Aspiring eventer, Becky Davies, shares her thoughts of her first SPILLERS weigh clinic experience.
I was apprehensive when I first booked a visit from my regional SPILLERS nutritionist, Sally Scott. Would she rip my horses apart, tell me they were all underweight and everything I was feeding was wrong? I couldn’t have been more wrong; my visit was very straight forward and highly informative.
Sally arrived at my yard and set up her weighbridge, which was much smaller and compact than I had expected. She thoroughly assessed each of my horses, taking great interest in their backgrounds and workloads, as well as enquiring about any additional issues or vices each of them may have. Each of my horses stood on the weighbridge without any hesitation – it was very interesting to see the variation in each horse’s weight from the weigh tape I usually use in comparison to the weighbridge.
I do have a degree in Equine Science, but the older I get, the rustier my nutritional knowledge becomes! Sally explained everything on a level I would understand, and was happy to discuss with me the reasons behind why she was suggesting any changes to their diets.
My partner and I currently have four horses; three Thoroughbred Polocrosse mares and one ISH Event gelding and each horse was dealt with on an individual basis. Particular improvement was made to one mare who, despite receiving regular treatment for gastric ulcers, was struggling to gain weight. Since changing to SPILLERS feeds, she is now gaining an average of 28kg per month!
Harry is my 19 year old ISH Event horse, who I have on loan from a lovely family to do low level Eventing. He has mainly hunted for most of his life and came to live with me permanently just under two years ago. I have struggled in the past to get his energy and nutritional levels right as he has Azoturia and is prone to gaining weight (aren’t we all!).
With this in mind, Sally helped me to formulate a diet which would prevent him from becoming overweight or tying-up, whilst receiving everything he needs to keep a healthy coat and topline. We’ve already completed our first event with a 32.0 dressage and one pole down show jumping – we’re aiming for the elusive double clear at our next event in four weeks time!!