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KIKUYU GRASS AND WHAT WE KNOW SO FAR
STRESS FREE WAYS TO FLOAT YOUR HORSE
ALL ABOUT HOOF ABSCESSES......
MOUNTING WITH RESPECT
THE EFFECTS OF INFLAMMATION AND MYCOTOXINS ON OUR HORSES HEALTH:

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ALL ABOUT HOOF ABSCESSES......

Firstly what is a hoof abscess.....
An abscess can be an extremely painful internal hoof infection for our horses, that can range from causing minor lameness to preventing a horse from any weight bearing on the affected leg at all.
Abscesses happen inside the inner workings of the hoof capsule, and often no sign of the abscess itself can be found externally, though a digital pulse can accompany the lameness at the rear of the hoof, and sometimes swelling will be present in the leg too. Abscesses are very common reasons for lameness in domestic horses, and most horses suffer from at least one abscess in their lives, if not more.

THE EFFECTS OF INFLAMMATION AND MYCOTOXINS ON OUR HORSES HEALTH:

I wanted to write about metabolic issues in horses today as nearly every horse I have seen or helped this year as had some form of metabolic challenge brought upon by all this deadly cow-grass they are eating, that is full of both unsuitable sugars for our horses, as well as high levels of myco-toxins, all of which threaten both our horses sanity and health.

However I see there is much that is still not understood about the risk to our horses as when I speak to most people about Laminitis, I still mostly hear this ERRONEOUS belief that it only affects fat little ponies that have been allowed to over-eat, which I can assure you is not true, as this most painful and debilitating condition can affect ANY horse, at ANY time, when the conditions are unfavourable and if inflammation within the body is not managed correctly, whether that be a huge draft horse, or an athletic arab, or a full time dressage horse, or even a tb off the track.

WHEN YOUR HORSE IS EATING-PLEASE TRY TO LEAVE THEM ALONE.

THE PHOTO SHOWS OTTO SAVOURING HIS EVERY MOUTHFUL OF HIS BUCKET FEEDMy job is to study and read behaviour in horses, and I have to say I am always extremely disappointed to see people doing things to their horses whilst the horse is trying to eat their much prized daily bucket feed/s, or when the haynet is just put out etc...

Now you might not be aware of this, but from the horse's point of view, I have yet to see a horse who enjoys doing anything but eating their meal at feed time, and therefore I find it extremely unfair and disrespectful of the animals needs, for handlers to be trying to groom horses, or pick out hooves, or wrestle covers onto horses etc.

HORSE FEED SERIES-FOOD FOR THOUGHTS-PART 1

COPRA INFORMATION

Lets start by talking about COCONUT MEALS/SOMETIMES CALLED COPRA & COCONUT OILS: and please feel free to contribute your own experiences both good and bad regarding feeds ....

Copra ProductionCoconut meals have been used for centuries as a food source for it's high protein content, and digestible fibers for both people and animals, and when dried naturally and correctly can be a great food for all concerned. However not all sources are equal as with these associated risks below.....

AFLATOXINS

EQUINE BEHAVIOUR STUDIES-AN ARTICLE ON WHAT IS GRASS AFFECTED?

It's the bad grass season time again, and I devote a huge proportion of my time to helping horses that are adversely affected by eating high sugar toxic grasses, and our horse welfare organisation gives free advice as well as hands on help to the people that are struggling to care for these horses thankfully to very successful results…..but we still see a lot of confusion over horses and grass in our challenging NZ conditions, so I wanted to talk about what being “grass affected” actually means for your horse and how to cope with it, as well as why we suffer so badly with it here in New Zealand?

TEN STEPS ON HOW TO TURN AROUND A TROUBLED HORSE: FEEL FREE TO SHARE STEP 1; PROVIDE A LOW SUGAR DIET:

TEN STEPS ON HOW TO TURN AROUND A TROUBLED HORSE: 
STEP 1; PROVIDE A LOW SUGAR DIET: 
Just like kids can display negative behaviours from eating high sugar foods, horses can also get high from sugars too......and unless you are running a winning racehorse or other high energy equine competitor, there really is no place for sugar high behaviour in most domestic horses.
In fact most horse owner/handlers don't recognise that lush green cow-grass is full of fructans, which are sugars, and it's these that play a major factor in behavioural problems with our horses.

THE AMAZING HEALING PROPERTIES OF VITAMIN C AND HORSES:

Case after case, we have seen the miracle of Vitamin C go to work to help to heal horses from a wide variety of conditions and ailments, over and over again, during the last ten years of running our horse rescue centre.


From wounds to disease and illnesses-to hoof abscesses and thrush, muscle and joint inflammation, to mud fever, to skin allergies and a whole array of dermatitic conditions, to eye problems, and stomach ulcers, to laminitis, to damaged tendons and ligaments, to conditions involving stress and colds, and every other ailment in horses in between.

DON'T FEED TO TREAT ULCERS.....FEED TO PREVENT THEM:

DON'T FEED TO TREAT ULCERS.....FEED TO PREVENT THEM: A horses whole digestive system is so unbelievably different to our own, as well as that of many other familiar animal species such as dogs, cats, cows, sheep, goats etc...too....and it's very easy for us to try to feed horses in the wrong way due to that.....as we often try to project the needs of these other animals onto horses when we feed our horses like that, which is what often leads to digestive issues including ulcers.