Tag Archives: feed

The horse’s digestive system

Horses are trickle feeders and non-ruminant herbivores, meaning that they are designed to graze for most of the day on vegetation, and process their feed through one stomach chamber. The equine digestive system is unique in the way in which it processes feed. Feed is first processed enzymatically in the foregut (stomach and small intestine) and then ferments in the ...

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Winter feeding

With the onset of winter, you may need to adjust your horse’s feeding to keep him healthy and correctly nourished through the colder months. Winter energy requirements In colder weather, some horses may need to eat more to maintain their condition. This depends on many factors – a horse with a good coat who is well sheltered should be fine even ...

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Killers in your paddock

Are our weeds purely a cosmetic blemish in our horsey heaven, or do they actually present a danger to our horses? HQ tackles South Africa’s potentially dangerous weeds with advice on how to identify them, what dangers they present, and how to manage or eradicate them. South African ragwort The first weed that we tackle is ragwort, known and feared ...

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Facts about forage

The link between concentrates and behavioural issues – interesting recent research on equine nutrition from Shelhi Horne. Foals weaned onto concentrates have a four times higher chance of crib-biting than those weaned onto forage diets. Horses fed moderate starch levels (22% of the diet) had increased heart rates compared with those on high-forage diets, which could indicate more reactivity and ...

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