News 2014

  • "Feed for Thought": Nonstructural Carbohydrates and the Metabolic Horse

    By: Suzie Middlebrook B.Sc., Cavalor Nutrition Specialist - Unfortunately, many horses are currently afflicted by different types of metabolic ailments, such as insulin resistance (IR) and laminitis. These types of ailments are often caused by a lack of exercise, overfeeding, genetics, some types of drugs, or a combination thereof. Horses that are IR or prone to laminitis are unable to cope with high amounts of nonstructural carbohydrates in their diet. Nonstructural carbohydrates (NSCs) are the percentage of a feedstuff that is made up of starches and water soluble carbohydrates, or sugars. NSCs are found in cereal grains and some types of hay, such as timothy grass or orchard grass.

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  • "Feed for Thought": The CA:P Ratio Explained

    By Suzie Middlebrook, BSc | Cavalor Nutrition Specialist When formulating the perfect diet for your horse, one should look at the total intake of nutrients as well as some of the ratios of those nutrients compared to other nutrients. While there are several important nutrient ratios in the world of equine nutrition, such as iron:copper (4:1) or calcium:magnesium (2:1), the most talked about ratio in equine nutrition is the calcium:phosphorus ratio. Often times you will hear of the well-meaning horse owner calculating endlessly to get the perfect calcium:phosphorus ratio for their horse’s diet. So what is the calcium:phosphorus ratio and why is it important?

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  • Cavalor Sponsored rider Alice Naber Lozeman Dutch Champion Eventing!

    Cavalor is proud to support Alice Naber-Lozeman! She became Dutch Eventing Champion this weekend, with her horse Peter Parker! She extended her Dutch cross country title from last year.

