Lizzie Drury MSc RNutr
The onset of autumn is the time to start monitoring any fluctuations in your horse’s weight and body condition score. This will enable winter feeding programmes to be put in place before problems such as weight loss occur. For most of us the shorter days mean that it’s not possible to ride as often as we might like, and with the UK’s reputation for torrential downpours, many horses will also have restricted turnout. Feeding routines therefore need to take these factors in to consideration so that horses remain in optimum ... Read More
When it comes to rugs and whether or not to rug in winter, there are two schools of thought. One is in favour of rugging against the elements – particularly rain – while the other believes horses are hardy enough to withstand even the harshest conditions.
But surely it depends on many different factors, including the age and health of the horse, the work it does, and your own personal preferences?
To help you decide about rugging this winter, we’ve compiled a list of reasons in favour of rugging and against rugging, although there is no right answer in this particular debate.
Reasons ... Read More
Dr. David Marlin*
Until recently FLAIR Strips have perhaps been viewed by many riders as only being something that a top-level competitor would need. This is not true.
When FLAIR Strips were first introduced, the racing industry immediately saw the benefit of this new invention. It was envisioned that the Strips would reduce the stress of racing on the respiratory system and, therefore, also have beneficial effects on the body as a whole. This has subsequently been proven through a number of studies published in scientific journals. The use of Strips by upper level competitors ... Read More
ArcEquine is the smallest microcurrent device in the world. It is a wearable, completely drug free, non-invasive pain management and tissue repair system designed for use on horses. The ArcEquine mimics the body's naturally occurring biocurrents in order to boost the production of ATP within cells. ATP is the energy component of the cells and is responsible for the flow of nutrients.
When an injury or disease occurs it decreases the rate of ATP production. There is less energy to transport the nutrients and the flow slows dramatically. The cells do not have enough ... Read More
Eventing season is in full swing once again and if you couldn’t make it to the Magic Millions Festival of British Eventing at Gatcombe Park to take advantage of our show specials, then don’t miss out on one of the upcoming 3-B’s: Blair; Burghley and Blenheim.
The Land Rover Blair Castle Horse Trials run from 23-26 August 2018, then it’s The Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials from 30 August to 2 September 2018, and we round out the 3-B’s with the Ssangyong Blenheim Palace Horse Trials from 13-16 September 2018. We’ll have a stand ... Read More
Unlike humans, during intensive exercise horses only breathe through their nose. When horses inhale, the soft tissues over the nasal passages collapse and reduce the size of the nasal passages, making it more difficult to breathe. Breathing easier is important for horses competing at all levels of fitness and skill. Learn how FLAIR® Strips are proven to make breathing easier at:
By Nicola Tyler BSc (Hons), Nutrition Director, TopSpec Equine
Some minerals are also called electrolytes. This is because when dissolved in body fluids they carry spare ions which give them an electrical charge. Electrolytes use this charge to help control the water balance in a horse, trying to maintain a sufficiently hydrated status at all times, whilst avoiding dehydration or excessive hydration. In practice the dominant concern with horses is to avoid dehydration. This is because dehydration can be life-threatening and is frequently performance-limiting, with colic and ‘Tying-Up’ the most well-known consequences.
A horse has ... Read More
Cavalor ArtiTec is a new scientifically proven, joint supplement containing very high concentrations of active anti-inflammatory ingredients. Its launch this month follows seven years of meticulous research to identify the exact mix of ingredients to deliver a highly effective product formula.
Joint inflammation - also known as synovitis - is one of the main causes of lameness, especially among sport horses, and can lead to osteoarthritis and cartilage loss. Cavalor ArtiTec is clinically proven to significantly reduce joint inflammation in one of the most comprehensive scientific studies on the subject undertaken at Ghent University. ... Read More
Masterson Method is billed as a breakthrough in the world of equine therapy – often when I walk onto a new yard, one or two of the horses will start yawning – they don’t know me and it’s not that I am boring (I think!) but they seem to sense that I can help them - their para-sympathetic nervous system has kicked in and they show a relaxed demeanour – less ‘flight or fight’, more Zen! I often stand next to a horse at the stable door and gently place my finger pads ... Read More
With the heatwave set to continue, we thought it timely to bring you our top tips on hot weather feeding. Whether you heading out for your first BE8O or competing at CCI 4*, soaring temperatures can present a number of challenges.
Although not a nutrient, water is the most important component of the horse’s diet. In fact, water accounts for approximately 65% of the horse’s body mass and is involved in almost every physiological process in the body. Dehydration may lead to tying up, respiratory stress, colic, poor performance, heat stroke and exhaustion.
Some horses are reluctant to drink ‘strange’ water ... Read More