a rough, dull coat. Internal parasites, like worms, compete for nutrients from your horse’s diet, depleting skin and coat health. Biting insects often leave scabs or blisters on the skin, leading to irritation and poor coat condition. 2. Fungal infections While shedding is…
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3 Tips for Feeding Your Horse During Summer

During the Summer months, your horse’s workload may increase as you spend more time hacking, schooling or competing. As a result, their condition can change as well. In this article, we share three important tips for feeding your horse during Summer. 1. Adjust diet for loss of condition In Summer, the warmer weather and longer days make it inviting to spend more time in the saddle, but it’s not only a higher workload that can lead to loss of condition. The quality of your horse’s pasture can also be affected, so additional vitamins and minerals are necessary. Running Cool Barley/Soy…
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How to Keep Your Horse Hydrated During Summer

Did you know the average horse can drink between 40 and 90 litres of water a day during hot and humid conditions? Keeping your horse hydrated is critical during Summer, especially following intense exercise. In this article, we explain how to keep your horse hydrated.  Horses can lose up to 10 litres of sweat an hour in Summer. If not kept hydrated, this loss of water and electrolytes can lead to health problems, such as dehydration, tying up and colic. However, sweating is not the only sign of dehydration. There are three quick tests you can do if you suspect…
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10 Summer Horse Care Tips

Summer is one of the best seasons to have fun with our horses but, in Australia, the heat can be extreme – leading to dehydration and heat stress. In this article, we outline 10 tips for caring for your horse during Summer. 1. Avoid midday heat Exercise your horse during the cooler parts of day, such as in the early morning or late afternoon. Better yet, if the temperature is high, exercise at night if you have access to well-lit riding facilities. 2. Provide shade Ensure your horse has plenty of shade throughout the day. Man-made structures are fine, but…
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Horse Nutrition: 4 Common Reasons for Weight Loss

Unless your horse is an easy keeper, you’ll need to take an active role in maintaining their body weight and condition with correct feeding and careful management. However, in order to do this, you must first understand what causes weight loss in horses. In this article, we share the four most common reasons why horses lose weight that aren’t directly related to diet. 1. Poor dentition  If your horse is losing weight unexpectedly, the first thing you should check is their teeth. Poor dentition leads to oral disease and sharp enamel points; both of which make chewing difficult, if not painful,…
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Why Choose a Fully Extruded Horse Feed

The extrusion process, which we use at Running Cool, increases the digestibility of grain more than any other method of processing. By choosing an extruded horse feed, your horse receives increased vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates and amino acids in their diet. But, there are even more benefits to choosing a fully extruded horse feed, like Running Cool. Here’s six reasons to choose Running Cool… 1. Improved starch digestibility  During the extrusion process, heat and pressure cause the starch granules to be gelatinised. Gelatinisation has far-reaching benefits for your horse. Most important, it reduces the potential for digestive upsets, like laminitis and acidosis,…
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How to Store Bagged Horse Feed

Feeding spoiled horse feed can have devastating consequences. In this article, we share some useful tips for safe feed storage to ensure your horse receives the full benefits from fresh commercial horse feeds. 1. Keep horse feed out of the elements To ensure bagged horse feed remains fresh, safe and nutritious, store all horse feed in a shed, tack room or enclosed storage area, out of reach of horses and protected from direct sunlight, high temperatures and damp conditions. It’s also best to keep bagged horse feed off the ground. Using pallets or pest-proof containers, your horse feed will remain…
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Horse Nutrition: Building Topline with Protein

A healthy topline of prime muscle is what many horse owners strive for. In order to build muscle for topline, you must first understand how correct nutrition plays a central role. In this article, we explain how protein helps to create that perfect topline. While regular exercise conditions muscles, correct nutrition that supplies your horse with amino acids, the building blocks of the body, actually builds muscles. As such, exercise alone will not produce the muscles for a healthy topline; nutrition is vital. Just like in humans, amino acids aren’t produced by the body and must be provided with correct…
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Caring for the Senior Horse

Proactive management of your senior horse can keep them thriving well into their golden years. In this article, we discuss how you can implement a complete management plan to support your senior horse’s health and wellbeing. Today, horses are living well into their 20’s and 30’s due to advancements in nutrition and veterinary care. While ageing is a natural process, a proactive approach to your horse’s management is vital to ensure serious problems are simply mistaken for ‘getting older’. Nutrition As the digestive system becomes less efficient, your senior horse feed requires a palatable dust-free feed that’s high in fibre,…
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Feeding Horses for Coat Health

A full, shiny coat not only signifies health and vitality, but it can help your horse stand out in the competition arena this show season. With a few simple daily steps, you can bring out the best in your horse’s coat. Many of us know that nutrition plays a huge part in the health of our horses’ skin, coat and hooves. If you’re looking to support your horse’s health and give their coat that added shine, follow these five steps to a healthier, shinier coat. 1. Select high quality forage Lucerne and other legume forages are rich in protein, helping…
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