Ulcer Cause In Horses

🔺Q/ How do ulcer medications (e.g Ulcerguard) work? 🔻A/ They are turn down/block acid production in the hores’s stomach. (proton pump inhibitor) 🔺Q/ Is acid in the horse’s stomach there for a reason? 🔻A/ Yes it is vital for protein digestion and absorption of key vitamins and minerals such as calcium and magnesium. The acid


💪🏻🐎 ENDURANCE HORSE METABOLISM Photo credit: Sarah Sullivan Photography and Denise Keelan Photography 📑 There has been recent research developments into the metabolism of ENDURANCES HORSES in France🇫🇷. 🔎The study published on the 12th June 2019, found that horses in a 160km endurance race made an effective metabolic switch from carbohydrate consumption to lipid (fat)
IS YOUR HORSE CALM, ALERT & RESPONSIVE?  If NOT? It could be diet related! 🛑 Before reaching for the “calming” supplements take a quick look at the first ingredients on your feed bag. If cereal grains e.g barley which are high in starch are first on the list, then this could be affecting behaviour because

Electrolytes Explained

🌀ELECTROLYTES Explained🗣 ☀️The weather is starting to heat up and for horses in training or competition🏇🏻, providing the essential electrolytes in the proper ratios, can affect performance by improving power and stamina. 📍Electrolytes include the following minerals: 🔸Sodium (Na) 🔸Chloride (Cl) 🔸Potassium (K) 🔸Magnesium (Mg) 🔸Calcium (Ca) ▪️They are all essential in maintaining the right

Happy Feet – Healthy Hooves

Hoof Health – Nutrition For Healthy Hooves You may have heard the phrase “NO HOOF, NO HORSE” which highlights how crucial the health and the strength of the hoof for horse soundness. That said for a horse, the hooves are low on the their list of priorities. The nutrients provided in the diet are first used for survival.

Choke In Horses

🔎🐴 CHOKE is a condition in horses where the oesophagus is blocked, usually feed or hay. Horses have been known to choke on any and all ingredients in the diet including: ❇︎ Forage – hay, hay pellets, hay cubes, beet pulp ❇︎ All feed types – sweet feed, pelleted feed, extruded feed ❇︎ Treats –

Fat For Fuel?

Fat For Fuel, Is It Safe For Your Horse? When looking to add additional calories to your horse’s diet, FAT is a safe option. Unlike adding carbohydrates (e.g cereal grains), fat is a (non-heating) source of calories free from sugars and starches. The many benefits of fat include – Highly digestible in the small intestine

Should I Rug My Horse?

♨️ 🐴 Should I Rug My Horse?❓♨️ ❄️ As winter arrives, we feel the cold and in some instances the thicker rug is brought out for our beloved horses to keep warm. BUT could this be affecting their health, in particular their metabolic rate? We can determine the effect of rugging horses by understanding the

Tying Up

Tying-Up – Management & Prevention   💢 Tying-Up – Management & Prevention ❇️ 🔬The term TYING-UP is used to describe a wide variety of muscle disorders that can occur in performance horses. 📖 The scientific name is Rhabdomyolysis, where the ‘myolysis’ part means muscle breakdown. 🔎 Clinical signs of tying up are varied and depends on

Inflammation In Horses

🔬There are two types of inflammation; Acute and Chronic. 🔸 ACUTE INFLAMMATION essentially is a correct biological response which is normal. It is a response to eliminate the initial cause of cell injury, clear out dead cells and damaged tissue of the original insult. 🔸 In contrast CHRONIC INFLAMMATION can have serious consequences. Being in