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All Tied-Up
Tying-Up, also known as Monday Morning Disease or Setfast, requires careful feeding and management routines to avoid re-occurrence
Colic can be defined as abdominal pain and may range from mild to life threatening. It can fall into a variety of categories, depending on underlying cause.
Equine Metabolic Syndrome (EMS)
The term EMS is used to describe horses and ponies with an insulin-resistant phenotype linked with laminitis susceptibility.
Feeding and Managing a Horse with Polysaccharide Storage Myopathy
Recurrent episodes of muscle stiffness or tying-up, with varying severity, may indicate that a horse is suffering from polysaccharide storage myopathy (PSSM)...
Feeding for Recovery
Illness or injury generally involves a change in routine and appropriate change in diet. Correct nutrition can maximise the chances of a speedy recovery
Feeding Sugar Beet to Laminitics
Dr Tom Shurlock of Speedi-Beet and Fibre-Beet, Baileys' preferred beet brands, explains why Speedi-Beet is safe to feed to laminitics.
Feeding those with Cushings Disease (PPID)
Cushings, now commonly referred to as Pituitary Pars Intermedia Dysfunction (PPID) is a hormonal disease associated with the aging horse.
Gastric Ulcers
Gastric ulcers are increasingly implicated in poor performance so why do they occur and how can we prevent them?
Gastric Ulcers and How Beet Pulp Can Help
Speedi-Beet and Fibre-Beet can be useful in helping support gastric health.
Grass Sickness
Nutritional support and management advice for chronic cases of Grass Sickness - essential to counteract the weakness and wastage of the body.
Laminitis - What it is and How to Avoid it
This complex disease is still not fully understood and a cure has yet to be found but nutrition plays an important part in management and recovery
Thin, fat, lazy, fizzy - feeding the problem horse
You can't change a horse's temperament or type by changing his feed, your choice of feed and the way you feed it can affect his condition and energy levels.
Tips to Minimise the Risk of Winter Colic
Winter brings a much greater risk of sudden changes to diet and routine and therefore a higher risk of colic.  Feed Plenty of Forage/Fibre Not only does ...
Was it Something He Ate?
There is an increasing awareness of the possibility of allergies or intolerances to feeds or feed ingredients, among horses, but how prevalent are they?


All About Digestive Enhancers
Digestive enhancers include probiotics, prebiotics and yeast culture which all have slightly different functions.
All About Energy
Every rider wants controllable energy from their horse. Too much the rider is exhausted trying to contain the horse, too little the horse may struggle...
Balancers: The Truth Behind the Hype
You would hink from the plethora of balancers now on the market that they were the best thing since sliced bread. Well, they are - for some horses!
Battle of the Bulge!
Overfeeding is often cited as the main cause of equine obesity but this implies a positive action on the part of the horse owner to give the horse too much feed
Confined to Barracks
Weather conditions can drastically limit or prevent turnout entirely and interrupt your horse's normal workload so changing feeding regimes is inevitable.
Fat Club!
Starving fatties to make them slimmer is not the best approach so if your horse or pony gets fat on thin air, read on!
Feeding at Grass; Why Bother?
If your grass is good, it's likely that your horse's energy demands will be partially, if not fully, satisfied by what he grazes. But what about nutrients?
Feeding Beet with Baileys
Apart from just adding a scoop of soaked beet pulp to your horses mix or cubes, there are situations where Beet products are really useful feeding solutions
Feeding for Building Workloads
The changing of seasons and increase of workload and competitions are often times to review a horse’s feeding regime.
Feeding for Condition
Weight loss probably causes the most concern amongst horseowners which is why so many people feel compelled to see what you can do to improve condition.
Feeding for Feet
The saying, "no foot, no horse" is as true today and, alongside a good vet and farrier, nutrition can have a critical role in maintaining sound healthy hooves.
Feeding Overweight Horses & Ponies
Losing weight is tough and it's even tougher if you're an animal like the horse that is designed to spend most of its life eating.
Feeding the Ex-Racehorse
So many TBs have new careers as riding and competition horses and, when they first come to a new home, a new diet is one of the first major changes they face.
Fibre - all a horse needs?
The advent and more widespread use of modern preserved forages has sparked recent debate as to whether horses can indeed survive on just forage alone
Fit not Fat
What is condition and how do we achieve the "right" condition for an individual horse?
Forage Replacement
Dietary fibre is essential to well-being but what can you feed if your horse or pony can’t or won’t eat hay, haylage or grass?
Forage, the Long and the Short of it!
Forage, whether fresh or conserved grass, should be the basis of any horse's diet and is potentially an abundant source of nutrients.
How to achieve weight loss
Why are some horses so fat and, if they are, what practical ways are there to help them lose weight healthily
It's in the Bag!
A closer look at ingredients used by Baileys, why we use them and why they're good for your horse.
Not All Oils Are Equal
What are the main sources of "essential" fatty acids and what are the effects of adding them to the horse's diet?
Older and Wiser
Should you change what you feed just because your horse is getting on a bit?
Outshine Unwrapped
What’s in that little nugget?
Sugar in the Diet - Friend or Foe?
Sugar gets a lot of bad press but is actually a very natural part of the horse’s diet.  Grass, for example, can contain as much as 20-40% and hay, 10%.
The Back of the Bag; For Your Information
The information printed on the feed bag is there to help you make an informed choice about which product is most suitable for your horse.
The Equine Digestive System
Understanding of the anatomy and function of the digestive system sheds light on how best adapt our feeding practices to ensure it functions efficiently.
Using a Grazing Muzzle as Part of a Weight Loss Programme
With horses and ponies who maintain their weight “too well”, it can be a constant battle to keep them at a healthy bodyweight.  Using a grazing muzzle is one...
Using a Weightape
Weightapes are a simple tool to help you assess the bodyweight of your horse and, whilst not precisely accurate, they will give you a good idea...
Who's Afraid of Starch?
Starch gets alot of negative publicity these days and, whilst some of it may be deserved, it is often the way it is used which is at fault.
Why Do You Do That?
Have you ever considered why you do what you do and whether it's actually for the right reasons?
Winter Feeding Tips
With less grass and reduced access to grazing through the winter, here are some tips to help make sure your horse doesn’t go short of what he needs.   Ma...


