Learn about horse care

Caring for horses is one of the most enjoyable and rewarding pastimes you can undertake. It requires plenty of time, knowledge and responsibility though.

Different horses can be ridden for different lengths of time at different speeds, bearing different weights. After years of work, they must each be retired at their own appropriate age.

Every horse is unique in respect of its workload. However, you can use its breed, size, look, lineage, age state of health and behaviour as a good guide. Keeping a close eye on your horses to determine their workload is important, but equally important is seeking the opinion of an expert such as an equine vet or stable manager.

“To ride on a horse is to fly without wings.”
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As a guide, a horse can carry up to 20% of their body weight every day. A little more is possible with conditioning and expert input. Be careful, though.

Caring for horses

A healthy horse is a happy horse. Just like humans, healthier horses can also handle more exercise for longer, working until older. Caring for your horse well when it is a foal ensures a long, healthy, happy and productive life.

As your horse grows, his or her care needs change but careful attention to its health and protection remains just as important throughout their life. This guide to horse health will provide tips to keep your horse content and healthy.

Horse Feeding

Horses need healthy, varied diets including protein, minerals, fibres, vitamins and, most importantly, energy. Horse food gives energy through carbohydrates, starches, and fats gained through a varied diet including cereals, hay, haylage, supplements and much more.

Haylage deliveries and supplements can also be a great way to balance their diet and provide proper nutrients, especially if their local grazing options have deficiencies. Forages and high fibre haylage products are composed of structural carbohydrates with varying levels of energy which are released conveniently over time.

“There is no secret as close as that between a rider and his horse.”
Robert Smith Surtees, 19th-centurynovelist

Learn some of the most important aspects of feeding and caring for different types of horse here, courtesy of Supergrass.

Racehorses

Speedy steeds can be as fragile as they are fast in some ways and need scrupulous care.

Sport horses

These strong and able horses need thorough care and energetic food to fuel them.

Ponies

Learn how to care for these small, spirited and hardy little horses here.

Supergrass – healthy, high-performance horse food

All our forages are produced using grass leys, containing a mixture of grass species (including timothy, meadow fescue, ryegrass & cocksfoot), providing a more palatable and diverse fibre forage.

This ensures that your horse’s delicate metabolism and hind gut remain healthy and functional, keeping your horse happily working throughout the day.

Remember, everybody filly deserves a tasty treat now and then…

Super fact: Horses can digest high-energy fibres we can’t through fermentation, thanks to billions of bacteria in their hind gut.

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