Pure Feed Blog

We share our expertise on a range of horse care and management issues. Our articles are particularly focused on nutrition, but this naturally links with other topics which we will cover too. We’ll also share relevant news about Pure Feed here.

How and what to feed your horse this Winter

As the temperature drops, many horses will require extra energy as they use up more to keep warm. This obviously depends on many factors such as breed, age, body condition, size and health status for instance. But if a horse is going to lose condition, then it’s most likely to happen in the winter.

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Does my horse need electrolytes?

Electrolytes are required for almost all bodily functions including nerve function, digestion and muscle contraction. Electrolytes, such as calcium, play a central role in ensuring adequate bone strength. It is very common for horses not to be receiving enough electrolytes, especially sodium.

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Treating and managing Equine Gastric Ulcers

There has been great interest in other tests for equine gastric ulcers, such as the blood sucrose test. But currently the only 100% reliable way to know if your horse has EGUS is for your vet to undertake a gastroscopy; passing an endoscope into the stomach.

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Blowing the myths on horse feed fillers

People think fillers are used to make the customer think they are getting value for money by appearing to give them a large tub with a low amount of active ingredients. However, there are many reasons why a company may use a “filler”, or in technical terms a “carrier”, in feed and supplements.

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The benefits of feeding oil to horses

Oils and fats are compounds high in energy that do not dissolve in water. Oils and fats are the same, except oils describe fats that are liquid at room temperature whilst fats are solid at room temperature. Oils are a great source of energy and all provide around 900 calories per 100g.

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A look at Equine Gastric Ulcer Syndrome (EGUS)

It seems that many horses today are affected by gastric ulcers (ulcers in the stomach). It’s only really in the past 20 years that long endoscopes have become common in equine veterinary practice and the true prevalence of equine gastric ulcer syndrome has become apparent.

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