Feeding horses and ponies that are prone to gaining weight can be a real puzzle for lots equine owners. Just like us some equines are the characterised by only having to look at a lush pasture to gain a few pounds, but how do we keep their waistline in check whilst providing all nutrients they need to live a healthy lifestyle? Some breeds, particularly native types are sensitive to grass which is high in starchy and sugary calories sometimes resulting in an expanding waistline. If you own a “good doer” and forage is the main part of their diet, for health reasons it may be wise to restrict their access to excessive grazing when it is especially lush. This can be achieved either by using fencing, a grazing muzzle or simply bringing your horse or pony in from the field a little earlier than usual. Some equines, if they are carrying a few unnecessary pounds, may also need their concentrate feed to be reduced. However it is essential to remember when reducing calories in our equine’s diet that they may require supplementation of vitamins and minerals in their diet to maintain optimum health and wellbeing. This is because in order to be healthy our horses and ponies require a balanced diet which incorporates all the vital vitamins and minerals they need. Vitamins and minerals play a multitude of roles within the body including supporting the immune system, bone and teeth structure, benefitting eyesight and assisting nerve and muscle function. Scientific Nutritional Products offers Horse & Pony Multi-vitamin Supplement which includes over 25 essential vitamins and minerals providing equine's everything they need for health and well being. This palatable powder supplement can be easily added to small amounts of feed, such as a low calorie chaff and is ideal for those horses that undertaking a weight loss programme. Don’t forget a healthy lifestyle should also include regular exercise too and any dietary changes should be implemented gradually.
Horse & Pony Multi-vitamin Supplement is available from www.horsesupplementsdirect.co.uk or by contacting a member of our team on Tel: 01377 254 900