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Preparing yearlings for sale

Having put huge efforts into selecting horses for the sales, it is vital they are in optimum condition with great topline and coat shine to ensure they look their absolute best and stand out in the sales ring.

The essential role of nutrition in skeletal development

Correct nutrition is essential to maintain bone health in horses – particularly during skeletal growth and development. Consequently, a foal’s diet should be continually assessed and managed from in-utero development right through to training.

Feeding young foals

A foal’s early days can potentially shape its future health and performance for the rest of its life, so getting it right will pay dividends forever.

What is exercise induced pulmonary haemorrhage (EIPH) in horses?

Exercise induced pulmonary haemorrhage is a condition of the lungs that can be found in horses undertaking high-intensity exercise. It is thought to affect up to 95% of racehorses, based on the detection of blood on endoscopy post-exercise.

Diarrhoea in foals

Diarrhoea is commonly seen in foals and can range from being relatively harmless to fatal. Knowing when and how to intervene can make all the difference.

Colic in horses: types of colic, symptoms and treatment

Colic is a relatively common condition in horses, with studies showing that 4-10% of horses are diagnosed with colic every year.1 However, it is important to be aware that some types of colic are more serious than others.

Caring for older horses

The needs of horses change over time and older horses often need extra care. Nutritional supplements can be one way to improve the overall performance and quality of life for the ageing horse.

Best hoof supplements for horses

Good hoof health is essential to the overall well-being of a horse. Hooves can be influenced by genetics, breed, weight, diseases, exercise, ground conditions, weather, and diet, and these factors should be continually assessed and managed to ensure optimum hoof quality is maintained.

The crucial role of B vitamins in horses

Collecting Donor Colostrum

Colostrum or “first milk” is the thick, yellow secretion from the mammary gland.

Transition to Spring using Top Quality Supplements to Support your Horse’s Digestion & Wellbeing

Two best-selling FORAN EQUINE supplements for transitioning smoothly to Spring.

Horse Coughing Problems, Causes and Treatment

Horse coughing can be harmless but sometimes it may be the first sign of serious trouble.

Nutrition Advice for Preparing Yearlings for Sale

It is that time of year again, the summer is coming to an end and the yearling sales are fast approaching.

Help maintain Healthy Hooves

“No foot, no horse” – make sure this does not apply to your horses, get advice on caring for your horses hooves.

Best Hoof Supplements for Horses

Hoof health can be affected by several different factors. Genetic influences, breed, weight, diseases, exercise, ground conditions and weather can all have negative influences on the horse’s feet.

Pre-Season Diet for Horses

A pre-season diet for horses should be part of the equine prep for summer competitions.

Mud Fever Treatment for Horses

Mud fever treatment for horses is a challenge for owners, although this winter has been wet and mild.This winter has been one of the warmest and wettest recorded and rain scald and mud fever are particularly prevalent during wet weather.

A Helping Hand for Older Horses During the Winter

Older horses may need some extra TLC during the winter months.

Preparing Horses for Winter

Preparing horses for winter is essential as the evenings are getting darker and with it the temperature decreasing.

Preparation is key

On the day of an event, you want to see the culmination of all the training and preparation come to fruition at the perfect moment.

How to maximise recovery

Perhaps one of the most important periods for sustained performance is during recovery from exertion.

Achieving top performance is all about balance

Achieving top performance is all about balance. Every decision has its pros and cons, and it’s only when you find the sweet spot between them that you fly.

Muscle – the foundation of power and performance

Muscle is the foundation of performance, powering all the competitive activity that we ask of equine athletes.

Polysaccharide Storage Myopathy Type 2 (PSSM2) & Myofibrillar Myopathy (MFM)

For years scientists have attempted to discover the causes of tying up in horses. One of the leading researchers in this field is Dr S Valberg.

Supplementing the Stallion

The breeding stallion works hard throughout his reproductive life, starting early – some before they are even 3 years old – and, if successful, continuing well into his later years.

Supplementing the Foal

It is important to keep on top of shifting nutritional requirements as foals grow, develop, and become less reliant on their mother’s milk. The young equine gut also has to quickly adapt to utilising a solid diet and, being hind-gut fermenters, an increasing reliance on bacterial gut populations.

