While many good doers can quite happily maintain their weight and have enough energy for work on hay and grass alone, their diets may be lacking in vitamins and minerals. In their natural state horses and ponies will be constantly moving on to fresh grazing and will eat a wide range of grasses and other plants, however, as we tend to keep our horses and ponies on restricted grazing their diet is much less varied. Using a very low calorie, high fibre feed fed at the recommended levels or a broad spectrum vitamin and mineral supplement mixed with a handful of feed or chaff will ensure that your horse or pony’s vitamin and mineral requirements are met.
Fast Fibre® is barley and molasses free and is ideal for the good doer or for horses who tend to be excitable even on low energy feeds. Fast Fibre® is particularly useful for horses with dental problems, as it can be used as a partial hay replacer if necessary. It is also suitable for horses and ponies prone to laminitis.
Veteran Light provides all the nutritional requirements for optimum health in older horses and ponies yet it has a low calorie/energy level, ideal for those who hold weight well. It is high in fibre and low in starch and sugar, making it suitable for horses and ponies prone to laminitis.
‘L’ Mix is a chaff based feed that is suitable for those prone to laminitis, with a combined starch and sugar level of only 5.25%. The inclusion of fibre in the form of alfalfa and chaff ensures increased chewing time, which is beneficial for horses or ponies on a restricted diet and can help to maintain a healthy digestive system.