Feeding Horses ready for start of Competition Season

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With many horse owners beginning the competition season in a variety of different disciplines and pleasure riders undertaking longer hacks and rides, it is essential to assess whether your horse or pony has the condition and the fuel he needs to perform. Offering a balanced diet is essential to every equine’s health and wellbeing, the combination of sufficient and correct exercise plus quality feeding will produce the optimum condition needed for whatever discipline horses and ponies are being asked to do. Achieving optimum body condition and fitness means that your exercise and feeding programme must go hand in hand. The equine’s feed should always be increased or decreased in accordance to their workload supporting their body nutritionally as workload increases and decreased in less strenuous times to avoid excessive weight gain. Ridden work including hill work, riding in a correct outline and lunging exercises will help to develop good condition alongside offering high quality feed which is nutritionally balanced. In order to achieve optimum condition horses require nutrients including carbohydrates, fats, and quality protein which is particularly essential for building musculature. These nutrients allow horses and ponies to maintain health and wellbeing and also power their ability to work. The quantity of energy requirement is dependent on both the equine’s weight and the level of work undertaken but each and every diet should, alongside a high quality and balanced nutrient content, offer ample forage from grass and hay. In addition the busy, hard working equine also requires a broad spectrum of essential vitamins and minerals. 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 functioning. Including a vitamin and mineral supplement in the diet such as Horse & Pony Multivitamin Supplement or Competition Horse Supplement offered by Scientific Nutritional Products can be beneficial to supply the vital nutrients in the diet. The palatable powder supplements offer up to 30 nutrients and the easy to use supplement can be easily added to the feed to promote optimum condition. For more information about the range of supplements available from Scientific Nutritional Products including Competition Horse Supplement or Horse & Pony Multivitamin Supplement, or to keep up-to-date with our educational blog, visit the website www.horsesupplementsdirect.co.uk

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