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Feeding the Endurance horse

Feeding the Endurance horse

Most endurance rides range in distance from 40 km to 160 kilometers.  Depending on the terrain, distance and the speed at which the horse is ridden, endurance rides can take anywhere from three to 24 hours to complete.  Given the amount of time necessary to complete an endurance ride, it provides a tremendous opportunity for […]

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essential omega fat

Essential Omega 3, 6 and 9 fatty acids in horses

Recent advertisements have focused on the use of Omega-3 supplements for horses, usually containing flaxseed meal, rice bran oil, vegetable oil, or fish oil.  Studies in humans have found many health benefits with supplementation of Omega-3 fatty acids in the diet.  While research benefits for horses have not been as numerous, Omega-3 supplementation shows potential […]

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Rice Bran Oil – facts and benefits?

Many surprising benefits have been attributed to the addition of fat to the equine diet and there are many oils available to the consumer; canola, maize, soybean and blends of these to name a few. All have similar levels of energy and omega essential fatty acid profiles. For the first time in Australia a new […]

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Benefits of feeding fats to horses

Benefits of feeding fats to horses

Introduction Enhancing horse productivity and wellbeing has drawn considerable interest in feeding fat supplemented diets to horses. Much of this interest has been prompted by a significant amount of research on the subject over the last ten years. Whilst several unknown aspects of specific fatty acid nutrition in the horse still exist, the caloric and […]

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know your horses vital signs

How important are electrolytes in my horse’s diet?

Horses depend on certain electrically charged minerals to maintain the balance and flow of vital body fluids, the transmission of nerve impulses, and the healthy function of the muscles and the circulatory system. These minerals are called electrolytes. Their positive and negative charges help to control the body’s pH (acid/base) balance and the transport of […]

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