Horses today are living longer and well into old age and many older horses are continuing to event and compete well into their late teens and sometimes beyond. If you are lucky enough to own an experienced older schoolmaster, then you’ll probably want to know how to provide the best diet and nutrition to keep them eventing and competing to a high standard.
Lisa Elliott (MSc), nutritionist at Castle Horse Feeds, shares some essential dietary tips to keep your veteran eventer healthy and performing well throughout their golden years.
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By Dr. David Marlin
What is fatigue?
In the context of horse sport, we use fatigue to describe the inability of a horse to continue to perform at the desired level. This may be manifested as a slowing down or not being able to jump as high or performing poorer movements as a test, course or race progresses. Fatigue in this context is different from exhaustion, which can result in an inability for a horse to even take another step or remain standing upright. Fatigue is a protective mechanism there to try and prevent a ... Read More
The right nutrition is essential to keep your eventer happy, healthy and performing well and good nutrition revolves around including the correct levels of nutrients. There are six so-called ‘essential’ nutrients in the horse’s diet: carbohydrates, fats, protein, vitamins, minerals and water – yet water is easily the most essential. Despite its importance, water is frequently overlooked when considering a horse’s dietary needs and is often referred to as the ‘forgotten nutrient’, when it should be the main one.
Lisa Elliott MSc – nutritionist at Castle Horse Feeds – gives us some insights into ... Read More
Inflammatory Airway Disease or IAD is a respiratory disease that typically affects young horses, as early as one year of age. This disease is tricky to diagnose as affected horses typically do not show increased respiratory efforts at rest. The exact cause is unknown, but is thought to be associated with inhalation of irritants like stable dust and air pollution.
Most horses with IAD will develop a lingering cough but no fever. Affected horses may be training fine but don’t perform well in competition and may also take longer to recover normal breathing. As ... Read More
Don't you think prevention is better than cure?
As horse owners, it is your responsibility to provide the best nutrition for your horse, this means that it is your responsibility to research and understand what they should be eating. It should not be a case of just going to the feed store a picking up a bag with a pretty horse on it nor should it be a case of buying what is cheapest.
There is an awful lot of information on the Internet to enable you to make your own informed decisions. Yes, sometimes ... Read More
With the Eventing season in full swing, the right nutrition can be just as important to success as the right training. Getting the diet right can make that all important difference, so follow these guidelines from Lisa Elliot MSc – nutritionist at Castle Horse Feeds – to achieve optimum health and performance in your eventer.
Just as for all horses, forage (grass, hay and/or haylage) should always be the main part and foundation of your event horse’s diet. Horses have evolved over many years to consume a continuous fibrous diet, so even the hardest ... Read More
The liver makes up around 1% of the horse's total bodyweight and is probably the most important organ in the body since every other organ depends on it. It works closely with the digestive system and has an array of different functions:
Blood from the intestinal tract is drained to the liver where nutrients can be stored or metabolised to produce energy.
It maintains blood glucose levels.
It excretes harmful toxins or drugs from the body.
It produces bile to aid fat digestion.
It produces blood clotting factors.
It produces extra blood cells ... Read More