Dodson & Horrell Launch Bursary to Support British Equestrian Industry

Dodson and Horrell Bursary
Europe’s leading equine feed manufacturer Dodson & Horrell is pleased to announce the launch of the Dodson & Horrell British Equestrian Bursary that aims to enhance and support the equestrian industry.

Are you a dedicated rider who would benefit from funding towards extra training? Do you know a deserving charity that is need of specialist equipment? Are you or is someone you know embarking on an equestrian course and would like a helping hand? Would you like to recognise your equine physiotherapist or farrier who has gone beyond the norm for your horse? Then make sure you nominate for the bursary.

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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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One in Three Horses and Ponies Are Overweight

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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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Advice for horses lacking condition after winter months

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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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Saracen Supports Riding For the Disabled Veterans

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Cheltenham based charity, Cotswold Riding for the Disabled, are keeping their “golden oldies” in peak health and condition thanks to the generous support of Saracen Horse Feeds.

Saracen frequently run campaigns promoting responsible ownership of veteran horses and were keen to help out with feeding these equine stars who give so much pleasure to disabled riders.

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Monaco Prince Transformed by Mollichaff

Monaco Prince (Monny) Jumping.after using Mollichaff Condition
Mollichaff is well-known for high fibre chaffs but the range also features three specialist complete fibre feeds which need no further supplementation other than good quality forage.

Monaco Prince –after Mollichaff Condition
Monaco Prince –after using Mollichaff Condition

Included in this range of three specialist complete fibre feeds is Mollichaff Condition – a feed which does exactly what it says – it encourages weight gain and condition in all types of horses and ponies.

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Prepare your horse to stay in top condition this winter with Saracen Show Improver Pencils

Show Improver Pencils from Saracen
With the onset of autumn imminent, many owners start to worry about keeping condition of their horses. This has been an amazing British summer, which means that the hay we will have for the coming winter will not only be plentiful but first signs are that it will also be good quality. This is great news as feeding plenty of quality forage is essential to keeping the horse’s digestive system in good working order.

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