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Foliphos- How should it be used?

The provision of Vitamin B12 (Cyanocobalamin), folic acid and butaphosphan (organic phosphorus) is pivotal to the needs of the exercising horse. Most importantly, the various roles in red blood cell synthesis and energy production/utilisation. (more…)

Key Steps to Optimal Recovery

Optimal recovery post exercise or racing enables your horses to continue to train and perform at peak levels. Poor recovery from racing or exercise can lead to horses ‘training off’, injury, sub-optimal racing performance and may affect future racing longevity. Strenuous exercise affects many areas of body function; muscle function & damage, blood acid base balance, fluid & electrolyte loss and energy storage.  Ensuring adequate nutrition enables the replenishment, repair and recovery of all these processes is critical to overall well being and optimal performance of your horse. (more…)

Equine Cushing’s Syndrome (ECS)

Horses, like humans, are living longer, healthier lives and as a consequence, certain age related diseases are becoming more prevalent.  Equine Cushing’s Syndrome (ECS) is a disease of the endocrine system caused by an abnormality of the pituitary gland situated at the base of the brain.  A characteristic of ECS is the production of excessive amounts of the hormone cortisol which negatively impacts on the horse’s ability to effectively regulate blood pressure/cardiac function and protein/carbohydrate/fat metabolism. Equine Cushing’s Syndrome (ECS) has been documented to affect more than 10% of horses over 15 years of age (McGowan, 2003). While the condition

Gastric Ulcers

What are gastric ulcers? Equine Gastric Ulcer Syndrome (EGUS) is the result of the progressive erosion of the lining within the distal oesophagus, stomach and proximal small intestine caused by gastric acid attack. EGUS can be a painful condition with serious health and performance implications for affected horses. Gastric ulcers are most often present on the upper lining of the stomach and also at the junction between the upper and lower regions (Margo Plicatus). The lower portion of the stomach (glandular region) secretes a protective mucous in addition to having the capacity to produce digestive enzymes, thereby reducing the effects

Laminitis

Laminitis is one of the most common causes of lameness in horses and ponies.  Within the hoof are sensitive, thin plate like structures called laminae, which supply nutrition to hoof and act as primary support to the pedal bone within the hoof.  The term laminitis refers to inflammation of these laminae, which is instigated via the reaction of the laminitic trigger factors and laminae.  Consequently, the degradation and separation of the laminae leads to cascade of problems for horses’ health and quality of life. Common causative agents for instigating an episode of laminitis include the following; Excessive intake of high

Potassium Plus

Abstract Potassium is a key electrolyte important for maintaining tissue osmotic pressure and acid base equilibrium, and playing a key role in nerve function and muscle contraction.  Potassium is found within all cells and its levels are primarily controlled by the kidneys.  Potassium losses can cause dramatic drop in race performance and may lead to premature muscle fatigue and mental irritability.  Blood Potassium levels below 3.5mmol/L can affect the ability of your horse to win. Potassium PLUS Potassium is a key electrolyte important for maintaining tissue osmotic pressure and acid base equilibrium, and playing a key role in nerve function

Blood pH

Abstract  The blood of the racehorse has a very delicate acid and base balance.  Following exercise muscle cells and blood become acidic (an excess of H+ ions) particularly during sprint work or maximum exertion.  Optimum performance demands that this balance be maintained within the critical limit of 7.42-7.45. A blood pH below 7.40 indicates acidosis or lowered alkali reserve causing muscle fatigue, mental irritability, poor performance and muscle soreness. Blood pH The blood of the racehorse has a very delicate acid and base balance.  Following exercise muscle cells and blood become acidic (an excess of H+ ions) particularly during sprint

Ranvet Stakes

A big thanks to everyone who came and helped us celebrate the 25th running of the Ranvet Stakes!! We all had a fabulous day up in the Baguette Room and a very big congratulations to the winners of the Ranvet Stakes;   Horse: Contributer Owner: Godolphin Trainer: John O'Shea Jockey: James McDonald  

Ranvet Newsletter

Winter Feeding As winter sets in and temperatures begin to drop, some changes in your horses ration may be required. Horses are well adapted to cope with climatic extremes and have an innate ability to seek shelter and suitable feedstuffs. This ability will help to cope with harsh climatic variables such as sub-zero temperatures and ice cold winds. However, domestication has seen horses confined to a stable or paddock in which they are unable to exercise this ability and must therefore rely on the feed and shelter provided. A horses coat is the first line of defence against the cold.