Helping your good doers stay healthy and slim by Equine Nutritionist Clare MacLeod

Keeping “good doers” healthy and slim can be a big challenge. Many owners are aware of the importance of plenty of forage but this has led to many more overweight horses. How do we ensure good gut health and psychological health in good doers whilst keeping them slim and metabolically healthy? What is a good doer? “Good doer” is a … Continue reading

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The dreaded L-word… Laminitis

The dreaded L-word can affect your horse or pony at any time of the year, although cases are more common in the spring when the grass gets going. Although research in the past couple of decades has revealed more understanding of this complex condition, there is still much to learn. Until then, there are practical management strategies to reduce its … 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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Feed Myth-Busting: 8 Protein Facts You Might Not Know

Protein is an essential dietary nutrient that often gets an undeserved bashing. The horse doesn’t have a requirement for protein per se, but instead for the amino acids that make it up. Here’s some myths uncovered: Protein isn’t ‘heating’ in terms of causing excess exuberance Protein isn’t a significant supplier of energy to the exercising horse It’s pointless classing working … 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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