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Free Choice Grazing & Harmful Plants

Free Choice Grazing & Harmful Plants

There is a school of thought that, given the choice, horses will ‘self-medicate’ and select what they think they need to improve their current health status. But when you really think about this if horses knew what was ‘good’ for them then by the same logic they surely wouldn’t eat what is ‘bad’ for them...

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Free Choice Grazing & Harmful Plants

Free Choice Grazing & Harmful Plants

There is a school of thought that, given the choice, horses will ‘self-medicate’ and select what they think they need to improve their current health status. But when you really think about this if horses knew what was ‘good’ for them then by the same logic they surely wouldn’t eat what is ‘bad’ for them...

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Oats – More Protein or More Starch?

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Oats – More Protein or More Starch?

People often tell us they are feeding oats for protein. Oats and barley can be useful additions to your horse’s feeds, especially in winter but not for their protein content. Oats in particular are very palatable and easily digested. As you can see from the comparisons, both oats and barley are actually quite LOW in protein while being HIGH in starch. They are not only low in protein but of the various amino acids that make up the protein; in the oats they are low in some of the essential ones. In other words as far as horses go it...

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Similar Signs: Ulcers or Grass-Affected or Both?

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Similar Signs: Ulcers or Grass-Affected or Both?

The symptoms of ulcers and the symptoms of being Grass Affected can be confusingly similar so therefore it is best not to leap to the conclusion that your horse has ulcers without considering other causes as well. Most common are gastric or stomach ulcers. The reason is that horses have a smaller stomach than other animals. This is why they cannot handle large amounts of food. Instead they are meant to graze for most of the day so the stomach has a continuous trickle of fibrous material going through. Horses require a steady flow of acid for digestion so the...

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Grass-Related Laminitis – What you can do...

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Grass-Related Laminitis – What you can do...

There are other great people out there who have, with the most amazing dedication, successfully brought their horses back from serious laminitis. All kudos to them, it is no easy task. This is why we harp on about prevention. Unfortunately for many horses and ponies, until people have experienced the horrors of Laminitis it is easy to be too lackadaisical about prevention and suddenly it is too late and equines come down with it left, right and centre and their owners are faced with providing ‘intensive care’ for the worrisome and demanding journey back to soundness. We have learned a...

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