Is your horse or pony feeling a little fresh and excitable? It’s always important to look at your management routine and environment to ensure that any potential stressful situations are kept to a minimum before relying on a change to the diet. Fizzy behaviour may also be due to pain from being ridden in poorly fitting tack or from teeth that need attention so this should be checked out too.
Then make sure you feed your horse the correct amount of feed he needs for the work he is doing. It can be easy to overestimate your horse’s workload and feed a product that’s too high in digestible energy. For example, if your horse is only going for a 30 minute hack two or three times a week, you are likely to experience problems if you are feeding recommended amounts of a cereal-based competition mix! For a sharp horse, a low starch, high fibre product would be much more appropriate in this scenario, and far less likely to result in over-exuberant behaviour.
Mollichaff Calmer Complete contains a balanced blend of fibre pellets, oat straw, dried grass, herbs, soya oil, vitamins, minerals, limestone and trace elements. It also includes a carefully formulated combination of camomile, lemon balm and mint.
It supplies elevated levels of magnesium because a diet deficient in magnesium can result in increased muscle contraction, making the horse less able to relax and more likely to become excitable or ‘fizzy’. It also contains Vitamin B1 and B12.
Low in both sugar and starch, Mollichaff Calmer Complete provides limited controlled energy from high quality, digestible fibre and oil-based ingredients, making it an excellent feed for horses and ponies that are easily excited. It can be used as the sole concentrate feed as it contains a broad-spectrum vitamin and mineral supplement, and it carries the HoofKind logo to show that it is safe to feed to horses and ponies prone to laminitis.
For more information on equine feeding please call the HorseHage & Mollichaff Helpline on 01803 527274 or visit www.horsehage.co.uk