Entries by Dr Nerida Richards

Missing Data in FeedXL? What Now…?

In FeedXL you may notice that feed ingredients are shown as having ‘Partial Data’. This means that this feed ingredient’s label provided by the manufacturing company does not contain information for all of the nutrients examined by FeedXL. Keep reading to learn why you’re seeing ‘Partial Data’, how to see which nutrients are ‘missing’, and […]

Starch & Ulcers: What’s The Deal?

It is frequently recommended horses with ulcers should be fed a ‘grain-free’, low starch diet. It is believed that any starch may make ulcers worse. Or stop them from healing when the horse is being medicated to resolve ulcers. But is there any scientific basis for what has now become a popular recommendation? Let’s take […]

How to Add ‘Free Choice Hay’ to FeedXL

If your horse has access to unlimited hay (from a roundbale, for example) you can enter it into FeedXL and the system will automatically estimate your horse’s daily intake for you. We’ve put together a video to walk you through how to enter ‘free choice hay’ into FeedXL. (Scroll down and press play to watch!) […]

Are Soybean Hulls Safe For Horses?

Are your soybean hulls safe? Because some of them definitely are NOT! I love soybean! The protein is amazing and year in, year out we feed it to horses with stunning results in muscle, bone quality and milk production. BUT… it MUST, MUST, MUST be heat treated correctly to make it safe to feed! Why […]

5 Ways One Balanced Diet Can Be Better Than Another

We recently had a member of our nutrition forum ask ‘Can one balanced diet be better than another, or is the key point that it is balanced?’ This is probably the best question I have ever been asked! And the answer is absolutely YES! One balanced diet can be better than another! BUT, before I […]

Is Forage All a Horse Needs?

Pasture or hay is all a horse needs! Or is it? This is something I often hear… and 99% of the time it is WRONG! Forages are (almost) always too low in trace minerals to meet a horse’s requirements and leaving them unsupplemented on forage only diets usually results in problems with their hooves, joints, […]

Don’t Forget the Milk!

If you are looking at your foal’s diet in FeedXL it is crucial you include mum’s milk. It is a goldmine of nutrients for your foal and must be taken into account. Forget the milk and you will end up overfeeding, which will then cause problems with growth that is too fast. OK you say, […]

Adding Your Own Forage to FeedXL

Did you know you can add your own hay with complete data to FeedXL? The easiest way to do this is to upload an Equi-Analytical XML forage analysis file and FeedXL will add all the data for you. To learn about Equi-Analytical and their forage analyses, visit their website here. We recommend either the (601) Equi-Tech […]