Fibre can change abnormal behaviour

By Hannah Botha, MSc Equine Nutriiton Stereotypic behaviours are actions that are repeated without any apparent or obvious purpose or function. These behaviours involve a need-related drive that develops if…

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AskHQ: Mouldy hay

Q: How can I tell if my horse’s hay has gone off? A: The consequences for your horse’s gastrointestinal and respiratory health can be severe if forage quality, especially hygiene…

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Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

By Sarah Wilkinson Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is a disease affecting the respiratory system of a horse. It occurs worldwide but is particularly common in South Africa because of our…

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Read more about the article Good grass: types of roughage
We as horse owners want our horses to be healthy, happy and taken care of - especially when it comes to nutrition and condition

Good grass: types of roughage

[dropcap]T[/dropcap]here are various roughage options available for the South African horse. The main options include lucerne hay, teff, Eragrostis curvula, Rhodes grass and oat hay. Roughage should be chosen to…

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Read more about the article A working diet
Consult an equine nutritionist about the best option for your horse

A working diet

[dropcap]A[/dropcap] well-balanced diet is of utmost importance when it comes to the young horse, and ideally you need to feed something that complements his growth development and workload. Renita de…

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Read more about the article Winter feeding
"It's wise to follow nature's rules"

Winter feeding

With the onset of winter, you may need to adjust your horse’s feeding to keep him healthy and correctly nourished through the colder months. Winter energy requirements In colder weather, some…

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Read more about the article Killers in your paddock
Ragwort can be hidden in your horse's hay. Make it a habit to remove weeds from fodder.

Killers in your paddock

Are our weeds purely a cosmetic blemish in our horsey heaven, or do they actually present a danger to our horses? HQ tackles South Africa’s potentially dangerous weeds with advice…

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