Fat Ponies At Risk for Laminitis

Why are fat ponies at more risk of developing laminitis than fat horses? What is different about their metabolism that commonly results in an increased incidence of laminitis? It is generally accepted that there is a breed susceptibility in laminitis. There are regular surveys on the incidence of laminitis and risk factors and, although the …

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Winter feeding for the senior equine

Senior Equine Diet

Winter Feeding for the Senior Equine – Tips and information on diet options for your aging horse to help keep weight and stay warm as winter approaches. By Dr. Tom Shurlock of British Horse Feeds. It is naturally assumed that, as your horse grows older, it will put on or lose weight. The senior equine …

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Pituitary Health for Horses

Dr. Tom Shurlock speaks on Pituitary Health for horses: The pituitary is a small gland nestling under the hypothalamus, the hind brain region. Under the control of the hypothalamus it is responsible for the release of a number of hormones or hormone releasing factors (these travel to other parts of the body and stimulate release …

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Equine dehydration

7% of a horse’s weight is drunk daily – 3 buckets for a 900 lb horse. This merely tops up the horse’s needs; saliva, acid and enzyme secretions and maintaining the moisture level of the gut contents takes 25 gallons of water. If this is not ingested, it is drawn out of the body. During …

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Feeding the Laminitic

Feeding a low sugar, high fibre diet is correct, but why? The problem is not sugar. Fibre is made up of sugar. Sugars are converted to glucose, the single most important energy provider in any species. Malfunction of this biochemical pathway – IR, EMS Cushings – do cause problems, even laminitis, but the same philosophy …

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Equine Sarcoids. What can we do?

Skin tumours – neoplasms – are a potentially worrying topic and imply a life threatening condition.  However the proportion of cancerous (malignant) tumours is relatively low the vast majority of tumours being sarcoids. Sarcoids are not one particular type of tumour. Although described as “locally aggressive, non-metastatic fibroblastic nodular neoplastic lesions” (Yu, 2007), there are …

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Probiotics for Dogs and Horses – New Evidence

The use of probiotics is widespread across species, including humans. They are usually based on lactic acid bacteria such as lactobacilli, bifidobacter and enterococci, or on the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae. The effect of bacterial probiotics have been mixed. In terms of livestock production most work has been carried out on poultry and piglets where variable …

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Meet Dr. Tom

Dr. Tom Shurlock has been a member of the Emerald Valley Team since 2003. Dr. Tom started working for British Horse Feeds in 1997. Armed with a BSc in Agricultural Biochemistry & Nutrition, and also a PhD in Animal Physiology & Nutrition, it was very clear from the get go, researching new developments in horse …

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