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Chronic weight loss in horses

Chronic Weight Loss in Horses

Weight loss is simply a result of more calories being used by the body than are being consumed.  There are several potential causes of chronic weight loss in horses such as poor quality or limited feed supply, health problems and disease as well as social interaction and competition between horses. Chronic weight loss can also […]

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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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Feeding the senior horse

Feeding the senior horse

Defining the “nutritionally senior” horse. The nutritional management of the senior horse is challenging as there are no set criteria that define “old age” or the “senior” horse.  The nutrient requirements of senior horses differ from other classes of horses because of the changes in metabolic and digestive efficiency that accompany the aging process. The […]

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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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All About Protein

Many horse owners are scared of protein and believe it makes their horse crazy or hot. Some think it causes laminitis and growth problems in young horses or even leads to kidney damage. In reality though, protein does not cause any of these issues. As a matter of fact 15% of your horse’s total body […]

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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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5 Practical Tips to Winterize your Horse

During cold weather, the horse requires additional energy to maintain its internal body temperature and keep warm. The exact amount of energy depends on the severity and extent of the cold period. When environmental temperatures (including wind chill) drop below 0°C (referred to as the critical temperature), significant amounts of energy are used by the horse […]

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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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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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