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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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Read all about the following questions in the item below:
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
The development of a good bone-structure is a continuous process, which plays an important role in feeding during the last 3 months of gestation and until the age of 3 of the young horse. The Pavo Podo® Concept...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
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
Of all the components of your horse’s diet, protein is probably the most misunderstood. Long assumed to function as an energy source for the body, protein mainly functions to provide amino acids (the building...More information
In this article, we draw on scientific research to explain how the supplement Pavo MuscleCare is formulated and which substances are important for sport horses.
Hard training and irregular work take their toll...More information
This has definitely contributed to the successes,” says eventing rider Merel Blom, while pointing at a bag of Pavo TopSport. Having won a bronze World Championship medal, she explains how she changed her feed...More information
Roughage contains less and less energy and protein. This is shown by the analyses carried out by Pavo during the last decade.
How much energy and proteins does your roughage contain?
Having roughage analyzed...More information
Reduction of ulceration in horses
What causes gastric ulcers?
The horse’s stomach is continuously secreting digestive acids. If the stomach lining is exposed to this acid for a prolonged period of time,...More information
To a certain extent, wild animals are in a constant state of near starvation. By this we mean to say that they almost always experience shortages in their diet. By varying that diet, within...More information
Spring 2014: Prevent your horse from getting laminitis due to the spring grass
First of all, why has spring grass such a bad reputation? In principle, it has to do with a period of rapid growth. In the autumn,...More information
Building up condition through feeding
We all talk about the condition of our horses. Strictly speaking, the condition of a horse is the relationship between muscles and fat, in the context of general alertness,...More information
Reduce the negative effects of spring grass by feeding Pavo SpeediBeet before turning out your horse
In the spring, grass can contain high levels of sugar, such as fructans. On average, this is about 17-20% of...More information
Manage your horse’s diet in 4 steps
When putting together the daily diet for your horse, you can use the following components:
The basis...More information
Why should you soak feed?
We are gaining more and more knowledge about healthy horse feed. Many horse owners are well aware of the benefits of an as large as possible intake of fibres. Feed producers are adding...More information
Muesli for horses, are there truly any benefits? What distinguishes muesli from pellets? Is it possible to find sugar-free muesli? Many people only dare to give a handful of muesli because of fear for overweight....More information
Sweet itch is a very annoying illness. Your horse gets crazy about the itchy and beside, everyone is dreaming of a horse with beautiful, thick manes. Luckily there are a lot of ways to help a horse with sweet itch,...More information
Senior horses, from 18 years of age onwards, will often have problems with their body weight. The body no longer absorbs the nutrients easily and teeth problems often play a role too. Fortunately, there is a lot...More information
‘What should I feed my horse?’ this is one of the most frequently asked questions to our nutritionists. The subject of horse feed is not an easy one, as sport horses have different feed requirements...More information
Different building blocks in feed contribute to your horse’s health. Both roughage as well as concentrated feed contains nutrients that supply energy and ensure recovery and growth of the horse’s body....More information
Roughage is the staple in a healthy diet for a horse, which you supplement with concentrates when needed. However, the amount of vitamins, minerals and trace elements that a horse takes in, is often not sufficient....More information
For every breeder, spring is an exciting, but also anxious time. In the run-up to the birth, it is a good thing to think about the feeding requirements of the mare before and after foaling, when she is lactating...More information
Just as in people, overweight in horses is not healthy. A growing number of horses in the Europe are too fat and this increases the risk for conditions such as insulin resistance. What is insulin resistance, how...More information
Horses can handle warm weather well because they can lose the warmth by sweating. When a horse loses sweat, he doesn’t only lose moisture, but also body salts, in other words electrolytes. Those electrolytes...More information
Both nutrition and training have a major influence on the functioning of the muscles. But how do muscles actually work? Which nutrients can influence this? And how can you give your horse extra support in building...More information
Laminitis is for a horse a very painful condition, of which an inflammation in the hoof due to a severe metabolic disorder causes problems. How do you recognize a horse with laminitis? What are the causes of this...More information
Some vitamins, minerals and other nutrients are identified as antioxidants, because they protect the body against the so-called “free radicals”. Free radicals are aggressive substances in the body...More information
Foals and young horses grow enormously during the first years of their lives. A basic pellet will not meet the nutritional needs, but what does?
Feeding advice for young horses
After foals have been weaned,...More information
A mare that does not go into foal can be a very frustrating and complex problem. The problems that occur in difference stages have a substantial influence on the success of breeding. But why does my mare not go...More information
It is very important for foals to grow in a responsible way. Growing too little is not good, but growing too fast is not good either. When the feed contains a high level of energy and proteins, the foal will grow...More information
Why are vitamin E and selenium important for horses?
Waste materials are released in every form of work; just as a car produces exhaust gases when burning fuel, a muscle produces waste products when working....More information
Is there anything that gives more joy than a mare and foal in the pasture? The mare is in her final days before giving birth and the foaling is imminent. An exciting moment! But how do you know your mare is getting...More information
It is not always a pleasant period when your horse is moulting. Hairs fly everywhere and they often stick to everything. Additionally, the moulting season takes up a lot of energy from your horse or pony....More information
What is colic?
Colic is a form of pain in the abdomen. In the horse’s digestive tract, obstructions, cramps, excessive gas accumulation or displacements can occur, often resulting in colic.
Cause of...More information