Nutrition

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.

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.

Omega 6 and Omega 3 Ratio in an Equine Diet

As more horse owners gain understanding about nutrition in the human body, there are always those who would consider the value of applying that new understanding to the horse. There are times when this is a good thing. I feel that, where the value of Omega 6 and Omega 3 essential fatty acids is concerned, this may be one of those times. While it is important to point out that the amount of significant clinical testing on Omega 3 supplementation to horses has been limited, there are some basic points that deserve consideration.

Feeding the Horsemen's Re-Union Colts

The 2014 Horsemen’s Re-Union event in Paso Robles gave horse enthusiasts an opportunity to watch some of the world’s best horsemen and horsewomen take a two year old and a three year old horse from the halter to a comfortable start under saddle in six days. It never ceases to amaze me how comfortable these young horses can be with a human on their back when it is presented to them in the proper way.

Reducing Grain in Your Feeding Program

Q: Why is it that I can take so much grain out of my horse’s diet and get a better result with only one pound of Renew Gold™?