Is your horse or pony a good doer? As many of us know, obesity is a growing problem, and presents a number of health risks.
It’s important to work towards maintaining a body condition score of 5 and below we share some tips on how best to do this...
Feed & Management Tips
- Monitor your horse/ pony's body condition regularly - this will help you to keep track of gradual changes and assess whether any dietary adjustment may be necessary
- Although ad-lib forage is the ideal, it is not always practical for good doers and some level of restriction may be necessary
- Never starve any horse or pony, even if they are extremely overweight
- Whilst forage alone can easily meet or exceed energy (calorie) requirements for many good doers, it is unlikely to provide a balanced diet
- Balancers are the ideal option for horses and ponies able to maintain weight easily on forage alone, providing a concentrated source of vitamins, minerals and quality protein alongside a negligible level of calories when fed at the recommended ration
- Try adding low calorie chaff/ fibres such as HAPPY HOOF to buckets to provide 'bulk' and help extend eating time
- If your horse/ pony is already in good or overweight condition, don't be tempted to increase his feed in an attempt to improve his energy levels. Remember, energy = calories!
- Maintain a regular exercise programme where possible
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If he is overweight then the best feed for him will be a balancer such as Lite + Lean. This will give him all the nutrients he needs without excessive calories.
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EMS horses required diets low in non-structural carbohydrates (NSC) (sugar and starch). So the way to increase calories is to increase fibre and oil.
Therefore, a mix would certainly not be a suitable choice due to the NSC levels. Alternatively we would suggest Senior Super-Mash which is a medium calorie feed but still suitable for horses requiring a low NSC diet.
For further advise it would be best to contact us directly.