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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
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.
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.
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
We all know that golden rule - feed little and often, but in reality this can be difficult to achieve. StableGraze is an automated forage feeder and helps mimic your horse’s natural eating. It allows your horse to eat smaller amounts throughout the day providing stimulation and entertainment. You can divide your horse’s daily ration into three separate feeds that are released at pre-programmed intervals throughout the day or night. Each compartment can be filled with up to 5kg of forage or hard feed.
For more information visit www.stablegraze.com
Smart Horse Nutrition allows you to take control of your horse’s diet. It provides you with the three essential building blocks to a balanced diet – micro-nutrients (Smart Balance), macro nutrients (Smart Museli) and fibre. Their concept is simple, use Smart Balance as your foundation and add Smart Museli and a Fibre to construct your horse’s perfect diet depending on his needs.
Price £36.25 for 20kg (Smart Balance), £12.95 for 20 kg (Smart Muesli), £13.65 for 15kg (Smart Chaff)
Fibre provides slow release energy while filling your horse’s gut and can be fed in a number of forms.
Chaff products have always played a big part in feeding as chopped straw and hay were traditionally used to bulk up feeds. Today many chaff products are available on the market including molassed and non molassed varieties which can be fed easily as a natural source of fibre. ReadiGrass from Friendship Estates is 100% grass with nothing added. It can be fed as a chaff to slow down quick eaters and is also a fantastic way to disguise supplements or medications which need to be added to feed. Alternatively it can be fed in larger quantities to enhance or completely replace your horse’s forage ration.
Many people think feeding straw is an absolute no no, but it’s often included in many feeds. Nutritionally improved oat straw is usually in high fibre pellets (fed alone or as part of a compound feed) and also in some chaff products. Alfalfa Alfalfa is a legume related to the pea and bean family. The dried leaves and stalks of the alfalfa plant provide fibre, energy, quality protein and vitamins A, B and E. Dengie is the UK’s largest producer of alfalfa in the UK so you’ll probably have seen a number of their products.
Sugar beet is a great fibre provider and can be bought in many forms. But, because of its ability to absorb water, sugar beet cubes and pellets must be soaked so they’re safe to feed. Without soaking, sugar beet could be the cause of choke, colic or swelling of the horse’s stomach. However, compound feeds containing sugar beet are safe to feed without soaking.
How long should you soak it for?
Cubes or pellets should be soaked for 24 hours, and shreds for 12 hours. Flakes such as Speedi-Beet flakes should be soaked for 10 minutes. While sugar beet is nothing new, ‘quick soak’ sugar beet is. Like normal sugar beet, it’s high in fibre, palatable and great form of slow release energy, but it’s so much quicker to prepare. With the hustle and bustle of everyday life it’s sometimes not ideal to have to wait 24 or even 12 hours for your sugar beet to soak. So, quick soak products like Speedi-Beet, from British Horse Feeds, are proving popular as well as practical.
What is Speedi-beet?
Speedi-beet is specially processed sugar beet. After being processed the beet pulp is flaked to increase surface area and aid rapid water absorption, which is why Speedi-beet can be prepared in less than 10 minutes.
Uncle Jimmy's Hangin' Balls
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Uncle Jimmy's Hangin' Balls is a vitamin and mineral packed ball to keep your horse amused for hours.
Flavours Apple, carrot, peppermint and molasses
Price £10.35 for 1.59kg
Retailer: www.battles.co.uk or call 01522 529 206
Features: Yorkshire Equine Products' Feed Bins keep your feed dry and vermin free. The mobile feed storage bins are made from tough polythylene with a smooth inner surface, snug-fitting lids and swivel castors. The Professional feed bin has three 65 litre storage spaces, and holds 6x 25kg bags of feed. The other bins are the Midi (135ltr), Maxi (90ltr), FB One (118ltr) and FB Two (135ltr).
Price: The professional - £430.34, The Midi - £105.46, The Maxi - £112.21, The FB One - £98.70, The FB two - £109.51
Retailer: 01909 567 979 or visit www.yorkshireequineproducts.co.uk