28 April 2023 - Flipbook - Page 70
AUGUST 20 2020
All smiles at Lisbane Farm
IDERS of all ages enjoyed a brilliant
evening at Lisbane Farm. In the Mini
Mouse class, competitors as young as
ve years old established their ‘rst
canter’ alone in the lead rein/ assisted
class. The Mickey Mouse class provided a
great cross-country experience, riding up and
down hills, into water and required careful
planning between fences.
The higher classes gave both horse and rider
an opportunity to practise across varying
terrain and styles of jump. Organisers look
forward to seeing everyone again as the end
of the summer season approaches.
Thanks to the sponsors for their ongoing
support: Kingseld Equine Veterinary,
Kingseld Haylage, Léo Pelé Farrier
Services and Baileys Horse Feed.
Tuesday, August 11
Mini Mouse - 30cm lead rein/ assisted: =1)
Tara Hanna Kerr, Strawberry; CJ O’Brien,
Candypops; Jessica Curran, Busy Bee; Megan
Mickey Mouse - 60cm assisted: =1) Emily
Carse, Coilltedubh Lochlan; Holly Savage,
Dylan; Caoimhe Digney, Betsy; Erin Han, Bella;
Isaac McCarthy, Blaney’s Boy; Robyn Rice,
Lady; Holly Rice, Lady; Ebony Ritchy, Astro;
Alana Eadie, Willow.
75cm: 1) Helen Scott, Mel; 2) Orla O’Kane,
90CM: Kerry Parkhill on ‘Elsa’, winner of the
90cm class at the Lisbane Farm Jump Cross.
FIRST CANTER: CJ O’Brien on ‘Candypops’
took part in the Mini Mouse class at Lisbane
Farm and enjoyed their first canter off the lead
PICTURES: courtesy of Martin O’Neill
Peppe; 3) Rachel Adams, Yogi; 4) Jemma
90cm: 1) Kerry Parkhill, Elsa; 2) Sam
Hamilton ; 3) Conor Findlay, Mehall; 4) Emily
Hawe, Noah; 5) Aine Casey, Cliste.
1m: 1) Charlotte Leslie, Bilbo; 2) Conor
Findlay, Mehall; 3) Sophie Trusdale, Barney.
75CM: Helen Scott on ‘Mel’, winner of the
75cm class at the Lisbane Farm Jump Cross.
Ringneill to host Equine First Aid courses
FIRST AID: The courses will consist of both
theoretical and practical First Aid sessions.
Gransha launch new app
GRANSHA Equestrian Centre, Bangor, are
thrilled to announce the release of their
mobile app! They are proud to be the rst
equestrian centre in Northern Ireland to
provide their own full service app, available
for free download in the App Store and Play
Store. The app will help the equestrian
community stay in touch with latest news
and an array of equestrian services on
offer at Gransha Equestrian. With the
ability to enter events, view running orders
and track live results, Gransha are meeting
the demands of the 21st century and
particularly the new covid environment.
Entries for the show at Gransha on August
29 and 30 can be made through this app!
INGNEILL Equine Clinic will be hosting
two informative Equine First Aid Courses
during the month of September.
The courses will be held by kind permission
of Adrienne Stuart at Gransha Equestrian
Centre, Bangor on September 2 and Philipa
Auret at Lessans Livery Yard and Riding
Stables, Sainteld on September 8. Both
courses commence at 7.30pm and will last
approximately an hour.
The courses will consist of both theoretical
and practical sessions and will cover essential
topics, including basic anatomy, signs of
ill health, wound/ injury assessment, how
to measure clinical parameters including
respiratory rate, pulse rate and temperature,
wound management and when to call the vet.
Each course will provide horse owners and
handlers with the skills to deliver rst aid
treatment for common injuries.
Based on government guidelines, spaces will
be limited to 30 people and will be allocated on
a rst come, rst served basis.
First Aid Kits can be pre-ordered at the time
To book a place or make further enquiries,
please contact the clinic on 028 9722 8513. A
practical and insightful evening is assured!
