Friday, 17 April 2015

Spillers Weigh-In April 2015

Once or twice a year, someone from my yard organises a lady from Spillers to come out and do a weigh-in for the liveries and also discuss with them some feeding advice. The visits are normally organised at the end of winter/start of spring and then again at the end of the season before winter which is ideal for knowing how to prepare and feed your horse for the seasons following.

After Pea's little 3 month holiday last summer, he literally turned into a barrel! Over the winter he dropped a considerable amount of weight and looked really good. He now weighs 493kg, slightly more than last spring but he's just started to put a little bit of weight on his shoulders though you can still feel his ribs and seem them slightly when he's lunging. The aim is to bring him in during the day so he's off the grass and keep up his workload of about 5-6 days a week doing 30-60 minutes of either lunging, schooling or hacking. The spillers lady didn't think that anything needed to change (he's already fed Spillers and I've been feeding it for years) so it's just keeping an eye on him to make sure he doesn't pile on too many pounds!

I normally always put Pea's name down for the weigh-in as I think it's really good to get an exact measurement of his weight as well as get any advice. The Spillers team are so friendly and always helpful and you get to take away a little folder which tells you your horses weight and body condition score, any changes they might need making to their feeds, leaflets on how to body condition score, about their products as well as two £5 off vouchers. I also got given two more feed cups as she asked if I needed one but when I mentioned that they always seem to end up broken, she gave me a spare - bonus!

Thanks for reading,
Laura xx

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