Electrolytes for horses – all you need to know, including how to make your own!

Electrolytes are common minerals that work together to maintain physiological equilibrium in active horses, a critical job that is surprisingly easy for you to help with. Basically, all horses sweat and this sweat contains electrolytes. Whether you look at an elite event horse cross-country day, or a riding club horse travelling to and from a local dressage show, these horses […] Continue Reading

Feeding the Heavy Horse

With heavy horses turning their sizeable hooves to a variety of activities these days, ranging from pleasure rides, showing and dressage to the more traditional pulling and ploughing, providing the right nutrition is essential. Our nutritionist – Lisa Elliott MSc – is a bit of a heavy horse nut, and had a beautiful giant called Rupert in her life for many years and in […] Continue Reading

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

Linseed – Boost your winter feeding

If you are looking to boost your horse’s health and condition this winter – then look no further than Smart Linseed to provide a fantastic winter feed: Linseed itself comes from the Linseed plant (Linum usitassiumum) also known as flaxseed – a member of the plant family Linaceae, with distinctive small blue flowers. It is grown as a crop all […] 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

Living Life in the Fast Lane

Surviving the snow, dental emergencies and ‘postcards’ from America. There’s never a dull moment for the Equine Management & Training Team. We are well aware that we are not the most popular of people in terms of social media, but judging by the messages and calls we receive, the posts we make are read and their content is taken on […] Continue Reading

Feeding your horse for Joint Health

Whether your horse jumps, piaffes or hacks, his joints keep him moving. But were you aware that there are three types of joints within your horses’ body? Namely – fibrous or ‘fixed’ joints, cartilaginous and synovial. The synovial joints are the ones that provide movement and your horse has 18 of them spread throughout the skeleton! Providing these joints with […] 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

Feeding the Veteran Horse

Horses today are living longer and well into old age, thanks to advances in veterinary treatment and horse care. There is no exact threshold for when your horse is officially ‘old’ and all horses age at different rates, but if your horse is beginning to show signs of age such as a change in condition then it may be time […] Continue Reading

Feeding the Weanling – getting the right start!

Whether you are a one mare owner or run a large stud, you will want to give your foal the best possible start in life and weaning is a key part of that. Weaning can be a stressful experience for a foal, but with the right care and nutrition you can help minimise this stress and maximise their future development. […] Continue Reading