Dr Nerida Richards, PhD FeedXL Pty Ltd FeedXL is a combination of NRC nutrient requirements and customised nutrient requirements based on our own research as well as information taken from the most recent and comprehensive text on equine nutrition, ‘Equine Applied and Clinical Nutrition’1 In brief, digestible energy is always determined as per NRC requirements […]
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Let’s take a look at two common mistakes horse owners make: Underfeeding, which can lead to health and performance issues because certain nutrients are not being met. And, Overfeeding, where you are supplying more than you need of multiple nutrients. At best, overfeeding is a WASTE OF MONEY! At worst, it will cause nutrient toxicity […]
Forage is the Single. Most. Important component of your horse’s diet… for a whole bunch of reasons! It is your horse’s biggest source of calories, protein and some vitamins and minerals. It keeps your horse’s gut full and less prone to colic. It encourages saliva production during chewing and keeps the stomach full to dramatically […]
What is vitamin K? The name ‘Vitamin K’ refers to a group of fat soluble vitamins that include: Vitamin K1 (phylloquinone): found in fresh green plants Vitamin K2 (menaquinone): produced by bacteria. There are 15 different menaquinones Vitamin K3 (menadione): synthetic vitamin K What does vitamin K do? Vitamin K is required for many functions […]
Keeping endurance horses hydrated is a massive challenge. And a big part of the challenge is that horses have a tricky (I call it just plain annoying) thirst response trigger. For horses to ‘feel thirsty’ they need a certain level of sodium in their blood. BUT when they drink fresh water, it dilutes their blood […]
What you feed and how you feed it will have a big influence on how well your horse will do on its next loop! We hope you have had a chance to watch the ‘Feeding the 100-Mile Endurance Horse’ Masterclass with Tarsha Walsh! If you haven’t yet you can catch it here. A HUGE part […]
I don’t know if you have noticed, but there are LOTS of different electrolyte supplements on the market! Pastes, powders, liquids – and they are all so different… making it really hard to know which ones are best. The job of an electrolyte supplement is to replace the electrolytes lost in your horse’s sweat… namely […]