Horses have delicate systems that were designed for constant pasture grazing, but modern horsekeeping can throw your horse’s gastrointestinal tract off balance. High-grain diets combined with the stress of training and competition may leave your horse prone to ulcers, digestive problems and poor overall health. But if you build your horse’s diet based on his individual needs, you can help bring him back into balance.
Throw hay, dump grain, turn the horses out. Do… Continue
Added by SmartPak Equine on September 15, 2011 at 4:53pm —
I'm sure a lot of folks who self board their animals have had this happen once or twice.. 'Oh look, the feed bill came, how much is it this month?'... -insert jaw drop, eye pop, and then possibly a thwack after hitting the ceiling + string of expletives- Mine got to 700 dollars for TWO HORSES a few months ago FOR ONE MONTH. 'WTF!'
My first… Continue
Added by Michelle Synnot on July 15, 2011 at 2:39pm —
Another missive from yours truly ... aka Shakespeare "The Equine" ... direct from Poet's Paddock. Enjoy!
I trot to trees green;… Continue
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Added by William Micklem on August 1, 2010 at 5:00pm —
The moon is in a good position for us to ride in the evening. It's also starting to cool off around sunset. Last night we had a cool breeze blowing which made it even more comfortable.
We had planned this night ride a little differently. I picked up some takeout food on the way home. Ranae had gotten home about 15 minutes before me and fed the horses. We had dinner and then saddled up. It was nice for a couple of reasons. One, we weren't hungry and two, we didn't have to worry about… Continue
Added by John Harrer on July 23, 2010 at 1:39pm —
It's hot. BUT, we didn't let that stop us from riding. Saturday morning I had scheduled a second stack of alfalfa to be delivered. It was a good price and, while I may have an excess now, I won't have to worry about making time to go pick it up.
Most of the rest of the day was dedicated to doing chores. About 4:30 we convinced ourselves it had cooled down… Continue
Added by John Harrer on July 20, 2010 at 1:49pm —
Last week we told you in part one of this blog that there were five factors that influence starch digestibility in the small intestine. Here they are in more detail.
1) Source of starch
Over 80% of the starch in oats is digested in the small intestine, whereas less than 30% of the starch in whole-corn and barley is digested in the small intestine. Starches are made of sugars, predominantly glucose. So why is glucose from oat starch digested differently than glucose from corn… Continue
Added by Equine Nutrition @ Purina on December 22, 2009 at 8:30am —
Do you know what is in your hay? Do you know what is lacking in your hay?
As winter approaches and pasture sources are no longer available, the selection and purchase of hay or other roughage sources becomes an important decision for horse owners. Owners that have horses on confinement face the same decision all year. The quality and nutrient content of the hay or roughage source is critical because it is the foundation of the horse's diet and provides 50%- 100% of the total nutrient… Continue
Added by Equine Nutrition @ Purina on November 9, 2009 at 8:30pm —
For all you people that are wondering what Koala hay is, well it's a long story. In the 30's Koala's were introduced to Kangaroo Island , (not a native to the island) and for a good few years now they have been eating themselves out of house and home. Koala's only eat a particular type of gum leaves. Lots of Koala's ,not much to eat. So the government said we should Cull some of the Koala's so the numbers come down and they don't all starve to death.One quick shot or a slow lingering death by… Continue
Added by Geoffrey Pannell on October 29, 2009 at 6:12pm —
Does hay lose nutritional value with age?
The simple answer to this is: Yes. Hay, always and without exception, loses nutritional value with age and consequentially loses economic value as well.
The more complex issue for a horse owner is estimating how much has been lost when considering a hay purchase.
Of course the real reasons we want to know how much value has been lost are to determine the remaining nutrition in the hay for your horse and comparing… Continue
Added by The Stables at South Molton on June 19, 2009 at 12:14pm —
My husband grew this on his farm this year and it has been a WONDERFUL crop. It's got great points for those that have IR or Cushings horses. It's gluten free. Has low sugar count and NSC (Non-structured carbohydrates) of typically under 10%.
Would be interested to hear any response from anyone that has fed teff and there opinions on it.
Or even if anyone has questions on it. I'ld be glad to answer them (or find the answer) lol
Homestead Sporthorses… Continue
Added by Briana on August 25, 2008 at 10:08pm —