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Nutritional Topics

This area has been designed to give you a little insight into the nutritionally related issues we sometimes find ourselves faced with as horse owners. Select the topic of most relevance to you, to find out more on what the condition is, who's at risk, what are the signs and how nutrition may help in the management of these.

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Laminitis

Laminitis

Laminitis is inflammation of the laminae, the soft tissue that attaches the pedal bone to the inner hoof wall, causing pain and lameness...

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Energy

Energy

Although the term ‘energy’ is often associated with performance or behaviour and ‘calories’ with weight, they are exactly the same thing...

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Liver Disease

Liver Disease

The liver is one of the most important organs in the horse’s body. It weighs approximately 5kg and is located centrally within the abdomen...

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Colic

Colic

Colic is abdominal pain, with episodes ranging in severity from the very mild to life threatening...

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Gastric Ulcers

Gastric Ulcers

Gastric ulcers or EGUS can be caused by prolonged exposure of the stomach lining to gastric juices...

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Cushings Syndrome

Cushings Syndrome

Cushings or more correctly, PPID, is an endocrine (hormonal) disorder involving the pituitary gland...

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Excitability

Excitability

Diet is just one factor that can affect behaviour, but it can also help to manage, and in some cases hinder excitable or nervous temperaments...

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Senior Horse

Senior Horse

There was a time when a horse was deemed a 'veteran' at 15, but with good management and better veterinary care, they are now living well into their 20's and 30's...

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Sugar

Sugar

Sugars are carbohydrates and can be broadly categorised according to the number of ‘units’ they contain...

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Tying Up

Tying Up

Equine Rhabdomyolysis (ERS) or ‘tying up’ is a condition that causes the muscles running over the hind quarters to tighten and cramp up...

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Poor Doer

Poor Doer

The term 'poor doer' is often used to describe horses and ponies that lose weight easily. Although certain breeds such as Thoroughbreds are…

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Good Doer

Good Doer

The term 'good doer' is often used to describe horses and ponies that maintain and/ or gain weight easily. Although ponies, natives…

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