Horse Health Week is concentrating on nutrition today. Unfortunately many horses and ponies suffer clinical disease from an inappropriate diet.
We are all horrified by pictures of neglect cases where the poor individuals have been severley malnourished, but overfeeding can be just as dangerous and we see more and more overweight animals. Obesity and diets high in sugars and starches are linked to the development of the crippling condition, laminitis.
Overweight animals also put more strain on their feet, joints and hearts. Diets low in fibre increase the risk of gastric ulcers, colic and dental disease so getting nutrition right is really important.