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

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

Smart Transitioning

At Smart Horse Nutrition we believe in superior nutrition through healthy, wholesome ingredients. Our feeds are, therefore, kept low in starch and sugar and contain no molasses. Whilst this is a healthier and more nutritious option, some horses may initially be a little reluctant to accept it, a bit like asking someone who has lived on a diet of burgers […] Continue Reading

Bring some Balance to your horse’s life

What is a Balancer? A balancer is a nutrient dense feed containing vitamins, minerals and essential amino acids – the ‘building blocks’ of protein, alongside a negligible number of calories. Balancers are normally created in a pelleted form but can also take the form of a mix and they effectively ‘balance’ the diet, supplying essential micronutrients for optimum health and […] Continue Reading

Feeding horses in winter

With winter upon us, the nights have drawn in, the temperature has dropped and the winter coats are making an appearance, for both horse and rider! Now is the time to plan how to keep your horse healthy and in good condition throughout the colder months, by making sure his nutritional needs are met. Read on for advice from Lisa, our […] Continue Reading

Why Smart Feeds?

Forage First Horses are designed to consume vast quantities of forage and at Smart Horse Nutrition we believe forage should always be the most important part of your horses’ diet. Our feeds are designed to complement a forage based diet, by supplying the micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) and macronutrients (energy + protein) that may be missing in forage alone, providing […] Continue Reading