Tour Proves Enlightening
NATIONWIDE tour which brought together a wealth of experience from
the equine nutrition sector proved thought provoking for the hundreds
of horse enthusiasts that attended.
Feeding Simple' was the theme and included talks by equine nutrition
lecturer Dr Derek Cuddeford from the Royal Dick School of Veterinary
Studies at Edinburgh University, Simon Parker from Masham Micronized
Feeds and Nicola Tyler from TopSpec Equine.
tour travelled to six venues from Scotland to the West Country.
Derek explained how understanding the horse's digestive system makes
it easier to feed correctly.
left to right - Dr Derek Cuddeford, Philip Tyler, Nicola Tyler,
stressed the importance of feeding little and often which all speakers
felt still needed explaining. Feeding this way helps to ensure that
horses fully utilise their feed and reduces the occurrence of colic
and other problems.
also encouraged owners to look at the benefits of feeding haylage
which is fast replacing hay.
Parker covered recent developments in processing straights and the
development of Speedi-Beet, nutritious quick-soaking sugar beet
flakes which are ready for use in under 10 minutes.
senior nutritionist, Nicola Tyler, explained the benefits of feeding
a variety of straights with feed balancers, discussed the best ways
of increasing fibre in a horse's diet, and provided simple feeding
programmes for many types of horses.
Nicola: "We have received a lot of positive feedback from the
talks, with many owners changing to feeding maximum amounts of forage
topped up with small feeds of straights plus a balancer or supplement.
This is not only economical it is also a better approach for the
horses digestive system and therefore health."