When winter is upon us and the temperature is dropping, here are some top tips on how to keep your horse or pony as happy and comfortable as possible, once the winter weather arrives.
Beat the stable blues!
With many horses restricted to their box due to ice and snow preventing turnout or exercise, there are lots of things you can do to help keep your horse from going stir crazy.
The first thing to adjust is your horse’s energy intake to reflect his decreased exercise. This can be done by reducing your horse’s concentrate ration ... Read More
Eventing Worldwide speaks to Dr Tom Shurlock about forage replacers and the need for them this winter after the hot drought conditions we’ve had this summer.
This winter with a predicted shortfall of hay and haylage, especially second cut hay, it is likely most horse owners will be seeking a forage replacer to help boost fibre and enhance the forage they have.
In today’s world we have a range of different breeds from miniatures to shires with different requirements for different lifestyles, from low energy maintenance of the pony in a pasture to the intense expenditure of the racehorse or the sustained ... Read More
By Llinos Owen MSc, BSc (Hons), FDSc, Dodson & Horrell Nutritional Advisor.
Protein is a vital nutrient necessary for the growth and repair of cells and body tissues. Protein is made up of chains of amino acids, hence why they are often called the building blocks of protein. When protein is ingested, the chain of amino acids is broken down in the stomach and small intestines into individual amino acids. These individual amino acids are then absorbed into the bloodstream and travel to sites where they are needed for normal function, growth, and repair of tissues such as muscles, hair and ... Read More
By India Thomson, SPILLERS® Care-Line Nutritionist
At the top level of every sport there are very small margins between winning and losing. Ensuring your horse has the best diet to enable them to perform at their best could give you the winning edge and that journey starts with feeding the young event horse. When choosing a feed for young up and coming equine athletes it’s important we provide them with the nutrients and energy to support their development. Each horse has its own individual needs however the basic requirements remain the same for every ... Read More
Horses competing and training regularly have vastly different requirements to horses with lighter workloads. For horses where calorie content is mainly met by their fibre intake, a balancer is a brilliant way of ensuring your horse receives optimum nutrition, to not only support performance but also their overall health.
Horses that are working hard, being ridden daily, along with faster paced work is where the workload becomes classified as hard, and the nutritional requirements of the horse can change. Certain minerals and vitamins have a greater requirement to support an increase in workload. When in faster work there is an increased ... Read More
There is a whole category of horse supplements (and now many feeds) that claim to help to keep your horse calm. So there is clearly a demand from riders to improve the behaviour of their horses but how should we go about that process? Aside from the obvious discussion around training methods, in our view there are two ways of achieving calmness:
Enabling the horse to react appropriately to its environment, behave rationally and appropriately to the situation it finds itself in. When achieved, this allows the horse to focus and concentrate. Meaning training ... Read More
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.
Hay ... Read More
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