Advice from Spillers
Feeding a good doer on box rest
JANE MACKENZIE’S TB X WELSH mare, Breeze, is on box rest following stifle surgery. She’s a good doer and has had laminitis in the past. Jane has been having a tough time trying to work out how to keep Breeze occupied and her digestive system healthy without allowing her to get fat. Breeze finishes her haynet within half an hour of receiving it, so Jane has to give her larger quantities to keep her busy. Jane says the hay is late cut but I recommend she has it analysed to check its nutritional value and water-soluble carbohydrate (WSC) content to make sure it’s suitable for her laminitissusceptible mare. Jane could also use two small-holed haynets inside each other to slow Breeze’s eating down. Another good option would be to use a suitable shortchopped fibre feed to replace some haynets, add variety and enable Jane to control Breeze’s calorific intake better. Given her mare’s previous bout of laminitis, Jane should ideally choose a fibre that has been approved by the Laminitis Trust, such as SPILLERS® HAPPY HOOF® Molasses Free. This palatable blend of soft fibres, garlic and rapeseed oil, plus a high level of biotin (5mg per kilo) to support healthy hoof growth, has no added sugar. The short-chopped form is specifically designed to extend your horse’s eating time and can be used as a complete replacement for hay.