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Every now and then, your fields need rejuvenating. You can do that by completely seeding after ploughing the fields or by reseeding the existing grassland.
Following are some tips and advice on grassland maintenance...More information
Is your horse or pony too hot/too energetic or too calm/too lethargic? In this article you will find a great deal of information about the causes and what you can do about it. We look at the horse’s circumstances...More information
What is Molasses?
Molasses looks like Golden Syrup. It is the syrup that is left over from the sugar production out of sugar cane or sugar beet. Molasses is used a lot in horse feeds as it has a number of significant...More information
You exercise your horse seriously and regularly, your horse does not get too much hard feed and still, he is a good-doer. To instigate a tight diet seems to be the only option, but it is definitely not the best...More information
A lot of horses loose condition in winter. This could have been caused by, for instance, a worm infection, teeth problems, stress or pain. You have to call the vet when a horse looses weight very quickly. But more...More information
The way horses eat in the wild
The horse’s environment determines the behaviour it shows. Our horses cannot choose what they want to do at any specific moment. The horse as a pet cannot decide by itself when...More information
Through bowel movements and urination the horse gets rid of materials that the digestive tract cannot digest or use as building blocks. The kidneys transport the liquid waste products via the urine, and the intestines...More information
Before the various ingredients for our products arrive at the factory we have already conducted a comprehensive research. First we do a visual inspection to make sure that the ingredients look like they’re...More information
When we are breathing, air enters the body through either the mouth or nose, travels through the muscular pharynx, or throat, down the trachea, and into the bronchial tree of the lungs until it reaches the smallest...More information
It is clear that good roughage is not a guarantee for sufficient magnesium intake. Supplementing magnesium with hard feed is needed. But which hard feed provides sufficient magnesium? Dr. Kees Kalis explains that...More information
‘The sweet seducer’
by: Jessica Bunjes
The nightmare of many horse owners in the turning out season is laminitis. The fear of too much protein in the feed determines the behaviour a great deal....More information
There are several equestrian disciplines and each discipline requires different skills from the horse and rider. For dressage you need discipline, patience and stamina. On race courses you see super sprinters who...More information
Healthy nutrition, i.e. the quantity of the food and well-balanced portions divided over the entire day, is very important for your horse.
The correct ratio between roughage and concentrates is also very important....More information
Yes, magnesium deficiency in horses occurs quite often. Dr. Kees Kalis of the Dutch Equine Health Service has worked on this subject for many years. He says: ‘I have investigated a few hundred blood samples...More information
Sometimes horses eat sand or manure, and generally there is a reason for that behavior. As soon as you’ve discovered what that reason is, you can find a solution.
Sometimes horses...More information
Magnesium, together with calcium, plays an important role in the mechanism of the muscles. In simple terms, calcium looks after the tension of the muscles and magnesium looks after the relaxation. It does happen...More information
The muscular system of the horse has several functions. It keeps the bones of the horse together, it also gives the horse the ability to move and it is a source of warmth. Muscles get their nutrition from carbohydrates...More information
From the age of 16 to 20 the digestion of the horse changes: The digestive system deals less efficiently with nutrients. On top of that the teeth of many older horses detoriate. What is the best way of feeding these...More information
The Pavo GroomingTeam receives a lot of questions about the correct feed composition. Many horse owners don’t know exactly how much energy and protein their roughage contains and how much they give to their...More information
Part 1 described the role magnesium plays and how injuries occur when there is a deficiency of this mineral.
However, not only magnesium is important for the horse, so is calcium. If the horse has a deficiency...More information
When is a horse old? The answer to this question is not that simple. It depends mainly on the health of the horse, the breed and the work it has done.
The function of the horse has changed from working horse...More information
The complicated digestive tract of a horse is susceptible for disorders. In the following paragraphs we take a closer look at several disorders. We will also explain how you can recognize these disorders, what you...More information
Each horse has it’s own eating habits. Some really enjoy their feed and are at ease when eating. Others kick the stable wall the moment their neighbour only looks in their direction. In the case that your...More information
Looking after your horse’s feet is essential for your horse. A lot of problems with hooves stem from bad care and/or insufficient movement. Movement is extremely important for the development of healthy feet,...More information
There are many different types of bedding on the market, for instance straw, Aubiose (hemp), wood shavings, AquaMax or MegaSorb (both made of wood pulp). Which one do you use and why?
