October, the month of pumpkin spiced lattes, crunchy leaves and cosy nights in. I think it’s fair to say that we may enjoy this season a lot more than our four-legged friends as it can become a challenge for maintaining their weight and condition throughout the colder and wintery seasons. Reduced daylight hours, freezing temperatures and wetter UK weather, continually means less turnout time for our horses and less quality grazing. Changes in grazing and forages can massively affect the overall nutritional intake for our horses,?forage being the most important aspect of their diet. As the grass growth and quality decreases, Autumn can be an ideal opportunity to prepare your horse for the colder times to come and offer a helping hand to your horse’s diet in advance to action any horse nutrition requirements.
With a little knowledge and planning for horse nutritional requirements, the colder months can be a safe and productive time for you and your horse. One of our essential tips is to boost the levels of minerals and vitamins, particularly zinc from GlobalVite, which will really help in challenging times. When your horse has enough zinc, it gets inside the cells and helps any cell stop viruses from getting inside and exerting their damage. GlobalVite contains some of the best zinc you can find – complex chelated zinc that is very easy for your horse to absorb. Horses will often paw at the ground to eat soil, wood and even poo if they are experiencing a deficiency in certain minerals, Globalvite will assist in deterring this behaviour and will also encourage healthy hoof growth.
The power of minerals and vitamins, in particular vitamin C is at high levels great for maintaining healthy skin, blood vessels and bones. At Global Herbs we use it in a plant-based form that comes from Amla berries grown in India. This is part of the story that makes it so powerful in our ImmuPlus formula. We like to say ImmuPlus is 4x more effective than echinacea because as well as boosting the immune system it is able to do the following:
To support the fussy eaters and horses that are prone to weight loss, we recommend Fenugreek for its nutritional quality and for the palatable taste that horses really like. Fenugreek seeds also provide a source of protein and fat which is essential for healthy body condition. These versatile seeds can also assist in soothing the stomach.
Horses often combat skin sensitivities in the Autumn and Winter season. Flax oil is a good source of fatty acids that will help to improve the condition of the coat, making a softer and shiner appearance.
As we all know, planning is essential when looking after horses. This combination of approaches can help to support your horse through these seasonal changes and provide a head start on what Autumn and Winter have to bring. At Global Herbs we strive to provide the very best natural solutions for horses and owners.
If you would like any further information on horse nutrition requirements, please don’t hesitate to give us a call or contact us via our webchat or Facebook messenger service. We would be more than happy to have a chat!