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18 Valuable Tips for Feeding of Laminitics

Vets, research workers and and experienced horse handlers all agree that management of a laminitic is everything. There is no cure, therefore avoiding the disease in the first place is important, and experts agree that careful management could drastically reduce the number of cases. 18 tips to help manage a laminitic: Most importantly horses and ponies should never be overfed … Continue reading

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How to Help Manage Cribbing Through Diet

Are you trying to manage a crib-biter or wind-sucker? Understanding stereotypies and considering implementing the following will help… • Limit starchy feed such as course mix and grains • Turnout as much as possible • Offer ad-lib forage at all times (soak if you need to reduce energy content) • Don’t use collars • Feed an antacid • Turnout with … Continue reading

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Nutrition: Feeding for Weight Loss

One of the biggest challenges when feeding your horse for weight loss is reducing his dietary energy while at the same time fulfilling his need to chew and the need for gut fill. Follow these tips to help slim your horse down to a healthy weight. 10 Tips to get you started: • The most effective regime includes a very … Continue reading

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Do you Compete? Here’s How NOPS Can Help Keep You Safe

Do you have a horse competing at affiliated level? Or do you keep your horse at a yard where others compete at intermediate or advanced levels? If so, it’s important to be aware of contamination risks in the feed room so prohibited or restricted substances do not make their way accidentally in to feeds, which could return a positive result. … 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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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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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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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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