If your horse suffers from sweet itch the summer months can be tough for you and your horse.
Feeding a supplement can help soothe the symptoms from the inside out. Here, we've selected four of the best.
An organic aloe vera supplement that promotes healthy skin and the healing of sores caused by scratching. Aloe vera is known for its anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory properties to help tack the problem form the inside.
Price £55.20 for 30 sachets*
NAF D-itch supplement
A blend of naturally sourced antioxidants flush out the build-up of free radicals associated with itch skin.
It includes herbs and nutrients to support your horse's skin from within.
Hilton Herbs Bye Bye Itch
A natural supplement that helps support your horse's response to seasonal irritants. It's rich in essential fatty acts, vital for maintaining skin and cellular integrity.
It also contains herbs that cleanse and cool.
Price £29 for 2kg*
Global Herbs Skratch Plus
This powerful blend of herbs are known for their ability to help sooth itchiness and maintain normal healthy skin.
Price £26.50 for 500g
*prices correct at time of publishing
This next generation of calmer supplement uses natural casein and chelated magnesium to support concentration and wellbeing.
Casein is a natural milk protein that promotes relaxation and aid calmness in young milk-fed animals, such as foals. It also has beneficial effects on adult and young horses during stressful situations.
Magnesium is an essential nutrient with many roles including regulation of the nervous system.
Keep Kalm is ideal to be fed on a regular basis to horses who display symptoms such as nervousness, excitability, apprehension and irritability to help maintain calmness, wellbeing and concentration.
Price £44.99* for 2kg
Daily Fibre is a simple blend of the softest chopped fibres to help extend your horse’s eating time and support his gut health.
The triple blend of chopped straw, pure alfalfa and grass nuts will bring variety to your horse's diet, while the softness of the fibre chop gives him better chewing and digestive comfort. It's the perfect accompaniment for a balancer or a compound feed to provide a healthy low starch and sugar, low calorie, high fibre diet.
For more details contact the SPILLERS Care-Line on 01908 226626 or visit www.spillers-feeds.com
*price correct at time of publishing
A new addition to the range of calming product available from Cavlor. Venus is a herbal extract that supports your mare’s hormonal balance.
This supplement compliments your mare’s natural cycle without blocking it, as well as alleviating the effect of irregular ovulation.
The key ingredients of Vitex Agnus Castus, Vitamin B6, Magnesium Bisglycinate and Oreganum Majorana work together to give multiple benefits. Mixed daily with feed, regular use of Venus will help reduce mood swings, has a positive influence on the metabolic process, creates a relaxing effect and suppresses typical behaviour during your mare's season.
Cavalier’s range of calming supplements are Jockey Club and FEI legal, the products use a unique combination of herbs to help calm stressful horses.
Price £77 for 500ml*
For stockist details visit www.zebraproducts.co.uk
*price correct at time of publishing
A blend of alfalfa and timothy grass combined with oat straw, and hated with linseed oil, cinnamon and a mix of herbs. This chop feed is free from soya, molasses, sugar, additives and preservatives.
This feed is designed for horse in work and the fibre sources deliver slow release energy, while the alfalfa and linseed oil promote condition and a shiny, health coat making it the ideal choice if you horse needs a little more condition.
Price from £9*
*price correct at time of publishing
New to the HoneyChop Free From range, Lite and Healthy is free from added sugar, soya, molasses, additives and preservatives.
A fibre blend of oat straw and timothy grass, with added linseed oil, cinnamon, marigold and a special mix of herbs known for their antioxidant properties. this low calorie, non-heating feed is perfect for all horses and ponies that are watching their weight.
Price from £10.50*
*price correct at time of publishing
As your horse gets older, he may need a little extra help to maintain his condition and topline. It can be tricky getting his feed balance just right. It's important to feed a diet that's high in fibre and low in starch. The Pure Feed Company has launched its own dedicated range of feeds specifically for Veterans .
It's available in a mix or pellet and combines a high specification balancer with easily digestible fibre and quality oils to provide slow release energy. There's no added sugar, molasses or wholegrain cereals so you know that your older horse is receiving all the nutritional support he needs, without the fizz.
