Winter care for optimum condition – getting the basics right

During the winter horses can drop condition due to reduced nutrition in grass and lower temperatures. Providing the right nutrition and management helps promote condition, so if your horse drops weight in winter, follow these guidelines to keep your horse in excellent health. Winter Nutrition Good nutrition will support body condition, but it’s important to be aware that horses naturally […] Continue Reading

The Benefits Of Feeding Treats To Your Horse

We all love our horses and giving your equine friend a treat from time to time is a lovely way to enrich your relationship.  But treats are much more than just a titbit you give your horse, they are a beneficial addition to your horse’s life. They can be used in many different ways, not only as a reward but […] Continue Reading

Feeding and care for horses in extreme weather

Whilst horses are very adaptable to colder weather, they still need to be fed and managed appropriately when more extreme weather hits. Follow these essential guidelines to help keep your horse happy and healthy when it’s cold and snowy outside. Provide Fibre for warmth In colder temperatures, a horse’s energy requirements will increase to maintain their core body temperature of […] Continue Reading

Hay v Haylage – which is right for your horse?

Hay and haylage are the most common forms of preserved forage fed to horses in winter. Whilst both provide a great source of fibre for horses, they have distinct nutritional differences as a result of how each one is processed. So, what are these differences and what do they mean in terms of providing the right nutrition for your horse? […] Continue Reading

Marvellous microbes

Feeding for your horse to enhance digestive health Our ace nutritionist – Lisa Elliott MSc – wrote an article for HORSE Magazine on Marvellous Microbes! Did you know that there are more microbial cells in your horses’ hindgut than tissue cells in their whole body? These gut microbes have a significant impact on your horse as along with fibre fermentation […] Continue Reading

Feeding Little and Often – ignore it at your horse’s peril…

We all feed our horses to ensure they get the right nutrients for work and health and we’ve all heard that we should feed ‘little and often’… but just how little is little and just how often is often?! ‘Little and often’ has long been one of the golden rules of feeding horses. And with good reason   because feeding large, […] Continue Reading

Water – the oft’ forgotten nutrient

The right nutrition is essential to keep horses happy and healthy and good nutrition revolves around including the correct levels of nutrients. There are six so-called ‘essential’ nutrients in the horse’s diet: carbohydrates, fats, protein, vitamins, minerals and water –  yet water is easily the most essential. Despite its importance, water is frequently overlooked when considering a horse’s dietary needs […] Continue Reading

Protein – how much does your horse need?

Protein is probably one of the most misunderstood nutrients in the horses’ diet. Often thought of as an energy source, in reality protein mainly provides structure along with other key functions within the horse’s body.  Protein is vital for correct body function, so it is important to know how much your horse needs on a daily basis to provide the […] Continue Reading