Feeding a horse properly doesn't have to be difficult or complicated as long as you keep your nutritional goals in mind. We are here to help you understand how to achieve those goals with the correct products and feeding strategies. We don't want to baffle or confuse you, but we do want to offer simple, practical solutions that make sense.
FOR THE THOROUGHBRED RACEHORSE
Saracen Horse Feeds offer the finest nutritional solutions available to the high performance equine athlete. Dietary energy is the key factor for sustaining continuous, predictable and successful performance in horses subjected to extreme levels of physical activity. Specific physical demands require specialist feeds and feeding techniques. Saracen's racing products were developed to meet those demands. Each product is tested with extensive research, proven by winning horses, and backed by the reputation of the Saracen name.
- Always ensure that your horse has free access to fresh, clean water
- Any changes should be introduced gradually over a period of 7-10 days to avoid digestive upset
- Split the daily ration up into at least 3 feeds per day
- It is important that high quality forage is fed a minimum of 1% of bodyweight to help to maintain a healthy digestive system
- No extra supplementation is required, unless an individual has a particular problem
- Adding some chaff to the ration helps to encourage chewing and saliva production
- For horses in hard work, it is recommended to allow your horse free access to a salt lick
- For horses that sweat regularly, additional electrolytes are required, such as KER's Restore. Please call our feed helpline for further advice on electrolyte supplementation programmes
Feeding levels vary greatly from horse to horse as they are all individuals.
If you would like to discuss your yard's requirements, please contact our Thoroughbred Office on +44 (0) 1488 734 56
On the Thoroughbred Stud farm
Proper growth and development is an essential foundation for horses to reach their maximum potential. Saracen Horse Feeds work with their customers to tailor the best feed solution for each horse's activity level, body condition, stage of growth and of reproduction. Saracen backs its products with years of research, the most advanced technical support and the highest standard of service. Our customers can rely on us to deliver results time after time.
With our range of stud feeds, we have brought together the everyday items needed for feeding to different types of horses in varying stages of reproduction and pregnancy, or growth and development. These feeds continue to provide the top quality nutrition you expect from us with the guesswork taken out. And it doesn't have to be expensive. When fed correctly, Saracen products can be very cost-effective due to their nutrient density.
Here are a few worthwhile points to remember when you are breeding horses –
Attention must be paid to the bodyweight of breeding and growing horses at all times regardless of their stage of life, so we recommend maintaining appropriate body condition as a useful strategy.
Correct nutrition is very important, starting with what you feed to the mare. If you want to get your mare pregnant, one of the best things you can do is to keep her in good condition. Proper management is vital in supporting conception and in promoting normal foal growth. Research has shown that, compared to thin mares, mares that are in good body condition are more likely to:
- Begin their reproductive cycle earlier in the year
- Require fewer breeding cycles to get pregnant
- Have a higher rate of pregnancy
- Take their pregnancies to full term
Just remember that 'good body condition' does not mean that your mare should be fat.
During the last three months of pregnancy, the mare's nutrient requirements increase as the foal develops, and during the first three months of lactation, her requirements are at their highest. The amount of milk she produces to feed the foal requires a lot of extra energy, and in early lactation, her energy requirement is double what she might need just to maintain herself. If the mare is thin or losing weight, it may be hard to get her back in foal, so her condition will be important at this stage too.
For young horses, it is worth considering how fast they grow early in life. By the time they are a year old, they have reached over 60% of their expected mature weight and over 90% of their mature height. This means that whatever you are going to do for your young horse will have to be started early to have any effect. The best feeding plan for young horses is to feed them enough so that they can grow, but not to put too much weight, and therefore, stress, on an immature frame too soon. Work towards achieving a steady increase in their bodyweight and height, then monitor them individually, and adjust their diet accordingly as the seasons change.
If you would like to discuss your farm's requirements, please contact our Thoroughbred Office on +44 (0) 1488 734 56
Alternatively, use the mobile numbers or email addresses below:
Polly Bonnor - Thoroughbred Specialist
Clare Roberts - Area Manager (East)/Thoroughbred Specialist