The feeds also contain essential amino acids to provide the necessary building blocks for developing and retaining topline and muscle. Also, high spec pre and probiotics are included to help keep the hind gut functioning just as nature intended.
The Pure Veteran Mix provides a super quick and easy feeding solution for veterans, simply dampen with water before feeding.
Pure Veteran Pellets have been developed if your horse has poor teeth. The pellets can be soaked in hot or cold water to create a soft and palatable mash.
To find your nearest Pure Veteran supplier visit www.thepurefeedcompany.com
A new addition to Allen & Page’s hugely popular Barley & Molasses Free Range, is Veteran Light. This feed has been specifically formulated for older horses and ponies that are good doers. It provides all the nutritional requirements an older horse needs for optimum health (when fed at recommended levels) and has a low calorie/energy level making it ideal for those maintain their weight a little too well!
The high in fibre and low in both starch and sugar (less than 10% combined starch/sugar) formulation make it suitable for horses and ponies prone to laminitis. It contains only the finest Non-GM, Vegetarian Society Approved ingredients, plus prebiotics and probiotics to help maintain a healthy digestive system and linseed as a source of Omega 3. It also contains a carefully selected blend of herbs with added vitamin C and a high level of vitamin E.
This highly palatable feed will tempt even the fussiest feeders and is perfectly suited to those at rest or in light work. If your horse struggles to chew, soak Veteran Light in water for 30 to 60 seconds to produce an easy to eat mash.
The whole barley and molasses free range is BETA NOPS approved. This scheme is designed to reduce the risk of naturally occurring prohibited substances in equine feed.
Allen & Page has produced a free factsheet on feeding veterans. Download your copy at www.veteranhorsefeeds.co.uk
Call Allen & Page’s award winning Nutrition Team for helpful, friendly advice on 01362 822902, or you can email email@example.com
The ideal hay replacer, Dengie Meadow Grass with Herbs will provide your horse with all the fibre he needs and much more. You can use it as a partial or total hay replacer - ideal for feeding with a balancer as part of a high fibre diet.
This feed contains a blend of Lincolnshire's finest meadow grasses which are dried, chopped and lightly dressed with cold-pressed rape seed oil from Aberdeenshire. It’s then topped with a unique blend of tasty herbs including liquorice root, fennel, mint, chamomile and aniseed - all known to help keep your horse happy and healthy.
It's naturally sweet so encourages your horse to eat up, plus it contain grass pellets to add interest and texture to your horse's feed.
Dengue Meadow Grass with Herbs is free from artificial flavours, preservatives, molasses and straw.
Price £12.40 for 15kg bag *
* price correct at time of publishing
Packed full of everything your horse needs if he's in moderate to hard work. It was designed as step up from their popular Lo-Cal Balancer and is formulated for horses who need more protein.
As well as providing your horse will all his daily vitamins and minerals, it also contains other ingredients that will aid muscle development, support his immune system, encourage healthy hoof growth, promote soft, supple skin and a shine coat. Plus it aids and supports a healthy digestive system.
Price £26 *
For more information visit www.baileyshorsefeeds.co.uk
* Price correct at time of publishing
The effective, fast-acting and convenient Animalife Vetrofen Intense 3.5g sachets are back. Your first choice for keeping your horse sound, supple, happy and active, Vetrofen has a quick and long-lasting effect. It’s been scientifically formulated to offer support during intense activity or recovery from physical trauma, and is proven beneficial when administered both before and after a strenuous workout to aid comfort and recovery. Vetrofen is a 100% natural, powerful antioxidant with no side- effects for either short-term or continuous use.
It targets inflammatory response from bruising in just three hours, but is most effective after 6 to 12 hours. Vetrofen aids flexibility and comfort in your horse’s joints, ligaments, muscles and tendons. It’s the perfect support for veterinary or farrier visits, training sessions, roadwork, hillwork and competition days. It can also be used short-term when there’s swelling and areas of inflammation.
Price £2.99 per sachet*
*In quantities of 1, 4 or a box of 50 sachets
This popular supplement is now available in pellet form, so yo can feed it on its owner or from your hand as a treat.
