News 2013

  • New Cavalor ambassador Karin Donckers works towards sixth Olympic Games together with Cavalor
    2013-12-27



    Karin Donckers: “Top-level sport is about details!” From 1 January 2014, Cavalor will provide nutritional support to Belgian eventing rider Karin Donckers with Cavalor nutritional supplements and care products. Karin Donckers, who has already competed in five Olympic Games, is currently preparing for the World Equestrian Games in August.

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  • Feed For Thought : Muscle pain. Does the solution lie in nutrition?
    2013-12-18



    Last week, we discussed some symptoms of muscle issues and how to diagnose them. Now, let’s go over some of the major nutrients required for adequate muscle health, recovery, and performance: vitamin E, selenium, thiamine, and magnesium. If any one of these components is missing from the diet, the horse will be unable to perform at its peak abilities regardless of how rigorous and thorough the training schedule.

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  • The Cavalor® Solemate formula has been upgraded!
    2013-12-11



    The new added ingredients help reduce soreness and manage infections in the hoof area. New ingredients: Epson salt, iodine, pine tar and arnica.

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News overview

  • 2013-12-06
    Feed For Thought: The unsound horse: Is it joint pain or muscle pain?
    With modern veterinary medicine, it is quite easy to get into an inject-a-thon trying to pinpoint the source of your equine’s pain using the common assumption that arthritis is the culprit. But what if it’s actually your horse’s muscles that are causing them pain? Just like in people, horses often suffer from delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) which is muscle soreness or stiffness that can occur 1-3 days after the original exertion. While it is a common misconception that DOMS is caused by lactic acid build up in the muscles, it is actually the result of damage to the muscle cell membranes caused by the free radicals (highly reactive compounds that want to combine with everything) left over from the energy generative processes which fuel the working muscles (Schwane et. al. 1983). The open muscle cell will then spill its contents of proteins and enzymes into the surrounding areas resulting in inflammation, limb lameness & reduced performance.
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  • 2013-11-27
    Feed For Thought: NSCS: Why are they important? What are they?
    In the last ten years, nonstructural carbohydrates have gone from something described in a handful of scientifi c articles to one of the most talked about aspects of equine nutrition. Nonstructural carbohydrates or NSCs are the summation of simple sugars, starches, and fructans within a feedstuff and are often expressed as a percentage of the total dry matter of the feedstuff in question (Hall 2003). Sugars & starches are the readily available energy sources found in a variety of grains & forages while fructans are chains of the simple sugar fructose that are produced by coolseason grasses, such as timothy or orchard grass, when under stress & can be used as potent prebiotic additive in minute quantities in the form of fructooligosaccharies (FOS).
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  • 2013-11-27
    Figuring Out The Fuel Equation: Advice from Cavalor’s equine researcher regarding feeding easy keepers, hard keepers and everything in between.
    By David van Doorn, PhD Some horse owners are confronted with the challenge of feeding a so-called easy keeper who doesn’t necessarily need weight but needs more “energy”—not referring to caloric intake but to a horse that can be lazy. Others may be challenged to feed a hard keeper—a “hot” horse who needs to gain weight but not get more excitable during competition. Can nutrition, and especially the type of energy we provide to horses, help manage these issues with horses that participate in show jumping, dressage and eventing? In order to answer that, let’s consider general principles for feeding performance horses. Then we can examine strategies for feeding both easy and hard keepers.
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  • 2013-11-25
    Feed For Thought: this time of the year is generally known as “Colic Season,” Do you know why?
    While changes in management can also contribute to the higher incidence of colic as the weather gets colder, such as less time riding or less plentiful grass in pasture, there has long been known to a link between colic & cold weather changes. A possible reason for this is the dropping barometric pressure associated with most cold fronts. The more rapid & severe the drop, the more likely that the horse will experience gastrointestinal upset.
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  • 2013-11-25
    Feed For Thought: the problem with alfalfa-grass blends in baled hay. What’s the problem?
