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Managing Properties and Feeding Programs

presented by WA Horse Council and Perth Natural Resource Management

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February

Sunday 14th 2016

Brookleigh

March

Sunday 20th 2016

Serpentine

April

Sunday 3rd 2016

Henley Brook

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A must read publication for horse owners

A recently released publication from Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (RIRDC) called Equine Laminitis - Managing Pasture to Reduce the Risk is a MUST READ for all horse owners.

It details all the risk factors in pasture and feed and ways to manage these risks to reduce the incidence of laminitis.  Even if you don't have a horse or pony prone to laminitis....this publication still contains useful information on the management of your pastures!

Click here to download or purchase a copy

Some interesting points to note are:

  • Stressed pasture (through cold, drought, lack of fertiliser etc.) is higher in sugars than unstressed pasture.
  • Ryegrass and clover pastures (common to WA) are some of the worst pastures to graze horses on due to the high sugar content of these pasture species.
  • Australian native grass species are low in sugars and well adapted to our conditions and hence are valuable pasture species for horses.  Species such as Wallaby grass, Weeping grass and Kangaroo grasses are worth adding to your pastures.
  • Sugars are generally stored in the base of the plant, hence grazing the pasture too low may actually increase the amount of sugar per mouthful your horse eats!
  • Commonly fed grains, hay and chaff are some of the highest sources of sugars - and are generally not required for the average pleasure horse.

When it comes to the amount of sugar in your pasture, it seems environmental conditions can have more of an impact than genetics.  Hence if you are a horse owner grazing your horses on pasture, you must learn to manage your pastures well..... and this means learning what factors will increase or decrease the sugar levels of your pasture.

As an example:

A client of mine recently started supplementary feeding her TB gelding.  She was unable to get Copra and instead used a bran/pollard mix thinking this would do a similar job.  At the next trim the gelding had blood in his white line.  When the diet was analysed it turns out switching from Copra to the bran/pollard mix had increased the sugar content of his diet by around 20%.  Around the same time there was a stretch of cold nights and bright sunny days.  This too would have increased the sugar levels in the pasture he was grazing.   These two factors combined had enough of an impact to cause damage to the laminae in his feet!

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    The most probably issues of horses are discussing in the blog and some best practices are described here for the betterment of horses. Mostly horse owners are not well aware of their problems which are cause of their death which make a big loss for them.

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