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    Importance of Electrolytes in horses

    on Feb 16, 2021 in Articles, Health & nutrition | 0 comments

    Importance of Electrolytes in horses

    Electrolytes are particularly important to the horse as they are required by many functions of the body, including nerve, muscle, and digestive function. Electrolyte supplements commonly consist of the 5 major electrolytes which are sodium (Na +), potassium (K +), chloride (Cl−), calcium (Ca2+), and magnesium (Mg2+). It is important that electrolytes are balanced with the bodies fluid levels as it consists of mainly water. So, the many functions mentioned above are only possible because of balanced homeostasis (the body’s ability to maintain a stable internal environment).  During exercise, the rate of energy used is met by anaerobic oxidation of glucose to lactic acid; this is the main cause of metabolic acidosis observed during training. Fluid shifts, together with active ion-exchange between blood and tissue, cause marked changes in electrolyte concentrations.  It is often that horses do not receive enough(not well balanced) electrolytes which over a few weeks or months can become a serious issue, due to homeostasis being out of balance. The most common signs of electrolyte deficiency include muscle conditions (tying up), poor performance, condition, and recovery. Restoring electrolyte balance is not a quick fix. Electrolytes are excreted by the horse every day through urine and faeces, and lost even more during exercise, hot weather and sweating. We recommend feeding electrolytes daily with the same dose and not just on hotter days or for competition. Rarely do horses suffer with an overdose of electrolytes but often suffer a deficiency. Furthermore, by feeding salt daily, fussy horses adapt to the taste better rather than only feeding large amounts on competition days, which can also irritate the gut.  Research has shown that the administration of electrolytes is more beneficial than water alone in restoring fluid, electrolyte, and acid base balance after loss.  Clinical trials have shown that horses do not regulate their salt intake and therefore do not always freely intake it from salt licks or blocks and it should be provided in their feed /water also.  Many factors contribute to how many electrolytes your horse will need, including diet, exercise, fitness, and weather. Therefore, it is recommended to feed daily balanced electrolytes rather than occasionally because what they do not require will be excreted. Always follow the recommended dosing.   Drs SHL Donker DVM, Founder of Synovium Horse Health (Equine Supplements) and an FEI Veterinarian.  www.synovium.co.uk/products/synovium-electrolytes-q/  SYNOVIUM® ELECTROLYTES Q is a well-balanced and complete supplement of electrolytes for horses. Veterinary developed to replace electrolytes lost daily and during hot weather, exercise, and sweating.  Restoring the electrolyte balance in horses and with added antioxidants, Synovium Electrolyte Q supports fast, balanced, and optimal recovery of the body. A palatable supplement that contains all the key electrolytes sodium, chloride, potassium, calcium, and magnesium. Sebastiann Donker – Head Vet at @synovium Follow us Share...

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    Valentines with TopStocks 25% off everything!!!

    on Feb 8, 2021 in Articles | 0 comments

    Valentines with TopStocks 25% off everything!!!

    By this time of the year I am usually getting involved with organising my show diary for the season ahead, and starting to pay for tradestand fees. I would also have been to BETA trade show and hopefully have found some exciting new products. Obviously this year is very different! Luckily I have some fantastic suppliers who are still coming up with some lovely new products, so here’s a few write ups for these, and some other products that came in last year that will hopefully be out on the road this year. These fantastic base layers have just arrived – currently I have the aegean green and rosette red, with spearmint, regal blue, bubblegum pink, port royal and terracotta to follow shortly. Amazing value at £29.99 they are close fitting ideal for cross country, training and generally riding or yard work. Easy to layer up and incredibly comfortable with 4-way stretch, flat lock stitching, thumb holes, 3/4 zip and Hy Sport Active emblem on the sleeve. There are other baselayers from DVR Equestrian and Coldstream so there is a great range of colours to choose from. Agaso Equestrian produce the most amazing range of breeches, and we are very excited to hear there are other colours on the way very soon. We are eagerly awaiting to see what colours we can start stocking! Currently we have a good range of everyday colours (anthracite, mid grey and navy) along with competition cream/beige. These are the comfiest breeches, with a wide high waistband, water repellent, lightweight technical fabric – I find this finish also makes them wind proof, is even though they are lightweight I do not get cold even in winters weather. The silicon seat has just the right amount of stickability and the 2 leg lengths means there is a fit for everyone! There are also some super breeches from Coldstream, ForHorses and Hy on the website. I was very pleased to be able to get hold of the Hamag leather bridle and saddle number discs again – I stocked these a few years ago and were incredibly popular. Unfortunately due to changing distributors I was no longer able to offer these to my customers. Luckily this Australian company changed their policy and I was able to purchase directly!! These number discs are incredibly hard wearing, super stylish and are very secure on your bridle or saddle cloth. Available in black, brown and white in either round or rectangular designs so a look for everyone. I am also very happy to keep in touch with my fabric suppliers so I am able to buy new gorgeous prints and embellished designs. These fabulous William Morris prints are so stylish matched up with a wide range of tweed hacking jackets. , For another week there is a Valentine’s Day promotion on the website (www.top-stocks.co.uk) if you are looking for that present for your horsey other half – just type in VALENTINE25 at checkout for 25% off everything, including sale items. Topstocks Website – click here Follow us Share...

