Gastic Ulcers – the latest research

“Oxidative stress is evident in horses with EGUS. Consequently, antioxidant therapy may be indicated for supportive treatment protocol of diseased horses.”  Research just published by Turke Shawaf, Wael M. El-Deeb and Magdy Elgioushy in the Journal of Equine Veterinary Science highlights the importance of managing inflammatory hormonal cascades and oxidative stress in horses with gastric ulcers. Oxidative stress occurs when the body’s levels of damaging ‘free radicals’ or reactive oxygen species (ROS) exceed the supply Read more…

Managing Itchy Horses

There are three elements to consider in managing horses with itchy skin: Correct basic nutrition Omega-3 to omega-6 balance Avoid allergens (often insect bites) Topical treatments Anti-inflammatory medications. Itchy horses often have overworked immune systems so correct mineral balance is essential to ensure the immune system has adequate nutrients to function optimally. The diet should also provide more omega-3 fatty acids than omega-6 to modulate the inflammatory processes in the immune system, and to improve Read more…

Why is autumn a high risk time for laminitis?

Days are getting shorter, temperatures are lower and in some regions we are starting to get some rain. Why is autumn such a tricky time for managing laminitis/founder-prone horses and ponies? Plants use the process of photosynthesis to turn water, nutrients and sunlight into sugars (water soluble carbohydrates (WSC) such as fructans) to fuel plant growth. This occurs during the day, and plants use the energy overnight to continue growth. That is why pastures are Read more…

Top 10 Tips for Feeding Horses Roughage during Drought

Drought conditions in many parts of Australia mean that horses are in paddocks with little or no roughage and hay is difficult and/or expensive to source. This means that horse owners are forced to feed a less than ideal diet. As a horse owner, how do you decide which dietary compromises are safe? How should you prioritise feeds in drought feeding strategies? Here are the top 10 tips to keep in mind for drought feeding Read more…

Antioxidants in Horse Nutrition

Why are antioxidants important for your horse?  Stress, infection, detoxification of pollutants and exercise are a few factors that can lead to an increase in the production of excessive free radicals in the body. More correctly know as reactive oxygen species (ROS), these free radicals are oxygen-containing molecules that have unpaired electrons, which is a biologically unstable state.  At low levels, free radicals play an important role in cellular signalling but at high levels, ROS cause Read more…