Hyperactivity

What is Hyperactivity?

Unruly, fizzy, unsafe behaviour is more of an issue in equestrian/pleasure horses than it is in racing horses, though feeding for good behaviour is important in young racehorses. Changes in behaviour can be caused by:

  • Feeding too much for the work being done.
  • Feeding unsuitable feeds.
  • Hindgut acidosis.
  • Vitamin and mineral deficiencies, notably vitamin B1 and magnesium.

What does the horse need.

In some cases, horses that are hyperactive on grain based feeds will settle down on high fibre/high fat feeds.

 

Pryde's EasiFeed Products That Can Help

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When to use this feed

Use EasiSport as a complete feed for horses that become energetic and difficult to ride when fed grain based feeds.

Feed it With

Feed EasiSport at its recommended feeding rate with an equal volume of chaff and good quality pasture or hay.

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When to use this feed

Use EasiFibre to add extra energy to a diet where needed in place of other high energy feeds like grains, pellets or sweetfeeds.

Feed it With

EasiFibre is not a fortified feed, so it needs to be fed with a complete feed like EasiSport or with a concentrated vitamin and mineral supplement like the EasiFeed 300 Pellet. EasiFibre should be fed with an equal volume of chaff.

When to use this feed

Use EasiOil to add extra energy to a diet where needed in place of other high energy fibres, grains, pellets and sweetfeeds.

Feed it With

EasiOil can be added to any balanced diet. For hyperactive horses it can be added to a diet based on EasiSport or simply fed with chaff, EasiFeed 300 Pellet and good quality pasture or hay.

 

Other Tips

Adjust feed intake according to workload to help control behaviour. Reduce the amount of EasiSport, EasiFibre and EasiOil fed on rest days by 75% and on light work days by 50% of what is fed on normal working days.

Be careful not to overestimate workload as this will result in overfeeding and hyperactivity. 

Avoid feeding large amounts of prime lucern hay to horses that get hyperactive easily.

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