Lucerne IS SAFE for Laminitics

Dr Nerida McGilchrist PhD Equilize Horse Nutrition Pty Ltd It is a widely held myth in the horse industry that lucerne is unsafe for laminitics. But the myth couldn’t be further from the truth. Lucerne is valuable in the diet of laminitics AND it is one of the safest forages we can feed to these…

Feeding your horse before riding

Go Green – and think GREEN before you ride. The incidence of “ulcers” (gastric ulceration) amongst performance and leisure horses is very frequent. Meaning that likely >50% of owners reading this article will have a horse that has been diagnosed and treated for “ulcers”. The common management practices to help prevent and treat ulcers is…

Does my horse need chaff?

Horse owners are turning to hay cubes as a more nutritious alternative to chaff. Horses are designed to continuously consume small amounts of roughage throughout the day and they can’t have a healthy gastrointestinal system without it. This means when pasture is low, your horse is stabled, you are travelling, or your horse is prone…

What is Teff Hay?

Teff Hay is gaining popularity within the horse community and it’s no wonder with its low sugar / low starch qualities suitable for horses suffering from laminitis or other metabolic conditions. But what exactly is Teff, and where does it come from? Teff is an annual, warm-season grass that is native to Ethiopia. It’s considered…

Feeding for laminitis

What to feed a horse with laminitis

Dr Nerida Richards PhD Equilize Horse Nutrition Pty Ltd SPRING! For those of us with laminitis prone horses and ponies, this season can strike fear in our hearts. With the cold nights and longer sunny days, pastures can spike as much as 30% (or more!) non-structural carbohydrate and THAT can spell disaster for our metabolic,…

Feeding horses in winter

Maintaining weight on your horse during winter can be a tricky balance as horses use additional energy to keep warm, combined with the lack of pasture with nutritional value. Horses need more roughage over winter to maintain weight as forage is digested in the horse’s hind gut via a fermentation process which generates the heat…