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Health care information to keep your horse sound and in good condition.

Feeding the “Fatty”
Some horses just seem to get fat on bitumen! Basic feeding rules demand that each horse be fed as an individual and the problems of the overweight horse highlight just how difficult some individuals can be to feed.

An adequate and balanced diet is essential to sustain exercise capacity for training and regular weekend carnival competition of polocrosse horses.

Some conditions are easily corrected if attended to quickly, some are heritable, some are due to poor hygiene, and others occur because of faulty management, such as feeding.

Vitamins Are Important in Horse Nutrition
Vitamins are required by the horse for growth, tissue maintenance, body function, and optimum athletic performance.

Queensland Itch in Horses
Horses are often hassled by an itchy, annoying skin condition known as 'Queensland Itch' or 'Sweet Itch'.

Gastric Ulcers in Horses

Every horse owner appreciates the delicate nature of the equine gut, with colic being a major fear. What may be surprising to many is how often the stomach is affected and the the incidence of gastric ulcers is extremely high.

While an all-forage diet might be the most natural, many heavily exercised horses are not able to consume enough calories from hay or grass to fuel the demands of training and performance.

Like so many old-timers, horsemen of yesteryear take pleasure in telling tales. With their tales come nuggets of feeding advice - sometimes sage, sometimes bunk. Here are five common misconceptions laid to rest.

Nutritional Requirements of Broodmares
The nutritional status of mares is a critical component in foal health from the moment of conception and continues through weaning.

Dehydration: It Happens To Horses Too
Horses become dehydrated because of inadequate fluid replacement following losses through sweating, drooling, respiration, normal excretion) and diarrhoea.
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