Answers to your common questions
Here, we have put together answers to your most frequently asked questions. Some of the most common include, laminitis, weight management, how to manage excitability, feeding senior horses and how to feed your new horse. Also find out the truth about sugar and protein. Please use our categories belowor if you’re after something specific use our search bar below.
Oil can be added a rate of up to 100ml per 100kg bodyweight per day (up to 500ml) for horses that need to gain weight. Add any additional gradually (approximately 100mls per week) and ensure the diet provides an additional 100iu of vitamin E for every 100mls of oil fed – contact the Care-Line for more advice on this.A:
Soya, vegetable, rapeseed and corn oil all contain similar levels of energy (calories) and can be added directly to the horse’s feed. However ,simply adding oil over the top of the horse’s current feed may unbalance diet so you may wish to consider moving to a feed that already contains a higher level of oil and is suitably balanced with additional vitamin E. Contact the Care-Line for more advice on this.A:
When horses sweat they lose electrolytes, the main ones being sodium, potassium and chloride. For those sweating regularly, some of these losses should be replaced through the diet. However the level of electrolytes lost is directly proportionate to sweating and consequently, free access to an equine salt lick is sufficient for horses at rest or in light work. If your horse is sweating on a regular basis call the Care-Line for advice on feeding a specialist electrolyte supplement or adding salt to his feed.A:
All SPILLERS feeds can be fed dry although adding a small amount of water to mix/ dampen your horse’s feed if you prefer will not cause any harm. Alternatively, all SPILLERS cubes can be soaked in warm water to make a mash for horses and ponies with poor teeth. Some feeds such as those containing sugar beet do need to be soaked before feeding so always check the manufacturer’s feeding instructions.