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After listening to their customers the Mint Balancer from Horslyx has been launched in larger sizes to help support all round health and vitality with a cool refreshing flavour.
Horslyx Mint Balancer is created with real peppermint oil which even the fussiest horse will have trouble resisting.
As part of the Horslyx Balancer family the lick contains a high specification vitamin, mineral and trace element package with high oil content including Omega-3 Oils from Linseed Oil. It also includes Horslyx’s healthy hooves formula and powerful antioxidants, to help keep your horse happy and healthy.
Horslyx Balancers help you ensure your horse is getting all the vitamins and minerals he needs. Being low in starch they're suitable for horses which can react to cereal based diets and for many horses a Horslyx Balancer and forage is all they need.
Prices £15 for 5kg, £30.60 for 15kg tub
Find out more at www.horslyx.com
Three horse owners have been testing Spillers Alfalfa-Pro Fibre to see how good it really is.
They've been feeding this short chopped feed to their horses for approximately six months.
You can read how they've got on as they each review the feed below.
Price £14.10 for 20kg
For more information visit www.spillers-feeds.com
Tested by Sarah Oakley from Rutland
Used for six months
Wilfred is a 17hh, seven year old, KWPN. It was last September that he started acting a little strange; very twitchy, lethargic, not going forwards, grumpy around belly area, grinding his teeth, losing weight and not eating well.
He had a gastroscope in October and was found to have grade 2 ulcers. He was given peptizole for four weeks after which he seemed much better, but still not right so I gave him another month to see if he would improve. This worked as most of his symptoms virtually disappeared apart from he was still a bit grumpy around tummy area sometimes.
Wilf is on a on a high in fibre, low sugar and starch diet with plenty of forage.
Since adding Spillers Alfalfa Pro to his diet Wilf is now more relaxed around his girth area and less twitchy generally.
He enjoys the feed and even licks the bottom (which he never did before). It’s softer in texture and smells better than other alfalfa feeds. He does take his time eating so I believe it extends chewing time.
I also give him a handful of Alfalfa Pro half an hour before I ride as it lines his tummy and gives him just the right amount of energy needed. When riding, he has the right amount of energy, as before he was really behind my leg and lacked any impulsion, he was hard work to ride. This is no longer the case, he is much more willing to work, our dressage is really progressing well.
His coat is amazing and he looks in great condition, he started putting weight on as soon as I started feeding him it and his condition improved fairly quickly.
I can honestly say he's back to the relaxed, contented and enjoyable horse he was. I would definitely recommend this feed to anyone with a horse with ulcers or at risk of getting ulcers. I shall continue to feed Spillers Alfalfa Pro, I so pleased with the results.
Tested by Sharon Fletcher from Yorkshire
Used for three months
I fed both of my horses, Auburn and Tarragon, Spillers Alfalfa-Pro Fibre.
Tarragon is sharp and excitable in the summer and usually has to go on calmer while Auburn is a bit of an anxious stress head and calmers don’t seem to make a difference with him.
Since using Alfalfa Pro they both been a bit calmer, and I’ve noticed a little more focus on their work.
Both eat it well and seem to like it. They both have good coats and look really.
I was so pleased with the results that I have recommended the feed to some friends who also have stressy horses.
It did take a while to get hold of the feed and in the end I had to have it ordered in especially.
Tested by Allison Lowther from Lincolnshire
Used for six months
I’ve fed Spiller Alfalfa Pro to my two horses, Jester and Wish mainly because they weren’t keen on eating the alfalfa product I was feeding to them.
Since changing to Alfalfa Pro they are both eating their feed, licking their bowls clean morning and evening.
It feels much softer and smells very palatable compared to the feed they used to have.
Jester is 22 and is semi retired, only go for short hacks as an escort to my other horse.
He can be quite fussy about his feed and had stopped eating some of his alfalfa as it was quite hard and stalky.
Since feeding him Spillers Alfalfa-Pro he's eating up all his food.
He has a really healthy looking coat with an amazing shine.
He's also carrying just the right amount of condition just on a balancer and the Alfalfa-Pro.
Wish is 13 and in regular work and competing at elementary/medium level dressage.
Sh's always been quite lazy and I’ve struggled to find a feed that gives her sensible energy without sending her spooky. Since feeding Alfalfa Pro she is much more forward going and easier to ride.
I did have to reduce the amount I fed to her over the summer as she did gain quite a lot of condition!
Initially I struggled to find a feed shop that stocked it, but I soon found one that would happily order in the number of bags I wanted.
I’d definitely recommend Spiller Alfalfa Pro, my two love it!
Keep your horse happy and healthy this winter with this new addition to the Spillers range of fibre feeds.
Speedy-Mash Fibre is a super-fast soaking sugar beet blend with an irresistible apple aroma that your horse is sure to love.
High in fibre, low in starch and molasses free make this feed suitable for all horses and pony including good doers and those prone to laminitis.
Quick and easy to use it soaks in 60 seconds to form an appetising mash, which also makes it perfect for older horses with poor teeth who may have struggle to chew long fibre.
It also contains a full range of vitamins and minerals, prebiotic FOS and probiotic live yeast for digestive health, as well as quality protein to help maintain topline and muscle tone. This is especially important for balancing your horse's diet if he's on a calorie-restricted ration.
Spillers Speedy-Mash Fibre has a special launch promotion of £1 off each bag while stocks last.
For more information call the Spillers Care-Line on 01908 226626 or visit www.spillers-feeds.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.