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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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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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