We are proud to be the only stockist of Hygain Horse feeds and supplements to Gisborne, Wairoa and the wider region!
Why stock a horse feed?
We believe in a holistic approach to animal health at Farm Vets and the cornerstone of any farm performance is what and how much you feed your animals. However, this aspect is often overlooked. The benefits of having well fed animals ripples through your working team (horses, dogs) to farm production. Ensuring your animal is fed right is the first step to optimal performance. This in turn will ensure faster recovery, healing and increased performance across the board.
Our equines are an integral part of the farming equation on many properties where 4WD vehicles access is limited. Having "fuel in the tank" and less "days off" is essential. The same principle applies to competition and pleasure horses whether they are spelling, being brought back into work or are in the middle of the show season.
Horses should obtain the majority of their diet from good fibre sources such as pasture and hay. However, if the pasture has come under stress (seasonal changes) you may need to "top up" their diet with some form of hard feed. Especially if they have a heavy workload, are slightly older, tend not to hold their condition or are mares feeding/in foal.
One of the quickest and easiest ways to recognise any significant variations in the weight of your horse or variations due to age/breed is to learn how to body condition score your horse. Without evaluating your horses body condition on a regular basis it's very difficult to know whether they are getting everything they need. This can often result in overfeeding or underfeeding.
Other factors to take into account if your horse is losing condition -
Not enough feed
Hygain have got an excellent tool on their website to point you in the right direction if you're considering supplementing your horses feed - https://www.hygain.com.au/nutrition-centre/feed-advisor/
Feeding your horse doesn't have to be complicated. There is a wealth of information available to us now (sometimes too much information!) and it's up to us to filter what is/isn't applicable for our horses and their current situation.
Give us a call if you would like to talk more about whether your horse may benefit from supplement feeding with Hygain Feeds.