What you should know about horses and sugar 2021-03-17
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.
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?
Spring grass and fructan: what should you watch out for? 2021-03-04
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!
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.
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!
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.