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The Major Risk Factors for the Development of Pasture Induced Laminitis…

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The Major Risk Factors for the Development of Pasture Induced Laminitis…

People think the biggest risk factor for laminitis is the ‘look’ of the horse, in other words whether they are obese, have a ‘cresty’ neck, pads behind the shoulder and above the tail-head. This thinking tends to promote the idea that horses without this body type are ‘safe’ from a laminitis episode whereas in actual fact it means disturbances to the horses metabolism have already progressed to the danger zone. Yes horses with this EMS look are clearly ‘advertising’ that they are ready and waiting for laminitis to arrive. If they are fortunate their owners will realise or be alerted,...

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Happy New Year everyone!

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Happy New Year everyone!

We’d like to start the year off with a series about the most important things you need to understand in order to make good decisions regarding the feeding of your domestic horses. The more a person looks into it the more obvious it becomes that there is an order of priority which works best. An appropriate diet is the foundation for every aspect of keeping the horse calm and healthy. Hooves, Teeth, Skeleton, Brain, Nerves, Muscles, Saddle-Fitting, Skin, Immune, Digestive, Respiratory & Endocrine Systems, not to mention Reproduction, Growth, and Longevity all have a huge Dietary component which needs to...

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GRASS SEED MIXES!

GRASS SEED MIXES!

We are seeing more and more reports of people purchasing ‘Horse friendly’ seed mixes only to find that the mix is totally unsuitable due to it being some guy at the seed merchants’ idea that low endophyte rye and white clover (or red) are fine for horses. The picture of the paddock that is a ‘sea of white clover’ is what sprouted when a paddock was sown with a ‘horse-friendly’ mix. This wouldn’t be safe for any livestock let alone horses! CLOVER is unsuitable forage for horses and although rye-grass is OK in SMALL quantities, the fact it is low-endophyte...

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About Mineral Balances

About Mineral Balances

“If we are feeding the correct hard-feed for size and work shouldn’t that be enough in the way of minerals or do we need to supplement more? I have always been wary of adding extra minerals so as not to "overdose".Kelly Resources such as the NRC Nutrient Requirements of Horses tell you the levels of minerals that horses require on a daily basis to stay healthy.Nutrient requirements have been calculated for horses of different weights, work-load, growth and breeding status. These basic requirements are met by feeding Premium or, even better Premium MVA (because it contains the amino acids), and...

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What have Minerals got to do with ‘Tight’ Muscles?

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What have Minerals got to do with ‘Tight’ Muscles?

Spring and Autumn are times of the year when you may notice that your horse is ‘tight’ in his muscles. Some of the indications are:• He ‘feels’ tight – his muscles feel rock hard instead of nice and soft and palpable• When moving, he will look ‘tight behind’ IE: he is not ‘tracking up’ and/or he may ‘bunny-hop’ (back legs are together) and/or disunite at the canter• He finds it difficult to bend and is therefore unable to obtain and maintain one lead or another (note: symptoms can be asymmetrical with one side being worse than the other)• He tends...

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