Equine Nutrition

Harbro is now well established in the equine community, we have our own range of high quality and competitively priced horse feeds which are available through our network of country stores. 

In addition our stores also stock a number of leading horse feed and supplement brands including Dengie, Spillers, TopSpec, Baileys, Dodson & Horrell and NAF. 

For all those other equine essentials we also stock equine wormers, grooming accessories, yard equipment, rugs, hats, clothing and footwear, so we are definitely the one-stop shop for all your equestrian needs. 

Advice

  • EQUINE - Scottish Rider Feb 2018 issue

    1 Feb 2018

    I am a 19year old event rider based in the Scottish Borders and I think I started riding before I could even walk. I am very lucky and have two horsey parents so I have always had horses around me....

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  • EQUINE - Young Riders Blog Dec 2017

    1 Dec 2017

    DECEMBER BLOG  NORTH WINNER: LEIGH-ANN ALLAN, 21 FROM PERTHSHIRE  Merry Christmas Everyone and a happy new year!!!!  Hope you all had a lovely time over the festive period and enjoyed eating lo...

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  • EQUINE - Hay issues?

    1 Dec 2017

    Issued date December 2017 During winter the majority of horse owners have to rely on conserved forage (to a lesser or greater degree) to satisfy the fibre requirements of their equines.  That is n...

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  • EQUINE - Young Riders Blog Nov 2017

    1 Nov 2017

    NOVEMBER BLOG  SOUTH WINNER: ROSA ONSLOW, 18 FROM HAWICK     So, I have had a very busy November doing some winter training with Diamond Sundance. I have had a few two-day training sessions with...

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  • EQUINE - Five tips for feeding the pregnant mare

    1 Nov 2017

    Issued date November 2017 Feeding a pregnant mare should be straight forward; use the following tips as a guide to keep your mare and unborn foal happy and healthy. Learn how to body condition...

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  • EQUINE - Young Riders Blog Oct 2017

    1 Oct 2017

    LEIGH-ANN ALLAN FROM PERTHSHIRE. NORTH OF SCOTLAND WINNER That’s a wrap!  I cannot believe how amazing this last month has been with the end of my first season eventing, getting to compete at Bl...

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  • EQUINE - Time out holidaying your horse and how to feed for rest periods

    1 Oct 2017

    It is around about this time of year and certainly up to and across the festive season that many people give their horsey partners a well-deserved rest period or horsey holiday. This can vary from...

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  • EQUINE - Young Riders Blog Sept 2017

    30 Sep 2017

    LEIGH-ANN ALLAN FROM PERTHSHIRE. NORTH OF SCOTLAND WINNER Hey, Welcome to my first blog post as the Harbro young rider for...

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  • EQUINE - Autumn Feeding Transition Time

    1 Sep 2017

    As I write this, summer has definitely wound to an end and we are now into autumn. The light is fading fast and shortly the clocks will change, marshalling us into winter. It is about this time of...

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  • EQUINE - How to ensure your Horse's Feed Remains Balanced

    7 Aug 2017

    All living things require minerals and vitamins to thrive and survive but what do they do and how can you ensure that your horse or pony is receiving all that it requires? Minerals Minerals are r...

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  • EQUINE - Feeding the Competition Horse

    16 Jan 2017

    Feeding the competition horse is always a fine balance between providing enough energy for competition whilst maintaining a controllable and trainable equine partner. Harbro Equine Nutritionist, Dr...

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YOUNG RIDERS BLOG

JANUARY BLOG 

NORTH WINNER: LEIGH-ANN ALLAN, 21 FROM PERTH

Image courtesy of Ronnie Low Photography at Scotsburn

Wow can’t believe how quickly January has flown by although winter seems to be dragging its heels to leave!!!  Its been a couple months since my last update and I hope you all had a lovely time over the festive period.

