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Bone Food Plus for Bone Support

Bone Food Plus supplies essential building blocks to optimise bone development, health and strength.

Australasian Focus

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Horse Health: Vaccination Woes

Every year, hundreds of horses die from illnesses that could have been prevented through vaccination. Saddened and frustrated by the needless loss of horse lives, one group of researchers created a survey to find out what’s stopping owners from vaccinating against preventable diseases.

Nutrition

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Performance Horses Benefit From High-Energy Forages

Performance horses require more calories per day than pleasure horses or horses used for light or moderate work. Researchers suggest adding “high-energy” forage to diets to help meet the calorie demands of equine athletes.

KER Research

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What Are the Total-Tract Digestibility and Glycemic Responses of Processed Corn in Sedentary Horses?

A study was conducted to investigate the nutritional value of GM (Golden Max) for horses and compare it to the typical forms of processed corn commonly fed to horses, cracked (CC) and steam-flaked corn (SF).

Health

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Equine Herpesvirus Prevention: Clean Shared Water Sources

Infection with the equine herpesvirus-1 can have devastating effects on both domestic and wild horses. While close contact between horses, including sharing of feed buckets or tack, has been touted as a common route of transmission, researchers believe water also serves as a potential means of viral spread between horses.

General Interest

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Identifying, Managing Equine Lameness

According to a recent study, lameness in horses can be extremely difficult to identify, with gait asymmetries in nearly 75% of horses deemed sound by their owners.