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Forage Survey

Maria Wilhelmsson is a student at the Equine Science MSc program at the University of Edinburgh. She currently doing her masters dissertation and her project is divided in to two parts: a digestibility and behavior study on a group of elite showjumping horses, comparing a common sport horse diet with high levels of starch-rich concentrate feed, with a diet with ...

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TELL ME MORE ABOUT CONDITION SCORE?

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Condition scoring is an assessment of your horse’s body fat coverage and should form part of your routine management plan. With practice, condition scoring is an accurate way of ensuring that your horse does not gain or lose too much body condition and shows results far more quickly than by the eye alone. This enables you to make any dietary ...

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FEEDING THE PERFORMANCE HORSE

Nutritional advice from Senior Nutritionist – LIZZIE DRURY MSC RNUTR   Feeding management affects a number of different aspects of equine health and performance, including gastrointestinal function, hydration, electrolyte status, and substrate selection during exercise. We would like to highlight some of the important strategies that could ensure that you have a successful season. Feeding performance horses can be a challenge. Requirements for individual horses ...

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The Grain Myth

Dr. med. vet. Malin Olson Although horses have evolved as grass eaters, performance horses are commonly fed diets including large amounts of starch-rich concentrates (oat, barley, maize). There is very little scientific evidence that supports that these diets promote performance. In fact, it is well known that high concentrate diets are associated with problems in the digestive system, abnormal behavior, metabolic ...

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Charging energy with the right speed

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Dr. med. vet. Malin Olson In the wild horses can graze up to sixteen hours a day.  The purpose of grazing is to fulfill the nutrient and energy needs of the horse to keep up the horse’s vitality. To be able to have fast excess to energy, horses store energy in the form of glycogen in their muscles. These storages  ...

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Deciding the optimal intake for health and performance of your horse

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by Dr. med. vet. Malin Olson   It is a common misunderstanding that we can promote health and performance just by adding more of any particular nutrient. On the right hand side of the graph we see that health decreases when the intake goes over a critical point. Today we see diseases in stabled horses, which are not seen in ...

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“How to use the main types of energy to get the right performance?

“How to use the main types of energy to get the right performance? Horse Nutrition

by Dr. med. vet. Malin Olson A common description of energy is the “ability to bring a system to perform work”. A horse is built out of many systems, e.g. nervous system, musculoskeletal system, reproductive system. These systems perform different types of work, e.g. thinking, moving or reproducing. The energy, which is used, comes from the feed.   Concentrated feed ...

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How to use the motor “the digestive system” to get the best performance?

Dr. med. vet. Malin Olson Hunting and gathering occupies at least 90 percent of human history. Therefor is the digestive system adapted to an intake of large meals consisting of a variety of food sources. For the best performance humans should eat meals, which contains nutrient, resorbed in the small intestine – e.g. grains and vegetable fat as perfect energy ...

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Devil’s Claw: FEI Controlled Substance

Devils Claw FEI controlled list

Riders are warned to take care when using devil’s claw this year if they are competing under FEI rules, as an active ingredient appears on the governing body’s controlled medication list for 2016. Harpogoside is now on the proposed list of controlled medication. Harpogoside is an active component in Devil’s claw and the herb is commonly used to help ease ...

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Corn Oil for Horses: Omega-3s and Omega-6s

Corn Oil for Horses: Omega-3s and Omega-6s

In recent years, horse owners have been warned against rushing for the jug of corn oil when a beautiful coat is desired or additional calories for weight gain are needed. The primary reason corn oil has fallen out of favor has to do with its fatty acid profile. Corn oil contains 50 times more omega-6 fatty acids than omega-3 fatty ...

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