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    Why a beautiful piece of Pegasus Jewellery makes a fantastic Valentine’s Day gift.

    on Jan 27, 2021 in Articles | 0 comments

    Why a beautiful piece of Pegasus Jewellery makes a fantastic Valentine’s Day gift.

    Roses are Red, Violets are Blue, She loves her horse, more than you, But if you want to show  you care, Buy her a beautiful piece of Pegasus  to wear. Sound familiar? Usually all a horse girl ever asks for at Christmas, or birthdays is something for her horse, never for her. That’s what makes a piece of Pegasus such a fantastic gift, because it represents her horsey love but it’s something for her and not her four legged best friend. Whether it be a Vitality Bracelet to boost body and mind and help relieve those aches and pains using magnetic therapy, or a stunning stirrup necklace in stylish Rose Gold, you will find the perfect gift at Pegasus Jewellery.  With easy checkout using Apple Pay, or PayPal Express, Free UK Postage and Free Chocolates with every order this February, we couldn’t make things easier.  www.pegasusjewellery.net   Follow us Share...

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    What you need to know about COPD

    on Jan 25, 2021 in Articles, Health & nutrition | 0 comments

    What you need to know about COPD

    COPD in horses may also be referred to as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Equine Asthma, Emphysema, Heaves, or Broken Wind. Symptoms in the horse can be a chronic cough, increased respiratory rate, abnormal breathing, and exercise intolerance. Symptoms range in severity from mild, to severe. In severe cases the horse can have difficulty breathing and develop a muscular ‘heave line’ from taking a double exhalation to push the air out of its lungs. The most common cause of COPD in horses is often an allergic reaction or hypersensitivity to the dust spores. Horses have sensitive lungs and can be very overreactive to dusts, pollens, and mold spores. Exposure to these irritants over long periods of time can cause long term damage to the respiratory system.  Unfortunately, there is no proven cure for COPD. This chronic lung condition builds gradually, if recognised early management and treatment measures may slow or prevent its progression, however if the horse is continually exposed to the irritants the disease may progress to the point where the horse is unable to live a normal life. Horses that develop severe respiratory infections can be left with lung damage leading to COPD, however it is mainly caused by dust from hay, stable bedding, or pollens and other irritants in the environment. The longer the horse is exposed the more severe the condition may become, so horses that are kept stabled for long periods of time are at higher risk. Keeping the horse turned out, without exposure irritants, is by far the most effective means of environmental control, however this is not always possible. So if the horse must be stabled, you can minimise dust spores by implementing the following. Choose a good quality and dust free bedding such as wood shavings, shredded paper, or rubber matting. Straw and sawdust should be avoided. If you are using wood shavings as bedding it is worth experimenting with different brands because even though the majority are marketed as “dust extracted”, some brands are dustier than others. Horses should be out of the stable when mucking out or bedding down to minimise their exposure to dust.  Keep stables clean from droppings and urine saturated bedding to stop the build-up of ammonia, endotoxins, and other noxious agents which can aggravate the condition delaying recovery, regardless of whether other treatment measures have been implemented. Stable ventilation is incredibly important to consider, stables should be well-ventilated to avoid dust and mould spores being present. Correct ventilation of stables should be providing a full air change every hour. Ventilation can be provided with extra doors, windows, ceiling fans and air vents. Ensure you are feeding good quality hay or haylage. In mild cases, soaking or steaming the hay prior to feeding is often effective but it must be thoroughly soaked, by immersing the hay in water for 10 to 15 minutes. Dry areas in a poorly soaked hay portion can release enough mold spores to cause further problems. Allow the horse to feed from the ground, like nature intended, were possible. This will help opens the airways when easting as the horse lowers its head.  Although environmental management should always be the most important factor in the control of COPD in horses, sometimes a long-term treatment to control the underlying airway inflammation will be required. Always consult your vet for...

