By: Dr Catherine Dunnett BSc, PhD, R.Nutr With colder weather potentially on the way and possibly snow in the coming months, many horses and ponies will no doubt benefit from some extra forage and concentrate feed to help keep them in good condition through the remaining winter months.
Steam Extrusion – the Technology Behind the Feeds By: Dr Catherine Dunnett BSc, PhD, R.Nutr Steam extrusion is a relative new process in equine feed manufacture, although it has been used for cats and dogs and indeed our own food for longer. Steam extrusion involves the cooking of a mixture of ingredients and the formation … Continued
By: Dr Catherine Dunnett BSc, PhD, R.Nutr Dietary protein is one of the most talked about elements of a horses’ diet. Whilst the level of protein in the diet is important for growth and repair, it is the least important source of energy to an athletic horse when compared to starch, fibre and oil. Our fixation with protein has over the years led to its excessive intake being cited as the cause of many ‘ills’ in horses. This reputation is largely undeserved, as protein intake per se is unlikely to be the major culprit.
By: Louise Scott BSc (Hons) – Keyflow Junior Nutritionist When feeding horses it is easy to forget that often ‘less is more’ in terms of concentrates and to overlook the importance of fibre in a horses’ diet. Horses are naturally trickle feeders designed to have a constant flow of fibre running through their digestive tract, … Continued
Omega 3 (especially long chain) is magical stuff – it helps support respiratory systems, coat and skin condition, joint support and fertility. Need a cooling conditioner? Oil is an excellent, starch free source of slow release calories. Introduce oil slowly and avoid a messy box! Some horses can get loose droppings from too much oil, … Continued
By: Louise Scott BSc (Hons) – Keyflow Technical Sales Assistant Gastric Ulcers are common in the equine population, effecting 37% of leisure horses in the United Kingdom. This figure increases to 63% in performance horses and as much as 93% of racehorses that may suffer from the condition within their career.