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The truth about pasture only diets revealed!

The natural feeding habit of the horse is to eat small amounts of roughages often. A forage only diet is deficient in several critical vitamins and minerals and therefore horses must be supplemented to meet these nutrient requirements. The intake of minerals and vitamins are vital to the performance, growth, immune function and reproduction of […]

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soaking hay

Does soaking hay really reduce carbohydrate content?

Hay is the primary component of the equine diet. In recent years with the increased incidence of metabolic disorders such as laminitis and insulin resistance the carbohydrate content of hay has come into question. Pasture-associated laminitis is currently thought to be a sequel to over- consumption of certain carbohydrate fractions in forages, potentially associated with […]

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Feeding the pony

Feeding the Pony

Officially a pony is a small horse that measures less than 14 hands with different conformation and temperament when compared to horses. Horses and ponies are generally lumped together in regard to feeding and nutrition and it is true that they indeed belong to the same species and have the same digestive system. However, the […]

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Understanding Obesity

Obesity has been defined as a medical condition in which excess body fat has accumulated to the extent that it may have an adverse effect on health, leading to reduced life expectancy and/or increased health problems. Now let’s talk about equines specifically. Horses are grazing animals but unfortunately the pastures we have today are not […]

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Preventing laminitis

Preventing Laminitis

In spring it doesn’t take long for the fresh grass to turn our quiet horses into raving lunatics!  With the spring grass comes the increased risk of Laminitis, Obesity and metabolic related disorders. Research has shown that pasture-induced laminitis occurs at times of rapid grass growth.  The accumulation of certain carbohydrates including fructans, starches, and sugars known […]

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