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Can I feed my horse hay in the summer?

Can I feed my horse hay in the summer?

By on May 16, 2021 in Blog |

While we specialise in horse bedding here at P.H Winterton, we also often get quizzed about horse feeding habits; especially when the weather heats up. For this blog, we will focus on answering all of your burning questions. Expert advice about horse feeding from horse bedding specialists Horses out at grass may require hay over the summer but it depends on the quality of the pasture, the weather conditions plus the horse’s condition. If the pasture is of poor quality, the horses on the pasture do not appear to be thriving, including a mare supporting a foal, non-native breeds, equines in hard work, or the weather is poor, then they may need hay throughout the summer. If the horse has free access to grass, they usually won’t need to forage as hay will be provided. What are the telltale signs you should be feeding hay? Signs that hay supplementation is needed include horses on the pasture losing weight that drops below an acceptable body condition score. In some instances, if the pasture is poor and the weather is poor, extra hay keeps the horses warm. How do owners decide how much hay to feed stabled horses? If your horse is stabled part of the time, you can decide by determining how the horse is maintaining their weight. If they are overweight then they will only need a small amount of hay and fed no more than 1.5% of their body weight per day; especially if this is their sole dietary intake. If the horse is turned out on grass during the day, the majority of the hay ration can be removed from the diet. Contact us for further advice If you need further advice about feeding your horse, please do not hesitate to get in touch now. P.H Winterton is also the leading supplier of horse bedding and biomass fuel for clients all over the...

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Your Cleaning Guide for Horses Hooves

Your Cleaning Guide for Horses Hooves

By on May 9, 2021 in Blog |

Keeping your horses’ hooves clean is an essential part of their daily care routine, and while it may be second nature to many it could be less familiar to new owners. This is why we have put together this handy how-to guide, full of tips and useful advice. 10 steps to cleaning your horse’s hooves The process for removing dirt and debris from the inside of your horse’s hooves is known as ‘picking out’ the feet, using a hoof pick. Some of the finest hoofs picks will have a small stiff brush attached, which can be used to brush away loose dust and dirt once most of the mud or dirt has been removed. Here is our simple 10-step guide to ensuring your horse’s hooves are thoroughly clean – Start by facing your horse’s tail. Run your hand nearest the horse down the back of its leg, then gently squeeze just above the fetlock to signal to the horse to lift its hoof. If the horse does not respond, try adding a small amount of extra pressure using your thumbnail. Hold the hoof with the hand closest to the horse then use a hoof pick in the other hand and start scraping away any dirt. If this is a hind foot, ensure your arm is positioned in front of the leg , so if the horse kicks out backwards your arm won’t be in danger. For the horse’s front foot your arm needs to be behind the leg. Start where the horseshoe ends, besides the bulbs of the heel and scrape any debris out, moving the hoof pick away from you towards the toe of the hoof. Scrape firmly over the sole and along the inside of the hoof wall and shoe line until the remaining dirt, rocks and debris are gone. Take extra care when removing dirt from the triangular frog (including the central cleft). The frog is a softer tissue than the sole and will be firm without any discharge. Now check there are no foreign bodies penetrating the frog or the sole of the hoof. If there is a nail or something similar in the hoof, do not pull it out. This is a potential emergency...

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Why Buy Thoroughbred Shavings From P.H. Winterton and Son?

Why Buy Thoroughbred Shavings From P.H. Winterton and Son?

By on Dec 29, 2020 in Equine Bedding, Horse bedding in Derbyshire, Horse bedding in Staffordshire, Shavings |

