Inside the horse’s digestive tract – a personal experience

Most people who know me will know I’m an Equine Nutrition Nerd of the highest order. Equine Nutrition has been my passion for a long time now. I find everything about it fascinating and it’s the reason I spent 2 years doing my MSc in Equine Science which I completed last year.  So, when the opportunity arose to see an […] Continue Reading

Fit, frantic or fat?

Understanding Energy – Dispelling the Myths and Misconceptions You know the basics: Eat less and move more to lose weight; eat more to gain weight and we’re all too familiar with its consequences: the jeans that are now a bit of a struggle to squeeze into… the belt that must be loosened out a notch…or the jodhpurs that have tragically […] Continue Reading

Feeding Little and Often – ignore it at your horse’s peril…

We all feed our horses to ensure they get the right nutrients for work and health and we’ve all heard that we should feed ‘little and often’… but just how little is little and just how often is often?! ‘Little and often’ has long been one of the golden rules of feeding horses. And with good reason   because feeding large, […] Continue Reading

Water – the oft’ forgotten nutrient

The right nutrition is essential to keep horses happy and healthy and good nutrition revolves around including the correct levels of nutrients. There are six so-called ‘essential’ nutrients in the horse’s diet: carbohydrates, fats, protein, vitamins, minerals and water –  yet water is easily the most essential. Despite its importance, water is frequently overlooked when considering a horse’s dietary needs […] Continue Reading

Electrolytes for horses – all you need to know, including how to make your own!

Electrolytes are common minerals that work together to maintain physiological equilibrium in active horses, a critical job that is surprisingly easy for you to help with. Basically, all horses sweat and this sweat contains electrolytes. Whether you look at an elite event horse cross-country day, or a riding club horse travelling to and from a local dressage show, these horses […] Continue Reading

Hay v Haylage – which is right for your horse?

Hay and haylage are the most common forms of preserved forage fed to horses in winter. Whilst both provide a great source of fibre for horses, they have distinct nutritional differences as a result of how each one is processed. So, what are these differences and what do they mean in terms of providing the right nutrition for your horse? […] Continue Reading

Protein – how much does your horse need?

Protein is probably one of the most misunderstood nutrients in the horses’ diet. Often thought of as an energy source, in reality protein mainly provides structure along with other key functions within the horse’s body.  Protein is vital for correct body function, so it is important to know how much your horse needs on a daily basis to provide the […] Continue Reading

Smart Transitioning

At Smart Horse Nutrition we believe in superior nutrition through healthy, wholesome ingredients. Our feeds are, therefore, kept low in starch and sugar and contain no molasses. Whilst this is a healthier and more nutritious option, some horses may initially be a little reluctant to accept it, a bit like asking someone who has lived on a diet of burgers […] Continue Reading

Bring some Balance to your horse’s life

What is a Balancer? A balancer is a nutrient dense feed containing vitamins, minerals and essential amino acids – the ‘building blocks’ of protein, alongside a negligible number of calories. Balancers are normally created in a pelleted form but can also take the form of a mix and they effectively ‘balance’ the diet, supplying essential micronutrients for optimum health and […] Continue Reading