Conditioning Advice For The Winter From TopSpec
want to do the best for your horse but there are so many choices!
Deciding what to feed your horse in the winter can be very confusing.
There are an enormous number of feeds to choose from and everyone
gives you different advice, so how do you choose?
good start is to talk to an experienced equine nutritionist. Many
feed companies offer a free telephone advisory service, to help
you make the right choice for your horse.
onset of autumn means horse owners can no longer rely on grass to
provide most, or all, of our horses nutritional needs. As the night
draw in the feeding value of grass falls away sharply and cold weather
means that horses need more calories in their food than in summer
just to keep warm.
sensible winter feeding program starts with minimizing heat loss.
your horse warm and dry in a stable will not only make his life
more pleasant but will also reduce his requirements for calories.
This is essential for fully clipped horses and ponies.
energy is to be used efficiently it must be balanced with protein,
vitamins and minerals. TopSpec Feed Balancer, as the name implies,
provides the protein, vitamins and minerals to balance forage and
allow it to be used more efficiently.
also contains yeast to improve utilisation of fibre in the forage
even further. Because feed balancers contain a lot of nutrients
in a small amount of feed they allow owners to feed a diet that
contains a high proportion of forage to concentrate.
they are fed in such small quantities the most effective feed balancers
have concentrated formulations with high specifications for vitamins
and minerals. Many horses in light work can winter in excellent
condition on just haylage and a top specification feed balancer.
more energy is needed, for work or weight gain, look first at high-fibre
sources of calories. Products such as sugar beet pulp, alfalfa chop,
grass nuts or bran are all 'non-heating' sources of energy.
cereals, for example micronised barley, provide more calories for
maintaining condition but the most concentrated source of calories
is oil, preferably soya or corn oil, and they have the added advantage
of being 'non-heating'.
further information contact the TopSpec Helpline FREE on 0870 240
6596 or visit www.topspec.com