NEF Echoes Dengie Research

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Dengie logoDengie Horse Feeds has applauded the decision to raise the issue of equine obesity at the 20th National Equine Forum earlier this month (8 March). More than 200 representatives from the equestrian industry, including leading equine vets, international riders and trainers, and the Princess Royal, the NEF’s president, heard presentations on a wide range of topics, including “ Equine Obesity – Helping Horse Owners to Help Themselves”, by Lisa Randle, winner of the Eqvalan Duo Equine Thesis of the Year Award 2011.
“It was extremely interesting to hear the results of Lisa’s study into horse owners’ perceptions on equine obesity and her recommendations for the introduction of ‘well horse’ clinics as a potential solution, as this supports what the Dengie nutrition team is finding in its own research and experience,” said Dengie senior nutritionist Katie Williams.
“We have been working with vet practices for a number of years, promoting the Fat Horse Slim campaign, which we set up with the Blue Cross. We are ideally positioned to advise on weight-loss programmes because our Hi-Fi range of feeds provides plenty of fibre for gut health, but with far lower calorie values than mixes and cubes.
“When horse owners implement the advice we provide, great results are achieved. At one yard, for example, the combined weight loss amounted to a whole pony’s weight, at more than 300kg. There is still a lot of work to do and, just as Lisa’s paper reveals, the most important issue to address is horse owners’ understanding of what is overweight and that cuddly is not healthy.”
For further details of the 2012 National Equine Forum, log on to www.bef.co.uk.

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