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.
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.
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.
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.
As the season grows cooler, the nutrients in grazing diminish and equines can find it harder to maintain condition. The key to preventing a ‘drop-off’ in the colder months is to ensure your horse receives a nutrient rich, fibre based diet all year round, paying particular attention to the change in seasons…
Horse like humans are living longer; with advancing medical technology, horses are able to extend their lives whilst still remaining active and in good condition. Many veterans continue to be successful competition horses or schoolmasters well into their mid-20s.
Mollichaff Alfalfa Light is a high fibre forage made from pure alfalfa blended with high quality oat and wheat straw, fibre pellets and molasses, to provide a great source of highly digestible fibre for all types of horses and ponies.