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Diarthrodial Joint

Equine joint strutures and problems arising from their failure

Conformation has long been used by horsemen and women to determine the suitability of a horse for certain disciplines, and also its potential ability to withstand the rigors of competition. Few of the criteria used have been established by scientific research, as studying the moving horse requires sophisticated and expensive equipment. Results of studies conducted […]

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Energy requirements of a racehorse

Energy requirements of a racehorse

It is a well-known fact that performance horses burn up a lot of energy during training and competition, but until fairly recently, energy requirements were only a rough estimate by the National Research Council. Specifically horses in light work were estimated to require 125% of their maintenance energy requirements, horses at medium work were estimated […]

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Article Feature

Feeding the Racehorse

The thoroughbred racehorse sets the world standard for speed and agility, competing primarily in flat and jump racing. Performance at this level requires soundness and an ability to work and maintain fitness, factors that can be hard to maintain. Thoroughbreds mature early, and can be prone to behavioral and digestive problems, which are exacerbating by […]

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joint supplements

Joint Supplements

In recent times there has been a plethora of horse Joint Supplements hit the market in Australia. Many don’t actually state their ingredients and those that actually do, do not state their levels. Thus we will discuss what these different ingredients do and also if they have any proof or science behind them. Chondroprotective Agents […]

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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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Feeding for joint health

Feeding for joint health

Athletic competition often requires horses to run, jump, turn, start and stop, placing an enormous strain on the skeletal system. As such, a performance horse may fail to reach its athletic potential because of injuries and diseases of joints, which are the most common causes of lameness. As joint problems can be a limiting factor […]

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