Tag Archives: food

Good grass: types of roughage

There are various roughage options available for the South African horse. The main options include lucerne hay, teff, Eragrostis curvula, Rhodes grass and oat hay. Roughage should be chosen to best suit the horse’s nutrient requirements. AlphaAlfa explains the nutritional value of the different types of grasses in this month’s issue. Legumes In comparison with grasses, legumes have a higher ...

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A working diet

A well-balanced diet is of utmost importance when it comes to the young horse, and ideally you need to feed something that complements his growth development and workload. Renita de Beer of Royal Feeds shares her insights about how young horses should be fed and constructing the perfect meal plan. Diet structure Horses are grazers by nature. Their bodies are ...

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Feeding the retired Thoroughbred

Brave, talented, versatile … off-the-track Thoroughbreds (OTTB) make fantastic sport and leisure horses who can easily be retrained into a second career. While they need to adjust mentally and physically to their new life, it’s equally important to transition their digestive system back to a high forage diet. If you do this correctly, you will end up being one of ...

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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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Be seen at the spectacular Gatsby Polo event this winter

The Gatsby Polo event is just around the corner and we would like you to join us on Sunday the 5th of June at the Shongweni Polo Club. Socialites and horse lovers can use this opportunity to dress up in a “Great Gatsby” fashion and enjoy a fun day out in true polo style. The 1920’s in America were known as “The ...

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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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