Information and guidance on a range of feed related topics
Here at Dengie we understand that feeding your horse or pony can sometimes be confusing and getting the balance right can be tricky! We’re here to help you with articles and information from our nutrition experts to keep you up to date with the latest information.
Should you have a particular query or a more complicated feeding issue call our friendly Feedline on 01621 841188. Or why not chat on-line to one of our nutritionists? Alternatively click here to fill out a form to send to our nutrition team, who will in return put together a personalised feeding plan for your horse or pony.
It is a long standing joke that only fools breed horses as it is rarely a profitable venture and is hugely demanding on your time and energy. However if you have taken the decision to breed from your mare or are buying a youngster for the future, getting their nutrition right may help to avoid some of the potential pitfalls that can occur.
As winter approaches and turnout time is limited, horses and ponies may spend more time stabled. Keeping them occupied can be a worry for many horse owners and providing snack balls can be a great way to help reduce boredom and provide a more natural ‘trickle’ feeding rate.
Forage provides at least half of your horse’s diet, so it’s a good idea to know the facts –and fiction- about forage.
The main advice for managing horses with gastric ulcers is to reduce the amount of non-structural carbohydrate (starch + sugar) in the ration and feed more fibre. Using unmolassed sugar beet is one way of achieving this especially for horses that are working or struggling to maintain condition.
Biotin is a sulphur containing B vitamin essential for cell proliferation and is the most commonly identified nutrient for improving hoof quality.
Do you need help with show riding and in-hand techniques? We spoke to Olympia champion Lizzie Briant to discover her top showing tips that can be applied to anyone looking forward to trying some showing this season, whether it’s ridden or in-hand.
The effect of diet on behaviour has been studied in many species - including humans and rats - but little work has been done to explore the link between diet and the normal behaviour of horses.
Breeders have heard that alfalfa is particularly beneficial for breeding and youngstock, but why does alfalfa deserve this reputation? The Dengie nutrition team explain in more detail the beneficial nutrients supplied by alfalfa.
The Dengie nutrition team advised Sarah Oppenheimer at Headmore Stud on the best diet to support growth for Headmore Valentina.
With temperatures forecast to be below zero and snow fall for areas of the country, ensuring your horse or pony is kept warm and going about your normal routine can be a challenge.
Providing fibre in a form that horses and ponies can manage to chew it ensures that they are still receiving all the vital nutrients to keep them healthy. Pelleted fibres that are fed soaked are particularly beneficial for veteran horses, aiding hydration in the performance horse and during winter months.