Category Archive for "Feed Management"

horse

Running out of food- How does it effect my horse

So its dinner time at the stables, but there is not enough food for your horse. The shop is closed (because that’s just always the way, right!), what a disaster!!!! The horses will probably starve, right? Wrong. Everyone has been…

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holidays

Feeding over the Holidays

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Once again holiday season has arrived and while riders enjoy a well earned break so too do their horses. This can vary from a few days to a few months but should the horse’s diet change during these periods? One…

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Leading a Balanced life- Feeding Balancer Pellets

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Although balancer pellets have been around for a while now, they are still not clearly understood. This often leads to unnecessary feeding and/or unbalanced rations- the very opposite of what they are designed to do. What are balancer pellets really…

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Scoop

Understanding Shelf Life

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How do you know your feed is fresh and good to use? The easiest answer to that question is to check the shelf life of the bag. What is a Shelf life? The shelf life of a product is how…

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Label Part 2

Reading the Label- Part 3

In the final part of our feed label series we look at Crude fibre, Calcium and Phosphorus, as well as some details a feed label won’t divulge. Crude Fibre The word “crude”, in the case of fibre, comprises both the…

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Reading the label -Part 2

In our last article we looked at the wording and basic information found on feed labels. This month we look at the nutritional information in more depth to help you understand what you are reading. The Nutrient Analysis In South Africa,…

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label part 1

Reading the Label- What does the feed tag really tell you- Part 1

If you’re like me, reading the label on your feed bag isn’t the first priority when buying feed. It’s what you’ve always bought, and the horses look fine on it so that’s what matters, right? However taking time to read…

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hoof

No Hoof No Horse

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Nutrition is certainly a crucial consideration for good hooves, as the correct diet will assist in the growth of good-quality hoof horn that is equipped to support the horse’s weight and retain its integrity. But what do we actually know…

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stabled horse

Feeding a horse on box rest

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All horse owners dread a veterinary diagnosis that requires a horse to be placed on box rest. Confinement of any horse for long periods poses many obstacles, especially where their diet is concerned. The equine diet plays an important role…

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myths

5 Feeding Myths Debunked

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As with so many aspects of equine management there are many nuggets of sound advice and sometimes advice well worth avoiding. Five of the most common misconceptions are detailed below: Myth # 1: Concentrates or grains should form the foundation…

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