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.
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.
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.
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.
Speedi-Beet Support for City of London Police Horses
British Horse Feeds, the maker of Speedi-Beet, is delighted to announce support for the iconic mounted unit of the City of London Police.
The eight horses, most of which are fed on Speedi-Beet, carry on a proud tradition of service and duty which began in 1873, patrolling the central city area known as the Square Mile.
Patch, an 11-year-old Thoroughbred, owned by Cassie James from Shropshire, is literally a shining example of how correct feeding can help improve condition to your horse’s coat.
When Cassie bought Patch he had been out of work for around nine months and needed a helping hand to get some bloom in his coat and some added condition.
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.
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.
Saracen Horse Feeds and the British Horse Society have joined forces to provide a series of training modules on equine nutrition. The course which starts in March 2014 will be available to anyone from the professional groom, to the everyday horse owner.