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The Horse’s Digestive System

The horse is a non-ruminant herbivore. Non-ruminant means that horses do not have multi-compartmented stomachs as cattle do. Instead, the horse has a simple stomach that works much like a human’s. Herbivore means that horses live on a diet of plant material. The equine digestive tract is unique in that it digests portions of its feeds enzymatically first in the foregut and ferments in the hindgut.

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Cushing’s Disease in a Nutshell

Pituitary Pars Intermedia Dysfunction (PPID), most commonly known as Equine Cushing’s Disease, is a benign tumour of the pituitary gland located at the base of the brain. It is named after the neurosurgeon Harvey Cushing who first described it. The tumour affects the horse’s hormonal regulation which results in chronically increased cortisol levels that negatively affect the body in a number of ways. The disease is frequently seen in geriatric horses and is increasingly common as horses are living longer thanks to nutrition and veterinary medicine advances.

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Heat Stress in Horses

High temperature, high humidity, lack of air movement, poor ventilation, dehydration and exposure to direct sunlight all increase the danger of serious heat and sun related problems for humans and horses alike. Horses are no exception, especially when they are expected to perform at intense levels. For the full article click here http://www.hygain.com.au/heat-stress-horses/

Food Allergies in Horses

With what seems to be a rise in food allergies in humans we find ourselves asking does my horse have a food allergy. In this article we will discuss what a food allergy is, how can we determine if our horse suffers from one and finally what we can do about the problem.

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Feed Processing – To Help Not Harm

Depending on the processing method, the feed may look different varying from pellets to flaked grains and extruded nuggets, but is this just for aesthetic reasons or are there nutritional purposes? What does processing actually mean and why is it beneficial for my horse?

For the full article click here http://www.hygain.com.au/micronizing-improved-feed-efficiency/

How To and How Often to De-worm Your Horse

There are a lot of different (and outdated) practices and theories about how to deworm your horse. In this in-depth article we will not only cover the various types of worms such as strongyles, roundworms, tapeworm, pinworms and bots, but also discuss how often you should deworm your horse, when to best deworm and what type of active ingredient in your worm paste you should look for. We will help you put together a deworming program for your horse.

For the full article click here http://www.hygain.com.au/often-deworm-horse-australia/

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