FEEDING CHILDREN’S PONIES THE SAFE WAYWhen feeding a child’s pony, there are many factors that need to be considered to maintain the fine balance between fitness and fatness and keeping them sane and safe to ride by the youngest of jockeys.
Typically, we see Native breeds such as the Shetland, Welsh Section A’s and B’s and native derivatives dominating the local show rings and State shows throughout the show season. Due to the ‘good-doing’ nature of these hardy, reliable ponies, it’s important to consider their diet and ensure that they are being fed to satisfy both our and their needs.
Firstly, it’s vital to match the level of work that the pony is in to the diet in order to prevent excess weight gain, excitability and to reduce the risk of developing conditions such as laminitis and obesity – which ponies are quite prone to when their diet isn’t effectively managed.
Fibre should always make up the bulk of a pony’s feeding regime but when grazing is too rich, a period of restricted grazing and receiving fibre through an alternative source, eg a low calorie chaff or hay which you can easily control the feeding of, is far more beneficial.
Some pony owners may worry that due to restricting grass access, the pony may not be receiving the vitamins and minerals and other essential nutrients needed to remain in good health. However, this can be easily rectified by feeding a low calorie, diet feed balancer such as Fibregenix Lami Low-Cal, specifically developed to provide all the essential nutrients required daily in a low starch and low sugar formulation; the perfect solution to ensure optimum health and well-being when trying to help your pony shed the pounds.
It’s also important that in order to promote a healthy digestive system, you should look for a diet feed balancer that incorporates a live probiotic and prebiotics into its formulation to increase intestinal motility and to help balance the bacteria within the gut. Live Probiotic yeast and prebiotics assist in increasing the efficiency of nutrient absorption, allowing your pony to maximize nutrient uptake from his feed, to assist in stabilizing the gut PH and to help avoid the migration of undigested starch and sugar into the hind gut, which after fermentation, can cause digestive upsets and be a major contributory factor to the development of laminitis – a condition to which small ponies are susceptible when fed incorrectly.
A low starch and sugar diet can also prove beneficial from a behavioural point of view. Seasonal changes in weather and new grass pasture can leave ponies feeling fresh and sometimes difficult to ride and handle. Reducing or cutting out the levels of quick release energy sources in the diet from high starch and sugar hard feeds, and replacing with slow-release fibre, can help achieve a pony with a calmer outlook on life as mimicking trickle feeding allows them to utilise their energy intake throughout the day, rather than being overloaded with it all at one time.
Another option would be to introduce a calmer into your pony’s diet such as Fibregenix Liquid Karma formulated with known natural calming ingredients such as magnesium and L-tryptophan to help your pony keep a cool head throughout seasonal changes, keeping him focused, sane and most importantly safe.
So, in summary, the main factors to consider when providing a diet for ponies are to ensure that slow release energy sources such as fibre exceed starches and sugars to ensure a healthy gut whilst helping to reduce the incidence of weight gain and laminitis. Additionally feeding a low calorie, diet feed balancer such as Lami Low-Cal can be highly beneficial when you want to keep your pony in optimum health whilst supporting healthy, steady weight loss and keeping him happy and well throughout the summer months that lie ahead.
Fibregenix Lami Low-Cal is the Diet Feed Balancer that provides all the essential vitamins, minerals and nutrients your pony needs to maintain optimum health and well-being on a daily basis in its whole-cereal and molasses free formulation that is naturally low in starches and sugars. Perfect for all types of horses and ponies, Lami Low-Cal promotes the development and maintenance of a healthy digestive environment by incorporating a MOS and FOS prebiotic gut health supplement plus a live probiotic that works in synergy with Nucleotides, to help achieve a healthy bacterial balance within the gut and increase the efficiency of nutrient absorption, enabling your horse or pony to get more nutritional benefits from his diet.
The 100% natural formulation combines a biotin, methionine and lysine based hoof supplement with MSM, that promotes the growth of strong, healthy hooves and specifically tailored levels of zinc and omega oils that help to achieve a glossy, gleaming coat, promoting head to hoof health and well-being!
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