    Too often people will swear up & down that alfalfa is a major cause of laminitis in horses. While any high calorie component in a horse’s diet can contribute to equine metabolic syndrome (EMS), that lush, green alfalfa is not the high sugar culprit; instead, it’s the grass hay in your alfalfa-grass blend hay.
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  • 2013-10-30
    Insulin Resistance (IR): How can I properly manage weight loss for my horses?
    Obesity and overweight are increasingly cited as major health issues in most mammals today. Humans are not the only mammals subjected to these weight problems, dogs, cats and even horses are affected. A study in the United States shows that 32% of horses are overweight and 19% are obese. Studies performed in the United Kingdom yielded the same distressing results; 45% of horses suffer from obesity or overweight. Among other health issues, obesity is associated with insulin resistance (IR) and horses suffering from obesity can be at a higher risk for developing Laminitis. This article offers several practices on weight management in horses.
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  • 2013-09-13
    Cavalor riders present at the Moroccan Royal Tour CSI3*-W !
    From 20 September to 06 October, the fourth edition of Morocco Royal Tour will take place, during three weekends, in three cities of Morocco. This CSIO 3* is counting for the Rolex Ranking List where the riders can also gain precious points to qualify for the World Cup.
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  • 2013-09-13
    A note from: Sara Lee (USA)...
    Winner of the MyCavalor.com Facebook Contest!
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  • 2013-08-28
    FEI ECCO European Championships
    The Jumping, Dressage and Para-Equestrian European Championships are already over, the medals are handed out. It was an exciting competition full of unexpected twists!
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  • 2013-08-23
    Only one year to go until the WEG!
    One year from now, the World Equestrian Games, the culmination of equestrian sports at the highest level, will take place in Caen, France.
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  • 2013-08-21
    Cavalor® Muscle Base Replaced by Cavalor® Muscle Liq
    A new and improved formula for Cavalor® Muscle Base was developed to increase efficiency. This resulted in a liquid product: Cavalor® Muscle Liq. The most important modification is that potassium citrate was added to the formula. The potassium-citrate salt is a buffering agent, providing a strong, neutralizing or buffering activity against acid salts, or buildup of acid in the blood and muscles. This will prevent muscle acidification.
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  • 2013-08-19
    SONNY GARGUILO AND CAVALOR PLACE FOURTH OVERALL
    Sonny Garguilo and foster mustang, Cavalor, take fourth out of 35 mustangs in the New Jersey Extreme Mustang Makeover Challenge
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  • 2013-08-14
    FEI and International Equestrian Organisers Alliance sign a Memorandum of Understanding
    The International Equestrian Organisers Alliance (IEOA) has become the first of the former FEI Associate Members to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the FEI, following the removal of the Associate Member status from the FEI Statutes at the 2012 FEI General Assembly. The MOU, which was signed by IEOA President Peter Bollen and FEI Secretary General Ingmar De Vos, formally acknowledges the IEOA as an organisation recognised by the FEI.
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  • 2013-08-05
    Cavalor riders present at the European Championships of Herning!
    From 20 to 25 of August, the ECCO FEI European Championships Jumping, Dressage and Para Equestrian Dressage will take place in Herning, Denmark. For the country, it is the biggest sports event of the year. Reason enough to make sure the event is organised with great care: the "battle" will take place at the prestigious MCH Arena. 10.000 seats, spectacular arenas, all the necessary comfort for the horses as well as stands and entertainment will ensure this competition is a highlight on the equestrian calendar.
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  • 2013-07-19
    Coughing & The Essential Oils of Cavalor Bronchix Liquid. The Mystery Unraveled.
    Coughing must not be taken lightly. Coughing may lead to fatigue, trouble breathing, pain, impaired performance and increased risk of severe infection.
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  • 2013-07-17
    Is your horse too thin? Are you at your wits’ end? Read the success story of Julie De Pelsmaeker and Whippersnapper here!
    The De Pelsmaeker family, proud owners of Whippersnapper, were at their wits’ end. Their horse was very thin and they had already tried everything. After consultation with the Veterinary Clinic De Bosdreef, it appeared that Whippersnapper was glucose intolerant, and they could not get it under control.
