The nutritional team at Bluegrass Horse Feed provide some helpful tips on choosing the right feed for your horse this winter.
Choosing a feed for your horse can be confusing and winter is often a time when horse owners look at changing to support their horses through the colder months.
Before changing or adding in a new concentrate to your horses’ diet, firstly consider their workload, age, temperament and current condition. These factors will influence the energy source, calorie content and quantity of feed given.
- Hard Keeper:
Some horses struggle to maintain weight throughout winter and require additional calories within their diet. Consider the horses temperament and workload as alternative energy sources via oil or digestible fibres can be used instead of high cereal diets.
Bluegrass Turmash – High oil, high fibre conditioning mash fortified in Turmeric. Ideal for increasing weight, maintaining condition and supporting a healthy digestive tract with the high fibre and low starch content. Turmash is great for all ages including seniors with missing or worn teeth.
Bluegrass Cool N Condition Cubes – A conditioning cube containing Equi-Jewel (a stabilised rice bran), Stamm 30 (a high protein, vitamin and mineral balancer) and high digestible fibre sources.
Bluegrass Flax Plus – A conditioning supplement designed to be added to a concentrated feed or balancer. Flax Plus contains both Equi-Jewel, and flaxseed. The high omega fatty acid content supports joint and coat health whilst providing an extra calorie content to the diet.
- Good Doer:
On the other hand, we have horses and ponies that struggle to lose weight and enter the winter months on the heavier side of the scale. It’s best to let these horses natural seasonal weight fluctuations occur, however management practises can inhibit this. Consider the forage type, changing from haylage to hay and reducing high calorie concentres. It’s important to support these horses with a balanced diet, a low-calorie protein, vitamin and mineral balancer is ideal to provide key nutrients lacking within forage and poor-quality grass.
Bluegrass Stamm 30 – A low calorie balancer containing high quality protein, vitamins and minerals. Stamm 30 contains live yeast cultures to enhance the bioavailability of nutrients and improve fibre digestion to support gastrointestinal health.
Clean water, a balanced diet and adequate shelter are basic requirements to help support horses during winter. Before changing feed, evaluate your horses individual needs, if your unsure of what to feed this winter, contact the Bluegrass Horse Feed nutritional helpline (028 3754 8276).