Thoroughbred horses are just one of a wide array of horse breeds that you may own or find yourself looking after. Due to their agility, if you’re a racer, they’re likely to be your most regularly encountered breed. Whether you’re training, preparing for a race or you’ve only just invested in a horse, it’s important to get their stables in order. Here at P.H. Winterton and Sons, we’re huge supporters of horse racers and their upcoming events. Thanks to our renowned status in the equestrian market and sponsorships of the Royal Windsor and Olympia horse shows, we’re a trusted source to buy your thoroughbred shavings from. Cheshire Choice Equine Bedding Cheshire Choice Equine Bedding is our most premium, high quality choice, guaranteed to provide the ultimate comfort to your horse. As one of the only types of horse beddings in Staffordshire that’s made of 100% soft wood shavings, we can provide you with the highest quality without having to travel too far. In a lot of bedding guides, it’s suggested that absorbency is a vital feature to keeping your horse comfortable and clean. With the absorption capabilities of Cheshire Choice, these shavings will give your horse a comfortable night’s sleep and have it raring to go for its next race. It’s ability to adjust temperature will also keep your horse warm in the Winter and cool in the Summer. We are confident in saying that buying Cheshire Choice Equine Bedding is the best decision with regards to the comfort, happiness and health of your animals. We also keep it free from chemicals and dust to prevent any respiratory problems developing in you and your horse. Economy-Bale Equine Bedding If you’re after another option that won’t break the bank, you can’t go wrong with Economy-Bale Equine Bedding. This bedding is also safe for the airwaves of you and your horses thanks to being double dust extracted. This also ensures that it’s hygienic from the start. This option of bedding is made from a combination of soft and hardwood shavings. Therefore, it’s still easy to clean out and can be used alongside rubber mats. New! Zebra Fibre Animal Bedding We are extremely proud to have added Zebra Fibre Animal Bedding to...

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Understanding the Basics of Horse Bedding

Understanding the Basics of Horse Bedding

By on Oct 9, 2020 in Blog, Equine Bedding |

While there have always been plenty of horse bedding materials on the market, they will all have their different advantages. Here at P.H Winterton and Son, we are the leading provider of equine bedding with three different products currently in stock. Here we will discuss the three main factors to consider when choosing your animal bedding. 3 Factors to Consider When Purchasing Horse Bedding Storage – Storage needs to be taken into consideration when choosing the best bedding material for horse and carer. Products with a robust, waterproof packaging can be stored outside or in a sheltered area. Unpackaged bedding such as straw needs to be stored in a cool, dry place in a weatherproof barn to prevent it from becoming mouldy, dust and ultimately, unusable. You will also need to consider storage security for your bedding to prevent thefts. Waste Removal – Most animal bedding products are biodegradable with the only difference being the timescale which each rots down. The method of waste removal can influence the type of bedding material you buy. There can be big differences between the amount of waste produced from the bedding when mucking out. Horse manure should not be used for spreading on equine pasture because of the risk of contamination with parasites plus it would make the grass unpalatable. Availability – The availability of certain types of horse bedding may be affected by the time of the year. Although, this is not the case with P.H Winterton as we supply bedding materials for customers right across the country. Contact Us With Any Questions If you have any questions about P.H Winterton’s range of equine bedding, please do not hesitate to get in touch now. We also offer a sawmill waste collection service for joinery’s and sawmills to get rid of their waste in an environmentally conscious way, creating biomass fuel. This is a biodegradable fuel source which can be used for industrial heating and...

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Invest in Horse Bedding Ready for Mounted Games and Polocrosse

Invest in Horse Bedding Ready for Mounted Games and Polocrosse

By on Jul 30, 2020 in Blog, Equine Bedding |

With the announcement that mounted games and polocrosse have been given the green light to resume in England, now is the best time to invest in extra care for your horses. While daily patterns, including exercise routines, have been disrupted by the Coronavirus pandemic, keeping your horses well is a task that never ends. As the leading supplier of horse bedding across the country, P.H Winterton understands the importance of maintaining your horse’s throughout these challenging times. Here we are going to share all you need to know about the return of mounted games and polocrosse. Guidelines for Equestrian Team Sports Equestrian team sports were stopped in March because of the pandemic, but the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport released guidance last month which contained guidance to minimise transmission of the virus. British Equestrian has worked with the Mounted Games Association of Great Britain, the United Kingdom Polocrosse Association and The Pony Club to put together action plans and risk assessments for mounted games and polocrosse. Risk assessments identified ways to lower the risk of transmission and lower the number of people in the vicinity of the field of play. Event organisers can now make modifications to the activity or rules of the sports when required. This action plan works alongside the DCMS’s return fo Recreational Sport Framework which also needs to implemented by organisers with social distancing guidelines from the government. Talk to the Horse Bedding Specialists As we return to a new normal for equestrian mounted games and polocrosse, P.H Winterton can offer three different types of equine bedding to suit any requirements. Our economy bale bedding is a cost-effective solution, whilst our Cheshire Choice bedding has excellent absorbency levels and our newest range Zebra Fibre Animal Bedding can be used for horses as well as cattle. Get in touch now if you have any questions about our bedding...

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