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Why Choose Healthy Horsey?

Here are just a few reasons why you should choose Healthy Horsey for all your equine supplement needs!

Which Supplements Should I Feed My Horse?

Do you feed your horse a supplement? Many owners do. Choosing the right one can be a daunting task as there are literally hundreds of products available.

Ultimately, as horse owners, we buy a supplement which we hope will help our horse in some way.

However, with very little scientific research into the effectiveness of many of the products hitting the shelves, it becomes even more difficult to know what to buy, but there really is something for everyone.

What Is a Horse Feed Supplement?

Supplements are designed to enhance or complement your horse’s diet. They usually come in a powder, liquid, tablet or pellet form. A dosage may be given a number of ways, including being added to a hard feed, water supply or even syringed straight into the mouth.

A supplement may consist of anything from a single simple ingredient – for example, cod liver oil – to a complex combination of specially formulated nutrients, vitamins and minerals, such as a feed balancer.

Why Feed Horses Supplements?

Just as people sometimes need to supplement their diet in order to stay healthy, so too might your horse. In order for his body to maintain optimum health, your horse needs to ingest a certain amount and variety of nutrients.

Your horse’s ancestors were able to forage and range over vast distances, grazing on an enormous range of plants, herbs and grasses. In his domesticated life, he is restricted to a limited pasture of variable seasonal quality, which is unlikely to meet his complete nutritional needs throughout the year.

Also, some injuries, illnesses and allergies have been known to respond to certain compounds and formulations which can be fed as supplements. These may help your horse to heal faster or protect him from further injury.

When to Feed Them

Growing young horses or breeding stock are likely to benefit from extra vitamins and minerals all year round. General nutritional supplements, like feed balancers, may also be fed throughout the year or seasonally depending on the quality of your forage and grazing.

Winter is a time when most field-kept animals will need a nutritional boost from hard feed. Including a general supplement in his dinner will give your horse a variety of nutrients he might not otherwise have access to in his field.

Supplements such as magnesium, and some types of herbal remedy, which aim to address acute or short-term issues like competition anxiety or hormonal imbalances, might only be fed as and when required – for example, for a few days before a competition or when your mare comes into season.

Similarly, if your horse undergoes bouts of strenuous work, like a day’s hunting, he will be sweating out important salts and could benefit from being fed electrolytes for a few days before and after to help his body to recover faster. They will also encourage him to drink, replacing lost fluids.

What Type of Supplements Are Owners Feeding Their Horses?

Balancers

A balancer is designed to provide the optimum amount of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants for your horse. They also aid digestion of the nutrients in his diet, particularly forage and fibre which can be tough for him to utilise fully. Many balancers contain substances which promote healthy conditions for the good bacteria in your horse’s hindgut, which in turn help to maintain an ideal pH for enzymes to break down the food.

Biotin

Another daily supplement is Biotin, which can be useful for those who suffer from weak hoof horn and other foot issues. Biotin plays a vital role in the formation of strong hoof horn.

Skin supplements

Supplements that help to guard against mud fever usually contain zinc and sulphur, which support the immune system, encouraging the horse’s body to fight off the mud fever-causing bacteria before the problem takes hold.

Fly repellent

Although not to everyone’s tastes, the pungent plant garlic can help to keep flies away in the summer months. Flying bugs and insects which bite can increase skin irritation in your horse. When ingested in large enough amounts, the garlic compound is excreted through the pores in the skin and can act as a natural fly repellent.

Joint care

Joint supplements can be an important supplement to older horses. Glucosamine and chondroitin – both are important components in the maintenance and repair of joints. This type of supplement is aimed at horses who suffer from stiffness and arthritis, and competition horses whose joints undergo particular stresses and strains.

Electrolytes

Electrolytes are compounds that conduct electricity when in solution. One of their roles in the body is to help maintain water balance. In horses, the most abundant and important electrolytes include sodium, potassium, chloride, calcium and magnesium. Electrolytes are lost in sweat and must be replaced in horses who sweat regularly.

Feeding electrolytes encourages a horse to drink and replaces any salts lost through sweating. Dehydration has been shown to have a significant negative effect on a horse’s performance.

Horses need to sweat considerably to ensure they do not overheat. Water and salts lost from the horse’s body through sweating need to be replaced if the horse is to perform well and recover quickly.