We’ve been aware for some time of the balance between the delivery of nutrients for athletic performance in horses, and their psychological and physical health. Traditionally, performance horses were fed large amounts of grain to deliver adequate energy, with little or no regard for the forage part of the diet. Continue reading
A great company needs great ambassadors, so I’m delighted to announce that Pegasus Horse Supplements Ltd is now sponsoring British showjumper Spencer Roe – one of our most exciting and talented young riders.
News that the Queen’s horse, Estimate, tested positive to the banned substance morphine after finishing second in the Gold Cup has set the scandal wires humming. Continue reading
The story of how a one-eyed horse won what is arguably the most famous showjumping competition in the world could have come straight out of a Hollywood tear-jerker. Maybe Steven Spielberg has already put in a call to Trevor Breen, because Trevor’s awe-inspiring performance on Adventure de Kannan in the 2014 Hickstead Derby had to be seen to be believed. Continue reading
With hay-making going on all around, it’s time to start thinking about this winter’s stock of forage for your horse. Partially stabled horses or those on restricted grazing are fed forage all year round, but for many owners, buying forage is part of the winter prep routine. Continue reading
The most common mistake I come across as a nutritionist out in the field is an incorrectly balanced diet, especially for horses who are maintaining their weight. They are often receiving enough energy and protein, but not enough minerals. Continue reading
Investigating product labels and learning about ingredients of feeds, supplements and healthcare products will help you to make more informed choices about what you feed and use on your horse. Many products are well formulated and ethically marketed, but not all. In the UK we are fortunate to have a very wide choice of products, but sometimes this can be confusing. Continue reading
With the onset of summer and the ground hardening up, thoughts turn to our horse’s joints. Athletes depend on healthy joints yet lameness due to joint problems is common in riding horses. Medical treatment of osteoarthritis (degenerative joint disease) in horses is one of the most common veterinary interventions, which reflects the high rate of this condition. Continue reading