Feed & Nutrition

Regardless of the quality of the hay being provided, key nutrients are missing and must be supplemented to achieve optimal health and prevent deficiencies over time. Ration balancers, such as Equilizer and Optimal, offer a low-calorie, low-sugar and starch option, in a convenient, easy-to-measure pellet form, that will meet the vitamin and mineral needs of horses receiving only hay or pasture.

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Whether or not to give supplements to horses has always been the topic of lively and enduring conversation. But, there is a growing community of riders and horse owners who choose to provide their horses with the supplemental balance of vitamins, minerals, and trace elements to help with health issues and augment the well-being of their animals.

The energy requirements of the lactating mare increase by 75 percent in relation to those of the horse in maintenance, and by 43 percent in relation to the needs of the mare at the end of gestation. In fact, the energy requirements of lactating mares are roughly equivalent to those of horses in intense exercise, such as racehorses!

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Seeking greater muscle mass? Did you know that taking amino acids 45 minutes after exercise will allow your horse to maximize the use of these organic compounds? In addition, he will recover better from his workout.

Sooner or later, most horse owners have the unfortunate experience of dealing with an injured horse. It’s common sense to have a veterinarian assess what’s wrong as soon as your horse becomes injured, but a vet will also help create a rehabilitation plan, advise how long the recovery period will be, and provide post-recovery expectations.

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Winter can make the most mundane tasks challenging. This reality is clearly illustrated when it comes to watering animals. For as long as man has worked alongside horses and livestock, there have been different watering methods and their seasonal variations.

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Given the extreme weather in many parts of Canada in the summer of 2017 – hot and extremely dry in the west; rain and flooding in other areas - hay supply for the coming winter has been a top-of-mind concern for many horse owners.

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