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    Top five buys from Via Equine

    on Jan 25, 2021 in Articles, Tack | 0 comments

    Top five buys from Via Equine

    Launched in December 2020 as a family run business providing our customers with a eco friendly option for purchasing horse riding clothing and equipment.  We own and look after our own Horse daily (the amazing Aero the Connemara) and both Laura and Livvi from ViA Equine ride, so any products we launch are tested before we launch them.  We have also assigned Brand Ambassadors at Via Equne, all ride at different levels and provide us great feedback on our products.  During 2020 we worked hard to launch some riding products that are 100% recycled, these are sports jodhpurs and base layers, made up from post consumer plastic waste, recycled pet chip and filament yarn in turn has made a 100% recycled fabric.  Our socks are also made up of 80% Organic Cotton and come in a compostable bag (we hate plastic waste). When we send out our items for delivery, our packaging is either recycled or compostable too.  The top products selling on our ViA Equine online store at the moment are: ViA Equine exclusive competition riding socks, made up of 80% cotton making them warmer and super comfortable (rrp £9.99 per pair) Hoodies that come in black or grey (both kids £24.99 and adults £29.99 sizes) – these can personalised by contacting the team and paying an additional £5. Filtered face masks that are washable (rrp. £7) in our grey and gold brand Brand New Jumping Saddle pads in the branded grey and gold, with memory foam and a black weave on the inside to support grip (rrp £45) Matching Fly Veil to the saddle pad (rrp £7.50) with soft silky ears Launching in the coming weeks, our new base layers and sports jodhpurs (February 2021) Remember to use “Stable10” at checkout to receive 10% off your order. www.viaequine.co.uk/shop Follow us Share...

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    Via Equine – Equine Clothing

    on Jan 22, 2021 in Equestrian services, Saddlery (Equestrian services) | 0 comments

    Via Equine  – Equine Clothing

    ViA Equine is a family-run business based in Hampshire and we aim to provide our customers with outstanding service and high quality Equine Products. Our aim is to provide you with the best service from the moment you place your order, all of the way through to you receiving your order from us We support Eco-friendly products and postal packaging using non plastic and recycled materials. www.viaequine.co.uk Telephone : 07385 847675 Follow us Share...

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    Keyflow Feeds – The complete solution

    on Jan 22, 2021 in Articles, Health & nutrition | 0 comments

    Keyflow Feeds – The complete solution

    We hope this article finds you and your horses keeping warm and well in the current times.Many of you come to us as you already feed our Keyflow Pink Mash, sometimes with one of our unique feed balancers or complete feeds.Many of the advice requests we are receiving this winter include horse owners looking for support with:– Condition and weight- Fussy eaters- Hay replacement- Laminitis and Metabolic Issues- Broodmares and youngstock- Gastric ulcers- Loose droppings- Fizzy behaviourWe are here to help!Did you know that we can offer a complete solution and a fully balanced diet through the careful selection of one of our feed balancers or complete feeds? Keyflow is unique to many other feed brands out there.Ingredients are carefully sourced and are often unique – not usually found in horse feed but are selected for their digestibility or quality for example.Our manufacture process is different too, with feed components, or the entire feed being ‘pre-digested’ where it undergoes a careful cooking process. This increases digestibility in the small intestine and means you can feed a smaller volume than you would with a traditional mix or cube.We add a wide array of vitamins and organic chelated minerals (balanced by our world leading equine nutritionists) to our balancers and complete feeds, as well as our unique EQ-COMPLETE™ protein. Without getting overly technical, this is a form of protein containing amino acids that have been profiled and matched against those found in horses soft tissue and bone.  You can request free samples of any of our feeds by following the link below..https://keyflowfeeds.com/free-sample/If you would like a member of our friendly nutrition team to offer some support with feeding for health and wellbeing throughout the winter we are always here to help. You can reach us by calling our advice line on 01672 519000 (select option 2). Alternatively you can email advice@keyflowfeeds.com. We also have a live chat on our website if you have any quick questions that need answering!If you would like to schedule a feed advice call please request a call back by following the link below.https://keyflowfeeds.com/advice-support/call-back-request/We look forward to helping you and the health of your horses soon.The Keyflow Advice and Support Teamkeyflowfeeds.com01672 519000advice@keyflowfeeds.com Take a look at some of our recommended products here… Follow us Share...

