Equine Vit&Min

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…

Feeding Tips

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…

Farmalogic

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…

Equine Vit&Min

Top tips to Save $$$ on Horse Feeds

Did you get a nasty surprise in your horse feed store last week? With grain prices as much as 40 % higher than this time last year in parts of Australia (and likely to stay high due to seasonal conditions and global grain prices), horse owners are faced with rising costs of horse feeds (a rise of $4 per bag is not unusual). For many feeding premixed feeds, this increase is more than their budget can Read more…

Nutrition

C3 vs C4 Grasses – which is best?

If you’ve ever been on to FeedXL or read information about ‘bighead’ and oxalates in pastures, you’ll have come across the terms “C3” and “C4” grasses. But what do these terms really mean? It’s all about the way they photosynthesize – use the energy from sunlight to convert the carbon dioxide from the air and water from the soil into energy for plant growth. The by-product of photosynthesis is (luckily for us) oxygen. The vast Read more…