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Over the last 30 years, Dr John Kohnke has become the most well known Australian veterinarian as an adviser on the nutrition and practical health care of horses. He provides a nutritional consultancy service to many trainers and studs, as well as owners and riders of equestrian horses.

He has written and edited two major books and numerous book chapters on equine nutrition, which have become well recognised hand books for horse training, breeders, owners and veterinarians throughout the world. He has written over 2000 articles on horse feeding and health care, presented over 1800 seminars and lectured on horse nutrition to students of horse care courses.

His interest in equine nutrition and feeds has provided him with specialist knowledge in formulating dietary supplements to meet the specific needs of all types of horses.

He has now formulated an innovative range of feed supplements and horse care products, distinguished by the Kohnke’s Own brand name.

The Kohnke’s Own range of supplements are based on scientific formulations that will help ensure that the mineral, trace-mineral and vitamin content of your horse’s diet will not be a limiting factor to its health of performance.

The nutritional range is centred around six separate cold-pressed supplement pellets, or Supplets®, an innovative, high quality nutrient dense small food pellet developed especially for the Kohnke’s Own range of supplements. Each Supplet type contains specific classes of nutrients to ensure optimum stability, which are blended in different proportions relative to the nutrient needs of growing, breeding, exercising and resting horses. Separate supplements of Vitamin E, iron and salts are also available to correct specific inadequacies in the diets of horses, where necessary.

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Come and visit the Kohnke’s Own team of Kaye and Dr. Philippa Kohnke at the Australian National Dressage Championships this week, 19th – 22nd October 2017 at Boneo, VIC. The Kohnke’s Own trade stand will feature samples and daily giveaways! All visitors to the stand will receive a voucher to enter the competition to win a Kohnke’s Own product. We are offering great prices on Kohnke’s Own supplements and health care products, plus advice on equine health and nutrition.

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How to Save $$$ when Feeding Horses
Many horse owners are finding it tough to keep the feeding costs reasonable, with their budget stretched by rising hay prices and other expenses in keeping horses. Do you need a practical guide to making your money go further when feeding horses in Australia? This post will save you money and maximise the health, vitality and performance of your horse!

Many horse owners have moved away from the old fashioned, basic home-mixed feed of chaff and natural grains in favour of commercial heat-processed ‘complete’ feeds. Although commercial cooked feeds offer convenience, they are more expensive than a home mixed ration. The average daily cost of feeding a suitable commercial, prepared feed is $5.75 for a moderately worked horse. This can cause a big drain on the horse owner’s budget, especially in poor seasons where there is little grass and hay must be provided to substitute grazing needs. In fact, with the prices of hay going up, the total cost of commercial ready-mixed hard feed and a full hay diet can be upwards of $14 per horse, per day!

Complete feeds use high heat pelleting, extrusion or micronisation to give a quick peak of highly available, fizzy energy and can also make horses too fat. For a light to moderately worked horse, Dr. John Kohnke encourages horse owners to keep their daily hard feed simple and nutritious, using semi-cooked or natural grains which provide a slower energy release profile than commercial pelleted feeds. One of John’s favourite feeds is steam-rolled barley, as a cool, low fizz and well digested source of energy (when given at normal amounts up to 1.5 kg per feed, per day).

A moderately worked horse can be fed 2 litres of steam-rolled barley in 3 litres of chaff (lucerne, oaten or a 50:50 mix) per day to power their energy needs for health and performance at an average cost of only $1.30! Of course, you need to add a good quality trace-mineral and vitamin supplement, such as Kohnke’s Own Cell-Vital and some salt to balance all their daily nutrient needs in Australia’s deficient soils and pastures. This full hard feed costs $2.10 per day, or less than half the price of the comparative prepared feed ration at $5.70. You can even afford to get fancy with an addition of some sunflower seeds for added crunch and taste (1 cup at around 24 cents per day) plus a slurp of Kohnke’s Own Energy Gold oil to give a beautiful glossy shine to your horse’s coat (75 mls for 72 cents). Now at a total cost of $3.10 – this balanced and simple hard feed will save you money each day compared to a commercial feed!

If you want help constructing a simple ration for your horse and their specific training level, heath issues and other needs, contact the Kohnke’s Own Nutrition Advisors, Karen, Sian, Georgia and Philippa via email to info@kohnkesown.com or message our Kohnke’s Own Facebook page. We can help you decide the most simple, nutritious and balanced ration for your horse which will save you money!

Data: Natural grain, hay and chaff prices were obtained from stockists in QLD, NSW, VIC and WA. The average cost is presented. Commercial feed costs were calculated from prices per bag from multiple stockists using different brands, as per the manufacturer’s recommended feeding rates and includes the recommended volume of chaff. Kohnke’s Own supplements were calculated as the RRP of the largest pack size.

Pictured: Gus is fed a natural, home mixed ration as described in the example. The shiny, rich glow in his coat is from Cell-Vital and Energy Gold– he was straight from the paddock with only a quick brush before the photo was taken!
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Nikky SimpsonWhat about speedi beet and copra with supplement and grass hay? Costs 3.30 a day for 1 TB and 1 pony combined

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Erin FunkYou published a book on feeding which I read many many years ago. It was an amazing book with feeding recommendations for ponies to three day eventers. Is it possible to get another copy somewhere??? I'd love a copy for my library and future reference.

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Tania RandHi can you recommend what l should feed a old horse that had a bad injury 8 months ago the antibiotics caused ulcers he was treated for but is still struggling to hold weight. Before injury he was always too fat on pasture only .

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Sue GrahamThis is my girl on a handful of bran to Mix her sups in which is Mag E, cell vital with hygain zero as she has ulcers and a big handful of lucern and Rhodes grass hay

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Lynette Gillchaff is the most expensive thing to feed for me.... I can get very good Lucerne hay off farm. I feed an extruded feed with Lucerne hay.... maintenance ration costs $3.50 to $4 day for yarded horse. $2 to $2.50 a day for grazing horse.

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Caiwen JaneWhat would you recommend for good doers/laminitis prone horses in moderate work?

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Brigitte DrinkwaterWhat if your horse has ulcers? I was under the impression that grain is no good for ulcers? Thanks

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Petra MarzBarley is a great bulker and we add it to our hard feeds at night. I tend to cook mine in a large slow cooker on high for about 2.5hrs (1 scoop barley, topped up with water and Kohnke's Own oil). Feeds our 5 horses easily and you can keep leftovers refrigerated until used up and the next batch is cooking. 😍😍😍

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Aislinn O'NeillYep that's what I feed, boiled grain in the slow cooker on an automatic timer so it's ready when I get home from work!! The cheapest by far!

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Sian RainesRuth Cannon This is testament to why we feed barley

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