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 … [Read more...] about Fat Ponies At Risk for Laminitis
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 … [Read more...] about Winter feeding for the senior equine
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 … [Read more...] about Pituitary Health for Horses
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 exercise … [Read more...] about Equine dehydration
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, … [Read more...] about Feeding the Laminitic
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 … [Read more...] about Equine Sarcoids. What can we do?
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 … [Read more...] about Probiotics for Dogs and Horses – New Evidence
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 … [Read more...] about Meet Dr. Tom