Blue Chip’s Benefits of Feeding… Turmeric

Blue Chip’s Benefits of Feeding… Turmeric

Part of the Ginger Family, Turmeric has long since been revered for its powerful natural qualities. In areas with high Turmeric diets, such as India, it is said that the levels of Conditions such as arthritis and dementia in humans are the lowest in the world and that this is down to the anti inflammatory affect Turmeric has in the body. There are even people that claim it can help treat conditions such as Sarcoids when both ingested internally and applied externally. Now, there is no scientific evidence to show this in Horses, but there are many who will swear by it, claiming their previously previous stiff or lame horse received a new lease of life along with his supplementation of Turmeric. We don’t suppose that it wouldn’t be as popular as it is now if it didn’t work, but having said that It’s important to point out its not a miracle cure for every condition and should not replace proper medical attention by a vet, if required. Turmeric should not be fed in combination with blood thinning medications (or before surgery), ulcer medications, or NSAIDs (such as bute), and veterinary advice should be sought before feeding to pregnant mares.   Warning, if you’re mixing Turmeric Powder into your feed, prepare to die everything including your fingers and your horses muzzle golden yellow! The Blue Chip Super Concentrated Grass Balancer contains Turmeric, Oil and Cracked Black Pepper along side a hoof and respiratory supplement and a full vitamin and mineral package. RRP £24.95 – Find out more here...
Feeding Children’s Ponies: Fitness not Fatness

Feeding Children’s Ponies: Fitness not Fatness

When feeding a child’s pony, there are many factors that need to be considered in order to maintain the fine balance between fitness and fatness whilst keeping them sane and safe to ride by the youngest of jockeys. Typically, we tend to see Native breeds such as the Shetland, Welsh Section A’s and B’s and Connemara cross breeds dominating the local riding club show rings throughout the summer season, however, due to the ‘good doing’ nature of these hardy, reliable ponies, it is important to carefully consider their diet and ensure that they are being fed to satisfy both our and their needs. Firstly, it is highly important to match the level of work that the pony is in to their diet in order to discourage excess weight gain and reduce the risk of developing conditions such as Laminitis and obesity, which ponies are quite prone to as the spring grass comes through and when their diet is not effectively managed. Fibre is so important in the diet of any horse or pony and should make up the bulk of their feeding regime but on some occasions, when grazing is too rich, it may be beneficial for your pony to experience a period of restricted grazing and receive fibre through an alternative source, such as a low calorie chaff which you can easily control the feeding of. This may worry some pony owners as they may feel that due to restricting the level of grass taken in, their pony may not be receiving the vitamins and minerals that they need to remain in good health. This can be easily...
Changing Diets for Changing Workloads

Changing Diets for Changing Workloads

The new competition season is upon us, and no doubt there are several dates already pencilled in the calendar for competitions and outings in the months ahead for you and your four legged friend to enjoy. However, in order to make the most of the season ahead and ensure your horse or pony stays happy, sound and healthy, it is very important in the run up to this exciting period to nutritionally prepare them for the changes that will occur in their workload and routine. What do we have to consider? Matching your horse or pony’s diet to their workload is primarily based upon supplying the correct level of calories and nutrients they need on a daily basis to maintain the level of condition that you desire, whilst fuelling their increased exercise regime and keeping their diet balanced at all times. Sounds tricky? Not when you know how to utilise the correct dietary components and feed them effectively! The first principal that must be taken into consideration is the fact that horses have a limited appetite and can only physically consume the equivalent of 2-2.5% of their bodyweight per day in feed. Due to this factor, when increasing workload, it is important to ensure the diet is more energy and nutrient dense in order to provide ‘more per mouthful’ to meet increased nutritional demands. For this reason, it is typical that when we are asking more of our horses and ponies, to include a greater proportion of concentrated feed alongside less of a more nutritious form of forage to increase the Digestible Energy available in the diet without increasing...
Choosing the Right Feed Balancer for Your Horse!

Choosing the Right Feed Balancer for Your Horse!

Choosing the right feed balancer for your horse can be a minefield due to the choice and availability of these popular products that provide your horse or pony with a complete vitamin and mineral package, alongside quality sources of protein and other specific supplements that make selecting the right one so hard. So how can Blue Chip help? Firstly, all Blue Chip balancers are formulated using the best ingredients that promote optimum health and well-being in your horse or pony including specifically balanced vitamins, minerals and nutrients, a top quality probiotic to ensure digestive efficiency, Nucleotides for cell replication and repair, and dedicated hoof and respiratory supplements to keep your horse or pony in top condition all year round. Which Balancer Should I Choose? Blue Chip Original – The best-selling balancer that maintains topline and condition by promoting correct muscle development via the inclusion of a high quality source of protein alongside specifically tailored levels of Zinc and Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids that ensure scurf free skin and a glossy, gleaming coat. Blue Chip Pro – The perfect choice when aiming to provide your horse with the higher level of nutrition they need when increasing their workload or stepping up a level of competition. Containing the blood-building supplement RedjuvenateTM, Blue Chip Pro helps your horse or pony to facilitate efficient transport of oxygen around the body following the promotion of red blood cell turnover, leading to improved stamina and recovery rates The New Super Concentrated Balancer Range has been developed to be highly nutrient dense and contain all the vitamins, minerals and nutrients needed to thrive on...
Reasons Why You Should Feed Your Horse a Balancer

Reasons Why You Should Feed Your Horse a Balancer

Horse owners may consider giving their horse a feed balancer for many reasons. One of the most important being due to the dramatic change in the equine diet over the last fifteen years. Other reasons to consider a feed balancer include: Forage and pasture deficient in essential nutrients and minerals Better condition Less need for an array of different supplements Tailored balancers to target specific problems Easier feeding Whole Cereal and Molasses Free Feeding your horse a whole-cereal and molasses free feed balancer is the answer to keeping your horse healthy. Horses were previously fed a basic fibre diet with oats if they needed extra energy. But we are now much more knowledgeable about the equine digestive system. Horses are designed to eat small amounts of fibre often. This constant passage of fibre through the digestive system helps to ensure a healthy gut. In the wild, horses will graze for 18 hours a day on a varied fibrous diet that would include different types of grasses, herbs and flowers.  Many pastures these days are ‘managed’ by us and have little or no variation in forage types. This is why balancing their diet with the correct level of vitamins, minerals, nutrients and probiotics will help to ensure the best possible health and condition, both mentally and physically. Tailored to Your Horse’s Needs Balancers also have the added attraction of being able to tailor your feed to bring out the best in your horse or pony. There are balancers suitable for all types of horses and ponies.   Light to Medium Work/Youngstock An everyday balancer like Blue Chip Original is ideal for youngstock or horses...