Loosing Condition in Late Summer

Has your horse looked fabulous all summer and now suddenly dropped weight and condition? Is his coat a little dull?

Loosing condition in the late summer and early autumn is common as the powerful sun can bleach, weaken and dry grass during peak summer time and it can therefore loose a big percentage of it’s nutritional value at this time of year.  When this is paired with many equines being turned out for longer periods during summer time, it is no wonder that the grass sometimes becomes rather sparse and lacking in nutrients and in turn our horses can present with reduced condition.

So what do we do to combat the issue?

It is important to remember that forage is the most important aspect of our horse’s diet so making up the difference in concentrate feed isn’t always the answer. Offering good quality and ample hay in the field and the stable is ideal but don’t forget 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 functioning.

When the grass quality has reduced it may be beneficial to include a supplement in the diet.

Horse & Pony Multi-vitamin Supplement includes over 25 essential horse 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 and is ideal for those equine's which have dropped condition, alongside ample forage.

In addition to supplementing the diet with Horse & Pony Multi-vitamin supplement, ensure you protect your horse from chilly nights! Make sure your horse is adequately rugged in order to protect him from the cold and  also after exercise if he has become sweat. Using a fleece rug or cooler on him so he can reduce temperature slowly.

Finally always remember to ensure a transition period to increased stabling,  or that concentrate feed changes are done gradually to allow your horse to physically and mentally get used to any alterations in their routine/diet!

Horse & Pony Multi-vitamin Supplement is ideal for horse and ponies having lost condition in the late summer, available from www.horsesupplementsdirect.co.uk or by contacting a member of our team on Tel: 01377 254 900

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