How can I Manage my horses dental problems?

   

Impaired chewing ability due to loss of teeth or poor tooth condition is one of the main reasons horses start to lose weight.

Symptoms of teeth problems include

  • laboured chewing
  • Quidding where horses will often drop half chewed food
  • Loss of appetite

If you have noticed that your horse has any of these symptoms it is important to first get your Equine Dental Technician or Vet to examine the horse.

Here at Rowen Barbary we manufacture a range of high fibre feeds that are designed to be fed soaked as a soft textured mash which makes them extremely palatable for horses that struggle to chew and digest either through old age or injury.

If your horse requires weight gain it is recommended to feed approximately 2.5% of their bodyweight daily, split between fibre sources and concentrates, and if possible allow the horse access to ad-lib fibre through the use of fibre replacers.

ReadyFibre Mash  is made out of 100% high digestible fibre and is ideal to use as a fibre replacer for horses that are stabled for long periods of time and those that have difficulty chewing and digesting long stem fibre.  ReadyFibre Mash fed alongside the horses standard concentrate diet will provide all the daily nutrients required without the need of hay.   When feeding fibre replacers it is recommend to split the feed into as many small meals a day as possible, 3 or 4 portions given at regular intervals through the day will help keep the digestive system healthy.

The concentrate ration fed will depend upon any dietary requirements but ReadyMash Extra with its high levels of essential oils and milk powders is an ideal feed to use for weight gain.

For more information on coping with dental problems contact Rowen Barbary Horse Feeds on 01948 880598 or email sales@rowenbarbary.co.uk