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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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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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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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