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News overview

  • 2014-10-10
    "Feed for Thought": What grain should I feed my horse in the off-season?
    By Suzie Middlebrook, BSc. | Cavalor Nutrition Specialist: After all the championships are awarded, the year-end shows come to a close, and winter sets in, competition horses are often giving some time off from heavy training and competition. The let-down period is wonderful for the horse mentally and physically as it gives him the chance to recovery from the stresses of the year.
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  • 2014-09-22
    "Feed for Thought": Equine Hindgut Health Part 2: How to effectively support a healthy hindgut
    By Suzie Middlebrook, BSc. | Cavalor Nutrition Specialist The complex digestive tract of the horse can sometimes be assaulted by different irritants or pathogens that can cause diarrhea or Gas. Some examples would be a change in diet, a virus, anti biotic treatment or an excess amount of oil in their diet. All three of these scenarios can cause the normal microbial populations, or “good gut bacteria,” to suffer, causing their numbers to falter which can lead to even further negative impact on the overall health of the horse. The drop in microbial populations can cause a negative feedback loop, leading to further insult on the gastrointestinal health of the horse. This is due to the fact that the gut environment has been significantly altered, impeding the horse’s ability to self-repair from the initial insult.
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  • 2014-09-17
    Distributors Attend WEG, Celebrate 25 Years of Cavalor
    Cavalor distributors from across the globe enjoyed special festivities in France last week to celebrate the company’s 25th anniversary. The fun began in Caen, where the group watched the spectacular Final Four jumping competition, the finale of the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games 2014 in Normandy. (Cavalor, an Official Feed Partner of the Games, sponsors riders who medaled at the Games in six of eight disciplines.)
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  • 2014-09-15
    Spruce Meadows Nations Cup: Olivier Philippaerts Brings Home the Bronze
    Cavalor-sponsored show jumpers took victory gallops throughout the week of stiff competition at the Spruce Meadows “Masters” CSIO 5* Tournament in Calgary, Canada, which concluded Sunday. Olivier Philippaerts of Belgium and Kent Farrington of the US had flown to Canada directly from France, where they competed just a week ago at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games 2014 in Normandy (Farrington earned Team Bronze there).
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  • 2014-09-10
    Cavalor Riders Take Medals in 6 Disciplines at WEG 2014
    Top athletes sponsored by Cavalor competed in all eight disciplines and won medals in six World Championship competitions – Jumping, Endurance, Eventing, Para-Dressage, Reining and Driving – at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games 2014 in Normandy, which concluded this week.
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  • 2014-09-05
    Team Finals Set Today at 2014 Jumping World Championships
    Kent Farrington, a Cavalor-sponsored rider, helped the US team jump into second place in provisional standings Wednesday in day two of Jumping at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games 2014 in Normandy. The Netherlands is currently holding a strong first place (4.83) over the US (8.72), and Germany is in third (8.82).
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  • 2014-09-05
    Cavalor-sponsored Driver Koos de Ronde finishes Dressage Day 1 in 2nd Place.
    Flags went up at La Prairie Racecourse in Caen, France, as 46 combined drivers from 17 nations competed in the first day of dressage on at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games 2014 in Normandy. The World Championship started Thursday with dressage over two days, followed by the marathon on Saturday, and finishing with precision driving through cones on Sunday.
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  • 2014-09-05
    Netherlands Takes Gold in Team Jumping at 2014 Games
    Kent Farrington, a Cavalor-sponsored rider, helped the US Jumping Team clinch the Bronze Medal in Thursday’s final team competition at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games 2014 in Normandy.
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  • 2014-09-03
    Cavalor's third educational video is launched!
    Learn more about muscle fatigue, and see what you can do to avoid this issue!
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  • 2014-08-29
    Equine Hindgut Health -- How and why you should feed microbes?
    By Suzie Middlebrook, BSc. | Cavalor Nutrition Specialist Conscious horse owners are often extremely particular about what they feed their horse. A large amount of time, effort, and planning may go into making sure the horse is being fed the right combination of hay, grain, and supplements. And while the horse is the one we watch eat all these carefully calculated and measured portions of feed, they aren’t the only creature being fed in this scenario. In fact, several millions of billions of others are benefitting from the horse owner’s careful decisions as well.
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  • 2014-08-28
    Gold medal for Michèle George
    Big congrats to Michèle George and her team for winning the Gold Medal at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.
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  • 2014-08-27
    Belgium Wins Team Silver in Reining! 2 Cavalor-Sponsored Riders on Team
    Million-dollar rider Bernard Fonck and his wife, Ann Poels, both sponsored by Cavalor, helped Belgium win Team Silver in reining at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games 2014 in Normandy. Aboard NRHA Open World Champion Sail On Top Whizard, owned by Danny Cerato, Fonck closed his run with a 219.5, and Belgium held the second highest total score (663) on the second day of competition. Poels, riding Nic Ricochet, and Piet Mesdagh, riding RS Spat Man O War, had scored 221 and a 216.5 respectively on the first day of competition. Cira Baeck rode Colonels Shining Gun, owned by Katarzyna Roleska, to a 221.
