Choosing hay for horses. In the previous edition we presented an example of forage testing of four types of hays and reviewed the results of the laboratory analysis. In this last part of the series about choosing the right forage for your horse, we continue interpreting the analysis results and
Garlic Biological Name: Allium sativum Parts used: Bulb and the top when fresh Contains: ajoene, allicin, alliin, alliinase, allylpropyl disulphide, biotin, calcium, carbohydrates, citral, cobalt, copper, diallyldisulphide, diallyl trisulphide, enzymes, essential oil, fats, fibre, flavonoids, geraniol, germanium, glucokinins, iodine, linalool, magnesium, phellandrene, phosphorus, potassium, protein, scordinins, selenium (except in deficient
Hay testing With thanks to SGS Agriculture & Food Laboratories for providing the analysis specifically for this series. Conserved forages can comprise a large part of the diet of horses; therefore, it is important to review the type and quality of all the roughage we are feeding. Last month, we provided
Choosing quality roughage. Managing your pastures to provide enough forage for your horses would be ideal; however, in reality not many horse owners have the capacity to maintain horses on pasture as well as harvesting roughage/hay to preserve for lesser times in the year. Moreover, in parts of Australia, the
In previous articles we have discussed a number of aspects relating to pasture management, and provided an overview of a number of common grass species found in horse pastures in Australia. In the Pastures for Horses series we touched briefly on non-structural carbohydrates (NSC) in the different species, but many
Ethmoid Haematomas When a horse presents with persistent or intermittent haemorrhagic nasal discharge (bleeding from the nostrils) your vet may investigate for an uncommon but problematic ethmoid haematoma. So what is it? what causes it? and how can it be treated? Veterinarian, Sarah Van Dyk explains… Anatomy A part of
Greasy Heel Greasy Heel, also known as Mud Fever, Swamp Fever, Mud Rash or Cracked Heels, is a descriptive term, not a diagnosis. Although it’s a relatively common presentation, horse owners tend to underestimate how complex this skin disorder may be, particularly in chronic cases. From minor infections to chronic
Strangles is a contagious disease of horses caused by the bacterium Streptococcus equi. Typical signs include fever, loss of appetite, soft cough, purulent nasal discharge and swollen lymph nodes of the face, which may often abscessate and burst. The swollen glands can restrict the airways – hence the name “Strangles”.