ProFeet was developed by veterinary scientists with the help of leading farriers. The ingredients in Profeet offers the most concentrated, fast acting nutritional support for quality hoof growth. The specific nutrients work in synergy with the naturally sourced antioxidants to provide a hoof supplement that encourage healthy horn growth.
Price £32.99 for 3kg *
*price correct at publishing
Blue Chip Original is perfect for maintaining top line, condition and a healthy coat in all horses and ponies and here's why...
Blue Chip Original provides optimum, balanced amounts of vitamins and minerals to meet daily requirements in a 100% natural, whole cereal and molasses free formula. Soya and linseed oils, which are natural sources of omega 3 and 6 fatty acids, which when formulated with zinc ensure scurf free skin and a glossy, gleaming coat.
Blue Chip Original contains SoundHoofTM, a comprehensive zinc, methionine and biotin based hoof supplement which encourages strong, pliable horn growth, as well as PrimoVentoTM, a respiratory aid containing eucalyptus and menthol to maintain lung integrity and promote wellbeing both inside and out.
As with all the balancers in the Blue Chip range, Blue Chip Original includes a high quality probiotic to help create a healthy gut environment to increase efficiency of nutrient absorption, and is the only feed to utilise the power of Nucleotides; the building blocks of DNA and RNA acts as part of a double action digestive supplement which can increase fibre digestibility by up to 100%, helping your horse or pony gain the maximum nutrition from their feed and stay happy and healthy.
Blue Chip Original has been changing the lives of horses and ponies for the better for over 20 years and Terri Bedingham is one of the many owners to have seen its effects after feeding it to her rescue pony Treasure, who was found in a poor state of health by the RSPCA in 2015. She says, ‘I rescued Treasure as a two year old after she had been left abandoned in a field. She had never been introduced to hard feed until I started to give her Blue Chip Original, and one year on, she is coming on brilliantly! Her coat looks fantastic and she is in amazing condition – I would recommend it to everyone”
To see the effects for yourself and find out more information on Blue Chip Original, visit www.bluechipfeed.com or call 0114 266 6200 for nutritional advice.
Help to keep Laminitis at bay this spring with the help of Dengie Healthy Hooves Molasses free.
If your horse is susceptible to laminitis you'll already be monitoring his turnout! Mild, wet winters mean that the grass will have been growing in the winter months too so there will already be plenty of it! Prevention is certainly better than cure when it comes to weight gain as being overweight or obese can have serious health and welfare consequences.
Dengie Healthy Hooves Molasses Free is approved by the Laminitis Trust and has been developed to help equines that are overweight. It can be used as a “calorie controlled diet” for horses and ponies that are prone to laminitis, Equine Metabolic Syndrome or PPID (Pituitary Pars Intermedia Dysfunction formerly known as Cushing's Disease) and is ideal for those that are in light work or at rest.
It is a nutritionally balanced fibre feed that is low in calories and starch that contains no added sugar and is designed to provide a balanced diet when fed at the recommended quantities. The feed has been carefully formulated to utilise the natural properties of alfalfa which gives slow release energy, alongside other low-glycaemic fibres. Alfalfa also offers naturally occurring, highly bioavailable essential nutrients such as calcium and additional minerals including zinc, manganese and copper are also included.
B vitamins, including Biotin, are added to help with building healthy hooves and palatability is enhanced with real garlic. It is free from artificial preservatives and flavours and is subject to rigorous testing as part of Dengie’s on-going commitment to producing the best, safe and scientifically proven feeds for your horse or pony.
Feed Dengie Healthy Hooves Molasses Free if your horse or pony is prone to weight related conditions including laminitis, EMS or PPID, has poor hoof condition or requires a low sugar and starch diet.
Dengie Healthy Hooves Molasses Free: 20kg RRP: £12.79
For Stockist information please call 0845 345 5115 - calls cost 2p per minute from a landline and 2.5p per minute from a mobile plus the phone company's access charge.
If you're looking for something to make your horse's hay ration last a little longer, the Stubbs Hay Roller could be the answer.
