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Supporting Senior Joints

Supporting Senior Joints

Soundness issues are recognized as the number one reason why working horses retire, downgrade their work level or, sadly, have to be euthanized. Therefore, if we want our horses to remain sound and stay active well into their teens and beyond, then joint care will be high on our list of priorities.

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Care of the Veteran Horse

Care of the Veteran Horse

Did you know, our equine population is gradually ageing? Due to improvements in dietary and nutrition knowledge, better veterinary care and improvements in routine care like anthelmintics, the average lifespan of the horse is increasing. Plus, of course, a very important change is that our horses are now much loved family members, a distinct conversion from their historic role as working animals.

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Hooves and the Sulphur Story

Hooves & the Sulphur Story

No foot, no horse’ is a well-known saying in the equine world, and nutrition is a key part of maintaining optimum hoof health. When considering hoof nutrition, the emphasis tends to be on biotin, methionine and zinc, and all of these have their roles to play within the complex hoof, but have we overlooked one of the main players? What role does sulphur play in your horse’s hoof health?

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Optimising Digestive Health

Optimising Digestive Health

As hind-gut fermenters, the digestive system of the horse is large, complex and absolutely vital to their health and wellbeing. The gut is important for so much more than simply digesting their food – though doing that well is pretty important!

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Sweet Itch With Horses or Ponies

Sweet Itch With Horses or Ponies

Summer is here, and with that the longer days, better weather and more opportunities to ride. But it’s not all good news for some of our equines. Just as we may be prone to summer associated health issues, such as hayfever, so some horses and ponies are susceptible to allergies and intolerances through the nicer weather, with one of the most common being Sweet Itch.

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Fly Menace

Fly Menace

Here comes summer, and with it the familiar cry of ‘Which fly spray do I use?’ Read our brief guide to know what is what when choosing fly repellents. 

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How to Reduce Sugar Intake In your Horse's Diet

How to Reduce Sugar Intake In your Horse's Diet

Grass may contain high levels of simple sugars (the main one being sucrose – the same sugar you put in your tea!) and fructan or ‘stored sugar’, collectively referred to as water-soluble carbohydrate (WSC).

In fact, a 300kg pony turned out 24/7 could consume up to 2.3kg of simple sugars and up to 7.5kg of WSC from grass alone! But fresh grass isn’t the only culprit, hay and haylage can be deceptively high in WSC too.

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