Spillers helps owners keep their horses balanced

Spillers is helping horse owners to sift the facts from the fiction about balancers. Their Nutritionist has put together some pointers to help horse owners understand why and how balancers play such an important role in the feed room.

Whether horse or human, a balanced diet involves the correct balance of nutrients to meet the body’s daily requirements. These include protein, amino acids, fatty acids, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals. For horses, a balanced diet is rarely supplied by grass or forage alone. Grass is often deficient in key nutrients, including copper, zinc and selenium. It’s important to correct potential deficiencies by supplementing the diet, but a guesswork approach using occasional scoops of compound feed is unlikely to balance the shortfall properly.

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Caring for Your Horse during Winter by Alltech

When caring for your horse during winter we all have two main goals, maintaining condition and ensuring their welfare needs are met during the cold weather.

This is the case regardless of whether your horse is stabled or still kept out at grass all year round.

For the grass kept horse the main priority will be to make sure they are provided with adequate forage to replace the grass which will now be non-existent or of poor quality, to enable them to keep warm.

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Win 1 Year of Sponsorship from Rowen Barbary

Rowen Barbary are looking for 2 riders to join the Rowen Barbary Team for the 2015/16 season, this sponsorship is open to riders of all ages that need support to help them achieve their goals.

Rowen Barbary feel it is important to support riders who are passionate about the brand and have experience using Rowen Barbary products, this will give you the opportunity to join a growing team of equestrian enthusiasts who are dedicated to the health and wellbeing of their horse or pony. So if you are passionate about equine nutrition and are regularly competing, at any level across any equine discipline, then Rowen Barbary are inviting you to apply to join the team.

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One in Three Horses and Ponies Are Overweight


Latest studies reveal that one in three horses and ponies is now overweight.

Dengie senior nutritionist KATIE WILLIAMS, MSc (Dist), looks at those most at risk and what we can do to help them slim down.

We meet lots of overweight horses at Dengie yard clinics, so it was no surprise to find that two recently published papers reveal that about 30% of the equine population is obese.

Although this figure is shocking, it often takes an episode of ill-health – such as laminitis – for some owners to sit up and actually do something about their horse’s weight.

In one study, Prevalence of and Risk Factors for Equine Obesity in Great Britain Based on Owner-Reported Body Condition Scores, by Charlotte Robbins, nearly 16% of horses and ponies were reported to have a history of laminitis – a much higher figure than the 7% previously shown in the 2005 BEVA (British Equine Veterinary Association) study.

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Feeding and caring for your laminitic

Collie by Dengie

Here at Dengie we’re devoted to feeding and caring for your laminitic.  With seven products independently approved by The Laminitis Trust – our nutritional excellence speaks for itself!

Dengie’s nutritionists have written articles to help better explain the condition, giving you guidance and advice on how to manage and what to feed your horse or pony this laminitis season.

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Advice for horses lacking condition after winter months

Top Spec Anna-Welch
Question: My horse is lacking condition after the winter months – can you provide advice on what I need to feed?


By Anna Welch, BVSc, BSc, MRCVS. Veterinary Nutritionist, TopSpec.

Most horses do best when fed all the forage that they can eat (i.e. ad-lib). This is a more natural way of feeding than offering large feeds. It usually makes sense to buy good quality hay or haylage because the more nutrients provided by forage, the less hard feed your horse will need. However there are exceptions, such as laminitic horses.

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