The conical shape rolls around in a circle as your horse pulls hay out of the feeder holes. It can be used in the field of stable, simply fill it with hay and then let your horse get to work. As well as keeping your horse occupied for longer, it will also help to keep your stable tidier and mean less wastage too.
Price £39.99 *
* Price correct at time of publishing
This clever piece of kit will transform the way you hang up haynets, making it super quick and easy. Using the HAYM8 will mean no more tying fiddly knots to hold your haynet safely and securely in place. It uses the same principle as the MAGLOC dog lead connectors, which featured on BBC's Dragons' Den in September 2015. The HAYM8 is made up of two parts that join magnetically and lock together, saving you time and effort when you're putting up a haynet in you horse's stable or horsebox.
Price £14.99 *
*Price correct at time of publishing
To find out more about how the HAYM8 works watch our video below.
Their commitment to the nutritional care and well-being of horses will always be the main reason you can rely upon Dengie. However, a lot goes on behind the scenes that the team wants to share with you - they believe it's what sets them apart from the rest! Read on to discover their story...
From Field to Feed
At Dengie we grow as many of our own ingredients as possible and source as locally as we can to keep our 'feed miles' low. We are owned by a group of Essex Farmers and it is our policy to support UK agriculture and other industries whenever we can.
Experts in the Field
Founded in 1968 as a farmers' cooperative, Dengie has steadily grown so that we now harvest over 5,000 acres of British alfalfa and grass. Our farmers have been growing crops for Dengie horse feeds for more than 40 years and they select only the finest seeds for planting, nurture their growth so they are ready for harvest at the optimum time. The alfalfa and grass is grown in the fields close to Dengie's production sites and carefully traced through the production process, meaning every bag of Dengie can be traced back to the field it was grown in.
Working with Nature
Our British grown grass from the meadow fields of Lincolnshire is 100% natural and free from pesticide residues. The meadows are harvested between the months of May and October and high temperature dried to produce a consistent and clean source of highly digestible fibre. Every ingredient is supplied by nature with minimal processing to retain as much natural goodness as possible.
Lincolnshire's finest meadow grasses are dried, chopped and lightly dressed with cold-pressed rapeseed oil from Aberdeenshire. Topped with a unique blend of herbs including liquorice root, fennel, mint, chamomile and aniseed.
- High in fibre and highly-digestible
- Ideal partial or total hay replacer
- The inclusion of grass pellets provides interest and texture
- Naturally sweet - tempting fussy feeders
- Free from artificial flavours, preservatives, molasses and straw
Simply 100% naturally grown meadow grass with no added sugar.
- High in fibre and highly-digestible
- Can be fed as a partial hay replacer
- Ideal for snack balls
- Can be fed dry or soaked, making them ideal for older horses with poor teeth
- Provides additional calories to help with winter weight gain or maintenance
- Naturally sweet - tempting fussy feeders
- Free from artificial flavours, preservatives, molasses, straw, binders and fillers
Find out more
For the answer to ALL your equine feeding queries talk to a Dengie nutritionist today. Call the Dengie Feedline: 0845 345 5115 please note: call charges apply, see website for details) or CLICK HERE to visit the website.
Winter can mean your horse is more prone to coughs and snotty noses. This can be because he’s spending less time out in the field and more time in his stable. This can expose him to a dusty environment from hay and bedding, which may affect his breathing. There are numerous respiratory supplements that can help keep nasty coughs at bay. We’ve picked five of our favourites.
Nettex Air Power Respiratory Boost
Price £12.99 *
A dual-purpose formula that contains menthol and eucalyptus to help soothe irritation and clear your horse’s airways
NAF Respirator Boost
Price £29.95 for 1 litre*
This liquid supplement contains natural antioxidants, plus herbs, such as ginger, rosehip and blueberries, to support healthy lung function. Echinacea is also included to support your horse’s immune system.
Price From £13.10 *
This lick contains menthol, eucalyptus and aniseed to help keep your horse’s airways clear of mucus. It will also provide your horse with a balanced package of vitamins and minerals, including antioxidants, and vitamin C, to help support and maintain a strong immune system.