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  • 2014-08-25
    By Darlene Ricker - Under a light but steady rain, competition began Monday at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games 2014 in Normandy for three disciplines – Dressage, Reining and Para-dressage. All were venued in the city of Caen but took place at separate sites just a few minutes away from one another: Dressage is venued at Stade d’Ornano (a magnificently remodeled soccer stadium); Reining is in a lovely indoor arena in Parc des Expositions (the “nerve center” of the Games, where the Games Village is located); and Para-dressage is at Hippodrome de la Prairie (a well manicured race track).
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  • 2014-08-11
    Feed For Thought: Protein Part 2, "What are the signs, symptoms and treatment of a surplus of protein in the diet?"
    By Suzie Middlebrook, BSc. | Cavalor Nutrition Specialist As with many other things in the field of nutrition, there is such thing as too much protein in a horse's diet. In ration calculations and feed analysis, we refer to protein as crude protein (CP), which is essentially any and all protein in the diet without regard for the make-up or digestibility of the protein. The crude protein requirement of an average-sized horse in medium work is around 700g, which is more than met by 15 pounds, or 3 large flakes, of high quality grass hay with a crude protein level of 8.5% coupled with 4.5 pounds of performance horse grain, such as Cavalor® Perfomix (11% CP) (NRC, 2007). If a horse was fed instead a diet of 15 pounds of alfalfa (17.8% CP) and 1 pound of a high protein ration balancer (30% CP), that horse would be ingesting nearly double their daily crude protein requirement.
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  • 2014-07-28
    Feed For Thought: Protein, Part 1 “What are the signs, symptoms, and treatments of protein deficiency?”
    By Suzie Middlebrook, B.Sc., Cavalor Nutrition Specialist It doesn’t matter if your horse is a top level competitor, a broodmare, or just a pasture ornament, protein is important to all horses. In contrast to popular thought, protein is rarely utilized as a form of energy except in cases of starvation when the horse has to resort to metabolizing its own muscle. Instead, protein is used to build and repair nearly all the structures in the body. Protein makes up everything from muscles and joints to vital organs such as the intestines, kidneys, and lungs. These structures and others may be damaged due to exertion or stress. For example, when a horse lands off a jump or takes a funny step on the trail, there may be small tears in the tendons or ligaments that need repair. The body will use the protein from its diet to heal these small injuries. If the diet does not contain a sufficient amount of protein, then the horse will be forced to prioritize what structures are repaired first. So if the heart also suffered some small amount of damage, then the body may begin to breakdown muscle, tendons, or ligaments to repair the injured vital organ.
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  • 2014-07-16
    (Drongen, Belgium) June 20, 2014 – In marking its 25th anniversary, Cavalor® Premium Feed, Supplements and Care Products celebrates advances in equine health and longevity, much of which it ascribes to scientific improvements in equine nutrition.
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  • 2014-07-14
    Ebeling Withdraws Rafalca from CDI4* Aachen and Contention for the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games U.S. Dressage Team
    With mixed emotions, we regretfully announce that Rafalca will relinquish her bid for the WEG team in Normandy. Rafalca's health and welfare have always been our highest priority, and at this moment, at 17 years old, she is not prepared to compete.
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  • 2014-07-07
    Feed For Thought: Electrolytes
    Now that we are in the full swing of summer, many horse owners have incorporated electrolytes in their horses’ diets. But, what are electrolytes and why are they important? Technically, electrolytes are any mineral that has an ionic charge and dissociates, or becomes separate, in water-based fluids. Table salt, or sodium chloride, will dissociate in water into sodium (Na+) and chloride (Cl-) atoms in water and dissolve. Other examples of electrolytes are potassium (K+), magnesium (Mg2+), and calcium (Ca2+).
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  • 2014-06-16
    Feed For Thought: Feeding the working senior horse.
    By Suzie Middlebrook, B.Sc, Cavalor Nutrition Specialist As veterinary medicine technologies continue to improve, we are seeing more and more horses entering their twenties and still competing alongside their younger counterparts. Despite their robust appearance, though, these horses often still need additional support to continue their active lives. It is imperative that these senior horses are checked daily and any changes in condition are noted in order to make adjustments to these horses’ routines before a problem arises.
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  • 2014-05-23
    Feed For Thought: Fueling the performance horse.
    When looking at the athletes of the human world, one can almost tell what type of discipline an athlete participates in by looking at their diet. A distance runner generally will consume a diet of 60% carbohydrates, 15% protein and 25% fat calorically. So a 2500 calorie diet would be comprised of 375g carbohydrates, 94g protein, and 69g fat. In comparison, a weight lifter would eat about 65% carbohydrates, 25% protein, and 10% fat which would translate to 406g carbohydrates, 156g protein, and 28g fat. But why is that and what does that mean for your horse?
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  • 2014-05-15
    Giant hoof prints on Normandy beach mark 100 Days To Go to Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014
    A unique piece of sand art on the Bay of Mont-Saint-Michel in Normandy has marked 100 Days To Go to the start of the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014 in France this summer. French artist Christophe Dumont created a spectacular piece of sand art featuring giant, 2.3 by 2.5 metre horse’s hoof prints in a huge ‘100’ on the famous Normandy beach. The artist and a team of 20 people battled against time and tide to produce the unique piece of artwork, so that it could be captured on camera before the waves washed it away.
