What support should I give my older horse or pony?

Additional nutritional support is required as horses and ponies age. Often their digestive health, joints and mobility or condition can decline. Certain health issues such as PPID (Cushing’s disease) can also affect their nutritional needs. Golden Oldies provides a complete package of sophisticated ingredients to support ageing equines, even for horses with dental issues. Try combining with Pink Mash to provide an easy to eat, complete fibre mash.

How do I feed my good doer energy without weight gain?

Feeding energy to a horse or pony which is prone to gaining weight can be challenging. For increased energy production and vitality, we start by recommending the diet is fully balanced with micronutrients and protein, with a products such as Perfect Balance™. Then we suggest adding energy as needed in the form of a high quality omega oil Key-3 Oil™. Continually feed oil at a maintenance level and increase as required.

I suspect my horse has gastric ulcers, what should I feed?

Gastric ulcers (EGUS) can affect all types of horses and ponies. Goods husbandry is essential, whilst providing an easy to digest, low sugar and starch diet, with a variety of fibre. Pink Mash delivers super fibre and exceptional pro and prebiotic support. Omega Chaff naturally promotes a healthy gastric environment, while Sensi-Care, a cereal free formulation, contains essential micronutrients and further multi-source fibre. Talk to us for complete support with ulcer management.

What is pre-digested and why do I need to know about steam extrusion?

Pre-digested essentially means cooked, this can be done in a small number of ways. We use steam extrusion extensively throughout our products which involves, grinding, adding steam to and gently cooking a mixture of ingredients. The process causes the mixture to expand and any starches and proteins to change structure. This increases the surface area of the molecule, allowing the horse’s digestive enzymes to more readily and thoroughly break them down in the small intestine. Think of a popcorn kernel after it’s popped, the surface area is increased making it easier to digest. Take a look at Key-Plus™ or Stay Cool™ for what our steam extruded feeds look like.

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