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#tiptuesday - Got a newly off the track horse? Adding a bridging or intermediate feed to their diet straight away can help to smooth the transition as the come down off a racing ration.

➡️What is a bridging feed?
Bridging or intermediate feeds are those high in fermentable fibres which provide cool, low starch energy while boosting gut health, for example lupin hulls, beet pulp or soya hulls.

When a horse finishes racing, we shouldn't take them off their racing diets overnight, but we can add a small amount of a bridging feed straight away to introduce these super fibres into their diet and start building the fibre-loving bacteria in the gut to aid the transition process.

➡️Why is a bridging feed important?
Most racehorses are fed a high-grain diet, which provides carbohydrates in the form of starch and sugar for quick release energy. A high amount of starch promotes a high population of starch-loving bacteria. This means the horse’s gut will not be efficient at digesting fibre.

Off the Track horses need more slow-release energy, so are generally fed a diet higher in fibre (with more hay and pasture consumption). Good hind gut health for an OTT horse means they need a high population of fibre-loving bacteria, otherwise they won't be able to get the energy they need out of the fibre in their diet.

To do this, we need to convert the bacteria in their guts over time, by growing the population of fibre-loving bacteria.

❌ DON’T: switch your horse straight onto a low-energy, high fibre diet, i.e. 100% pasture or hay.
❌ DON’T: make any sudden changes.
✅ DO: Introduce a small amount of a bridging/intermediate feed straight away, which can then be increased slowly.
✅ DO: Decrease the grain content slowly and transition them onto the new concentrate of your choice.
✅ DO: make small alterations over time as their condition changes, and workload increases.

Lupin Fibre Cubes are an ideal bridging feed for off the track horses. They are rich in prebiotics, and low in starch and sugar so safe for those that are prone to ulcers.
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#tiptuesday - Got a newly off the track horse? Adding a bridging or intermediate feed to their diet straight away can help to smooth the transition as the come down off a racing ration. 

➡️What is a bridging feed? 
Bridging or intermediate feeds are those high in fermentable fibres which provide cool, low starch energy while boosting gut health, for example lupin hulls, beet pulp or soya hulls. 

When a horse finishes racing, we shouldnt take them off their racing diets overnight, but we can add a small amount of a bridging feed straight away to introduce these super fibres into their diet and start building the fibre-loving bacteria in the gut to aid the transition process. 

➡️Why is a bridging feed important?
Most racehorses are fed a high-grain diet, which provides carbohydrates in the form of starch and sugar for quick release energy. A high amount of starch promotes a high population of starch-loving bacteria. This means the horse’s gut will not be efficient at digesting fibre. 

Off the Track horses need more slow-release energy, so are generally fed a diet higher in fibre (with more hay and pasture consumption). Good hind gut health for an OTT horse means they need a high population of fibre-loving bacteria, otherwise they wont be able to get the energy they need out of the fibre in their diet. 

To do this, we need to convert the bacteria in their guts over time, by growing the population of fibre-loving bacteria. 

❌ DON’T:  switch your horse straight onto a low-energy, high fibre diet, i.e. 100% pasture or hay. 
❌ DON’T: make any sudden changes. 
✅ DO: Introduce a small amount of a bridging/intermediate feed straight away, which can then be increased slowly. 
✅ DO: Decrease the grain content slowly and transition them onto the new concentrate of your choice.
✅ DO: make small alterations over time as their condition changes, and workload increases.

Lupin Fibre Cubes are an ideal bridging feed for off the track horses. They are rich in prebiotics, and low in starch and sugar so safe for those that are prone to ulcers.

#tiptuesday - Why might senior horses need some extra care during winter?
Older horses are often the ones who struggle the most during winter. They can be
harder to keep condition on so lack insulation, their SA:Vol is low, and their gut health can decrease over time. Understanding why winter is hard on them can help you keep your Golden Oldie healthy during the colder months.

❄ Older horses can struggle to maintain condition: because an oldie can be harder to add condition to, they might not have the layer of body fat that helps them keep warm. Their body will have to work harder and use what stores they do have.

❄ A horse’s digestive system ages too: as your horse ages, so does their digestive system! It becomes more inefficient, often unable to break down grass and forage as effectively as a young horse. This is in part due to the natural decrease in gut bacteria. As good gut bacteria are essential for fermenting fibre, and fermentation keeps a horse warm, this is a problem in winter!

❄ An old horse’s teeth have a lot of wear: An aged horse will have often worn down the grinding surface of its molars, and their incisors become less efficient at tearing and biting. At any time of year, oldies need a feed that is easy to bite, chew and digest, but this is especially important in winter.

❄ Older horses tend to have a high SA:Vol ratio: many older horses tend to have a higher SA:Vol ratio, as their muscle mass decreases. As discussed above, a high SA:Vol ratio will see them losing more heat.

FEED TIP: Our Horse Cubes for Seniors is ideal for oldies, as it is highly palatable and contains pre and probiotics. Mix it with some Lupin Fibre Cubes for extra fibre and conditioning and soak them in warm water to make a yummy mash that chases away the chills!
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#tiptuesday - Why might senior horses need some extra care during winter?
Older horses are often the ones who struggle the most during winter. They can be 
harder to keep condition on so lack insulation, their SA:Vol is low, and their gut health can decrease over time. Understanding why winter is hard on them can help you keep your Golden Oldie healthy during the colder months. 

❄ Older horses can struggle to maintain condition: because an oldie can be harder to add condition to, they might not have the layer of body fat that helps them keep warm. Their body will have to work harder and use what stores they do have. 

❄ A horse’s digestive system ages too: as your horse ages, so does their digestive system! It becomes more inefficient, often unable to break down grass and forage as effectively as a young horse. This is in part due to the natural decrease in gut bacteria. As good gut bacteria are essential for fermenting fibre, and fermentation keeps a horse warm, this is a problem in winter! 

❄ An old horse’s teeth have a lot of wear: An aged horse will have often worn down the grinding surface of its molars, and their incisors become less efficient at tearing and biting. At any time of year, oldies need a feed that is easy to bite, chew and digest, but this is especially important in winter.

❄ Older horses tend to have a high SA:Vol ratio: many older horses tend to have a higher SA:Vol ratio, as their muscle mass decreases. As discussed above, a high SA:Vol ratio will see them losing more heat. 

FEED TIP: Our Horse Cubes for Seniors is ideal for oldies, as it is highly palatable and contains pre and probiotics. Mix it with some Lupin Fibre Cubes for extra fibre and conditioning and soak them in warm water to make a yummy mash that chases away the chills!
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