A nutritionally balanced, low-calorie, high-fibre feed for leisure horses and ponies, combining essential nutrients for healthy hooves with a light molasses coating.
Combining fibre sources that are all low in starch and sugars, Healthy Hooves is ideal for promoting gut health. A comprehensive range of vitamins and minerals are included to complement those naturally occurring in alfalfa to provide a balanced diet for your horse or pony.
Several studies have been conducted into how much biotin a horse requires. A study published in the Equine Vet Journal (1992), found that greater growth rates and hardness of hooves was achieved at a daily feeding rate of 15mg of biotin than at 7.5mg in horses diets. The level of biotin included in Dengie Healthy Hooves has been formulated accordingly and thus when fed at the recommended rates will provide a 500kg horse with 15mg of biotin per day.
Research published in the Vet Record (1987) demonstrated that alfalfa increases the quality and quantity of horn growth which was attributed to the highly available calcium and essential amino acids found naturally in alfalfa.
B vitamins have a wide range of functions within the horse’s digestive system including energy metabolism and growth and development. Healthy Hooves was the first chopped fibre feed on the market with a full range of all these important nutrients.
Typical analysis (%) ‘as fed’
Alfalfa pellets, oat straw, alfalfa, molasses, rape seed oil, garlic, vitamin and mineral premix, mould inhibitor
The visual appearance of the actual product may vary due to environmental conditions during growth and time of harvest.
Healthy Hooves comes in a 20kg bale.
Small Pony (eg: Welsh Pony, Exmoor)
1kg or 2 scoops
Large Pony (eg: Fell)
1.5kg or 3 scoops
Small Horse (eg: Arab)
2kg or 4 scoops
Medium Horse (eg: Thoroughbred)
2.5kg or 5 scoops
Large Horse (eg: Warmblood)
3kg or 6 scoops
Feed 500g of Healthy Hooves per 100kg of your horse's bodyweight. Fibre weighs very little compared to mixes or cubes. It is important to weigh your scoop to ensure that you are feeding the correct amount. A large Stubbs scoop holds approxiamtely 500grams.
Healthy Hooves is designed to be fed as the sole bucket feed alongside your horse’s normal hay/haylage ration. It is important that it is fed at the recommended quantities in order to provide the levels of nutrients your horse or pony requires; feeding less may affect condition and performance. If using less than recommended quantities, a broad spectrum vitamin and mineral supplement should be used alongside. Healthy Hooves is intended for horses and ponies at rest or in light work if fed as the sole bucket feed. For horses and ponies in moderate to hard work or requiring weight gain, Dengie Alfa-Beet can be fed alongside Healthy Hooves.
“Bracken is a 13hh Exmoor X who is in his late 20’s and retired (he does go on the odd hack occasionally though!). Not only is he getting on, but he has previously suffered from laminitis and was diagnosed with Cushings Disease two years ago.
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If you sit and watch the trot up at Burghley or Badminton, it is quite clear that event horses come in all shapes and sizes. The perfect event horse is an amalgamation of many things, with the common denominator being that they all have the heart of a lion. We speak to Samantha Hobbs (CCI4* Event Rider) and ask her what she looks for when buying a young horse to event.
Enquiries to the Dengie feedline about Equine Faecal Water Syndrome (EFSW) are increasing but very little is known about this interesting phenomenon.
Symptoms including itchiness, over-excitable or irritable behaviour and loose droppings are often described as allergies by horse owners and are attributed to various different ingredients including molasses and alfalfa. But can horses have allergies? Are they truly allergic reactions and if so, how do we best manage them?