FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions
My horse is a poor doer, what can I feed it to help gain condition?
High fibre, high fat diets are ideal to help horses gain condition safely. You could try feeding a high fat conditioning feed such as: Cambridge Grains Topline Plus, Prydes EasiConditioner, Hygain Showtorque. If you have a performance horse needing energy and condition; Cambridge Grains Maximize is a good option. Adding a fibre source such as Speedi Beet, Fibre Beet or Equisoy may also be beneficial.
My horse/pony is a good doer and doesn’t need much food. Do I still need to give something?
Yes, you should still give your horse or pony something so that it is able to get the appropriate amount of vitamins and minerals it needs. We have a number of low dose, low calorie options that may suit the needs of your horses. Prydes 150 Essentials, Prydes 300 Elite and Hygain Balanced are all very good options to use.
My horse is in good condition, but I am trying to build up more of a topline – what can I feed to help?
If you are happy with the current feed that your horse or pony is getting fed and it is being worked correctly, you can simply add in an additional supplementary feed that is higher in protein and fat to help build up muscle. This can include Prydes Rebuild, Equijewel, Hygain Trugain and Dunstan Muscle n Shine.
My horse is lazy and lacking energy. What can I feed to increase energy levels?
Make sure that your horse is fit enough to do the work that you are asking of it. If fitness is not the issue, you can add feeds that contain higher concentrates of grain or energy. These can include Cambridge Grains Maximize, Hygain Release, Hygain Showtorque (Grain Free), Prydes Response, Prydes Result and /or Prydes Performance.
I have an older horse, do I need to feed it differently?
If your horse is currently happy and healthy on what you are feeding it, you can keep it the same. However if you notice your horse is struggling to chew and is dropping weight, alternatives such as Mitavite Gumnuts and Hygain Trucare could be good to look into. For the horses who still have good teeth and just need a fraction more condition, the above is suitable, as is Prydes Old Timer and Cambridge Grains Topline Plus.
My horse has had laminitis – what should I feed it?
Limiting grass intake and feeding it a meadow/timothy hay is a good start. You should try to avoid starchy and sugary feeds if your horse has laminitis – grain based and molasses based feeds. Cambridge Grains Safe n Sound, Hygain Zero, Prydes Sport, Dunstan All 4 Feet and Dunstan Maxim Low GI are all suitable feed to give to a laminitic prone as none contain any molasses or grain. Adding in a beet – such as Speedi Beet, Fibre Beet or Equisoy – Is also a good option, as you are increasing their fibre intake in a safe way.
Can I feed chicken bones to my pets?
Yes, chicken bones are a great source of food that your pets have to chew and tear at. This process also cleans their teeth too. Make sure that you only feed raw chicken bones, and never cooked bone. Once cooked, bones become brittle and this is usually when you see pets having issues with them.
If I am only feeding raw food/meat, is this enough?
Cats are more carnivorous, while dogs are more omnivorous – this means that your dogs should get some extra veggies and fruit in their diets.
As a general rule – 1/3 meaty bones + 1/3 Offal + 1/3 mixture of veggies & fruit.
If I am transitioning a diet over from one brand/type of food to another, what period of time should I do this over?
When transitioning any diets, this should be done slowly. Vets recommend it be done over a 1-2 week period to avoid any digestive upsets.
How do I choose the right dog food?
Always check the dog food labels and make sure they state that the food is “Complete and balanced for maintenance”. The ingredient panel should also show some type of animal protein as the first or main components – these will include chicken, fish, lamb, poultry, and beef. It is important that dogs get this in their food, as they need the nutrients that they provide to stay healthy.