Horsehage

 

During the seventies, Mark Westaway became increasingly concerned about his event horses persistently coughing. His veterinary surgeon expressed the view that the coughing was dust related and that since hay was the major dust source, the problem would continue unless someone could come up with a dust free forage designed specifically for the horse.

So from a chance but significant remark, the idea for HorseHage was born.

The original Ryegrass HorseHage has been joined by High Fibre HorseHage, Timothy HorseHage and the specialist product Alfalfa HorseHage. Other high fibre dust-free feeds include Mollichaff, AppleChaff, HoofKind, ShowShine, Veteran and the molasses free Alfalfa range including Alfalfa Oil and Hi-Fibre Alfalfa.

A Royal Warrant was awarded in 1983 after the Queen’s horse, Burmese, was fed HorseHage when suffering a respiratory problem. He is one of tens of thousands of ponies and horses, from Shetlands to Thoroughbreds, that have benefited from HorseHage’s dust-free properties.
 

HorseHage is used by the Animal Health Trust in Newmarket and has also been supplied to the British Equestrian Teams at every Olympic Games from Los Angeles in 1984 through to Athens 2004.

Mark Westaway gives two main reasons for the success of HorseHage. “Firstly it is a natural product with no additives and is the nearest thing you can get to grass in the field, secondly, it not only benefits a horse’s respiratory system but its digestive system, too. Over thirty years of production has given us all the knowledge and experience we need to make a top quality product, and our sales prove this.”

 

What to feed

Horses have evolved to live on an almost entirely forage based diet. In the wild, they will graze for up to 18 hours a day, covering many miles in doing so. When you plan your horse''s diet there are a few basics to remember when deciding what to feed your horse:

• Always base your horse''s diet around forage

• You only need to add concentrates to the diet if your horse requires more energy for weight-gain. In most cases, simply a change in forage will promote weight gain e.g. changing from hay to haylage and from straw-based chaff to an alfalfa based chaff.

• Lack of energy when exercising your horse, as long as he is not under-weight, in 99% of most cases is due to a schooling problem rather than a feeding one.

• You should always provide salt in your horse’s diet in the form of a pure salt lick in his stable / field if living out all the time.

• If your horse does not require feeding, provide a broad-spectrum vitamin and mineral supplement or a feed balancer in a handful of low sugar chaff.

In order to maintain health and condition the horse needs to receive a regular supply of certain dietary components or nutrients.


In order to maintain health and condition the horse needs to receive a regular supply of certain dietary components or nutrients.

Just like humans, the nutrients the horse requires on a daily basis are protein, energy, fibre, vitamins, minerals and water.

The horse derives these nutrients from the feed ingredients in his diet. In the wild, the horse would wander many miles searching for grass and other herbage to satisfy these nutrient requirements.

By domesticating the horse, we have restricted the pasture they have access to and that pasture often contains only a very limited number of plant species. Thus the modern day horse may not be able to meet his total daily nutrient requirement from his pasture. Available pasture will provide sufficient levels of some nutrients but not of others and so the horse will need supplemental nutrients given to him in another form.

The horse, through evolutionary adaptation, which has occurred over a period of 65 million years, has become a ‘trickle-feeder’. His digestive system, with its small stomach and very large, bacteria-filled hind gut is designed to contend with an almost continuous supply of grass and associated herbage.

HorseHage and Mollichaff offer a complete range of fibre based feeds to meet the needs of all horses and ponies.

 

CONTACT HORSEHAGE

 

Head Office

Mark Westaway & Son
Love Lane Farm
Love Lane
Marldon
Paignton
Devon
TQ3 1SP


Tel: 01803 527257
Fax: 01803 528010
E-mail: sales@horsehage.co.uk
Web: www.horsehage.co.uk