|The Green Horse section provides practical information on managing environmentally sustainable horse properties, readers stories and tips, as well as advice and articles from equestrian experts in their fields.
April May 2014
Vol 35 No 6
In this issue of The Green Horse you will find the following articles:
Information Exchange - Readers’ Tips, Views and Questions
Weedwatch - Twiggy Mullein by Nicola Field
Horse Manure - the Key to Biofuel
Feral Animal Research
Growing Equine Herbs -
Tasty Herbs for Foals by Jackie Rive
We’re Getting it Right Down Under
by Carole Watson
After the Fire by David Nash
Fact or Fiction with Andrea Carmody
Holistic Management Pt 10a by Mariette van den Berg
Dr Nerida Richards, Equilize Horse Nutrition Pty Ltd, responds to a question about Moreton Bay Figs:
The fruit of the Moreton Bay Fig are widely touted as good ‘bush tucker’. Given your horses have been eating them for many years, they are not toxic and would have some nutritional value.
There are also some minerals and vitamins in the common figs but these are in negligible amounts, except perhaps for Vitamin C. But, given horses produce their own vitamin C in their liver and do not, under normal circumstances, have a requirement for this vitamin, this is not important when considering the nutrient value of the figs for horses.
So the figs will provide a small source of energy for the horses owing to their assumed carbohydrate content (approximately 3 MJ of digestible energy/kg, oats contain around 12.6 MJ/kg) but will provide, it appears, very little of anything else.