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Category Archives: Equine Nutrition

Coat Care: Must Do’s Before Spring

Out Shine the Competition! Prepare for the ultimate coat this show season. Whether you are producing horses and ponies for the show ring, or simply want to achieve five star turnout, thinking about coat health before your horse starts changing his coat is important. Optimising his diet and then managing his rugging routine correctly will allow him to produce a healthy, shiny, … Continue reading

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6 Tips for Coping with Condition Loss in Winter

Coping with Condition Loss in Your Horse During winter when grass is in short supply and many horses are stabled for much of their time, it is common for horses to drop condition. If you notice any changes within your horse such as dropping away, or a dull coat remind yourself to check the following:   Have you had your … Continue reading

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Producing Top Class Youngsters: Feeding Facts to Remember

If you want to produce a top-class youngster, start early and bear these 6 tips in mind… Foals do most of their growing and developing in the final 3 months of gestation so be sure to feed the mare a well-balanced diet during this time and add a multi-vitamin and mineral supplement if she’s not being fed the full recommended … Continue reading

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First Freeze: Which Parasite Should You be Controlling?

Looking after all aspects of a horse’s health helps us maintain well-being, performance and attitude in our animals. Controlling parasites with an appropriate worming programme is just one part of good horse management. Now we’ve had the first freeze, it’s time to treat for bots (as well as routine worms) to help control and break the parasitic cycle. What do we … Continue reading

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Winter Feeding: What Do You Know About Hay?

Hay is a useful winter feed in terms of nutritional value and provides the bulk of forage that our horses require after the grass has stopped growing. What do you know about hay? Here’s some useful facts: • Hay is generally high-fibre with a moderate source of protein and a low to moderate water-soluble carbohydrate content. • Early-cut single species … Continue reading

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6 Top Clipping Tips…

Make Clipping Easier, Faster and More Accurate with These Top Tips! Choose the right clip for your horse. If it’s the horse’s first time a chaser or trace clip might be most suitable – with only half of the head taken off if he’s a little wary. Take time to let the horse get used to the clippers beforehand if … Continue reading

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Protecting Joints: Top tips for Staying Sound

Did you know that limb problems have overtaken foot problems as the most common cause of lameness in horses? Here’s our top tips for long-term soundness: • Take good care of joints and muscles by feeding a balanced diet – with careful regard of vitamin and mineral intake • Provide good nutrition during the first 3 years to help develop healthy … Continue reading

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Does Your Horse Suffer with Allergies? These Tips Will Help…

5 Tips to Help Manage Seasonal Allergies Allergies that cause respiratory problems including coughing and wheezing can strike during the summer as well as the winter so good management is key to keeping your horse happy and healthy. Horses allergic to summer dust and pollen are often diagnosed with ‘summer pasture associated obstructive pulmonary disease’ (SPAOPD), which usually involves a … Continue reading

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Feeding Facts: Know your starch from your sugars and your fibre from your fructans

Carbohydrate confusion? The term carbohydrate (carbs for short) is often used in equine nutrition to describe the non-structural carbs including sugar and starch. But this is incorrect because fibre is also a type of carb. The main types of carbs in UK horse diets are fibre, starch, sugar and fructan. Fibre – main supply is structural, found in forages e.g. … Continue reading

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Supplements and the Dressage Horse: 4 Tips for Success

ReadySupp supplements teamed up with dressage rider and trainer Maddi Burchell to discuss how feeding the right supplements can help keep dressage horses in peak physical and mental condition. 1. Consider where your dressage horse is at in his career and what you need him to do. A good joint supplement will help to support a comfortable, free moving horse … Continue reading

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