Price £36.99 for 2kg *
This natural product contains seven herbs that have been specifically selected to help support and soothe your horse’s respiratory tract, as well as clear excess mucus.
Dodson & Horrell Breathe-Free
Price £14.78 for 1kg *
Formulated to support the respiratory system, this included an effective mix of carefully selected respiratory herbs.
Global Herbs Airway Plus
Price £20.50 for 1kg *
Designed to soothe the airways and help maintain normal mucus levels. It’s also great for maintaining a clear chest and soothing throats.
* Prices correct at time of publishing
The winter months bring challenges to the older horse. Colder temperatures and inclement weather mean poorer pasture quality and less nutrients in grass. Older horses may find it difficult to digest their feed effectively and this can result in them struggling to maintain condition. Feeding a supplement, such as Coopers Gut Support, that helps to support the healthy bacteria in the hindgut can improve digestion and help maintain body condition.
- 23 year old gelding (pictured below)
- Always had trouble maintaining body condition along with periods of digestive disturbance
- No abnormalities with teeth or worming management
- Coopers Gut Equalise was given for 5 days followed by Coopers Gut Support with no other change in diet or management
What is Coopers Gut Range?
Coopers Gut is a range of feed supplements containing a blend of prebiotics and postbiotics. They are designed to help maintain a healthy gut flora, which are responsible for the digestion of feed and hindgut function, keeping your horse healthy from the inside out.
There are three products in the range, Coopers Gut Support, Coopers Gut Equalise and Coopers Gut Assist. Each product contains both prebiotics and postbiotics, by using prebiotics and postbiotics to support the healthy gut flora there is no need to supplement with a probiotic (live bacteria).
What are Prebiotics?
Prebiotics are non-digestible food ingredients that act as a food source for the healthy bacteria within the horses’ gut. They selectively stimulate the growth and/or activity of the beneficial bacteria helping to support hindgut function. Prebiotics include gluco-oligosaccharides, xylo-oligosaccharides and fructo-oligosaccharides.
What are Postbiotics?
Postbiotics are beneficial components produced by bacteria during a fermentation process, which have a positive effect on the healthy bacteria within the horses gut.
Postbiotics may help in the following ways:
- Supporting healthy gut bacteria by contributing to the structure of the cell wall
- Protecting the healthy gut bacteria against pathogenic bacteria
- Supporting the gut wall barrier
- Supporting the gut's natural immune system
Coopers Gut Support
Coopers Gut Support is a prebiotic and postbiotic pellet to be mixed with feed or fed alone. It is also naturally rich in free amino acids and amino acid derivatives which help maintain optimum body condition.
Coopers Gut Equalise
Coopers Gut Equalise is a prebiotic and postbiotic oral paste, which is administrated directly into your horse’s mouth via a syringe. Coopers Gut Equalise can help to maintain normal digestive function in foals and adult horses during times of stress or digestive imbalance
Coopers Gut Assist
Coopers Gut Assist is a prebiotic and postbiotic oral powder for horses, enriched with smectite for use during periods of digestive disturbance.
Find out more at www.coopers-range.co.uk
This popular feed from Dengie now displays the new BETA feed mark for equines prone to Equine Gastric Ulcer Syndrome.
When you read recent research which highlights that up to 59% of leisure horses suffer from Equine Gastric Ulcer Syndrome (EGUS) it makes you realise that this condition can effect all horses not just those in hard work.
While there are many possible causes, high concentrate diets and intense exercise have been identified as the trigger in many equines. Feeding more fibre, in particular alfalfa, and reducing cereal based feeds can help and as a general rule your horse's starch intake should be less than 2g per KG of bodyweight per day to reduce the risk of ulcers.
Dengie Alfa-A Oil is suitable for horses in moderate to hard work helping to improve stamina and condition. Fibre diets are also much healthier for your horse as they're more sympathetic to his digestive system and provide slow release energy. Alfa-A Oil is high in calories and when fed at the recommended quantities it has a comparable energy level to a competition/conditioning mix or cube but with, on average, 10-times less starch.
If you think your horse could be suffering from EGUS, as with all equine health issues, Dengie recommend that you consult your vet.
To find your nearest stockist visit www.dengie.com