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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.

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