Can horses cope with sudden cold weather?
Horses can survive and even thrive in what we consider to be very inhospitable conditions, but they do need plenty of feed to fuel them and keep them warm.
It's officially spring and that means spring grass will soon start to grow, which for some of us is excellent news and for others, it is something we dread if our horses or ponies are prone to all the issues that come with the grass. If your equine friend has a problem with spring grass, it is important to get a diagnosis from your vet. Chances are you will need to offer a diet as low as possible in sugars and starch. This is why spring grass is such a no-no. With longer days, more sun yet cool nights and often not much better day temperatures, the grass can make plenty of sugar but not much growth. Come the summer when the grass is tall, fibrous and going to seed, it is a much better chew and lower in nutrition. The sugars are stored at the base of the plant, so there is a lot to munch through before getting to the sugary bit!
While these horses and ponies are in from the grass, they still need good food and we have a balancer that is ideal – MetaSlim. It is full of goodness from a range of suitable ingredients, but low in natural sugars and no added sugary ingredients at all. It is specifically designed for those challenged by weight or metabolic issues including those affecting their feet. Overweight equines needing extra bulk can have this mixed with dampened Lucie®Stalks. Not all horses in this category are overweight, so for these ones use feeds from our range as appropriate, but avoiding grass.
Our Feed Line can give you plenty of suggestions for keeping these horses healthy and looking good. If you have already found out how good MetaSlim is, we now supply this in a 20kg pack as well as the existing 10kg pack.