Digestive Health

Digestive Health

Ensuring your horse’s digestive health is in peak condition is of paramount importance for their wellbeing. If the horse’s digestive system is compromised in any way it will have significant effects on performance, appearance and even temperament. The concerns are not only what they are being fed, but environment, well-being and good husbandry, which can all play a significant role in ensuring good digestive health. Digestion starts with mastication (chewing) and the production of saliva, unlike humans horses only produce saliva when they chew and this acts as a buffer against the acid build up in the stomach which can cause ulcers. Horses are more able to digest food and increase nutrient absorption when it is ground into small pieces, it is also less likely to get stuck and cause colic, an important reason why your horse should receive regular visits from the dentist. The food then moves to the stomach which is quite small, and is where the pre-digestion of proteins and fats occur. Food is held here for approximately 30-45 minutes, which is why it is advisable to not exercise your horse for at least an hour after they have been fed. Food then moves to the small intestine, which is where the majority of nutrients are absorbed into the bloodstream and the largest portion of the food is digested. One of the problems of feeding large quantities of processed feed is excess starch going through the intestines too quickly to be digested properly. Make sure your feed is low in starch and is fed in small quantities; horses evolved as trickle feeders and their digestive system is not designed to eat two hard feeds a day! Undigested starch reaching the hindgut can cause the...
Feeding for Show Condition

Feeding for Show Condition

Whilst it is important for your horse to be in perfect condition for the show ring, you must always be aware of them putting on too much condition and the associated links with laminitis and being overweight. Weight can be assessed accurately on a weigh-bridge, but if this is not possible then a weigh tape can be used. Weigh tapes are a good way to monitor any changes in your horse’s weight but are not totally accurate and have been found to be inaccurate by as much as fifty kilograms. Blue Chip Original is the perfect feed balancer for show horses and ponies and contains optimum levels of vitamins and minerals, to meet the daily requirement of your horse or pony. With a comprehensive hoof supplement, SoundHoof, that includes biotin, lysine and organic zinc, and a respiratory supplement with garlic, menthol and eucalyptus to maintain lung health and integrity, you will not need to feed any additional supplements. Original is enhanced with generous levels of oils, for fantastic skin and a glossy coat. Blue Chip Original, like all the balancers in the Blue Chip range is whole-cereal and molasses free, making it very low in sugar and starch and contains the revolutionary ingredients Nucleotides, which are the building block of DNA and RNA and are essential for cell replication. Many horses will not put condition on if they are stressed and this can be evident after taking your horse to a show for the first time, some horses may even go on hunger strike for a few days afterwards! To help your horse keep calm and settled whilst at home use Blue Chip Karma. The natural ingredients in Karma include the superior, water-soluble form of magnesium, known...