Information and guidance on a range of feed and horse nutrition related topics
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With so many feeds to choose from and lots of equine nutrition issues to think about, such as laminitis and gastric ulcers choosing the right feed for your horse can seem a little daunting at times. The equine nutrition team at Dengie are highly qualified and, just as importantly, highly experienced nutritionists and are available to share their knowledge with you. Our philosophy is always to do the best for your horse and we recommend the most appropriate horse feeds and products, whoever makes them. We consider the whole diet and provide guidance on grazing, forage and general management and we’re happy to compare and contrast feeds and supplements for you so you can make an informed choice about what to feed. If you want to find out a bit more about our expert horse nutrition team then please click here to visit our Meet the Team pages.
There are various ways you can contact our equine nutritionists.
For a comprehensive and personalised feeding plan for your horse or pony please complete our Feed Advice form. The more information you can provide the more accurate and detailed our recommendations will be. We aim to reply within 5 working days of receiving your information.
Alternatively, you can call the Dengie Feedline team on 01621 841188 or if you prefer you can chat live to a member of our horse nutrition team online.
There is a lot of confusion surrounding the relationship between alfalfa and gastric ulcers. Our nutrition team explore the reason why and answer common questions like 'Can I feed chopped alfalfa to horses with ulcers?'
Our nutrition team explain the important role of chopped fibre and why horses and ponies benefit from chopped fibre as part of their bucket feed.
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A lot of myths and misinformation circulate about sugar which leads to confusion about what sugar is, where it comes from and which feeds are suitable for different types of horse and pony.
What to feed Shetland ponies will depend on the individual but, in general, forage and some access to grass will be the majority of most Shetland pony’s diets.
Many horse owners use a nutritional joint supplement for horses as a way of helping to manage existing issues but also to try and reduce the potential for problems later in the horse’s life.
When it comes to choosing the best feed for horses and ponies prone to laminitis the general principle is to keep sugar and starch levels to a minimum.
Itching, stamping and rubbing are all common symptoms which are caused by the irritation of the feather mites feeding and crawling on the horse's skin. Learn more about their link to mallanders and sallanders in horses.
Many horses like a munch on the hedgerow. Our article looks at the suitable hedgerow herbs and plants for horses to help you replicate this diversity for the stabled horse in the form of a hedgerow haynet. Find out more here.
Managing a horse’s grass intake is fundamental to managing their weight and therefore laminitis risk but it isn’t always easy to do. In our latest blog, our nutrition team explore all of the options available and answer FAQ's such as Why muzzle a horse and How long can a horse wear a grazing muzzle.
Hot weather combined with the physiological stress of travelling and competing can increase the risk of dehydration in horses which is likely to compromise performance and recovery.