The Irish racing and bloodstock industries are an integral component of both the Irish economy and Irish society. The industry is widely known for breeding some of the most exceptional thoroughbred horses in the world and has a worldwide reputation for equine excellence. The recent success of Irish trained horses and trainer Joseph O’Brien have contributed further to the strong reputation of the Irish equine capability in Australia. Now more than ever, there is a recognition of Ireland as a premier source of equine veterinary solutions and products.
A cluster of Irish companies providing innovative, cutting-edge products and expertise to support elite performance in all aspects of the equine industry has developed. Covering everything from stable equipment and veterinary products to nutrition and diagnostics, these companies are making an impact on the equine industry globally as well as on the ground in Australia.
These companies are winning plaudits internationally for their innovative products and solutions and have been critical to the success achieved by owners, trainers and breeders, both in Ireland and Worldwide.
Plusvital has been a leader in equine science since its formation in 1975, growing out of Ireland’s world-famous racing and sport horse tradition. The company produce a range of scientifically-based equine supplements for the serious competitor in racing, breeding and equine sports. Powered by Equinome’s cutting edge genomic tools, Plusvital now provide tests which analyse the DNA of the horse to predict optimum race distance, optimum race surface and performance potential. Their genetic testing clients include leading trainers, owner and breeders in all of the major thoroughbred regions around the world.
The company have also recently launched a nutrigenomic supplement for horses which offer tailored nutritional solutions based on a horse’s genetic make-up. This specifically tailored supplement increases and maintains the energy levels of horses during exercise. Studies and field trials has shown that the supplement allows for more efficient energy production, delayed fatigue and enhanced recovery following intense exercise.
Equilume has pioneered a performance lighting system designed to maximize health, performance and breeding efficiency in horses. Developed by Dr Barbara Murphy, Head of Equine Science at University College Dublin, the system harnesses all the benefits of natural daylight for the stabled horse and permits continued exposure to optimum lighting when travelling or at pasture
Horses kept indoor in stables for large portions of the day leaves them lacking daylight and frequently disrupted by light at night. This regime negatively impacts the horse’s body clock and can result in impaired growth, reduced immune response, poor appetite and performance. The company produces both a wearable light mask as well as a stable light design for inside stables maximizes health, performance and breeding efficiency.
Irish firm Nortev produce the Flexineb E2, a revolutionary equine nebuliser that enables delivery of nebulised drugs and natural therapies directly to the airways of the horse. It operates from a rechargeable battery and has a unique blue flexible mask interface with a clear aerosol chamber and medication cup.
The Flexineb is simple to use, silent & completely portable equine inhalation device making it the ideal solution for those that are experiencing depleted performance from their animals. Nebulisation & inhalation therapy is the most effective way of treating your horses’ chronic issues such as COPD, RAO (heaves) & Exercise-Induced Pulmonary Haemorrhage. The Flexineb E2 is can also be used for more acute problems, like a recurrent cough, acute sinusitis equine flu in foals and adult horses
Since 1985, Horseware Ireland have been industry leaders in the world of equine products. The company produce a comprehensive of horse related products including rugs, saddle pads, coolers and bridles. The company also has a range of healthcare related products such as knee raps and stable boots. The company also provides range of rider gear, clothing as well as yard and grooming equipment.
StableLab produces cartridges and handheld mobile devices that allow horse breeders to take blood samples from horses and analyse them on the spot. Based on research by Dr Heinrich Anhold, the test and is 50 times more sensitive at detecting infections than traditional tools
The product accurately quantifies Serum Amyloid A, a protein produced in response to an infection, to test for the severity and manage an infection with greater clarity and confidence. It can be used as a pre-performance test for racing thoroughbred horses, highlighting when a horse has had an infection, even if no clinical symptoms are present.
Established in 1974, Foran Equine has grown to become a market leader in the field of specialised equine nutrition and health care. The company provides a range of superior quality nutritional supplements specifically designed to optimize health and boost performance as well as essential health care products for performance horses.
Nutribio produce a range of livestock health and nutrition solutions that improve the health and wellness of ruminants resulting in performance improvements in dairy, beef and sheep farm enterprises.
Their range of equine mineral licks contain optimum levels of balanced premium minerals, vitamins and protected trace elements to support equine health.
TRM is a leading Irish manufacturer of equine nutritional supplements based in Co. Kildare, Ireland. TRM is Europe’s leading manufacturer and distributor of nutritional feed supplements and general healthcare products for horses, it is a brand with a long-standing reputation for integrity and excellence in the field. Their goal is to assist owners, trainers and riders globally to address specific nutritional deficits in equine feed.
Easyfix produce a range of rubber matting solutions aimed at the agricultural and equine sectors. A high-quality hard-wearing rubber flooring reducing bedding costs and providing a comfortable walking and lying surface in the stable for your horses.
Easyfix produce inter-locking high-grip rubber tile, offering excellent foothold for horses offering a clean, low maintenance floor that ensures horses enjoy excellent confidence in their foothold while reducing pressure and stress on horse’s joints & tendons. The company also produce a range of tough wearing, maintenance free hurdle and steeplechase fences
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Contact: Niall Casey