Monday, December 23, 2013

Purina Ambassador Guest Post - Boyd and Silva Martin

Good nutrition is a key factor in performance, and we have been very happy with the Purina products that we have been feeding for the past several years. With two barns full of horses competing in both eventing and dressage, from greenies to world-class horses, as well as few older campaigners on maintenance diets, our horses’ nutritional needs cover a broad spectrum.

For instance, Boyd’s four-star eventer Trading Aces, who competes all over the globe and was the leader of the US team at the 2013 Boekelo CCI4* in the Netherlands, is on a high-energy diet of Omolene 500® horse feed. Some of the hotter event horses who need plenty of fuel for cross-country but have trouble containing all that energy in the dressage are on Purina Ultium® Competition Horse Formula.

We are also looking forward to  continuing to use the Hydration Hay™ block, a new technology for hydrating horses. A useful feed in several sitautions , we have found it particularly convenient while traveling. It’s been especially helpful  for long road trips and when we are traveling overseas, because hydration is especially important.

A lot of Silva’s dressage horses are in quite hard work and we are careful about the amount of feed that they receive, weighing their portions to customize their feed so that they are getting exactly what they need. We really try to personalize each horse’s diet to make sure we get the best out of each individual. Purina® horse feeds are nutritionally balanced and palatable and really keep our horses looking and feeling their best. And with the winter show season in Florida just around the corner, and the event horses heading to Aiken, we really want them to shine!

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