Tying-Up, also known as Monday Morning Disease or Setfast, requires careful feeding and management routines to avoid re-occurrence
Colic can be loosely defined as abdominal pain and may range from mild to life threatening. It can fall into a variety of categories, depending on the specific underlying cause.
The term EMS is used to describe horses and ponies with an insulin-resistant phenotype linked with laminitis susceptibility.
Recurrent episodes of muscle stiffness or tying-up, with varying severity, may indicate that a horse is suffering from polysaccharide storage myopathy (PSSM), which results in an abnormal accumulation of glycogen (a polysaccharide) in the muscles.
Illness or injury generally involves a change in routine and appropriate change in diet. Correct nutrition can maximise the chances of a speedy recovery
Dr Tom Shurlock of Speedi-Beet and Fibre-Beet, Baileys' preferred beet brands, explains why Speedi-Beet is safe to feed to laminitics.
Cushings, now commonly referred to as Pituitary Pars Intermedia Dysfunction (PPID) is a hormonal disease associated with the aging horse.
Gastric ulcers are increasingly implicated in poor performance so why do they occur and how can we prevent them?
Speedi-Beet and Fibre-Beet can be useful in helping support gastric health.
This complex disease is still not fully understood and a cure has yet to be found but whatever the original cause of the disease, nutrition plays an important part in its management as well as recovery; more importantly, it is fundamental to the successful prevention of an attack.
Whilst you cannot change a horse's temperament or type by changing his feed, your choice of feed and the way you feed it can affect his condition and energy levels. Here we look at the most common extremes of condition and temperament and how you can adjust your feeding programme to achieve the result you are looking for.
There is an increasing awareness of the possibility of allergies or intolerances to feeds or feed ingredients, among horses, but how prevalent are they?
Nearly every major feed manufacturer produces a balancer and it seems that they are so versatile everyone should be using them. But what are they and would your horse benefit from receiving one?
Digestive enhancers include probiotics, prebiotics and yeast culture which all have slightly different functions.
The one thing that every rider wants is controllable energy from their horse. Too much energy and the rider is exhausted trying to contain the horse, too little and the horse may struggle to do the work being asked of him. Finding the balance is quite simply the key to success
You would hink from the plethora of balancers now on the market that they were the best thing since sliced bread. Well, they are - for some horses!
The horse has evolved as a "trickle feeder" designed to spend the majority of his time grazing. An understanding of the anatomy and function of the digestive system sheds light on how best to ensure it functions efficiently
Overfeeding is often cited as the main cause of equine obesity but this implies a positive action on the part of the horse owner to give the horse too much feed. Is this truly the case and what can we do to keep horses trim?
There are a number of factors to consider when choosing the right compound feed for your horse such as their type, bodyweight, temperament, condition and workload which should influence which feed to go for
Improving your horse's condition isn't always about making him gain weight, it's about making him look and feel as well and healthy as possible.
The one thing we can never predict is the British weather so it is not always plan for an extended period in the box. Weather conditions, like flooding, can drastically limit or prevent turnout entirely and interrupt your horses normal workload so changing and adapting your management and feeding regimes is inevitable.
Losing weight is tough but even tougher for the horse, who has evolved to spend most of his time eating so how can we help reduce an equine waistline whilst providing a balanced diet?
Horses age at different rates and feeding a horse a 'veteran' feed just because he is about to have his 16th birthday may not be appropriate. So probably the best piece of advice you can follow when faced with feeding an older horse or pony is simply to treat him or her as an individual, just as you would any other in fact.
Starving fatties to make them slimmer is not the best approach so if your horse or pony gets fat on thin air, read on!
If your grass is good, it's likely that your horse's energy demands will be partially, if not fully, satisfied by what he grazes each day. What will be less obvious is whether his requirements for vitamins, minerals and quality protein are fully met through grass intake alone.
Apart from just adding a scoop of soaked beet pulp to your horses mix or cubes, there are certain situations where products, like SpeediBeet or FibreBeet, can represent really useful feeding solutions.
Weight loss probably causes the most concern amongst horseowners which is why so many people feel compelled to ask for advice. If there seems to be no apparent reason for the weight loss and you have tried everything you can think of to improve the situation, it can be exasperating. If you are faced with this situation then the following advice should be of help.
The saying, "no foot, no horse" is as true today and, alongside a good vet and farrier, nutrition can have a critical role in maintaining sound healthy hooves.
