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Feeding Guide


The following chart will assist you in choosing the correct feed for your horse; if there is not a suitable Horseheath product a cost-effective alternative will be suggested.


Base Feed:
Green leafy material - primarily grass as grazing, hay or haylage. Horses all need to eat at very least 1.5% of their bodyweight as dry fibre to maintain healthy gut function & in practice will eat 2- 4%.
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Your horse fit & well & performing satisfactorily?
No need for extra feed -  save your money & stop it getting too fat!
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Your Horse Overweight?
See advice in Nutrition Problems section.
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Your horse resting/in light work: just needs a top-up ?
Feed a long-fibre product e.g. chopped straw, grass or alfalfa chaff or similar, to encourage chewing. Add  low-energy high fibre nuts or  balancer or mineral & vitamin supplement  e.g.Hors-E-Vite™ or coarse mix e.g. Horseheath AntiLam™ Most horses in normal condition can tolerate some sugar in their diet; ponies less so. If too fat it should be avoided as far  as possible.
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Your horse in medium/heavy work?
Feed products with a higher nutrient density e.g. Horseheath  BodyBuilda™ and/or Acceler>8™,  or Lam-E Balancer™ (for those requiring minimal starch & sugar).

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Your horse doing speed work?
e.g. S/J, Fast Driving, Racing, Polo etc…BodyBuilda™ as base feed plus Acceler>8™, LinGold™, Cod liver oil, Cooked Linseed, Full-Fat Soya, rolled oats, Hors-E-Vite™, electrolytes, as required.
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Your horse underweight & thin?
See Condition and Weight Loss.
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Stud Balancer or BodyBuilda and Hors-E-Vite for last 2-3 months of pregnancy & during lactation. Stud Balancer (with caution - may be too rich for some); or BodyBuilda and Hors-E-Vite™ for last 2-3 months of pregnancy (native breeds). Stud Balancer or BodyBuilda or whatever you can get them to eat! Stud Balancer or BodyBuilda™ and Acceler>8™ pre and post weaning. BodyBuilda™ and Hors-E-Vite™. BodyBuilda™; or if condition good, a cheap nut or mix, with chaff or chopped alfalfa or dried grass and a little mineral/vitamin supplement if necessary. BodyBuilda™ is very effective in maintaining the older horse's condition. If teeth are a problem, feed BodyBuilda™ with generous amounts of soaked sugar beet and extra chaff. This combination has kept several toothless geriatric ponies alive and in good condition for a number of years (see Emma Chamberlain testimonial). Cooked Linseed, LinGold™ or Full-Fat Soya may also be required for condition. Healthy joints & flexibility can be maintained with Lingold™ Mobility or TurmeGold.


Click HERE for advice about diet-related problems such as laminitis; condition; behaviour & temperament, gut disorders such as colic, scour (loose droppings) & ulcers; Cushing’s disease; skin & coat problems e.g hives & itching; cracked hooves; EMS (equine metabolic syndrome); PSSM  Polysaccharide Storage Myopathy - Azoturia - “Tying-up”; neuro-muscular disorders such as shivers, etc.