It’s Hot Out There!

Written by Catherine Rudenko on 16 July 2013

It’s Hot Out There!

This beautiful hot weather is something we are all enjoying, but it does make exercise that bit harder for our horses and effects their need for electrolytes.

Electrolytes are minerals that are dissolved in body fluids. They are vital for a wide range of body functions such as regulation of all body fluid levels into and out of the cells, nerve impulse transmission and muscle contraction, as well as pumping of the heart, movement of food and water through the gut and the filtering of waste products through the kidney and liver.

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Badminton Update from Sam Watson

Written by Sam Watson on 30 May 2013

Badminton Update from Sam Watson

There’s absolutely no doubt that Badminton is the biggest event in the World. 150,000 people turned up on cross country day and, as a rider, performing on a stage of this magnitude is what the sport is all about.

We travelled George (Horseware Bushman) through the night to get there. He’s crossed the Irish Sea about fifty times at this stage so it doesn’t take anything out of him, and the journey is really as short as it gets taking just ten hours from door to door.

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Ballindenisk Update from Sam Watson

Written by Sam Watson on 23 May 2013

Ballindenisk Update from Sam Watson

Welcome to the first of my 2013 International Eventing updates, brought to you by Connolly’s RED MILLS. The international calendar kicked-off on home soil at Ballindenisk (19th – 22nd April) and we brought three of our top horses to contest three different international classes: Imperial Sky (CIC*), Horseware Lukeswell (CCI**) and Horseware Bushman (CIC***).

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Keeping It Cool

Written by Catherine Rudenko on 09 May 2013

Keeping It Cool

It's all about it keeping it cool. Lots of horses get a bit wound up and find it hard to relax, especially at competitions. One way of helping keep horses cool and collected is to choose the right source of energy for them. All horses require energy for everyday functions and interactions in the body and for additional exercise. There are many sources of energy or calories for horses. Energy for horses is known as Mega Joules of Digestible Energy (MJDE).

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Sammy the Stallion Gets a New Lease of Life

Written by Catherine Rudenko on 30 April 2013

Sammy the Stallion Gets a New Lease of Life

We recently had a customer contact us asking to speak to one of our nutritionists for advice on feeding an underweight stallion who arrived in bad shape. In November, he was 435kg and looked like skin and bones

"Sammy is a 10 year old thoroughbred stallion who came in with poor body condition and needed to build muscle and body condition. We used Horse Care 14 cubes, Gro-Care Balancer and beet pulp to bring him back to health."

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Mare’s Milk - What’s in It?

Written by Catherine Rudenko on 16 April 2013

Mare’s Milk - What’s in It?

The colostrum or ‘first milk’ plays an important role in the development of the foal. Colostrum makes up the first 1.5 - 2.0 litres of milk, and is generated during the last month of lactation. It contains key antibodies, also known as immunoglobulin’s that are essential for developing the foal’s immune system. Mare’s milk will have on average, 26 grams of protein, 19 grams of fat and 61 grams of lactose per litre. It also provides hormones, enzymes and growth factors.

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Laminitis is Just Fat Ponies, Right?

Written by Catherine Rudenko on 02 April 2013

Laminitis is Just Fat Ponies, Right?

Laminitis is typically associated with a fat pony that looks like a small barrel with four legs, however it’s not just a problem for our small friends. Laminitis can also result from any serious stress, shock or ailment that challenges the immune system. It can also be triggered by a sudden starch overload.

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Where is All the Grass Gone?

Written by Catherine Rudenko on 19 March 2013

Where is All the Grass Gone?

With the weather being unreasonably and unseasonably cold it’s important keep an eye on bodyweight and overall nutrient intake. Grass growth is connected to soil temperature, with temperatures of 4 degrees Celsius needed for growth to occur. Without adequate protein and calories coming in from grass it is necessary to still follow a winter feed program and use hay or haylage as an additional forage source.

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Does My Bum Look Big in This?

Written by Sabrina Barnwell MVB MRCVS on 03 December 2012

Does My Bum Look Big in This?

A man from Co Clare once told me that I have a “noble bottom”. Ok, so he didn’t say “bottom”, he used a phrase more commonly heard on “Father Ted”. Not knowing whether it was a good or bad remark, I just smiled and gratefully accepted it as a complement! Ever since, I have used the phrase endearingly in reference to my dear darling cob.

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