As autumn begins, grass growth slows and its nutritional profile becomes deficient in key vitamins and minerals. Horses tend to spend more time stabled and as a consequence it’s an important time to supplement their forage ration, says Anna Franklin, equine nutrition adviser at Blue Chip Feed.Read More
Anna Franklin, equine nutrition adviser at Blue Chip Feed, provides her advice on how to feed a hot horse through the winter.Read More
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Changes in weather, routine and diet can all lead to an imbalance of beneficial and pathogenic bacteria in the gut, known as dysbiosis, particularly if these changes are sudden.Read More
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The subject of feeding joint supplements has long been a hot topic in the equine world. Owners are aware that joint health is important for their horse’s wellbeing, but there’s much confusion around the different products available.Read More
Horses competing at all levels, from Pony Club to the Olympics, can be subject to lifestyle challenges which can negatively affect their gut health.Read More
If you’ve ever wondered how the professionals go about achieving a show-ready gleam then read on as we take you behind the scenes at show producer Nicky Smith’s yard.Read More
Choosing between hay and haylage is a decision often made simply on cost, but with so many products on the market these days, how can you be sure you’re making the right choice?Read More
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Managing good-doers, and preventing laminitis, involves being in control of every aspect of a horse or pony’s diet and exercise regimeRead More
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We all like to have a treat occasionally, and of course to treat our horses – but what human foods are safe for horses to have? We put the question to an equine nutritionist to find out.
With horse treats, the saying ‘everything in moderation’ really does apply, especially for any equines requiring a low sugar diet, such as those prone to laminitis.
Human foodstuffs that should be avoided include anything which contains animal-by-products, along with bread, uncooked potatoes, too many mints or sugar cubes, and anything containing caffeine or chocolate.
Although they are not a human food, grass cuttings should never be fed to horses either.
For a different treat, try bananas or celery, or if your horse is an unadventurous eater try low-sugar veg such as swede, parsnips and turnips. These can also act as boredom busters if you hang them in the stable.
An apple a day?
While a healthy option for us, apples and carrots are higher in sugar so avoid feeding too many of these, especially to laminitics.
Ensuring your horse isn’t given caffeine or chocolate is particularly important for those participating in affiliated competitions as they are classed as prohibited substances.
If they are found in your horse’s system it can lead to disqualification.
The level of affiliated competition doesn’t matter, even those competing in a BE80(T) class can still be asked to provide a sample for testing.
For more tips about feeding, see the full article in issue 450 – available here.
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