December and January have both been rather quite months thanks to the snow and ice!!  I seem to be spending a lot of my time battling the weather wither its layering up on clothes (and rugs on Dee Jay), lots of mucking out or trying to break the ice on the water troughs however, when it’s been possible I’ve been out doing lots of hacking on Dee Jay with lots of lateral movements, transitions and hill work!!!  I even managed to get to my first training session of 2018 over at Inchcoonans Equestrian where Daniel Scott was holding a grid work clinic.  It was nice to blow away the cobwebs, have some fun jumping again and it was a great exercise to work on rhythm and control. 

This month I’ve been searching through all the websites and calendars to make my 2018 plan.  I’ve got lots of exciting things planned and a massive (probably unrealistic) goal for 2018 but I’m going to give it my all to see where all the training can go.  I’m very excited to see what this season is going to bring as Dee Jay is feeling amazing and we are in such a difference place from this time last year so onwards and upwards….

For although my horsey life has been quiet I’ve made some big decisions and changes lately including having left university.  Although still not ready to join the big bad world and become a ‘proper’ adult just yet I’ve decided to focus on my dream this year and look forward to all the new challenges that lie ahead!

As I’ve been making my plan for this year I’ve been looking back on my 2017 season and what a year it was!!  I set out the year aiming to do my first BE event starting with a BE80 and aiming to progress to a BE90.  Never in my wildest of imagination would I have thought I would be able to start the year off double clear at BE90, gain three top ten finishes and finish the year clear cross country at my first Novice!!  I’ve travelled 100’s of miles to training and competitions and I can honestly say I’m totally addicted to this sport!! I look at the photos on my wall and I remember all the moments of that day the mistakes I made, the mad panic, the countless wrong turns trying to get to the event but overall the joy, happiness and laughs I’ve had at every single event I went to this year. Eventing is hard and requires so much time and money and dedication and often a lot of disappointment. I’ve been asked would I give it up and trade it for a ‘normal’ life where I can afford to go on holidays, have long lies, have a nice car, days off to lounge around and my answer is quite obviously no.  No matter how hard things get I will never forget the days where everything went right, where I chased my dream and had a blast doing so.  For isn’t that what life is for... chasing your dreams and making memories that will last a lifetime. 

SOUTH WINNER: ROSA ONSLOW, 19 FROM HAWICK 

January has been very quiet on the horse front for me. Both sunny and Kaiser have had their winter holidays and therefore have been enjoying relaxing in the snow. We usually give our horses a 8 week holiday at the end of each eventing season. 

I am currently in my gap year, we thought it would be more beneficial to train all winter and give their break in January as I am away travelling for a short amount of time in South America. I have to admit me and mum were very happy with our choice as the weather became diabolical in early January and so even if we wanted to ride, we couldn’t with over 12 inches of snow! Hopefully their holiday will pay off and they will come back fresh minded and keen to work. They have both just started their basic fitness work, which Mum and Annie (our super groom) have very kindly started to do for me. I am very lucky to have lots of quiet single track roads around our house, to strengthen our horses tendons and so our walk and trot work is very easy to do!

I am now feeling very odd as I am the other side of the world with no riding and I am already very excited to get back to it. We have planned in detail my program for when I get back so that hopefully my eventing season does not suffer! However I did manage to find some horses in Argentina and go for a ride in the Andes which was phenomenal- it didn’t take me long before I needed to find some horses!

Next blog I will hopefully also have some more exciting news to fill you in on..!

SCOTTISH RIDER FEATURE - FEB ISSUE 

  • HORSE & PONY FEED RANGE

    HEALTHY DIET, HAPPY HORSE

    What you choose to feed to your horse or pony is vital for ensuring that they are not only healthy but that they have the ability to perform at the level you require. Whether you are a ‘happy hacker’ or striving for success in the competition arena, nutrition is a key component. Horses and ponies are all individuals, however achieving the right feeding regime, doesn’t have to be complicated, our Equine Nutritionist, Dr Vicki Glasgow recommends you assess the following:-


    • Condition & weight
    • Workload
    • Lifestyle
    • Temperament