Within these pages, you will find a wealth of information on a broad range of topics that our customers have asked us about. They are written by our equine experts and draw on a wealth of experience in this field.

If there are any topics you’d like to see dealt with in the future, please contact our equine experts.

Electrolyte Loss, Head Stress and Dehydration

All muscular contraction creates heat, be it walking around the field grazing, or running a race. Some of this heat is stored by the body for bodily functions and for keeping warm. However, it is vital that the excess body heat be lost or dissipated if the animal is to maintain or control its body temperature.

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All Tied Up?

Exertional rhabdomyolysis (ER), also known as azotoria, tying-up or set fast, is a process whereby the striated muscles, which connect to the bone and allow movement, suffer breakdown following exercise. Incidences of tying-up can range from mild muscular stiffness to the muscles becoming locked and the horse unable to move.

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Equine Gastric Ulcer Syndrome (EGUS)

Every horse owner appreciates the delicate nature of the horse’s gut. Gastric ulceration is a widespread condition which unfortunately seems to affect mainly adult horses in high performance work.

Recent studies have indicated that over 93% of racehorses and 63% of competition horses are affected. However, only 50% of those presenting with gastric ulceration may actually show clinical signs.

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Feed Balancers

Feed balancers are a relatively new concept in feeding horses. A balancer is a low-intake, concentrated source of essential protein, vitamins, and minerals, which is designed for all classes of horses when additional calories are not required.

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Feeding Stallions for Optimum Performance

Stallions, like any other horses, require a balanced diet and good diet management to stay healthy, in optimum condition, and at maximum performance levels. Depending on how busy the stallion is, he will most likely need to be fed a tailored, performance type diet during the breeding season.

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