Q: My daughter and her pony are going away to Pony Club camp this year and I am not sure ifI should provide any extra feed for her mare? At present she has meadow hay ad-lib, Calm & Condition cubes (she is Welsh X TB and can be fizzy) and Blue Chip. She is also turned out at night during the summer. At camp, she will be stabled and working harder than usual, so should I include anything with her hay and feed for the week to help her manage the extra workload?
Independent nutritionist, Christine Smy, answers: “I suggest you send your pony to camp with her current feeding regime and see how she copes.
During my years at camp, we all fed the same feed, grass cubes supplied by the Pony Club. However, it is more sensible for the horseowner to stick to the current diet and supply feed the horse is used to and goes best on for the following reasons:
If, after a couple of days, the mare is losing weight or lacking energy, it may be the time to re-assess her diet and feeding levels. The golden rule of feeding, “increase work level before increasing feed,” applies and will hopefully produce a successful camp for both pony and rider.