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Straw as an Alternative Forage for Easy Keepers

Straw is gaining favouritism among nutritionists and horse owners as part of diets for easy keepers. It allows energy intake of the diet to be reduced without drastic restriction in a horse’s daily feed intake. This strategy is thought to improve the welfare of easy keepers and reduce the risk of colic and gastric ulceration, […]

Ulcer Medication + Bute: Is it safe?!

Is using omeprazole for the prevention of gastric ulcers while treating horses with phenylbutazone (bute) best practice? Recent research indicates perhaps not. Prescribing omeprazole alongside treatment with phenylbutazone has become common to reduce the negative impact the pain medication is thought to have on gut health and development of gastric and colonic ulcers. A recent […]

What’s new with PPID (formerly Cushing’s)

Our wonderful nutritionist Sam has put together some recent findings in the PPID area: Clear breed differences in ACTH levels in normal animals A normal autumn seasonal rise in ACTH was observed in ponies, Andalusian horses and Standardbreds however the greatest increases were seen in ponies (range 45.5-146pg/ml) and Andalusian horses (range 38.7-84.8pg/ml) [1]. Interestingly, […]

How to Account for a Hay Slow Feeder in FeedXL

Hay slow feeders come in many sizes and designs. The principle behind them is to a) reduce waste, and b) slow intake of hay. Our FeedXL members occasionally ask, “how do I take into account the use of a slow feeder?” The simple answer is you probably don’t need to. While slow feeders are a […]

Should I Enter Ingredients in FeedXL as Wet or Dry Weight?

When using products commonly soaked prior to feeding (things like beet pulp, copra meal, high fibre pellets and hay that is soaked to remove sugars), always enter them into your FeedXL rations as their dry weight. The Two Main Reasons to Always Enter Dry Weight: When you add water it increases the weight of what you are feeding, but […]

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