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Top tips for oldies…
Jan15

Top tips for oldies…

How nature can help your horse in his twilight years. By Dena Schwartz, Holistic Therapist & Zoopharmacognosist As our horses age they are likely to need a little extra help to stay fit and well.  I have been working with animals & plant medicine for almost 15years now and would love to share with you the oldies top tips. Nature boasts hundreds of medicinal treasures; they come in the form of leaves, flowers, bark, berries,...

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Feeding the Older Horse in Winter
Jan13

Feeding the Older Horse in Winter

By Dr Tom Shurlock of British Horse Feeds The major challenge over winter is to maintain body heat within the Zone of Thermoneutrality – the environmental temperature range within which a horse can maintain its core body temperature without resorting to extreme methods; that is shivering or sweating. For a mature animal the lower temperature is around 7oC, but for the veteran it can be considerably higher. Insulating the veteran is...

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Feeding the old horse in winter
Jan09

Feeding the old horse in winter

by Dr Derek Cuddeford,  Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, University of  Edinburgh Old horses can run out of teeth before they run out of life! Horse teeth continuously grow and they have quite a lot of dental reserve but once this is used up we have a problem horse. Nearing the end of their growth phase the teeth are less well “rooted” and, as a result, teeth may actually fall out. So the first and probably the most critical...

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Feeding tips to weather the Winter
Dec01

Feeding tips to weather the Winter

By Katie Williams, MSc (Dist) With winter just round the corner, it won’t be long before there are big changes to your horse’s routine, workload and diet as longer nights and colder temperatures spell less turnout and longer periods in the stable. Taking a good look at your horse’s diet will make sure that he remains healthy and in great shape over the coming months. Eating naturally Horses are designed to function best on a...

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Are you feeding your horse a balanced diet?
Nov30

Are you feeding your horse a balanced diet?

What is Forage Analysis – and how it can help? by Sally Tobinne We all know feeding horses can be a complete nightmare! How many times have you spoken with your horsey friend only for the conversation to end up with the inevitable “I’ve just changed Dobbin onto such and such feed, but he still doesn’t seem right?” “Flash doesn’t like his feed and won’t eat it” “Trigger is losing weight again” – and so it goes on..! Horse-owners...

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Know the Quality of your Hay
Nov08

Know the Quality of your Hay

Hay is undoubtedly the ideal forage for horses. Here the experts at HAYGAIN hay steamers share their advice on purchasing hay, taking into consideration the quality of the hay and how to store it correctly to retain its nutritional content throughout the year. The quality of hay depends on the value of the crop, determined by the weather and maintenance of the grass before harvest. Once cut, the grass must be given sufficient time to...

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