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Category Archives: Equine Nutrition

Does Your Horse Yawn?

We understand yawning to be a sign of tiredness or boredom, but it’s not always the case. A horse that yawns, or curls his top lip regularly (The Flehmen response), could actually be affected by gastric disturbances. This is a common behaviour for horses that smell a unknown, or particularly strong smell, but it needs investigation if a horse displays the … Continue reading

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18 Valuable Tips for Feeding of Laminitics

Vets, research workers and and experienced horse handlers all agree that management of a laminitic is everything. There is no cure, therefore avoiding the disease in the first place is important, and experts agree that careful management could drastically reduce the number of cases. 18 tips to help manage a laminitic: Most importantly horses and ponies should never be overfed … Continue reading

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Autumn Laminitis Caution

There is the suggestion that there are more cases of laminitis admitted to veterinary clinics in September than any other month as autumn brings the grass back to life, so supporting horses and ponies prone to laminitis is especially important at this time. Horses that are prone to laminitis should be fed low calorie, low sugar, low starch feeds which … Continue reading

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How to Help Manage Cribbing Through Diet

Are you trying to manage a crib-biter or wind-sucker? Understanding stereotypies and considering implementing the following will help… • Limit starchy feed such as course mix and grains • Turnout as much as possible • Offer ad-lib forage at all times (soak if you need to reduce energy content) • Don’t use collars • Feed an antacid • Turnout with … Continue reading

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Nutrition: Feeding for Weight Loss

One of the biggest challenges when feeding your horse for weight loss is reducing his dietary energy while at the same time fulfilling his need to chew and the need for gut fill. Follow these tips to help slim your horse down to a healthy weight. 10 Tips to get you started: • The most effective regime includes a very … Continue reading

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Do you Compete? Here’s How NOPS Can Help Keep You Safe

Do you have a horse competing at affiliated level? Or do you keep your horse at a yard where others compete at intermediate or advanced levels? If so, it’s important to be aware of contamination risks in the feed room so prohibited or restricted substances do not make their way accidentally in to feeds, which could return a positive result. … Continue reading

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The Truth About Laminitis: Dispelling the Myths

Laminitis is a subject that is on the mind of many horse owners, and especially as we head into spring. A debilitating disease with severe welfare and economic impacts, it is not yet fully understood and is often difficult to treat and manage. Recent research has helped elucidate the causes, and a relatively new proposal of the different types has … Continue reading

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Respiratory Health: How Winter Affects Your Horse

Introduction Good respiratory health is particularly important for performance horses who gallop, e.g. racehorses and eventers, since they rely on clear, healthy airways to deliver large amounts of oxygen during exercise. After lameness, respiratory problems are the most common cause of poor performance. Some physiologists have stated that the respiratory system may be the ultimate limiting factor to high intensity … Continue reading

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Katie Jerram’s Top Tips on Winter Maintenance for Summer Success

Top showing producer Katie Jerram shares her tips for maintaining horses through the winter months in order to have them in the best condition for the show season. Katie’s 7 top tips: 1. Encourage coat changes. I like to let the animal grow a winter coat through November and December and then in late January I put another two layers on … Continue reading

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Important Nutrition Tips for a Healthy Foal

Providing the right care for your pregnant mare will increase the chances of a healthy foal. Many pregnant mares are entering their final three months of gestation early in the year. These final three months are a critical time for the unborn foal, because it does most of its developing and weight gain during this period. During the first two-thirds … Continue reading

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