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  • 2013-07-15
    Cavalor-rider Bernard Fonck wins European Reining Championship!
    Last weekend, Cavalor-rider Bernard Fonck obtained the victory at the NRHA European Futurity Champion Open Level 1 in Austria. With Sail On Top Whizard, he scored no less than 227 points, easily surpassing the second combination. Cavalor talked to Bernard about this wonderful victory.
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  • 2013-07-10
    Wodan, a cushing horse, saved with Cavalor® FiberForce
    At the beginning of the year 2013 my horse Wodan was suffering from laminitis and he became very skinny due to Cushing’s disease. Sugars and starch were banned in his diet. Thanks to the good medical care of my veterinarian and my farrier, and the diet advice of the equine clinic UGent the downward spiral of his disease was broken. I started with Cavalor® FiberForce, a great low sugar product that even smells delicious. My horse became thicker and stronger. Really great results in such a short period of time. Thank you, Cavalor, for creating a product that reduces his chance of laminitis relapse and that gave him a chance to survive.
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  • 2013-07-09
    Final winners of the MyCavalor.com Facebook Contest!
    Congratulations to Alke De Jong (The Netherlands) and Jodi Heaston (US)! They are the final winners of the MyCavalor.com Share & Win Facebook Contest!
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  • 2013-07-08
    Understanding fiber and its role in horse’s health is important.
    The importance of fiber in the human diet is a well-documented topic, but it’s a newer subject in the equine world.
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  • 2013-07-02
    Winner of the Cavalor Share & Win Facebook Contest
    Announcing this week’s winners of the MyCavalor.com share & win Facebook Contest! Congratulations to: Susan Jenske (Germany) and Megan Grigsby (US)! Try it yourself! Go to: www.mycavalor.com, share your ration on Facebook and enter to win a six week supply of the Cavalor products suggested!
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  • 2013-06-26
    MyCavalor.com share & win Facebook Contest!
    Announcing this week’s winners of the MyCavalor.com share & win Facebook Contest! Congratulations to: Leen Cox (Europe) & Sara Lee (US)! Try it yourself! Go to: www.mycavalor.com, share your ration on Facebook and enter to win a six week supply of the Cavalor products suggested. This contest runs from June 11 – July 9, 2013.
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  • 2013-06-18
    Announcing this week’s winner of the MyCavalor.com share & win Facebook Contest!
    Congratulations to: Wendy Kluvers (The Netherlands) and Andrea Balas (US)! Try it yourself! Go to: www.mycavalor.com, share your ration on Facebook and enter to win a six week supply of the Cavalor products suggested. This contest runs from June 11 – July 9, 2013.
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  • 2013-06-11
    Announcing this week’s winners of the MyCavalor.com Share & Win Facebook Contest!
    Congratulations to: Mireille Braet (Belgium) and Elizabeth Fisher (US). Try it for yourself! Go to: www.mycavalor.com, share your ration on Facebook and enter to win a six week supply of the Cavalor products suggested. This contest will still be running for another 3 weeks, take your chances to win and visit www.mycavalor.com!
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  • 2013-06-05
    Cavalor® is proud to present our newest product, Cavalor® NorPlus!
    Customers and grooms around the world asked Cavalor® to develop a skin-friendly, gentle shampoo that would remove stains and produce an illuminating shine for all coat colors.
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  • 2013-06-04
    CAVALOR SHARE & WIN FACEBOOK CONTEST
    How about winning all Cavalor products suggested in the feeding program you create?
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  • 2013-05-31
    Treating Summer Eczema
    Summer eczema is known by many names: insect hypersensitivity, sweet itch, summer itch, Queensland itch, scratches, mud fever, dew poisoning and greasy heel, among others. Regardless of what you call it, any horse owner who has ever had to deal with this problem will not soon forget the horse’s incessant rubbing of its mane and tail. Many horse owners try numerous ointments and other topical treatments, often without success.
