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It is important to remember that free radicals are natural byproducts of the oxidation of carbohydrates, fats and proteins for use as energy—processes that are necessary for our bodies to function. This means that when horses work, free radicals are generated due to energy stores being utilized for work. Free radicals are inevitable and can also be beneficial. Oxidation is used as a way for the body to neutralize infections and viruses.

It is important to remember that free radicals are natural byproducts of the oxidation of carbohydrates, fats and proteins for use as energy—processes that are necessary for our bodies to function. This means that when horses work, free radicals are generated due to energy stores being utilized for work. Free radicals are inevitable and can also be beneficial. Oxidation is used as a way for the body to neutralize infections and viruses.

Although it is commonly accepted that horses have a sweet tooth, research on horse’s palatability indicates this may not be the case. Horses’ palatability is measured by their preference for a feed over another. Research has shown that horses’ preference for feeds was not affected by the sugar content, and they prefer a slightly bitter flavour over sweet flavours. The traditional belief that horses have a sweet tooth may be a case of anthropomorphizing (humanizing) their diet.

Although it is commonly accepted that horses have a sweet tooth, research on horse’s palatability indicates this may not be the case. Horses’ palatability is measured by their preference for a feed over another. Research has shown that horses’ preference for feeds was not affected by the sugar content, and they prefer a slightly bitter flavour over sweet flavours. The traditional belief that horses have a sweet tooth may be a case of anthropomorphizing (humanizing) their diet.

Faecal smells arise from microbial fermentation in the colon and when protein levels entering the colon are high and microbial growth is inefficient, putrid smelling end products can result. Therefore, strong smelling faeces may be an indicator that there is too much protein in the diet and/or that the microbial population in the hindgut is not functioning optimally.

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Simply put, catabolism is when the horse breaks down its own body tissues to provide energy. First the body will break down tissue stores of glycogen (sugar) and fat. Ultimately, the horse will break down protein from muscle and internal organs to fuel energy requirements. Visually the horse not only becomes thin, it may also loose muscle mass from the top-line and hindquarters. This tissue break down begins very soon after the injury or disease and persists until the injury or disease…

Horses that are sick or injured have elevated nutrient requirements, learn the best management strategies for your horses sick or injured horse.

Feeding small amounts of hay prior to exercise and allowing constant access to water is recommended. However, feeding grain concentrates to performance horses is not recommended within 3-5 hours prior to competition. Avoiding last minute meals of grain will allow horses to properly mobilize and utilize carbohydrate and fat during exercise. Feeding post exercise is critical to the recovery of the horse. Following exercise, horses should be immediately provided with hay and water.

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When environmental temperatures (including wind chill) drop below 0°C (referred to as the critical temperature), significant amounts of energy are used by the horse to maintain its internal body heat.

When environmental temperatures (including wind chill) drop below (referred to as the critical temperature), significant amounts of energy are used by the horse to maintain its internal body heat.

Even with these limitations the cresty neck scoring system has been proven to be a valuable tool when predicting a horse’s risk of metabolic disease. An increase in cresty neck score was associated with an increase in circulating insulin and a decrease in insulin sensitivity in the equines studied. These factors potentially amplify the animals risk for an array of metabolic diseases including laminitis.

Does your horse have a cresty neck? Learn how to assess your horse, how it is related to laminitis and how to feed horses with a cresty neck.

The horse’s thick winter coat has an insulating effect against cold and wind. In addition, horses in good body condition prior to winter months will be able to use the extra body fat as an additional insulating effect against wind and also serves them as an energy reserve.

The horse’s thick winter coat has an insulating effect against cold and wind. In addition, horses in good body condition prior to winter months will be able to use the extra body fat as an additional insulating effect against wind and also serves them as an energy reserve.

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Exercise improves the delivery of blood and therefore oxygen and nutrients to the skin. In time, the number of blood vessels and density of the capillaries supplying the skin actually increase so that nutrient flow is improved even when the horse isn’t exercising. Exercise is also beneficial by stimulating the flow of sweat and sebum. Sebum prevents excess moisture loss and drying.

Exercise improves the delivery of blood and therefore oxygen and nutrients to the skin. In time, the number of blood vessels and density of the capillaries supplying the skin actually increase so that nutrient flow is improved even when the horse isn’t exercising. Exercise is also beneficial by stimulating the flow of sweat and sebum. Sebum prevents excess moisture loss and drying.

The muscle of horse’s with tying-up contract and do not relax. There is massive contraction of the muscle groups along the back and rump of the horse. The horse will appear to be nailed to the floor in the back end while seemingly being able to move the front end without any problems. They will appear to be in significant pain. When you press your hands along the muscles on either side of the spine, they feel rock hard.

This detailed article explains what tying-up us is, its causes and provides a list of clinical signs, first aid tips, veterinary treatments, best dietary management and exercise schedules.

A mare’s immune status is also a very significant factor affecting the quality of colostrum. Colostrum is the ‘first milk’ that is produced during the last month of gestation and is vital for the establishment of a foal’s immune system. The quality of colostrum, in terms of its immunoglobulin content, is very much dependent upon a mare having overall good immune status. This in turn is believed to be influenced by adequate dietary selenium intake, as diets that were deficient in selenium…

Adequate levels of selenium in a pregnant mares diet are important to prevent placenta retention and increase immunity.

The color of the hoof is influenced by the color of the skin above it, so if a horse has white markings directly above the hoof, the hoof itself may carry the same pigmentation. Many people believe that hooves with black walls are stronger than hooves with white walls. There is no quality difference on the same horse between white and black hooves, no scientific data to sustain any difference. www.hygain.com.au

The color of the hoof is influenced by the color of the skin above it, so if a horse has white markings directly above the hoof, the hoof itself may carry the same pigmentation. Many people believe that hooves with black walls are stronger than hooves with white walls. There is no quality difference on the same horse between white and black hooves, no scientific data to sustain any difference. www.hygain.com.au

Diarrhea is a signal that something isn’t right in a horse’s gut. So, many people assume that diarrhea may be a symptom of, or otherwise associated with, gastric ulcers. In reality, a horse’s stomach has no influence on the texture of a horse’s manure. Loose or watery stools always originate from a problem beyond the stomach, most often the hindgut.

Diarrhea is a signal that something isn’t right in a horse’s gut. So, many people assume that diarrhea may be a symptom of, or otherwise associated with, gastric ulcers. In reality, a horse’s stomach has no influence on the texture of a horse’s manure. Loose or watery stools always originate from a problem beyond the stomach, most often the hindgut.

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