So many thoroughbreds are now finding new careers as riding and competition horses and, when they first come to a new home, a new diet is one of the first major changes they face.
What is condition and how do we achieve the "right" condition for an individual horse?
The advent and more widespread use of modern preserved forages has sparked recent debate as to whether horses can indeed survive on just forage alone and whether more nutritious fibre products could indeed be all that equines need.
Forage, whether fresh or conserved grass, should be the basis of any horse's diet and is potentially an abundant source of nutrients.
Improving your horse's condition isn't just about pumping him full of food but, if he needs to gain weight, he will need to consume more calories than he expends.
What are the main sources of "essential" fatty acids and what are the effects of adding them to the horse's diet?
Should you change what you feed just because your horse is getting on a bit?
The information printed on the feed bag is there to help you, the horse owner and customer, to make an informed choice about which product is most suitable for your horse.
Whilst these seem to have been set in stone for centuries they have actually been developed through a combined understanding of horse behaviour and how the horse's digestive system works. Experience has shown that the horse will thrive and perform better if we respect his psychological and physiological needs and follow as natural a course as possible.
Weightapes are a simple tool to help you assess the bodyweight of your horse and, whilst not precisely accurate, they will give you a good idea and are particularly useful for monitoring changes in bodyweight
If a horse is going to lose weight, then winter is the most likely time, as the temperature drops and his body uses more fuel simply to keep warm.
Starch gets alot of negative publicity these days and, whilst some of it may be deserved, it is often the way it is used which is at fault.
We all have our own way of doing things and with feeding horses it is no different. But have you ever considered why you do what you do and whether it iÂs actually for the right reasons?
There's more to a horse in good condition than just body fat and a shiny coat and, whilst you won't achieve a well-muscled horse without the correct work and training, the right nutritional building blocks are essential too.
The use of electrolyte supplements has the potential to significantly affect a horse's performance and, importantly, recovery; here we take a look at the science and the practicalities behind their effective use.
The rigours of competition have many implications for the health of the horse and whilst many show no outward signs of stress, all the travelling and disruption to routine could be having an effect.
Whether you're looking forward to spring shows and competitions or simply dreaming of long summer hacks, consider your plans and work out a fitness programme, however basic, that includes a review of your feeding regime to bring your horse to the level of fitness and condition you need.
If spring signals the start of your competitive season, now's the time to take a look at your horse's condition and fitness and make plans for the season ahead
You can't change the genetic make up of an individual horse or transform a natural sprinter into a stayer but you can help any horse perform to the limits of his personal stamina with careful training fuelled by the right kind of energy and supporting nutrients.
A diet formulated for stamina and endurance can be quite different from that designed for power and speed. Emma Case BSc (Hons) takes a look at the theory behind fuelling for success over long distances.
Matching your horse's diet to his workload involves supplying the calories and nutrients he needs to maintain the desired body condition and fuel his work whilst keeping the diet balanced at all times
Energy intake is often the focus of the diet of the competition horse diet but other nutrients are just as important to ensure optimum performance.
Changes in routine are inevitable when travelling to training sessions and competitions and the resultant stresses can take their toll on the horse's digestive health with potential subsequent loss of performance.
Ensuring your horse receives a fully balanced diet will help him perform to his best.
A practical guide tailored to those producing youngsters for the Baileys Horse Feeds/BEF Futurity Young Horse Evaluations.
While a fully balanced diet should provide all a mare or stallion needs, there are key nutrients which play a role in fertility and foetal development.
Correct nutrition from conception onwards helps ensure the production of a strong healthy foal
Dispelling the myths about feeding youngsters both for an early career in the ring and for their future careers.
Losing a horse at any time is upsetting but when it's a mare at foaling it can be even more distressing, not least because there is the added worry of looking after the orphan.
A practical guide specifically tailored for those producing youngsters for the Baileys Horse Feeds/BEF Futurity Young Horse Evaluations.
A practical guide specifically geared towards those producing youngsters for the Baileys Horse Feeds/BEF Futurity Young Horse Evaluations.
Breeding horses is all about getting a return on your investment, whether by selling through the auction ring or as an owner breeder experiencing the thrill of producing a winning racehorse. Getting that return involves hard work and attention to detail, encompassing good balanced nutritional programmes and sensible exercise regimes alongside overall health and general management.
The key to successful weaning lies in good preparation.