Winter feeding: facts and f iction
Baileys nutritionist Emma Short talks to about feeding horses in the cold
feed, or a low energy mix/cube, to a higher energy/calorie feed but should adapt easily, if the change is made slowly so that the bacteria in the hindgut have the time to adjust to the new diet.
Any improvement in the nutrient content of the diet should make a horse feel better in itself as well as look better.
Remember, condition is about a lot more than levels of body fat; muscle tone and top line are also integral as are healthy skin, hooves and coat.
Dietary protein provides the building blocks of muscle, and other body tissues, and the quality of that protein is as important as the quantity.
Good-quality protein comes from sources like alfalfa and soya beans, and supplies certain essential amino acids that other dietary protein sources don’t.
For this reason, a good-quality conditioning feed, containing these ingredients, is likely to bring better results than a ‘cheaper’ one or a random combination of feeds, like barley, beet and pony nuts!
In our experience, a careful change to the recommended quantity of the market-leading conditioning feed, brings visible results in two to three weeks, which can only benefit the horse’s health and well-being.
Cold snap: horses feed in the snow as the cold weather bites last winter