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  Australia is experiencing an unprecedented bush fire crisis. In an effort to support the victims who have been devastated by the crisis, particularly those in NSW, VIC & SA, the Hygain Group along with the New Zealand based Fiber Fresh Feeds are providing immediate support to front-line horse evacuation centres and support groups on […]

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big head in horses

Does your horse have a “big head”?

A swollen-face, dull coat, shifting lameness, bunny-hop canter…are any of these signs familiar? If so your horse may suffer from a disorder described as ‘Big Head’. ‘Big Head’ is a calcium deficiency disease induced by a diet with a persistent lack in calcium, excess in phosphorus and/or imbalanced calcium to phosphorus ratio. This disorder has […]

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FREE Fact Sheet – Colic in Horses

  The term “colic” strikes fear among us all, rightful so, as the incidence of colic in the general horse population has been estimated between 10 and 11% per year.  Among domesticated horses, colic is a major cause of premature death and a recent study revealed colic was second only to old-age as the leading […]

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Feeding your horse after colic

The nutritional requirements of horses after colic surgery or other gastrointestinal illnesses have not been determined. Primary considerations include requirements for energy (calories) and protein. In most situations, the energy requirement for a healthy adult horse at a maintenance level of activity can be met if the horse consumes between 1.5% and 2.5% of its […]

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Nutrient Deficiencies in Equine Diets

Horses, like all animals, have a range of nutrient requirements to meet their daily needs. If these minimum requirements are not met, the horse may experience deficiency symptoms. The severity of the deficiency symptoms may depend on the degree of the deficiency and the time period over which the deficiency exists. A sub-clinical deficiency may […]

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How to feed horses with skin allergies

An allergy is an exaggerated response from the immune system to a substance in the environment, called an allergen. Horses can become allergic to things they eat, inhale and touch or through insect bite hypersensitivity. Horses that react to insect bites and other skin allergens may develop hives, itching, hair loss, scaling and crusting of […]

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Chronic weight loss in horses

Chronic Weight Loss in Horses

Weight loss is simply a result of more calories being used by the body than are being consumed.  There are several potential causes of chronic weight loss in horses such as poor quality or limited feed supply, health problems and disease as well as social interaction and competition between horses. Chronic weight loss can also […]

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know your horses vital signs

Know your horse’s vital signs

Everybody who owns, rides or handles horses should know their horse’s vital signs. These simple checks will help tell if your horse is healthy or if you will have to call the vet. By being able to tell your veterinarian these simple but crucial parameters during an emergency (often when you have to give information […]

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