Nutrition

Supplements – What You Need To Know

The equine world is flooded with dietary supplements, each making bold claims to make your horse faster, calmer, nicer or shiner. However it isn't quite as simple as that, and in this article I will be exploring what a supplement is, and highlighting a few points for...

5 Reasons To Get Your Forage Analysed.

Have you ever wondered exactly what is in your hay? It’s easy enough with a bag of feed or a supplement to turn the bag or pot over and have a look, but what about hay? Whilst we can all make a visual appraisal of a bale of hay, or open haylage and have a look, this...

5 Top Tips To Encourage Weight Loss In Your Horse

In the UK it is estimated that 31-54% of equines are obese, and deposition of body fat is a normal physiological response to a positive energy balance. In the wild, horses gain weight over the summer months when food is abundant and naturally lose weight over the...

Is Our Fear Of Gastric Ulcers Making Our Horses Fat?

Is Our Fear Of Gastric Ulcers Making Our Horses Fat?   As a horse owner it is perfectly natural to be concerned about gastric ulcers, and ulcers have become big business. You can’t open a horsey magazine without seeing adverts for ulcer related products, and...

Does my horse need electrolytes?

We have rather inconsistent summers here in the UK, and hot weather can come out of nowhere. When the temperature rises many owners will be wondering if their horse needs to be given electrolytes.   What are electrolytes? Electrolytes are minerals which are...

Why Are Our Horses Getting Fatter?

Why Are Our Horses Getting Fatter?   Equine obesity is at an all time high, with rates as high as 70% for some populations of the horse world. Research suggests that owners now see an overweight horse as ‘normal’, making it difficult for an individual to...

9 ways to keep your horse drinking

It is essential that horses stay hydrated for performance and it is very important to help prevent colic. As a horse owner it’s easy to forget that it’s just as important to keep your horse drinking during the colder winter months than it is in the summer, and we all...

When is ad lib hay just too much?

Many horse owners will be aware that it’s essential to provide your horse with sufficient forage (hay or haylage), but how much do they actually need? It is popular with some owners to feed ‘ad-lib’ hay, but what does this actually mean and is this the best option for...

Are the golden rules of feeding still relevant?

So if like me you were a pony mad child in the 80’s you would certainly have known these rules for feeding your pony off by heart. Whether you were in the Pony Club, or just devoured Horse and Pony magazine this information was everywhere.  Fast forward thirty odd...

What To Feed Your Horse?

Deciding what to feed your horse is a really important decision, it affects their health, their performance and their mindset. We know that fibre is essential for our horse's diet, and the majority of our horses's can do well on hay or grass. However to provide a...

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