Supplementing the breeding mare, for the entire season

The key to successful breeding starts long before mating and it has been shown that nutrition plays a big role in the reproductive health of a broodmare. From broader aspects such as body condition, all the way down to specific macro and micronutrients, fertility is influenced by what is fed

Why is Copper Important for Breeding Stock?

Copper plays an essential role in the equine diet, particularly in youngstock.

Essential Supplements for Racehorses

Supplements can be a controversial topic on a racing yard, some trainers use copious amounts of products, while others use none.

Pre-Fuel & Refuel – Your FAQs answered

We’ve had lots of great feedback on our Pre-Fuel and Refuel syringes, as well as some questions on how and when to use them.

Copper Supplements for Horses

When we think of copper we often think of industrial things like wires and pipes; we don’t really think about our horse’s diet.

When the Going Gets Hard – Managing Horses Legs

The summer season is now getting into full swing whatever equestrian sport it is that you indulge in!

Hydrolysed Protein Explained

Hydrolysed protein contains pre-digested proteins, so they’re easier for the horse to absorb and use.

Supporting your horses joint health

So, what makes for a healthy joint in a horse? You’d be hard pushed to find a horse owner that at one time or another hasn’t wondered how best to look after their horse’s joints.

Extra Nutritional Support for the Newborn Foal

The broodmare can provide all the foal’s nutritional requirements for growth, development and immune protection up to three months of life. Getting everything right for the mare and foal can be challenging

What Oil should I feed my horse?

As a horse owner we are almost pre-conditioned to know that feeding an oil to our horses is a good idea, but when we delve into the reasons why, most come up short beyond the fact it is good for their coat.

Equine Joint Supplement Choice

When chosing a joint supplement, knowing your horse, researching and comparing supplement content and claims will serve horse owners well in making the best choice.

Choosing a calmer

A recent article in a popular equestrian publication listed in excess of 20 different equine calmers available for horse owners to choose from.

When do I need to supplement my horse with vitamins and minerals?

We hear lots about vitamins and minerals when it comes to feeding our horses these days, they are an essential inclusion in any equine diet, but all the information out there can be a bit puzzling.

Understanding sore shins

Sore shins, also referred to as bucked shins in some countries, is a condition which commonly occurs in horses in their two year old year of training.

Promoting Healthy Hoof Growth

Nutrition plays a very important role in hoof quality. Promoting hoof wall growth, integrity of the hoof tissues and maintaining structural integrity of the foot come from a well-balanced diet that meets the horse’s requirements for all nutrients. The horse’s feet are a sensitive indicator of overall nutrition.

Copper Supplementation in Horses

Copper is one of the most important trace elements in the horse.

Essential Guide to Electrolytes for Horses

Horses lose ‘salts’ in their sweat. These salts, or as we should refer to them ‘electrolytes’, are essential minerals that function throughout the body in many physiological processes and, in particular, they enable muscle function.

Foaling Season Ready? – Tips for Tackling your Foaling Kit

Preparation is key to success when it comes to the foaling season, whether you have 1 mare to foal or 50, there are some basic elements that should be included in your foaling kit.

Colic in Horses: Types, Symptoms and Treatment

Studies show that 4-10% of horses are diagnosed with colic annually. However, some types of colic are more serious than others.

Feeding to prevent “tying up” in racehorses

Following the coronavirus lockdown, the much-anticipated return of racing is now imminent, and some horses may need to be stepped up into harder/faster work quicker than normal.

Unwanted Biting or Chewing in Horses

Crib biting and chewing are undesirable behaviours which affect the horses health as it causes damage to teeth and increases risk of colic.

B Vitamins in Horses

Vitamins are crucial for health and body function in the equine diet, with roles in performance, growth, reproduction, energy maintenance and immune system function.

Understanding Vices in Horses

Vices in horses are a regular occurrence as part of stable life. Understanding and managing them is vital for both a horse’s well-being as well as sale value.

Understanding Supplement Labels

All the information on horse supplements can be a little overwhelming, if you’re not sure what you’re looking at. With a better understanding of the obligatory and voluntary text on supplements you can ensure all your horses nutritional needs are looked after.

Flax Seed vs. Flaxseed Oil

There are many different products on the market, some seem quite similar. I was recently asked about the difference between ground stabilized flax seed versus flaxseed oil.