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27th August 2019 by Rowen Barbary

Impaired Chewing

Impaired Chewing

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.