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What is Tying up in horse

What is Tying up in horses?

Exertional Rhabdomyolysis, Tying-up, Azoturia, Monday Morning Sickness and Poly Saccharide Storage Myopathy are all names of common muscle metabolism problems. The scientific name for Tying up is rhabdomyolysis, which simply translated means muscle (myo) breakdown (lysis). The causes are several but the result is the same, muscle cramping. In this condition there is massive contraction […]

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hindgut acidosis explained easy horse

Hindgut acidosis in horses

You’ve most likely heard of the ‘low-starch’ trend in horse feeds, but what are the health reasons and benefits behind this trend? Many health disorders, such as laminitis and colic, are associated with hindgut acidosis which results from a starch overload in the digestive system. Hindgut acidosis is an excessive acidity in the horse’s hindgut, […]

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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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Diagnostic and Treatment of Gastric Ulcers

[Video] Diagnostic and Treatment of Gastric Ulcers in Horses

Join Dr. Ross Teitzel a renowned Equine Veterinarian based in Melbourne, Victoria, talking about the common disorder of gastric ulcers in horses. Dr. Ross Teitzel will give you a brief outline of the condition including some great animation to easily visualize what actually is going on within the horses stomach, the causes, how to treat […]

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Skinny horse - weight gain

Feeding for Weight Gain

How to feed horses for weight gain is a commonly asked question. Some horses do not maintain their bodyweight easily and it can prove a real challenge to keep them at an ideal weight. Ultimately your horse’s ribs should not be visible but they should be easily felt if you run your hand along your […]

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Alternative Roughage Sources: Fibre Nuggets combining nutrition and convenience

Roughage is critical for the health and well-being of all horses and should be the basis for any feeding program.  Understanding the design, function and reliance of the horse’s digestive system on roughage is the first step in appreciating the critical value of roughage.  Knowledge of what’s in roughage, the types and physical forms of […]

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Beet pulp – a true super fibre

What is Beet pulp? Beet pulp is a by-product of the sugar industry.  Beet pulp is rich in fibre and is unique in its form as it is soluble fibre and highly digestible.  Beet pulp is fermented in the large intestine of the horse similar to hay, pasture and chaff.  However, since the fibre in […]

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Feeding horses during a drought

Feeding horses during a drought

Droughts are part of life for horse owners in Australia. Each drought brings its own set of difficulties. How well you survive drought will depend on the initial plan of action and the modifications undertaken to the strategy as the drought progresses. Planning and decision making, must be done as soon as you recognise the […]

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Heat stress in horses

Heat stress in horses

In Australia and in the tropics of Asia horses endure severe extremes in temperature and humidity. This can dramatically affect the horse’s health and performance if not managed correctly. High temperature, high humidity, lack of air movement, poor ventilation, dehydration and exposure to direct sunlight all increase the danger of serious heat and sun related […]

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