Muscling Up for the Season Ahead
Whilst you won't achieve a well-muscled horse without the correct work and training, the right nutritional building blocks are essential too.
All About Electrolytes
Electrolyte supplements can significantly affect a horse's performance and importantly recovery; here we take a look at the science behind their effective use
All About Energy
What is energy? What are the sources of energy? What to look for in a performance feed
Competition Stress
Travelling and disruption to routine could be having an effect on the health of the horse, despite no outward signs of stress.
Condition - Getting it Right for Competition
Work out a fitness programme, however basic, that includes a review of your feeding regime to bring your horse to the level of fitness and condition you need.
Feeding for Staying Power
You can't change the genetic make up of an individual horse or transform a natural sprinter into a stayer but you can help any horse perform
Fuelling the Endurance Horse
A diet formulated for stamina and endurance can be quite different from that designed for power and speed - the theory behind fuelling for long distance.
Matching Diet to Workload
Matching your horse's diet to his workload involves supplying the calories and nutrients he needs to maintain the desired body condition and fuel his work
Optimum Competition Nutrition
Energy intake is often the focus of the diet of the competition horse diet but other nutrients are just as important to ensure optimum performance.
Routine Interference
Stresses from travelling and competing can take their toll on the horse's digestive health with potential subsequent loss of performance.
When Should I Feed a Competition Feed?
Ensuring your horse receives a fully balanced diet will help him perform to his best.


Dealing with Growth Problems
A practical guide tailored to those producing youngsters for the Baileys Horse Feeds/BEF Futurity Young Horse Evaluations.
Feeding for Breeding and Fertility
While a fully balanced diet should provide all a mare or stallion needs, there are key nutrients which play a role in fertility and foetal development.
Feeding the Mare and Foal
Correct nutrition from conception onwards helps ensure the production of a strong healthy foal
Feeding Youngsters for Future Success
Dispelling the myths about feeding youngsters both for an early career in the ring and for their future careers.
Managing Your Orphan or Rejected Foal
Losing a mare at foaling it can be very distressing, not least because there is the added worry of looking after the orphan.
Practical Advice on Feeding Yearlings, 2-year-olds and 3-year-olds
A practical guide specifically tailored for those producing youngsters for the Baileys Horse Feeds/BEF Futurity Young Horse Evaluations.
Practical Tips on Feeding the Mare & Foal
A practical guide specifically geared towards those producing youngsters for the Baileys Horse Feeds/BEF Futurity Young Horse Evaluations.
Prepping Thoroughbred Yearlings for the Sales
Breeding horses is all about getting a return on your investment, whether by selling through the auction ring or as an owner breeder .
Weaning Time
The key to successful weaning lies in good preparation.