In this month's guest blog, Global Herbs Dr Stephen Ashdown MA MSc MRCVS; Managing Director & Veterinary Surgeon, looks at why supplements have such an important role to play in our horses' diets.

Global Herbs horse supplements

In the wild, horses are designed to find their food from 1000s of acres of rangeland. This is so different to domesticated life in the UK. In the wild horses are able to choose what to eat from a huge selection of different types of grass and herbage that grow on a wide variety of different soil types. By using their ability to sense what is good for them they can pick up exactly the right minerals and vitamins, proteins, fats and carbohydrates.

When horses are fed in the UK they have to eat what they are given by their owners and food manufacturers unfortunately just do not have the intuition of a horse. Just like people, horses also vary a lot and have widely different needs.

Supplements bridge the gap. They can provide super absorbable minerals and vitamins that can ensure your horse does not miss out. They can provide important herbal nutrition that your horse would seek out, if he or she felt out of sorts. Lastly they can help you avoid the pitfalls of using too many chemicals that have so many side effects and toxicities.

The environment these days is getting more and more dangerous. Horses are exposed to some nasty situations when they are near farms and arable crops and they need all the help they can get. The right supplements provide them with support that is unique and indispensable.

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