Training and preparing the event horse takes time, precision and dedication. Dodson & Horrell Brand Ambassador Tom McEwen is no stranger to this, with a string of talented horses, Tom has qualified not just one, but two horses for the world’s premier 3-Day-Event, the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials taking place at the Badminton Estate (2-6 May 2018).
Europe’s leading equine feed manufacturer, Dodson & Horrell, works closely with Tom to ensure that his horses are being given the right feed in order that they can perform at their very best. We caught up ... Read More
Matching your horse’s diet to his workload involves supplying the calories and nutrients he needs to maintain the desired body condition and fuel his work whilst keeping the diet balanced at all times.
Modern compound feeds are all formulated to be fed at calculated levels, according to work intensity, alongside forage of a recognised “average” nutritional quality, to supply calories and nutrients that are lacking in that forage and so provide a fully balanced diet. The nutritional content of forage will vary according to type and time of year ... Read More
Hay v Haylage
Hay and haylage are the most common forms of preserved forage fed to horses in winter or when stabled. 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 eventer? Lisa Elliott MSc - Nutritionist at Castle Horse Feeds - provides the low down on hay and haylage to help you decide which is right for your horse.
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Written by Stephanie Davis, DVM
It is easy to think that if your horse is healthy and has no outward sign of respiratory inflammation or disease, that steaming hay is not necessary.
Of course, we all used to feed our horses dry hay "back in the day." However, I also remember many times back then where I would not feed hay because it seemed too dusty or the horses wouldn't eat the hay because it was not palatable.
These are issues that we still deal with today!
Even if you spend a lot of money on high ... Read More
Horses today are living longer and well into old age and many older horses are continuing to event and compete well into their late teens and sometimes beyond. If you are lucky enough to own an experienced older schoolmaster, then you’ll probably want to know how to provide the best diet and nutrition to keep them eventing and competing to a high standard.
Lisa Elliott (MSc), nutritionist at Castle Horse Feeds, shares some essential dietary tips to keep your veteran eventer healthy and performing well throughout their golden years.
Supply good-quality, easily digestible ... Read More
By Dr. David Marlin
What is fatigue?
In the context of horse sport, we use fatigue to describe the inability of a horse to continue to perform at the desired level. This may be manifested as a slowing down or not being able to jump as high or performing poorer movements as a test, course or race progresses. Fatigue in this context is different from exhaustion, which can result in an inability for a horse to even take another step or remain standing upright. Fatigue is a protective mechanism there to try and prevent a ... Read More
The right nutrition is essential to keep your eventer happy, healthy and performing well 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 and is often referred to as the ‘forgotten nutrient’, when it should be the main one.
Lisa Elliott MSc – nutritionist at Castle Horse Feeds – gives us some insights into ... Read More
Inflammatory Airway Disease or IAD is a respiratory disease that typically affects young horses, as early as one year of age. This disease is tricky to diagnose as affected horses typically do not show increased respiratory efforts at rest. The exact cause is unknown, but is thought to be associated with inhalation of irritants like stable dust and air pollution.
Most horses with IAD will develop a lingering cough but no fever. Affected horses may be training fine but don’t perform well in competition and may also take longer to recover normal breathing. As ... Read More
Don't you think prevention is better than cure?
As horse owners, it is your responsibility to provide the best nutrition for your horse, this means that it is your responsibility to research and understand what they should be eating. It should not be a case of just going to the feed store a picking up a bag with a pretty horse on it nor should it be a case of buying what is cheapest.
There is an awful lot of information on the Internet to enable you to make your own informed decisions. Yes, sometimes ... Read More
With the Eventing season in full swing, the right nutrition can be just as important to success as the right training. Getting the diet right can make that all important difference, so follow these guidelines from Lisa Elliot MSc – nutritionist at Castle Horse Feeds – to achieve optimum health and performance in your eventer.
Just as for all horses, forage (grass, hay and/or haylage) should always be the main part and foundation of your event horse’s diet. Horses have evolved over many years to consume a continuous fibrous diet, so even the hardest ... Read More