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
The aqua treadmill is an advanced form of hydrotherapy which combines the unique healing properties of cold water with safe, controlled exercise in a straight line.
It is excellent as part of a rehabilitation programme but also extremely beneficial for a healthy horse which can through correct work with an experienced operator develop core strength and improved balance.
The water provides buoyancy which can support a limb but also resistance to the limb moving through the water. This additional restistance works against the fibres and tendons massaging them and aligning them in the right direction providing healing and soothing properties. Read More
With the Eventing season now well underway, we are starting to speak to more people about related injuries. Common injuries in event horses range from bumps and bruises to torn tendons and damaged joints, with less frequent but no less serious problems including fractures and trauma to the structures of the hoof. Due to the very varied musculoskeletal requirements of eventing, there is also the potential for damage to the limb ligaments, degenerative changes to the structure of the skeleton and tears to muscle groups almost anywhere in the horse's body.
Managing both the ... Read More
The season is here, which means it's time to start preparing your horse for the demands of competition, if you haven't already done so. Besides the obvious need to primp and preen your horse, it is important to think about internally preparing it with appropriate supplementation for support through the season.
Showing and competition pressure, together with increased travel and new environments, produces heightened nerves and flightiness which can affect your horse’s performance and health. To counter this, forward-thinking is essential. Perhaps you and your horse have seen many show seasons and have a ... Read More
Magnesium based calmers are by far the most common in the equine supplements market, yet experience from client feedback tells us that magnesium fails in far more horses than they help. A small trial we conducted in 2008 suggested that magnesium calmers will only work in approximately 25% of horses – a pretty high failure rate!
So, why are magnesium calmers the market leaders? Probably because they work better than the other calmers on the market based around ingredients such as tryptophan, B group vitamins and herbs. Surely there must be something more effective? ... Read More
What is massage therapy and when is it needed?
Did you know that muscle tension is one of the most common causes of poor performance in horses? This can be caused by a number of different things, including high levels of work, periods of box rest, travelling, and following bouts of injury or back complaint.
By reducing tension and improving the flexibility, mobility and relaxation of the muscles, your horse is less likely to show signs of stiffness, hollowness, shortened stride or, in more extreme cases, rearing up and bucking. Injury and muscle fatigue ... Read More
The ArcEquine delivery unit is light, portable and simple to use. No specialist training is required. Simply attach the delivery unit to the leg strap and select from the pre-programmed options using the two buttons. Once programmed, place the strap on the horse's leg, and it will run for 3 hours.
Attach the strap with the unit positioned to the side of the cannon bone
Do not strap to an injured leg
Do not over tighten
Rotate leg strap between sound legs for 3 hours each day
The ArcEquine is very simple to use and has ... Read More