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  • Healthy from within

    A healthy horse with a gleaming coat: that’s what all owners want. But how can we get our horse in that condition? Is it just a question of applying a shampoo or spray, or is more involved?

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  • When building condition, a good start is half the battle.

    Your horse is an athlete, and athletes need good condition to deliver top performance. Horses that feel good will perform better, no matter what level you are at. In this issue of Science Sunday in September, learn what you need to know to improve your horse's condition.

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    With summer in town it is the perfect time to stress the importance of electrolytes. Some equestrians feed them to their horses daily, while others only feed them in extreme heat or during a strenuous competition. But when do horses need those extra electrolytes, and why?

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News overview

  • 2021-07-16
    Sport in hot temperatures
    It's summer! Most of us can enjoy the hot weather (as long as it doesn't get too hot). Horses, however, have a thermoneutral zone different from that of humans, with ideal temperatures falling between -5 and +15 °C. Horses have more muscle mass to keep them warm, and less bare skin to cool them. In this issue of Science Sunday we discuss how equine bodies react to heat, what heat stress is, and how your horse can deliver optimum performance despite the heat.
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  • 2021-07-02
    Summer time, shampoo time!
    Make the difference with Cavalor shampoos! Time spent grooming each day fulfils a key role for both horse and rider. It’s real quality time. You can see the results straight away, but even more importantly, these times really strengthen the bond between you and your horse. Grooming products are much more than just a spot of pampering. They really do make a difference.
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  • 2021-06-16
    Regulating your Horse's Energy
    Working with horses is all about energy. The right energy to navigate the course or perform the test. However, energy can also be a stumbling block. Your horse may be too lethargic, be too "fizzy" at the beginning of training, or not have enough energy to make it through to the end. All these scenarios have one common thread: an imbalance in energy. In this issue of Science Sunday, our experts will discuss and explain this problem! What is energy? How does one discern between energy, temperament, and condition? What role do diet and nutrition play? And, last of all, how to pep up a lethargic horse, and calm a fizzy one? Move up or down a gear!
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  • 2021-05-15
    Know your muscles!
    Healthy and supple muscles are essential for the health and performance of sport horses. Your horse is only in top shape when his muscles are. The alternation of exercise and rest along with feeding according to need are the keys to healthy muscles. In this Science Sunday, we give you insight into muscle function and share with you the Cavalor roadmap for healthy and supple muscles.
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  • 2021-05-10
    Sensitive Equine Hooves
    Your horse can only benefit from healthy hooves. After all, they bear his full weight, day and night. Sensitive hooves can be problematic, not to mention painful. Problems from sensitive hooves tend to come back often. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
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  • 2021-04-17
    All About Equine Muscle Development
    Good feed is essential for good muscle development. And not only the kind of feed and its energy value, but also the quantity and especially the quality of protein, minerals, and vitamins. This, in combination with hard work, will result in good muscle development. A horse with strong, healthy muscles is less prone to injuries. In this issue of Science Sunday you'll learn about muscle development in horses.
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  • 2021-04-16
    From Zero to Hero: Feeding Strategy for Optimum Musculature
    A healthy, radiant horse with good musculature. Isn't that what we all want? One of the most common misunderstandings regarding muscle development is that it can only be achieved through training. But did you know that your horse can only build up muscle through good condition and feed containing the right components? Good muscle development depends on the right feeding strategy. Here are three steps for obtaining strong musculature in your horse: from no muscle tone to a real powerhouse.
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  • 2021-03-17
    What you should know about horses and sugar
    All horses need sugar for general good health and performance. Sugar delivers energy that the muscles need to work properly. No sugar, no performance. For healthy horses, normal quantities of sugar present no problem. However, too much sugar is not good for anyone. Balance is key. In this blog article we'll discuss this topic in detail.
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  • 2021-03-08
    Healthy weight
    It's important for horses and ponies to have a healthy weight. A horse with a healthy weight delivers better performance, has more energy and has less risk of developing laminitis or insulin resistance. But what is a healthy weight for your horse? And what should you do if your horse is overweight or underweight?
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  • 2021-03-04
    Spring grass and fructan: what should you watch out for?
    Spring is coming! That means that horses can spend more time outdoors, and more time at pasture. When transitioning from stable to pasture, your horse's diet changes too. More fresh spring grass. Did you know that grass produces fructan as a source of energy? In principle, normal quantities of fructan are not a risk for healthy horses. However, fructan can cause horses that are sensitive to sugar to suffer considerably. In this blog, we're going to talk about all the things you should watch out for when your horse is turned out to pasture once more!
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  • 2021-02-19
    The Immune System: Everything you need to know about the body's natural defences
    The body's immune system is what protects it from germs, viruses, and bacteria. The stronger the immune system, the less likely the horse will fall ill. It's also responsible for recovery after physical exertion. Although the immune system is invisible, it plays an important role in the horse's well-being. The immune system is constantly working to quickly fight off threats to the body.
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  • 2021-01-15
    Science Sunday: the power of oxygen
    Oxygen is indispensable for the (equine) body; it is essential for providing the cells of the body with energy. Without oxygen, powerful muscles count for nothing. Never underestimate the power of oxygen!
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  • 2021-01-06
    Feeding a pregnant mare: The foundations for a strong and healthy foal are laid during gestation
    The foaling season still seems a long way off, but the winter months are just the right time to prepare your mare for the coming birth. The foal's growth is slow at the beginning of gestation, and the mare gets adequate nutrients from her normal feed. However, in the final three months of pregnancy, the foal will experience an enormous growth spurt in utero. This increases the mare's energy requirements. She needs extra nutrients to maintain a healthy weight and provide nourishment to her foetus.
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