There are several reasons...More information
You often hear that horses get too ‘hot’ when they are fed oats. After reading the above that makes sense. Oats contain a lot of carbohydrates, which is broken down to sugar, which is quickly available...More information
Some might consider the term "happy athlete" as a cliché, however there is a lot to be said for keeping your horse happy. After all, a happy horse shows less stress and therefore performs better....More information
Native breeds are well known for becoming overweight quickly. You don’t want your pony to be too fat before you go to a show or grading. Many horse owners put their animals on a diet only a few weeks before...More information
Let’s do a little test. Grab a handful of horse feed: pellets or muesli. You have it?
You now have15 different ingredients in your hand! The main ingredients for horse feed are grains, especially...More information
A variety of building blocks in the horse feed contribute to the health of your horse. Roughage and concentrates contain nutrients that supply energy and take care of the recovery and growth of the body.
We all know that the oil from linseed, gives your horse a beautifully shiny coat. But did you know that linseed also contains many healthy unsaturated fats such as linolic acid? And that linseed in combination with...More information
The coat protects your horse from injuries, heat, sunrays or cold.
The sebum, an oily secretion of the sebaceous gland, which helps to preserve the flexibility of the hair, makes the coat water-repellant.
As a rule a mare will be in estrus (in heat) every three weeks from early spring through September. This fertile period of the mare lasts 3 to 7 days. When a mare is in heat, she will display physical and behavioral...More information
Good hoof-care is essential for your horse. Many hoof disorders are the result of insufficient care and/or insufficient exercise. Hoof-care should start in the young foal.
Aside from the hereditary factors, the...More information
Horses in the wild use about 60% of their time foraging for food. Grazing is their main method of consumption. In the winter they ad bark, branches and roots to their diet. And for a short time, seasonal vegetation...More information
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What is the role of magnesium and why is it so important?
How do I look after muscles, ligaments and joints with SportsFit?
What is the role of...More information
The heart and vascular system carry important products through the body, such as oxygen, carbon dioxide, nutrients, waste products, hormones and heat. The vascular system carries the blood to every part of the body....More information
There are several ways to see or feel if your horse is too heavy or too thin. Look at your horse from behind, or feel his ribs. Your horse has the perfect weight when you cannot see his ribs, but you can feel them...More information
The basic principles of animal science: feeding, care and raising
To determine what the rules are for what and how you feed your horse, it is important to know what your horse weighs. A scale is obviously the...More information
Pavo DailyPlus: More chewing without gaining weight
„Yes, of course will I feed my horses with Pavo DailyPlus." Marije Eekels from Babberich got to know the new product DailyPlus during a gathering at...More information
Injuries occur in every sport. It happens to people as well as horses. A horse is considered lame when pain causes him to alter the usual weight distribution on one or more limbs.
Lameness can be the result of...More information
A joint is the point of connection between two (or more) bones or elements of a skeleton (especially if it allows motion). To facilitate movement, the bones of a joint are shaped to match perfectly (ball- and socket)....More information
How laminitis starts and how to prevent it
Laminitis is an inflammation inside the foot. The hoof lamina, which provides the very strong bond between the hoof wall and the pedal bone, start inflaming. The result...More information
To understand why the digestive system of the horse is the way it is, we have to go back a long way in time. The first horses roamed the tundra’s in big herds. The animals were on the move continuously and...More information
Fifty percent of roughage is of bad quality
You would like to give your horse a tasty and healthy snack. During the winter months of 2007/2008 it was difficult to find good quality roughage. What can we do about...More information
When you walk into the barn or look out to the pasture, you often know right away what’s going on. More often than not your horse will be exited to see you, but – just like people – horses sometimes...More information
How do you make grass from hay?
Research is the way to go forward. That is what Rob Krabbenborg, a nutritionist at Pavo strongly believes. The company is constantly investing in research and based on their findings,...More information