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    Pegasus Jewellery

    on Jan 14, 2021 in Equestrian services | 0 comments

    Pegasus Jewellery

    BEAUTIFUL EQUESTRIAN JEWELLERY Pegasus Jewellery has a steeped history of British excellence. Jewellery is all that founder Kim Wilson has ever known and has been part of her family for over 100 years right back to when her Great Grandfather opened a jewellers in 1909, in a small village called Dalbeattie. That business is still in the family today, run by Kim’s brother in Dumfries. Kim’s inspiration however came from her young daughter and a trip to an International Horse Trials. Our story “The idea of the brand came about at Blair Castle FEI International Horse Trials in 2015 when I realised I wanted to combine my adoration of horses with a desire to launch a jewellery collection. I utilised my knowledge of current trends in the jewellery world and added a classy equine twist. Horses have always been a huge part of my life and I currently have two ponies for my children. My daughter Charlotte actually inspired the name of the brand as one bedtime story she was reading spoke of Pegasus the winged horse who sprang from the body of Medusa. After reading it, Charlotte said “Mummy that would be a good name for your jewellery,” and it just felt right. I hoped my dreams and aspirations would take flight as Pegasus did. The debut collection comprised 30 pieces but the one piece that stood out and continues to be a best seller was the pearl horseshoe sparkle earrings. Pearl studs are a beautiful jewellery classic and I wanted to make them modern and combine them with an equestrian theme. Adding the sparkly horseshoe and setting the pearl inside was everything I wanted Pegasus to be – classy combined with modern equestrianism. As much as I adore wearing pretty jewellery, my favourite every day piece has to be our best-selling Internationally loved Vitality bracelet. It gives me strength and stamina to get through the hectic-ness of combining business and family life. I work full time with Pegasus. look after two children, two ponies and a beagle! Plus I want a mini Dachshund to add to the equation! The Vitality makes it all possible – I no longer need to take endless painkillers for my shoulder. Its a little life changing miracle band.” Why buy from Pegasus? The love and passion that goes into designing every piece makes Pegasus unique and really special. The aim was always an affordable stylish brand of excellent quality. Horse owners have enough expense but deserve to wear something special that highlights their passion. We offer; – products of an exceptional quality and unique, stylish design – stunning packaging – easy checkout with PayPal, Visa and Mastercard – free postage on all U.K. orders – free 14 day refund on all orders Love and health, from our family to yours, Kim & Charlotte. x https://pegasusjewellery.net Follow us Share...

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    7 things to know when choosing your horses supplements.

    on Dec 20, 2020 in Articles | 0 comments

    7 things to know when choosing your horses supplements.

