February 2016

Some Thoughts on Feeding

Supplementing your horses feeding program can be confusing at best, and downright intimidating at worst. What, other than hay, does my horse need? How much is too much? How much is not enough? Wouldn’t it be nice if you could provide an efficient, healthy program, and do so without wasting money and time? Perhaps you can.

Sticker Shock?

$30.00+  for a thirty pound bag???

Wow, can I afford Renew Gold™?

Seems like a lot, so let’s clear up a few misconceptions regarding just what it costs to feed Renew Gold, and how the price affects your feeding program.

Limiting Starch in the Performance Horse

There are lots of different opinions today when it comes to added energy sources for performance horses. Here is one to consider that I feel makes the most sense:

The horse evolved as a grazing herd animal. All of their nutritional needs were met by the ground that they stood upon, and if predation was light, and water plentiful they may not travel at a faster pace than a trot for most of their life. In ideal conditions, they thrived and their energy demands were easily met.  I guess you could say that life was good.

Treating Through Feeding

It is truly amazing how the diagnoses and treatment of equine maladies has changed in recent years. Those of us who have been around longer than a horses full life span remember a time before the common horse owner used terms like PSSM, IR, EPM, and Cushing’s when describing their horses health. These conditions were certainly present, but usually classified under broader generic terms, and only really understood by their vet. To yesterday’s horse owner either the horse thrived and was healthy or it was a “hard keeper”.

Why We Use Stabilized Rice Bran

Since we introduced Stabilized Rice Bran to the equine nutrition market, we have proven the advantages that can be gained by using this food grade ingredient to replace higher starch feed ingredients in your horses feeding program.  Stabilized Rice Bran is high in natural vegetable fat (18% to 20%), is a good source of fermentable fiber and provides quality protein. It is also a source of over 100 identified antioxidants and the most commonly recognized natural source of Gamma Oryzanol. Stabilized Rice Bran has a one year shelf life to guarantee that you get what you pay for.

Why We Use Coolstance® Coconut Meal

Not all coconut meal is created equal…..the processing methods and quality of coconut meal can vary considerably. For over 20 years highest quality Coconut meal, like that found exclusively in CoolStance®, has been proving itself as a super premium, low starch source of digestible energy for performance horses in Australia. Clinically proven effective, CoolStance® coconut meal provides the benefits of  high quality protein, medium chain fatty acids , and digestible fiber while being extremely low in Non Structural Carbohydrates.

What is Non-GMO All About?

Every day I have more and more people ask about the use of GMO ingredients in horse feeds. There is a lot of confusion about just what the term means, and if there is a real difference in how feed concentrates and pet foods are made. Here is some information to hopefully clear up the confusion.

Coconuts in Horses

It seems that every few months a new nutritional fad appears with wild claims of the benefits to be realized from the latest new thing. A good friend in the cutting horse industry once told me , "if the big futurity was won by a horse eating only carrots, there would be nothing but orange manure in the cutting pens for the next year.

Managing the Health of Your Horse and Wallet

Parasite control is an element of horse management that often gets neglected when discussing proper care. . Lack of proper parasite control is the second most frequently seen issue related to the overall inability to thrive. You can fix this issue simply with a calendar. Frequency of treatment will vary by region and potential exposure to infestation.  If your horse eats off of a pasture, you will likely need to treat more often. During the spring and summer, I deworm more frequently than winter months, mostly because of West Coast pastures.

Think About Your Horse's Teeth

It seems that there is a new horse feed or supplement launched into the market every week. Complete feeds, senior feeds, junior feeds, low starch feeds, performance feeds, and the list goes on and on. What many horse owners and feed companies fail to realize is that these feeds should not be your primary consideration when it comes to nutrition for your horse. Your main focus should be on your horses roughage source.  Whether it is hay, pasture or a combination of both, this is closer to what your horse evolved to use for energy.