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Saracen launches new Conditioning Range for winter 2014 #QualityNotQuantity

Saracen launches new Conditioning Range for winter 2014 #QualityNotQuantity

Fluctuations in the quality of forage and cold, wet weather can all impact a horse’s energy demands. Some breeds/types of horses have poor appetites, are naturally poor doers and some of these horses have quite reactive and excitable temperaments that need to be carefully managed. Raised work demands on top of these factors contribute to our horses requiring more energy dense feeds.

Nutrition

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Hay net

Sampling Techniques for Hay Analysis

Accurate hay analysis depends on sample quality. In short, laboratories cannot do a worthwhile job if they have only poor samples to analyze. The only way to obtain a proper hay sample is by using a bale probe or corer.

KER Research

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nutrient digestibility

How is Nutrient Digestibility Determined in Horses?

Using 30 different diets, KER calculated digestibilities for numerous diets, yielding valuable information on nutrient requirements and interactions.

Health

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Stallion

Keeping Stallions Keen for Their Work

Top Thoroughbred stallions may cover as many as three mares a day during the peak months of the breeding season. Advancing age, fatigue, a need for more dietary energy, or other factors can also dull a horse’s interest in breeding.

General Interest

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Grazing horse

Is There a Safe Time for Fructan-Sensitive Horses to Graze?

Fructans—the sugars produced by cool-season grasses—are indigestible in the horse’s stomach and small intestine, so these nonstructural carbohydrates (NSC) end up in the hindgut, where they can disrupt the rate of fiber fermentation.