Friendly Feed Advice

Here at Dengie we understand that feeding your horse or pony can sometimes be confusing and getting the balance right can be tricky! We're here to help you with articles and information from our nutrition experts to keep you up to date with the latest information.

You can click on the links on the left or use the drop down menu for further information and guidance on a range of feed related topics. Should you have a particular query or a more complicated feeding issue call our friendly Feedline on 0845 345 5115. Or why not use our new feature and chat on-line to one of our nutritionists? Click the link, top right on this page, to start your conversation!

Alternatively click here to fill out a form to send to our nutrition team, who will in return put together a personalised feeding plan for your horse or pony.

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  • How Much Should I Feed My Horse?

    Katie Wiliams,

    To answer the question 'How much you should I feed my horse?' you first need to establish both his bodyweight and workload. Bodyweight is relatively easy to establish, the part that some people find confusing is to accurately assess how hard the horse is working.

  • Guide to Weight Watching


    The latest research published by the National Equine Health Survey (NEHS) 2015 stated that, of the 15,000 horses included in the study, 23% were described as overweight - up from 16.9% the previous year. Being overweight predisposes horses to diseases such as laminitis, EMS and PPID (Cushing's Disease).

  • Fibre Fuel for Winter

    Katie Wiliams,

    With winter just around the corner now is a good time to review your horse’s ration. Dengie senior nutritionist Katie Williams, MSc (Dist), serves up some dietary advice to keep our horses healthy throughout the winter.

  • Fibre Takes Fizz Out of Fireworks


    Love ’em or hate ’em, fireworks are set to light up the sky on Bonfire Night, so here’s some timely advice from Dengie to help keep your horse or pony as stress-free as possible...

  • Is Your Horse Sweet Enough?


    The amount of sugar in food can contribute to poor health. And that’s true of food for horse’s too. Ailments such as Laminitis, obesity and Cushing’s Syndrome are all associated with too much sugar in horse feed. So what should you do to reduce the sugar in your horse’s diet?

  • Have a Healthy Autumn

    Tracey Hammond,

    Although laminitis is potentially a problem at any time of year, autumn often sees a seasonal spike in the incidence rates and so extra vigilance is required. If your horse is prone to laminitis, there are two main pieces of advice that are given – maintain your horse at a healthy weight and restrict his intake of sugar and starch.

  • Feed Management of Good Doer Horses with Gastric Ulcers

    Tracey Hammond,

    Leisure horses are not immune to gastric ulcers and on the Dengie Feedline we have regular enquiries regarding managing gastric ulcers in horses that manage their weight very easily. This in some ways can actually be more challenging to manage, especially if the horse also needs to lose weight!

  • Is Straw Suitable to Feed to Horses with EGUS?


    Not all horses and ponies with gastric ulcers struggle to maintain weight. For good doers or overweight individuals turnout 24/7 on well covered pasture and/or ad-lib forage to help manage ulcers could result in further weight gain which brings its own potential health issues. Straw is a very low calorie fibre source as it contains lignin which is indigestible.

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