Choose a supplement containing magnesium. The direct relationship between stress & magnesium is well documented. Poor magnesium status has been shown to cause a heightened stress response in horses. Research has shown that magnesium supplemented horses had lower heart rates in stressful situations, such as after transportation. Magnesium is safe and has no adverse effects so is ideal to use a calmer supplement.
Grass may contain high levels of simple sugars (mainly sucrose – the same sugar you put in your tea!) and fructan or ‘stored sugar’, collectively referred to as water soluble carbohydrates or ‘WSC’. For severely laminitic horses and ponies complete removal from grazing may be the only the option, particularly during high risk periods such as spring and autumn.
Whether your horse or pony is in work, resting or on a restricted diet if they maintain weight easily on forage alone a feed balancer may be the ideal feed for them. There are different balancers to suit different needs and you can feed this with different types of fibre depending on your horse’s individual requirements.
These challenging times are affecting every aspect of our lives, including, for many of us, how we manage our horses.
If you are turning your horse out daily or 24/7, check out the latest research on strip grazing which has been conducted in collaboration with to find out how it can help you manage your horse’s weight.
Many horse owners know why worm control is so important, but the most recent National Equine Health Survey found that almost 1 in 5 horse owners had never heard of one of the most dangerous parasite threats- the encysted small redworm.