The team at the WALTHAM Equine Studies Group give vets some advice on what to look for when suggesting or recommending the use of supplements to horse owners.

What is the best horse supplement for your horse?

Appropriate nutrition and feeding management is both a science and an art. With many opinions out there and a plethora of products available in stores and online. Horse owners can often be left bewildered.

With changing trends, impactful advertising or boastful product claims across the industry. Deciding what to feed a horse is difficult and clients may seek impartial advice from their vet. But are you as confused as they are?

The science behind the best horse supplements

A recently published review gives an overview of the anatomy of the equine digestive tract from a nutrition perspective. Highlighting nuances for the horse. Nutritional tips for veterinarians (Equine Veterinary Education) then discusses a few key practical areas of feeding practices. Written by Dr Pat Harris, Head of Equine Research at the WALTHAM Centre for Pet Nutrition and Director of Science for SPILLERS , and Dr Catherine Dunnett, from Independent Equine Nutrition, the freely available review hopes to provide a useful resource for vets wishing to consolidate their knowledge of equine nutrition. It is important to keep up to date on the best horse supplements as this will enable you to keep your equine friend in the best condition possible.

The full review

The review looks into forage requirements, prohibited substances, analytical content and complementary feeds including 'horse supplements'. Read the full review or find out some helpful hints and tips on what to look for when trying to answer the question "Is there really any science to support this active ingredient in my horse supplement?"

Feel free to look at Spillers own range of balancers and fibres to see how they can help your horses nutrition.

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