Just for Hacking!
the lighter evenings making riding in the week easier, the
prospect of gearing up for shows is now a reality.
you are planning to focus your efforts purely on one discipline,
or you and your horse event or enjoy having a go at a bit
of everything, preparation is the key. Unfortunately there
is no substitute for a program of getting your horse or
pony fit and gradually adjusting its feed to match the work
it is doing. It can be difficult to strike the right balance
between providing your horse with the correct amount of
energy and preventing over excitement caused by some high
energy competition feeds.
your horse regularly (5 or 6 times a week, not just weekends!)
for at least 6 -8 weeks before you do anything too strenuous
is a must and this process may take even longer if your
horse is overweight and hasn't been fit for a while.
Feed manufacturers Allen & Page often get asked for
a feed that will provide energy to liven up an overweight
and lethargic or unfit horse, but without putting on weight.
In reality, although there are plenty of feeds which will
give your horse energy, anything that you feed on top of
what he is already getting is only going to put on more
weight and so probably make him even more lethargic! The
solution is a combined diet and exercise programme, with
a low calorie feed such as Slim & Healthy. For horses
that are in good condition and on regular program of hacking
or schooling, then you can think about introducing a concentrate
feed to meet your horse or pony's increased energy demands.
Generally this would be a low energy feed such as Quiet
Mix or a slightly higher energy feed such as Hacking Mix
or Hacking Pencils. These medium energy feeds are more than
a low energy mix but not over the top - definitely not just
for hacking! The inclusion of linseed and soya oil to provide
omega 3 & 6 oils means you can expect fantastic skin
and coat condition. Premium grade herbs including mint make
these feeds palatable for even the fussiest feeder while
the inclusion of Protexin in Hacking Mix, as well as FOS
and MOS prebiotics, can help maintain a healthy digestive