Biotin for Hoof Health

Biotin for Hoof Health

by Zoe Manning 1 min read

Biotin is one of the most important B vitamins in the horses' diet, particularly for hoof growth and hoof horn quality.

The B vitamins are closely involved with protein, fat and carbohydrate metabolism and interactions, therefore they play a very important part in the metabolism of hoof tissue which is highly active and fast-growing.

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Suffering From Summer Coat Bleaching? We have the answer!

Suffering From Summer Coat Bleaching? We have the answer!

by Zoe Manning 2 min read

Mineral Balance Is The Key. Our horses’ coats can suffer in the summer months however there are a few things we can do to help keep that fresh spring coat sleek, smooth and shiny!
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Australia Wide Stockists? No, and this is why.

Australia Wide Stockists? No, and this is why.

by Zoe Manning 3 min read

Hi, my name is Zoe and I’m the founder of Missy’s Bucket. 

I’m often asked if Missy’s Bucket is stocked at feed stores around the country, and the answer is no that is not an avenue that we have pursued. 

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Salt - Add it daily. It's Essential To Your Horse Health, Especially During Summer.

Salt - Add it daily. It's Essential To Your Horse Health, Especially During Summer.

by Zoe Manning 3 min read

By adding salt to your horse's diet daily, you will avoid dehydration, poor performance and colic. It's cheap insurance!

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Vitamin E and Selenium for Horses

Cheap Insurance for Health  - Vitamin E and Selenium - Two Essential Antioxidants

by Zoe Manning 1 min read

Vitamin E and Selenium are commonly deficient in the Equine diet and deficiency symptoms are commonly seen in horses. Low levels will also cause a decline in health and performance before symptoms are obvious.
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psyllium husk for horses

Psyllium Husks For Horses

by Zoe Manning 2 min read

Psyllium (Plantago) Husks are the thin outer coating on Psyllium Seeds and are rich in a form of soluble fibre called mucilageLarge doses of Psyllium Husk form a gel in the intestines and can be used to help horses move sand out of their digestive tract.

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Magnesium for Horses

Magnesium - A Vital Mineral For Horse Health

by Zoe Manning 2 min read

Magnesium is often deficient in the Equine diet and because of its importance, and the fact that it is generally a very safe supplement to add to the diet, we recommend it routinely.
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Copper Is Essential To Your Horse's Diet : Check The Symptoms, Could Your Horse Be Deficient?

Copper Is Essential To Your Horse's Diet : Check The Symptoms, Could Your Horse Be Deficient?

by Zoe Manning 2 min read

Copper is one of the ‘Trace’ minerals required in Equine Nutrition. Even though it is only needed in tiny amounts, it is extremely important for good health and is utilised in 100’s of enzyme systems throughout the horse’s body!
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Laminitis - Part 4 - The Hoofs Will Tell You!

Laminitis - Part 4 - The Hoofs Will Tell You!

by Zoe Manning 3 min read

Many horse owners, even equine professionals, will ignore these symptoms unless the horse is actually lame. However, they can all indicate serious pathology in the hooves and be a sign of things to come.
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Laminitis - Digital Pulse And What Does It Feel Like?

Laminitis - Digital Pulse And What Does It Feel Like?

by Zoe Manning 2 min read

The digital pulse is the pulse flowing through the artery to the hoof and is a useful tool in determining if a horse has inflammation in the hoof capsule. It is also useful in determining if a horse could be suffering from Laminitis.
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Laminitis - What Should I Feed My Horse?

Laminitis - What Should I Feed My Horse?

by Zoe Manning 5 min read

Diet is key when it comes to addressing laminitis and founder in horses. The number one priority is to ensure that the diet is low in simple sugars and starch.

When testing forage, Ethanol Soluble Carbohydrates (ESC) is the measure of simple sugars. It's the ESC and starch that need to be considered when assessing forage for the laminitic prone horse. Anything with a combined ESC and starch content below 10% is considered safe. Unfortunately, many feeds, pasture and even hay, can be much higher than this.

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Laminitis - Does My Horse Need Pain Relief?

Laminitis - Does My Horse Need Pain Relief?

by Zoe Manning 2 min read

It is very tempting to want to give your laminitic horse pain relief medication such as the non-steroidal anti-inflammatory phenylbutazone (bute). However, these medications must be used with caution and preferably only in the first 3-5 days. 
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Laminitis - Is Your Horse At Risk?

Laminitis - Is Your Horse At Risk?

by Zoe Manning 3 min read

Unfortunately, one of the biggest risk factors for laminitis and founder in horses is domestication. In the wild, horses will often cover very long distances looking for food and water and their digestive systems have evolved to be very efficient in obtaining energy and nutrients from sparse low-calorie fodder.
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Got A Fussy Eater?

Got A Fussy Eater?

by Zoe Manning 3 min read

You’ve done your research, forked out your hard earned cash and after waiting for your supplements to arrive you head excitedly to the feed shed to make your horses new magic brew… WAIT
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Missy's Bucket Signs of Laminitis

Laminitis - Part 2 - What Should I Look Out For?

by Zoe Manning 2 min read

Not all the signs of Laminitis are obvious! Your horse doesn’t have to be standing ‘Camped under’ in the classic Founder Stance or have ‘Aladdin’ slipper feet! Some of the signs can be subtle and easily confused with other common problems.
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Laminitis - Part 3 - What Really Happens Inside The Hoof?

Laminitis - Part 3 - What Really Happens Inside The Hoof?

by Zoe Manning 3 min read

It can be confusing for people to actually visualise what is happening inside the hooves of their laminitic horse, so we’ve drawn some pictures for you! But first, before we go into what’s ‘abnormal’ we need to have an understanding of what’s ‘normal’
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Fatty in the Paddock? Laminitis Prevention Starts Now

Fatty in the Paddock? Laminitis Prevention Starts Now

by Zoe Manning 2 min read

The promise of spring is just around the corner! But with it comes the risk of Laminitis for all our susceptible horses. There are a few very simple steps you can take to help prevent the onset of this horrible disease…
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Laminitis - Part 1 - Not Just A Fat Pony Disease

Laminitis - Part 1 - Not Just A Fat Pony Disease

by Zoe Manning 4 min read

‘Laminitis’ simply means inflammation in the lamina. ‘Founder’ is the term used to describe a horse where the condition has caused the pedal bone to rotate and/or sink in the hoof capsule. 
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So You Think Your Horse Has Ulcers?

So You Think Your Horse Has Ulcers?

by Zoe Manning 6 min read

Here is your 7 Point Checklist For Management And Prevention of horse ulcers. 

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Tips For Feeding Horses During Winter

Tips For Feeding Horses During Winter

by Zoe Manning 3 min read

As you sit all cosy in front of your fireplace, you can't help but notice your horse huddled up under his tree or shelter with a miserable ‘I’m cold!’ look on his face. Apart from throwing on an extra rug, what can you do to help him feel better?
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Hoof Supplements - Does My Horse Need One?

Hoof Supplements - Does My Horse Need One?

by Zoe Manning 5 min read

Hoof tissue is highly metabolic, which means that it is very responsive to diet and systemic occurrences such as illness and exercise. Poor hoof quality is one of the most obvious outward signs that your horse is not healthy on the inside.
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