Top tips for competing a horse on a fibre diet
Most horse owners are aware that fibre feed provides ample energy for the leisure horse, but are a little uncertain when it comes to competing on a fibre diet.
Below the Dengie nutrition team have put together their top tips for competing a horse or pony on a fibre diet.
- Even for horses in hard work, fibre should be provided at a minimum of 1.5% of the horse’s bodyweight in order to maintain digestive health.
- Increase your horse’s workload before increasing their energy intake
- Choose feeds that are based on fibre and oil when looking to increase energy intake. Overfeeding cereals increases the risk of gastric ulcers and colic and the high levels of starch that they contain can also promote fizzy, unpredictable behaviour.
- Dengie Alfa-A Oil has the same energy level – 12.5MJ/kg – as a competition or conditioning mix or cube but with much lower levels of starch than a cereal-based feed. As the energy provided is slow-release, it is ideal for improving stamina and endurance.
- Hot weather and increased activity can cause your horse or pony to sweat more than usual, resulting in a loss of electrolytes. These are essential salts that the body needs to be able to function properly, so any losses will have to be replaced – this can be done with the help of an electrolyte supplement.
- A soaked fibre feed like Dengie Alfa-Beet, which is a combination of sugar beet and alfalfa is perfect to add electrolytes to – it will not only aid hydration but also provide a source of highly digestible fibre.
- In order for your horse to perform at his best, his diet needs to provide him with everything he needs and that includes vitamins and minerals.
If you need some nutritional advice for your horse or would like to know more information about any of our products, don’t hesitate to contact the Dengie Feedline on 01621 841188 or chat live to a nutritionist.