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Know your horse’s feed! – Macro-nutrients and their sources

Horses just like humans require the intake of food to provide adequate amounts of nutrients for growth, maintenance and to sustain performance. As a matter of fact there are 40 different nutrients the horse requires to be healthy; these nutrients are grouped in six major categories: carbohydrates (incl. fibre), fats, proteins, vitamins, minerals and water. […]

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Understanding digestible energy

Horses require energy for maintenance, to maintain their body at rest, as well as for any additional activity such as growth, gestation, lactation and physical work. Diets tend to be formulated initially to meet the energy needs of the horse and then adjusted regarding protein, minerals and vitamins. Therefore, horse feeds cannot be properly formulated […]

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Prebiotics and Probiotics in horses

The hindgut (cecum and colon) of the horse has a microbial population (microbes: bacteria, yeast, fungi) that ferment and breakdown fibre.  Without these microbes in the hindgut, horses would not be able to digest and utilize plant material such as hay and pasture.  The microbes in the hindgut break down and ferment fibre producing volatile […]

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FREE Fact Sheet – Mycotoxins in horses

Why worry about mycotoxins? Certain fungi found on fresh pasture grasses, conserved roughage (hay, chaff, straw) and in grains can produce secondary compounds called mycotoxins. Several types of mycotoxins exist, however they are hard to detect due to their odourless, tasteless and invisible presence. The horse’s digestive system is sensitive to the effects of mycotoxins, […]

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