Supplementing all hay diets when there is no grass

Dry times and a lack of fresh pasture is a real issue in many parts of the country at the moment, causing vitamin deficiencies in horses reliant on hay for roughage. Vitamins Fresh grass is rich in vitamins, but vitamins do not store well in hay, and should be supplemented whenever your horse is relying on hay for the majority of the daily roughage requirement. Hay starts losing its vitamin content as soon as it Read more…

Can I blame the supplement? Part 1.

Q: I started my horse on a new supplement in September and he isn’t looking amazing any more…… what should I do? A. Put him back on the supplement he was on in September? B. Ask a nutritionist for a Diet Analysis? C. Find out more about what affects coat appearance? Let’s look at this logically as there are many, many factors affecting the appearance of a horse’s coat. In September he had a fresh Read more…

Horses don’t eat fish – but should they?

The whole horses don’t eat fish oil argument has been bothering me of late. No, horses in their natural state don’t eat fish when their omega 3 to 6 ratios are out of balance, as far as I’m aware, but they don’t eat calcium or zinc deposits from the ground either since their bodies are not programmed to recognise and correct most mineral deficits. They don’t wear rugs in cold weather in their natural state Read more…

Why testing your horse’s blood won’t tell you what you think it will.

Horse owners often believe that they need to have a sample of their horse’s blood analysed to know if they are feeding the horse what he or she requires. Unfortunately this is another (mostly) untrue myth in horse nutrition, possibly a field with more myths than any other! Blood tests can provide your veterinarian with valuable data for diagnosing organ disfunction, infections, indicators of stress and some diseases. Well interpreted blood test results read in Read more…

Feeding for coat colour and shine

In springtime, it is common to see horses shining with good health, right? But are they really in optimum health? Green grass is rich in natural fats which make the coat shine even if the horse is mineral deficient. Horses ALWAYS need mineral supplementation to balance the mineral deficiencies from their forage-based diets and to correctly balance critical mineral ratios. Minerals can be added through a pre-mixed feed and/or with a supplementary balancer. A mineral Read more…