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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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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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