    The range of equine supplements is ever growing, making those critical decisions even more confusing and difficult.  Additional supplementation with high quality equine supplements will help to ensure your horse’s diet is balanced and will help minimise the risk of ill health associated with nutritional deficiencies. They will also provide extra support for your horse’s joints, tendons, muscles, gut health, and overall wellbeing. Every horse owner strives to provide the best support for their horse whilst also saving those pennies. So, Synovium’s vets look at the 7 most important factors to watch out for when choosing the right supplement for your horse.  ACTIVE INGREDIENTS – Unfortunately, there is no legislation that regulates what goes into horse supplements and no legal requirement to show the levels of active ingredient. Madness, we know as this means anyone can make a supplement, put a label on it and advertise it for horses. So, we recommend choosing a brand you trust, and look for those that clearly state the amount of each active ingredient per typical daily dose.  INEFFECTIVE LEVELS – We often see two tricks here by supplement brands. Firstly, what is present in the supplement is exceptionally low compared to the stated amount on the label. This can only be known by lab testing, which is time consuming and expensive, no one lab tests all the supplements they purchase for their horse.  So how would you know? Again, choose a brand you trust, or one you have been recommended and you can see results with. Have you ever had a supplement work well to only stop working months, years later? This is often the case when companies drop the ingredient levels to save on costs.  Secondly, we often see it when ingredient levels are made to look better than they are by using different measurement units. This is when a label shows 20mg instead of 2g (20,000mg), it is common practice to use the smallest figure unit, for example grams instead of milligrams. However, companies often use the larger figure units to make the ingredient levels look higher at a glance than other brands. We recommend taking a bit longer to look at the levels per typical dose to get a true comparison. It will of course save you pennies whilst making sure your horses is getting the most effective levels.  COMPOSTITION – By legal requirement ingredients should be listed in descending order, so if a label does not state the actual level of ingredients, you can still understand what the supplement has in it from most to least. Look out for the most important ingredients being listed first.  PERCENTAGES – Misleading marketing and you should avoid brands that only use percentages to inform their buyers of the levels of ingredients in a supplement. Unless it is 100% which is clear to understand. Percentages are usually given per the tub size so the actual ingredient level can differ depending on daily dose. For example, 50% Glucosamine when fed at 20g per daily dose equals only 5g of Glucosamine. Whereas 20% when fed at 50g per daily dose equals 10g. The 20% provides more Glucosamine that the 50% supplement. If being a supplement that uses percentages, take a little time to work out the daily levels for correct comparison.  QUALITY – A...

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    ‘Suitable for Novices’ the Advert said!

    on Oct 24, 2020 in Articles | 0 comments

    ‘Suitable for Novices’ the Advert said!

    Please note before you read this article …. the riders in these images are not beginners and are not in anyway linked to the content of this article they just had the appropriate images of horses and behaviours that we needed. If you spend any time in the equestrian world or on social media, you’ve read or heard stories about horses and ponies that were sold to someone as “suitable for a novice ” and then, within a few months they started bucking their riders off regularly, became hard to handle, stopped doing things they used to do peacefully, rearing and bolting etc. Credit Allen Breen Frequently the new owner posts to complain that the previous owner must have drugged the horse, because they don’t understand any other way that the calm, mellow horse or pony they tried out has now turned into a nightmare. No one is saying that the drugging of sale horses doesn’t go on, but it is more rare than all the stories would have you believe. But, generally, this is what happens when a very mellow calm pony (or any other kind of horse!) is sold to a beginner home and things don’t go well — and the only drugs involved are the painkillers the New Owner ends up needing to take! 1. New Owner changes the horse’s entire lifestyle. He was living out 24hrs a day in a field , and now he’s living in a stable with maybe an hours turnout . He goes from eating unlimited quantities of grass and plentiful hay to the typical livery yards 2 or 3 flakes a day. Then, when he starts to lose weight, New Owner compensates for the lack of hay by adding more and more hard feed . Doesn’t really matter what kind – even senior feed can and will crank up a horse’s energy level. Also, lots of hard feed and not enough quality forage combined with stabled life can cause ulcers to flare up. 2. Old Owner had horse on a serious exercise programme. The horse got ridden most days, hard enough to work up a sweat. As a result, anyone could hop on him. New Owner doesn’t really want to pay for a groom or exercise rider and thinks he can just ride the horse himself, but he misses Wednesday because of Janes’s birthday party and Thursday because he has to work late, and Sunday because his buddy comes to town unexpectedly. And so on… Because the horse is now stabled, the horse stands in a 12 x 12 box getting progressively more irritated. Credit Angela Naysmith and her daughter Erin 3. New Owner comes to yard to ride. The horse doesn’t want to pick up his foot, so after a struggle, New Owner decides that hoof does not really need to be picked. The horse starts to get pushy to lead, because he’s been in the stable for 2 days and he’s eager to move. New Owner permits the pushiness; the horse stops leading nicely and starts circling around New Owner or dragging him around like a kite. New Owner goes to tack up the horse and cranks up the girth tight all at once, something Old Owner, who was more experienced, knew better than to do. Horse flies...

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