Horses have their own built-in warmth system – a massive ‘internal heater’ called the hind gut – an important part of their digestive system for many reasons, which if fuelled correctly, will keep your horse warm, even on the coldest days. Tip 5: How to keep your horse warm during winter The hind gut operates … Continued
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By Hadden Frost, Keyflow Technical Sales Manager and experienced and respected horseman. Stomach Ulcers in Thoroughbreds – “Prevention is the best cure” Thoroughbreds are incredible creatures – they have been trained and bred over hundreds of years to become finely tuned athletes, designed for performance, particularly in racing. It’s this athleticism and trainability which … Continued
Steam Extrusion – the Technology Behind the Feeds By: Dr Catherine Dunnett BSc, PhD, R.Nutr Steam extrusion is a relative new process in equine feed manufacture, although it has been used for cats and dogs and indeed our own food for longer. Steam extrusion involves the cooking of a mixture of ingredients and the formation … Continued
By: Louise Scott BSc (Hons) Laminitis is a very painful condition and is one of the most common causes of lameness in horses. Laminitis is the inflammation of the laminae, where the horse’s hoof pulls away from the wall. The laminae usually holds the pedal bone in place of the hoof, so as the laminae … Continued
By: Dr Catherine Dunnett BSc, PhD, R.Nutr Dietary protein is one of the most talked about elements of a horses’ diet. Whilst the level of protein in the diet is important for growth and repair, it is the least important source of energy to an athletic horse when compared to starch, fibre and oil. Our fixation with protein has over the years led to its excessive intake being cited as the cause of many ‘ills’ in horses. This reputation is largely undeserved, as protein intake per se is unlikely to be the major culprit.
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By: Louise Scott BSc (Hons) – Keyflow Junior Nutritionist When feeding horses it is easy to forget that often ‘less is more’ in terms of concentrates and to overlook the importance of fibre in a horses’ diet. Horses are naturally trickle feeders designed to have a constant flow of fibre running through their digestive tract, … Continued
Omega 3 (especially long chain) is magical stuff – it helps support respiratory systems, coat and skin condition, joint support and fertility. Need a cooling conditioner? Oil is an excellent, starch free source of slow release calories. Introduce oil slowly and avoid a messy box! Some horses can get loose droppings from too much oil, … Continued
By: Dr Catherine Dunnett BSc, PhD, R.Nutr Moving Towards the Competition Season At this time of year we are optimistically looking forward to Spring, hoping we have left the worst of the winter weather behind us. We are all looking forward to riding more as the weather improves and the professionals and other active competitors … Continued