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  • 2013-05-02
    The Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event
    The Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event was a successful one for Cavalor. With 12 riders making their Rolex Kentucky debut, Meghan O'Donoghue and Pirate were the highest placed pair out of the bunch and Daniel Clasing on Houston made it round the cross country double clear, an excellent feat for a first-timer.
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  • 2013-04-29
    World Cup Jumping Finals 2013
    Beezie Madden of the United States bested a field of top riders from Europe, North and South America, Japan and South East Asia to win the Rolex FEI World Cup™ Jumping Final in Gothenburg, Sweden on April 28. Madden went clean in the jump-off aboard Simon. She was followed by Steve Guerdot of Switzerland on Nino des Buissonnets in second place and Kevin Staut of France, who placed third on Silvana HDC, one of the top mares on the international jumping circuit.
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  • 2013-04-03
    Animal Kingdom Rules the World in Dubai
    April opened with a bang for legendary race horse Animal Kingdom, whose handlers are still celebrating his $10 million win in the Dubai World Cup on March 30. The 2011 Kentucky Derby winner is the first United States-based horse to win the Meydan Racecourse event. The world’s richest race, it is sponsored by Dubai's state-owned Emirates Airline. After the World Cup moved to Meydan in 2010, no U.S.-based horses have been among the top three finishers.
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  • 2013-04-03
    Launch of the first Cavalor Educational Video !
    Ever feel like there must be a simple answer to a seemingly complex problem with your equine partner? Ever get frustrated when your favorite animal performs poorly and you don't know why? It might have something to do with nutrition, and that's why Cavalor created these simple, educational videos. It's as easy as watch and learn to be on your way to understanding important nutritional factors which affect your horse's performance. When the result counts, you can count on Cavalor!
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  • 2013-03-25
    Tribute to Salinero, for his fantastic career with Anky Van Grunsven!
    Cavalor wrote him a special poem about his career, his beauty, his elegance and his Olympic medals!
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  • 2013-03-08
    Over 220 delegates from 21 countries celebrate the 6th meeting of the EEHNC with the focus on “Feeding for Gastrointestinal Health”.
    Over 220 delegates from 21 countries attended the 6th edition of the European Equine Health & Nutrition Congress (EEHNC) that was hosted by Ghent University (Belgium). Internationally recognized specialists in nutrition, veterinary scientists, veterinarians, industry representatives and equine professionals attended this meeting. The congress focused on “Feeding for Gastrointestinal Health”. The first day of this congress was dedicated to the relationship between nutrition and the prevention of gastrointestinal problems in healthy horses (Friday). The following day was dedicated to the nutrition and health of horses with specific gastrointestinal intestinal health problems (Saturday). Participants could also follow practical workshops.
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  • 2013-02-15
    Koos De Ronde about the Cavalor Products
    “Cavalor® products were a big help to me in winning the FEI World Cup Driving Championship. Because of this, my horses stayed very fit over the entire three days. It is a very strenuous competition."
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  • 2013-02-15
    CAVALOR launches MyCavalor.com!
    Create a personalized feeding program for your horse while having your morning coffee, shopping online or during a five-minute break. With www.MyCavalor.com, find the ideal diet for your horse. MyCavalor.com is a fast, user-friendly online resource that is as easy as 1,2,3. By asking some simple questions, MyCavalor.com will help calculate the appropriate ration for your horse in no time. Take charge and personalize your horse’s diet, because your horse is different and has different needs! For example, does he just need more energy, or should he be calmer? Find out how with MyCavalor.com.
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  • 2013-02-13
    Koos de Ronde on Top of the World
    Koos de Ronde of The Netherlands won the FEI World Cup Driving Championship with two clear rounds in the final phase of the competition in Bordeaux on February 9. “To win this gives me a real kick!” exclaimed Koos after claiming his first FEI World Cup Driving Championship title. “I finally did it – what a great feeling!”
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  • 2013-02-11
    Absorption and metabolism of fatty acids
    Free fatty acids are present in the small intestine as a result of ingestion with the feed or because they are released from ingested lipid molecules under the action of pancreatic lipases in the small intestine.
