A common horse problem is having a spooky horse...over half the audience at the recent Kelly Marks Masterclass raised their hands for this one. Make sure you don't feed the problem by following these top five nutrition tips:
1) Minimise sugar consumption. Sugar makes horses hot and grass can contain lots of it. If the local farmer is making silage, then the grass is bursting with sugar. Graze over-night, use a grazing muzzle, strip graze or try to find longer grass for grazing.
2) Don't buy sugar!! Use feeds naturally low in sugars and starches...less than 15% is ideal and less than 10% for fatties and laminitics. Starches convert to sugar so avoid oat feed, wheat feed, maize, molasses etc etc too.
3) ADHD: kids get given Omega Oil supplements and their behaviour improves. This is the equine version so do feed a good Omega supplement. Horses are vegans so the best source is linseed. Simple System Instant Linseed is easy to feed, nice to handle and they are the only feed company approved by the Vegan Society.
4) High fibre diets are good for horses as well as humans. Buy feeds containing at least 25% crude fibre. It is a legal requirement to state this level on the bag, so check the label, not the hype!
5) Two great horse supplements are Brewer's Yeast and Magnesium. They help manage sugar metabolism and are very calming. But you can feed too much so choose a supplement such as Lunar Eclipse where they are supplied in balance.