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Water

Facts

Fluid deficiency is the first trigger for many ailments. Drinking (and urinating) enough is of fundamental importance for health and resistance!

Approach

In stable management, a check whether your horses have sufficient fluid intake is a daily routine.

You also provide water that horses like (and therefore more) to drink. That is why it is preferable to give unconventionally treated water. You prevent dehydration by providing drinking troughs with sufficient supply to allow your horse to drink a lot in a short time.

You also ensure that pipes and reservoirs are clean and do not freeze.

Arguments 

  • Fluid deficiency and the substances in the water directly affect the physical and mental condition of the horse.
  • It appears often that many horses suffer of a water shortage or a chronic fluid deficiency if you put it to the test.
  • Fluid deficiency is often not immediately visible, but can start immediately lower performance and various diseases (including colic).
  • Horses have an instinctive sense of the quality of water; the less fresh it is, they drink less or not at all.
  • Of course, subterranean water is not stale and does not spoil. Water from the tap water does.
  • That must be a reason for! Crops thrive measurably better on structured water, shown by tests in the strawberry crop.

In the vibrational spectra is clearly much structural information, South Bank University of London. The unconventional treatment of water structures such that the body apparently reacts better. Manure from horses drinking unconventional treated water produced no ammonia smell.

  • Read the study (studieph) from biochemist Paul van der Heijden

 

Benefits

  • Good water tastes better, the horses drink more.
  • Good water tastes better, the horses drink more.
  • Less ammonia smell.
  • More shiny coat.
  • Increase in skin elasticity.
  • More resistance to diseases and less risk of diseases (e.g. colic).

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Nutrition

Facts

The horse's energy is determined by its diet, its needed by its metabolism and work, its utilization by physical processes. Energy is needed to perform, but first and foremost to stay alive, as healthy and fit as possible. And excess hurts!

Approach

Depending on the circumstances, the supply of food is tuned to what the body requires.

Roughage must be able to meet the food and nutritional needs of your (sport) horse. Hay, alfalfa and seaweed normally provide all the nutrients your horse needs. On the days when peak performance is required, you can give oats or barley for the extra energy needed.

To determine the need for food and nutrients, you look at the talent, function, movement and training work of your horse. You pay attention to signals that your horse gives such as; stress, eating sand, licking iron, licking walls, the way of urinating and fattening, which indicate that your horse is short of nutrition or is getting too much. Have what you feed analyzed for composition and quality.

Benefits

Condition and performance capacity up to standard, reduction of turbulence or lethargy, reduction or recovery of hoof defects, colic and behavioral problems.

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Locomotion

Facts

For horses, movement is a condition of existence, which in terms of necessity comes immediately after breathing. The whole "design" of a horse, its natural habitat and its natural foods are aimed at keeping it walking. For example, the horse has a small stomach, which is quickly empty again. He can hardly eat everything – it is not a goat – and nature has also scarcely sown suitable food in its natural environment. Exercise is so important that in nature even the feeding options given to the horse serve as an instrument to keep him walking almost all day long.

Approach

Lots of exercise helps best against leg, hoof and digestive problems; provided there is no stress and no pain. Stimulate their own movement as much as possible. An indispensable addition to this is controlled movement in a good, stress-reducing, safe horse exerciser with a surface that suits the activity.

Interest

Reduction of all kinds of health risks by increasing autoimmunity, fit horses, minimal injury sensitivity.

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Horse walker / Horse exerciser

Balance

Facts

The load distribution and pressure exerted by the rider are often at odds with what the rider wants the horse to do. Such miscommunication are confusing for the horse, causing stress and making the horse tense! Navicular, muscle and tendon injuries, and other causes of chronic lameness are a common consequence of this. 

Approach

You work on the balance of your horse and start with yourself. You realize that your own (im)balance is an important factor in the occurrence or prevention of overload problems and you work on it. During the training you take into account the left or right orientation of the horse and, in addition to the leg and rein aid, you also mainly use weight aid. 

Benefits

Correct load distribution over the horse, regular gaits, improvement of the whole appearance, better effort and performance. The horses will use the abdominal muscles, the back muscles relax, can better forward over the back and collect better. Lameness is effectively and sustainably prevented.

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Training

Facts
Many muscle and tendon injuries, and especially cartilage defects, are the result of everyday training and are the most common causes of failure or an early end to the horse's career!  

Approach
Training starts with getting your horse stress free and letting it work relaxed and in balance. The horse is “directed” with light aids, especially with the body weight. 
Bones, muscles and tendons are already maintained for "the heavier work" by using the horse exerciser possibly with (salt) water basin and a vibration floor. The nutrition program is set to the phases of the training program. 
You strive to have horses exercise with a fully functioning hoof mechanism. 

Benefits

Optimal certainty about the employability of your horse.
Optimal certainty about its performance capacity.
Good stamina
A horse that is willing and able to give itself completely.
Extension of his/her sports career.

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Vibration floor

Hoof care

Facts

Bad hoofs and bad working hoof mechanisms lead to all kinds of problems in other parts of the horse's body.

Approach

To maintain good hooves and to promote sustainable recovery of (very) bad hooves, we lay the foundation with preventive and, where appropriate, therapeutic use of the hoof gel we have developed ourselves (Belebro Hoofgel©). You eliminate notoriously unwanted (nutrients) substances from the menu and you work with a specific, adequate feeding and exercise regime for each individual horse. 

Benefits
A well-perfused hoof and a tough, elastic hoof wall are optimally resistant to, for example, crumbling hooves, hoof wall tears and laminitis (loose hoof wall/tilted coffin bone).

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Hoefgel

Surfaces

Facts

Every surface has its advantages but also its disadvantages!

Incorrect surface is the most common cause of musculoskeletal disorders. Disorders of the musculoskeletal system often lay the ground for disorders elsewhere, especially digestion and metabolism.

Repetitive movement on a perfect flat ground spoils the muscles and tendons making them no match for the impact of other terrain and sudden and abrupt movements. In addition, some common materials can be harmful to, for example, airways, joints, tendons and ligaments!

The right damping and skid resistance are the most important criteria for the quality of a riding arena, racecourse or horsewalker floor. In addition, the top layer must provide the hoof with enough counter pressure at the take-off to allow the hoof mechanism to work properly, to promote good blood circulation.

Approach

You let your horse train and move on different soils to train all ligaments, tendons and muscles. Your soil is not only at home, but everywhere. You systematically and frequently take a ride (also for your own mind set) on various terrain (level and rough, flat and sloping) an ideal varied training for your horse.

You are aware of the degree of stability, homogeneity, shock absorption and energy restitution of the ground on which your horse walks, works and trains. On your own property, you choose a soil that is easy to keep up with in terms of ease and maintenance costs, because neglected soil quickly becomes a poor soil.

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Housing

Facts

Stabling horses together in an open environment reduces frustration and stress and makes a significant contribution to the prevention of mental and physical problems!

Approach

You prefer to house your horses in a common open space with individual partitions, free view all around, free visual/social contact, incentives for his interest, opportunities for occupation and sufficient room to move, preferably with a free range and rotation option. You choose separation materials that make it possible to offer every horse a safe exit opportunity, surrounded by peers, without inviting vices and misbehavior.

Benefits

Fitter horses that are mentally and physically capable of better performance.
Less risk of hoof disorders, infections and colic.
Promotion of social behavior, less aggressive behavior.
Scare control.
Easy to keep clean and fresh.
Easy evacuation/escape in case of calamities.

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