Feed & Nutrition

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When Pasture is Too Much of a Good Thing - The horse has evolved as a grazing animal, hence, pasture plays a pivotal role in equine nutrition. Reported intakes of fresh pasture by horses can range from 1.5 to 5.2 percent of body weight per day. With such a large intake of pasture possible, can horses overconsume? What components of pasture grass can cause problems if taken in at excessive levels?

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“Hydration is everything. The correct balance of water and body salts controls everything from the brain to the gut. As dehydration develops we risk our horse’s health and welfare by stressing their hearts, kidneys, and gut function. From the polished show horse to the race horse to the beloved pasture horse, we must ensure access to clean drinking water and CORRECT replacement of electrolytes lost through sweating.”

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Laminitis and insulin-resistance (IR) are troublesome conditions in and of themselves, so it is all the more frustrating that they tend to travel together. So while fresh, rich springtime grass beckons winter-weary horses, the insulin-resistant ones must stand resigned and glum on the wrong side of the fence as their well-intentioned owners toss them last year’s browning hay.

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Colostrum - you know it as the mare’s first milk. It is a complex fluid, rich in nutrients and immune-regulating compounds, all designed to give the newborn foal the immune support he needs to thrive. Unlike humans who are born with an initial level of immunity, newborn horses do not benefit from any placental transfer of immunoglobulins; therefore, they must consume colostrum in the first few hours of life in order to survive.

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Since 1985, Flack’s Bakerview Kelp Products Inc. has been providing quality seaweed-based supplements for horses. Sea plants are rich in nutrients from the ocean water and the plants used in their products are harvested from the cold, clean waters of the Atlantic Ocean where sea plants have been sustainably harvested since 1981. The plants are solar dried to protect the nutrient-rich benefits.

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Is second cut better than first cut? Is timothy better than orchard grass? Are alfalfa mixes better than grass hay? Is soft hay better than coarse hay? Is low sugar hay better than regular hay? These are good questions, all with the same answer: It depends on the horse you’re feeding.

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Canada’s #1 Brand in Equine Nutrition - Horse owners across Western Canada have asked – and now we can deliver. Cargill Feed & Nutrition is excited to announce the official launch of the Canadian Purina Equine Feed Line in the Prairies.

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