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Equine

Health care information to keep your horse sound and in good condition.

Feeding Horses: Just the Basics

Everybody knows horses need forage and grain...but how much? How often? What kind? What else?

To achieve optimal performance in any equine sport, a conditioning program must be designed that improves cardiovascular function, flexibility, bone strength, increased muscle mass, increased energy storage and utilisation.

An adequate and balanced diet is essential to sustain exercise capacity for training and regular weekend carnival competition of polocrosse horses.

Feeding the “Fatty”
Some horses just seem to get fat on bitumen! Basic feeding rules demand that each horse be fed as an individual and the problems of the overweight horse highlight just how difficult some individuals can be to feed.

Feeding the Broodmare

Mares should be fed differently during early pregnancy, late pregnancy, and lactation. By understanding the mare's nutrient needs during each stage of her reproductive cycle, a suitable and cost effective feeding program can be designed and implemented.

There are many underlying causes of colic or abdominal pain in a horse. Although there are are various colic 'drenches' and other colic remedies available, the cause of colic should be established to ensure the appropriate treatment is given. Always consult your vet for advice.

Food Allergies in Horses

Food allergy is an uncommon and poorly understood disease in the horse. Symptoms can be gastrointestinal, dermatologic, or both.

Food for Thought

Grass, hay, and grain go in one end of the horse and what's left comes out the other... what more does anyone need to know?

Frequently Asked Questions About Liver Fluke

Liver fluke is an internal parasite that can infect and damage the livers and reduce the overall productivity of sheep, cattle, horses, pigs, goats, alpacas and deer.

Gastric Ulcers in Horses

Every horse owner appreciates the delicate nature of the equine gut, with colic being a major fear. What may be surprising to many is how often the stomach is affected and the the incidence of gastric ulcers is extremely high.

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