What is a Balanced Diet

Balanced diet for horses? When there are no nutrient deficiences and balanced ratios so that no one mineral causes another mineral to be deficient for the whole intake.

The Art and Science of Feeding Horses

The art and science of feeding horses can be a big learning curve. A growing number of horse owners are looking for an evidence based feeding approach, rather than blind guessing.

Mineral Interactions

Mineral interactions matter. Why does it matter if zinc is excessive in the diet or too little compared to copper? Or if there isn’t enough calcium relative to phosphorus?

Minerals and Coat Bleaching

Minerals and coat bleaching have a direct link. If you want your horse to look his best you don’t need to rug to stop bleaching or fading.

Iron Overload by Dr Eleanor Kellon VMD

Iron overload by Dr Eleanor Kellon VMD Iron is absolutely essential for life. The high affinity of iron for oxygen is what makes it so useful in trapping oxygen in haemoglobin for delivery to the body tissues.

Feed your Horse Salt

Feed your horse salt for your horse’s well being and prevent fatigue. There are many body processes that require electrolytes plus a lot is lost in sweat.

Pasture Laminitis

Pasture laminitis can be a major problem for some horses, from catastrophic life threatening laminitis to lower grade separation. What does ‘pasture laminitis’ mean?

Understanding a Hay or Pasture Test

Understanding a hay or pasture test is important for understanding the nutrient levels and mineral ratios that should make up the largest portion of the intake. The best diet for a horse is a balanced diet based on data.

3 pasture tests

3 pasture tests – for comparison. Both pasture and hay can widely vary in nutrient levels, not just between types of pasture and hay, but also high variability for each type of grass or hay.

Hair Testing

Hair testing is considered by many nutritionists/scientists/vets to be very limited for overall nutrient balance. Nutritionists can’t use results for balancing a horse’s intake or consider hair testing credible in the face of such significant research.

Blood Testing

Blood testing is very limited from a nutritional aspect. A blood test allows a vet to learn information about a horse’s health which can only be found from collecting a sample of blood and having it analysed. 

Soil Testing

Soil Testing is a valuable process for long term soil treatment but it’s very limited in terms of helping to determine what to feed and supplement to correct imbalances/ deficiencies and excesses in a horse’s intake.

Saccharomyces Products – which one do I feed?

Saccharomyces products – which one do I feed? Mycosorb A+ or Diamond V XPC, do they do the same job?

Linseed, is it safe?

Linseed, is it safe? Some say linseeds/flax are poisonous and should never be fed in any form and others say the opposite. The current wisdom depends on who you ask!

Is Lucerne Evil?

Is Lucerne evil? Some say Lucerne hay or chaff should never be fed as the protein is too high or too rich in ??? This is an example of looking at a feed ingredient or nutrient in isolation to the rest of the diet.

Feeding for Hoof Health

Feeding for hoof health is paramount for excellent hooves. A more apt title would be ‘how to feed your horse’ as feeding for hoof health is the same as feeding for the whole body.

Paddock Paradise

Paddock paradise can be very beneficial depending on the situation. Many vouch for the increase in movement. It can be a tool for managing the threat of pasture laminitis.

Queensland Itch Remedies

Queensland Itch remedies that may make a difference. I understand the distress and frustration with watching a horse mercilessly self mutilate.

Who are the NRC?

Who are the NRC? In the USA, the National Academy of Sciences have a group of scientists involved in the National Research Council (NRC). This committee has spent many years researching the nutrient requirements for horses.

An Off the Shelf Supplement

An off the shelf supplement can be excellent quality or very ordinary with powerful marketing. Lets look at one example.


EPSM/PSSM/tying up is characterised by painful muscle cramping when the horse is exercising, it can range from a reluctance to move to an acute episode with the horse completely seized up.

Stringhalt: What to feed

Stringhalt: What to feed from a nutritional aspect. It can be devastating to discover your horse moving oddly, with the classic leg jerking.

The Smell of Ammonia

The smell of ammonia can be easily explained. “I was told that whey powder is quite good for horses (protein?)?

Rose Hips

Rose hips – good for horses? Rose hips are said to be high in vitamin C, antioxidants and other nutrients and sure smells nice but are the amounts typically fed to horses worthwhile?

Why Do Horses Foam?

Why do horses foam? Some horses when worked become covered in white foam, some don’t.  Horse sweat is unusual in that it contains a large amount of protein called ‘latherin’.

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