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  • 2013-02-11
    Are fructans and sugars the same?
    Problem and background of the discussion. It has been known that horses and ponies that are fed too much carbohydrate by accidental grain overload may develop laminitis. Another important cause of laminitis is consumption of lush pasture. Recently specific carbohydrate fractions (fructans) have been proven to be associated with the onset of laminitis (van Eps and Pollit, 2006). The horse ingests fructans mainly during grazing (fresh grass) or in the roughage originating from grass. The fructan content of grains is generally low (and most concentrates will therefore have low fructan content). Horse owners are currently informed about the possible relationship between “fructans” and the occurrence of pasture associated laminitis. However, there are indications that the horse community is confused by the use of mixed terminology for carbohydrate classification and the classifications of the diseases in this discussion. In this article we try to give you some more insight in the terminology and fructan levels in pasture. Questions like “which horses are at risk for pasture-associated laminitis” and “how can horse owners reduce the risk for pasture-associated laminitis” are discussed in this article.
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  • 2013-02-11
    The role of the liver
    The liver has a wide variety of functions. One of these functions is clearing the blood from toxins. When the amount of toxin exceeds the capacity of the liver to detoxify this compound, the liver function may be impaired or damaged and a liver disease may occur. Horse owners may be familiar with Tansy ragwort or “stinking willie” (Senecio jacobaea) poisoning. These may not directly be associated with liver disease. In this article we use Tansy ragwort poisoning as an example to illustrate the role of the liver in detoxifying the blood and how a liver disease may develop.
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  • 2013-02-11
    Focus article: Carbohydrates in the diet of the performance horse
    Carbohydrates & Starch An exercising horse involved in short duration - high intensity exercise may benefit from carbohydrate based energy sources. As a follow up on our article related to “Energy substrates and energy utilization pathways” we will focus in this article in more detail on the use of highly available carbohydrate sources in short duration – high intensity exercise (e.g. race horses performing in a 2 - 3 minute time frame). An important fuel used to provide energy to these horses are glucose and glycogen (both glucose and glycogen are forms of glycogen). Cereals like oats, wheat, barley, maize and spelt are common suppliers of starch in the horse diet. Some cereals may also have a so called 'heating' effect on (some) horses. The effect may vary between horses and diets. It does not mean the horse took in more energy or more heat is generated in the hindgut but the horses get more excitable. Oats, wheat and spelt are generally known to have this “heating” effect.
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  • 2013-02-11
    Crude cell material supplies energy for the long term.
    Only twenty hours after a substantial dose of hay the meal has been completely transformed into fuel. Crude cell material is also the indisputable pacemaker of the intestines.
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  • 2013-02-11
    The digestive system in the horse
    GENERAL INTRODUCTION: In this series of articles we want to keep you better informed of the nutrition of the (sports) horse. Nowadays, more and more is expected from horses. That means that horses receive better veterinary support, but ‘nutritional’ support often lags behind, however. The use of a proper, adapted nutrition can prevent a lot of problems in the short but also in the long run and in this way the ‘longevity’ and the availability of your horses will increase. A correct nutrition will form the natural basis for top performances. With this series of articles we will try to make clear which things you have to take into account for a correct nutrition of your horses. In a first series we will disclose the DIGESTIVE SYSTEM of the horse so as to explain a number of practical things through this.
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  • 2013-02-04
    Now it’s really easy, with Cavalor® Take It Easy!
    Cavalor® Take It Easy is specially created to target intense periods of stress.
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  • 2013-01-04
    “Feeding for gastrointestinal health”
    6th European Equine Health & Nutrition Congress: “Feeding for gastrointestinal health”. The 6th European Equine Health and Nutrition Congress (6th EEHNC) will be organized in Gent (Belgium) from March 01-20 2013. The 6th edition of the EEHNC will be held with internationally recognized specialists in nutrition and veterinary sciences who will discuss topics related to "Feeding for gastrointestinal health".
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