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  • 2014-05-09
    Being that horses are natural grazers, they require a diet made up of primarily forage. While this may have been the natural grasses and herbs found in their environment, a stabled performance horse is usually fed a combination of hays to best meet the bulk of their energy requirement. There are a variety of different types of hay available on the market that may be split into four major groups: cool-season grasses, warm-season grasses, grain hays and legumes. We will begin by doing an overview of these four general types of hays and go into depth on the nutritional and management differences of each hay species in the coming weeks.
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  • 2014-04-18
    Now that we understand the basic pharmacology of the medications commonly used in treating equine gastric ulcer syndrome (EGUS), let’s now look into the various herbal preparations available and why they are effective in treating ulcers. Herbal preparations have long been used to prevent, soothe, and repair gastric ulcers in the stomach, particularly amongst groups that commonly practice Chinese medicine. In veterinary medicine, many professionals and horse owners are turning to herbal preparations to treat ulcer cases where the horse does not respond or responds adversely to more commonly used medications, such as omeprazole or ranitidine, or when trying to prevent future cases of ulcers in ulcer-prone horses, such as those frequently competing, traveling, or in heavy work and living in less ideal situations for gut health.
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  • 2014-04-04
    Feed For Thought: What are some common medications used for the treatment of ulcers?
    Equine gastic ulcer syndrome (EGUS) is a highly prevalent condition in the modern horse. Fortunately, there are numerous chemical and herbal treatments now available on the market that are proven effective in tackling this frustrating disease. That being said, a change in management is often needed to help keep ulcer-prone horses healthy and productive in their day to day activities. Since such a large number of treatments are available, we will discuss chemical treatments in this Feed For Thought and herbal treatments in the next to properly address all options available to horse owners.
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  • 2014-03-19
    Whenever one is looking to address or prevent equine gastric ulcer syndrome (EGUS), often times the daily ration is examined carefully along with changes in daily management. In recent years, alfalfa has become touted as something to include in a horse’s daily diet to help prevent ulcers. This theory began with a study performed by the University of Tennessee that examined which diet would cause ulcers: alfalfa hay with textured grain or brome hay with no grain (Nadeau et al., 2000). While the researchers believed that the incidence of ulcers would be higher in the grain-consuming group, they were quite surprised when the opposite was true and the alfalfa-containing ration combined with grain prevailed.
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  • 2014-02-28
    Cavalor is launching the second educative video about the horse’s gut health!
    You want your horse to be happy and healthy so it can perform at its best. But, did you know it all starts with a healthy digestive system? So, let’s take a look at what happens inside a horse’s digestive tract and how that influences your horse’s health..
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  • 2014-02-28
    One of the most common syndromes found in sport horses today is equine gastric ulcer syndrome (EGUS) or more commonly referred to as just “ulcers.” Gastric ulcers are lesions in the lining of the stomach, ranging from minor irritations or “pinpoint” ulcers to full perforation (Davis, 2006). Since the symptoms as often vague, such as decreased performance or changes in attitude, ulcers can easily be misdiagnosed.
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  • 2014-02-21
    Feed For Thought: Winter Feeding Strategies.
    As much of the United States is experiencing the full force of winter, it might be a great time to review your winter feeding strategies! The energy to grow a thick winter coat and maintain a healthy core temperature can only come from a proper diet.
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  • 2014-01-24
    Feed For Thought: Oil supplementation. What about it?
    A common practice in the sport horse industry that has recently come into favor has been to supplement one’s horse with oil. People will use it for a variety of reasons, such as adding weight to a hard keeper, to encourage a glossy coat, to give “cool” energy, or to help treat arthritis. It may even help fertility in mares and stallions. But which oil and form should one use? Something cheap and plentiful like corn oil or soybean oil? Or maybe a whole ingredient, like black oil sunflower seeds? Flaxseeds in variety of forms have become the darling of the horse world, as well.
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  • 2014-01-08
    Feed For Thought: Does the performance horse need a low NSC feed?
    As we discussed a few weeks back, nonstructural carbohydrates, more commonly known as NSCs, have become the buzzword of the equine nutrition world. There is ample evidence that diets high in NSCs contribute to the development of insulin resistance in horses at rest. However, there has been no research examining the effects of exercise on the development of insulin resistance until the University of Guelph looked into this scenario.
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  • 2014-01-06
    WIN 2 x 5-day trip to the "Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games (Normandy), or one of 160 other prizes
    On 1 January 2014 THE competition of the year will start here. For 16 weeks you will be able to win scores of prizes. The first prize is an exclusive 5-day stay at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games 2014 in Normandy.
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