Right, First Aid
Kits can be
at the time
Feeds’ Team Partner,
looking at the effect
of yeast culture
Understanding Prebiotics and Probiotics in Horse Feed
HUMAN nutrition often advertises the inclusion
of prebiotics and probiotics in foods, such as
yogurts or supplements, designed to support
a healthy digestive system. Horses’ digestive
health is also an essential component to their
overall wellbeing and performance and, quite
often, horse feed products will contain both
prebiotics and probiotics.
GUT HEALTH: A large part of a horse’s diet
is bre-based, digested in the hindgut by a
process called microbial fermentation. The
micro-organisms responsible for this process,
the gut microbiome, are extremely sensitive
and so maintaining a healthy environment and
population is essential for digestive health.
Microbial fermentation produces energy and
nutrients supporting the immune system,
health and performance of the horse. Factors
such as stress, sudden dietary changes or
medications can impact this delicate balance.
PREBIOTICS: Prebiotics are non-living,
complex carbohydrates and soluble bres that
cannot be digested in the small intestine and
so require digestion by microbial fermentation
in the caecum or colon. They have two main
functions; to improve the environment of
the “good bacteria” or to limit the number
of harmful microbes, known as competitive
There are two types of prebiotics commonly
included in horse feed products:
1) Fructo-oligosaccharides (FOS) - These
provide the current microbes in the gut with
energy for reproduction.
2) Mannon-oligosaccharides (MOS) - These
are originated from yeast cell walls and reduce
the number of harmful bacteria by stopping
them from “sticking” to the gut wall.
Prebiotics are often included in horse feed
products in the form of sugar beet, oat hulls
and soy hulls.
PROBIOTICS: Probiotics are added to food
products as live yeast or bacteria, however,
there are no approved bacteria that can be
added to horse feed products and so live
yeast are commonly used. Their main role is
to increase the population of “good” microbes,
reducing the amount of harmful microbes
present and helping to maintain an optimal
environment. Probiotics are included in a diet
to help improve bre and protein digestion,
increase energy production and mineral
There are limited studies on the use of
probiotics for horses, research is still evolving
in this area and so most data comes from
ruminant and human studies.
EQUINE RESEARCH: There have been
proven benets of yeast supplementation for
horses on low-bre and high-starch diets, and
recent studies have reported increased feed
intake and nutrient digestibility in horses
fed a high-bre diet supplemented with yeast
cultures - this could be a benecial nding for
“hard to keep” horses (Salem, A.Z.M. et al).
Two studies completed by Kentucky Equine
Research on Thoroughbred and Quarter horse
geldings, looked at the effect of yeast culture
supplementation on nutrient digestibility;
1) The horses were fed fescue hay
and a commercial sweet feed with the
supplementation of 10g/day of yeast
culture. The results showed an increase
in the digestion of dry matter, magnesium,
potassium, phosphorus and ash.
2) The second study was similar, however,
with the addition of dicalcium phosphate
as sources of phosphorus, they found an
estimated true phosphorus digestibility was
increased from 19.6% to 24.1% after yeast
In the case of laminitic prone horses,
studies have found they can have an altered
bacterial prole or dysfunctional microbiome,
which can lower the fermentation rate of hay,
but increase the digestion rate of starch.
Supplementation of yeast may help to stabilise
the microbiome and increase hay fermentation,
whilst decreasing starch digestion.
Both prebiotics and probiotics are included
within products throughout the Bluegrass
Horse Feed range, formulated and balanced
to help promote optimal gut health, enhance
digestion and to support performance and
*Kentucky Equine Research (2013). How
Does Yeast Supplementation Affect Nutrient
Digestibility? - Kentucky Equine Research.
[online] Kentucky Equine Research. Available
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*Salem, A.Z.M., M.M.Y. Elghandour, A.E.
Kholif, et al. The effect of feeding horses a highbre diet with or without live yeast cultures
supplementation on feed intake, nutrient
digestion, blood chemistries, faecal coliform
count and in vitro faecal fermentation. Journal
of Equine Veterinary Science.
*Kentucky Equine Research. 2009. Yeast
Culture: Value-Added Ingredient in Horse
equinews/yeastculture-value- added-ingredient- horse-feeds/?