Hurstwood Feeds, which specialises in supplying horse food and bedding, is celebrating 15 years in business and has seen a lot of changes since opening.
Elaine Maybury, who owns the shop with David Winter, said there was a time you would buy individual bags of oats, barley, maize and make up your own horse feeds, but now you can buy horse food in the same way you would a ready meal for yourself.
A huge range of supplements are available now and these, correctly used, make a great different to a horse’s health, said Elaine, who is able to offer advice to customers.
She added: “Horses in the wild will naturally graze on a variety of plants, mainly found in hedgerows, to supplement their diet, but most paddocks now are fenced so natural herbal plants are not accessible.
“To make up for that there are herbs available to add to your horse’s feed and we have a wide variety of them for both horse and pony at Hurstwood Feeds.”
Elaine said that horses, like people, are living longer thanks to the improvement in feeds but choosing the right feed was sometimes more tricky than you might think because it needed tailoring to your horse’s age and lifestyle.
Lower starch and sugar
For example an older horse will require food that is lower in starch and sugar than a younger animal. Those suffering arthritis will need a supplement. There are also supplements providing slow-release energy, or to improve a horse’s coat, or respiratory problems.
Elaine said she was amazed at how quickly the 15 years have gone since she opened her shop which can be found at Vulcan House Farm, Coopers Green.
Pet and bird food
In addition to horse feed and bedding Hurstwood Feeds also supplies pet and bird food too.
She is still enjoying the business and said she was grateful to loyal customers, friends and suppliers for helping them reach the 15 year anniversary.