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…

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…

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…

Prebiotics and Probiotics in Equine Nutrition

The billions of tiny microbes inside the digestive tracts of humans, pets and production animals are gaining widespread recognition from scientists, doctors and the general public for the health benefits they provide. This ‘microbiome’ of tiny living organisms within the gastro-intestinal tract is being studied to a new and exciting level of detail as scientists explore the links between diet, gut microbes, digestion, disease, behaviour and the brain. PREBIOTICS Prebiotics are “a substrate that is Read more…

Feeding Older Horses in Cold Weather

Having the luxury of keeping much-loved horses through their retirement years is an honour many us happily perform for our equine friends. But their needs do change as they age, and keeping condition on older horses through winter can be a worrying problem for many horse owners. From a nutritional perspective, it’s easy to feed to maintain body condition or achieve weight gain and there are many options – but take care of teeth, worming Read more…