Important Nutrition Tips for a Healthy Foal

Providing the right care for your pregnant mare will increase the chances of a healthy foal. Many pregnant mares are entering their final three months of gestation early in the year. These final three months are a critical time for the unborn foal, because it does most of its developing and weight gain during this period. During the first two-thirds … 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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Nutrition Tips: Restricted diets and knock-on negatives

Maintaining a healthy, ideal weight in horses and ponies can be challenging. This case study highlights the potential issues related to restricted diets and what we can do to maintain optimum health. “My Welsh Mountain pony is constantly on a diet because she gets too fat easily. At the moment she is in good, slim condition but she lacks energy and … 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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Feeding Fibre and Why It’s Important

Fibre facts Horses need plenty of fibre in their diets; and not just for bulk!   Here’s some facts about fibre: Horses will work for fibre even when their energy requirements have been fulfilled All horses should be fed no less than 1% of their bodyweight daily in fibrous forage (dry matter) e.g. 5.7 kg (12.5 lb) of typical hay for … Continue reading

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Cleanliness in the Feed Room: Does it matter?

Ever thought about how clean your tack room is and how it could affect your horses? Here’s four points to consider: Ingesting mould spores can cause colic so keep things clean. Horses are particularly susceptible to moulds, so all feed bowls, scoops and mixing utensils should be thoroughly washed regularly and ideally after each use. Horses are also susceptible to mycotoxins, … Continue reading

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5 Useful Supplements to Help Combat Summer and Why They Really Work

1.Feeding Essential Vitamins and Minerals balances the nutrient shortage in grass pasture, hay and haylage to maintain all-round health. Most good doers and many other horses given pasture turnout during summer will not need the full recommended amount of compound feed, so they will miss out on a balanced diet.   2. Electrolytes – exercising horses lose large amounts of sweat … Continue reading

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5 Facts About Energy for Performance Horses

Energy fuels exercise and is the most important dietary factor for performance horses. Did you know: Most of the energy in a horse diet comes from carbohydrates (including fibre, starch, sugar and grass fructan) and oils. Dietary protein doesn’t contribute much energy at all If you feed too much energy, it is stored as body fat even in a fit … Continue reading

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6 Top Tips for Feeding the Fussy Eater

Do you have a particularly fussy horse or pony? Are you struggling to maintain energy and/or condition. Our expert feeding tips might just help… 1. Firstly, check there are no physical problems e.g. dental or mouth issues, or gastric ulcers, all of which can inhibit appetite 2. Ensure you make all dietary changes gradually 3. Persist with a new taste … Continue reading

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Understanding Equine Nutrition: Will Protein Heat up Your Horse?

Are you wary of dietary protein, imagining that feeding too much will cause excess exuberance in your horse, making him too hot to handle? You needn’t be. Equine nutritionist Clare MacLeod helps explain why… Did you know it’s actually starch and sugar that are more closely associated with that ‘fizzy’ feeling, so a stabled horse overfed dietary energy, or a … Continue reading

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