Horse Care In Winter

Horse Care In Winter

by Zoe Manning 5 min read

As the days are getting shorter and the temperature plummets, there are a few extra considerations we need to think about when it comes to caring for our horses in cold weather.
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Seedy Toe and White Line Disease - Cause and Treatment

Seedy Toe and White Line Disease - Cause and Treatment

by Zoe Manning 4 min read

Seedy Toe, also known as White Line Disease, is a fungal/bacterial infection that eats into the hoof via the white line, similar to thrush it is often worse in wet conditions. It is accompanied by other common hoof issues like hoof cracks, wall flares, frequent abscessing, flat and thin soles. 
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Thrush In Horse Hooves - How To Treat It Effectively

Thrush In Horse Hooves - How To Treat It Effectively

by Zoe Manning 4 min read

Thrush is the name that we tend to use for any type of fungal or bacterial infection of the horse’s frog. Its characterised by a foul-smelling and often white, grey or black sludgy residue in and around the frog and it can cause significant pain and tenderness in the area.
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What are Adaptogens and how can we use them to help our horses?

What are Adaptogens and how can we use them to help our horses?

by Zoe Manning 4 min read

Adaptogens are natural substances that help the body deal with stress. They increase resistance to stress and decrease sensitivity to stressors which results in protection and prolongs the stress resistance phase.

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Using Nutrition To Combat Disease

Using Nutrition To Combat Disease

by Zoe Manning 2 min read

If we place a high priority on getting the diet as optimal as possible, many of the ailments and diseases that we commonly see in the horse tend to resolve on their own.
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This Is How You Can Best Feed Your Horse On A Tight Budget

This Is How You Can Best Feed Your Horse On A Tight Budget

by Zoe Manning 4 min read

The next few months are going to be tough with so many people impacted by financial stress induced by COVID 19. We would like to address how your horse can continue to be fed well, receiving what they need nutritionally, but not cost you a fortune. This is how you can best feed your horse whilst on a tight budget. 
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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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