Two Co. Meath teenagers have successfully launched flavoured feeds for horses that are taking the equine world by storm. The two young horse enthusiasts have come up with an ingenious idea that changes the way ‘picky eaters’ feel about their daily grub.
Teenage sisters Kate and Annie Madden have launched a company called Fenuhealth, which produces a range of tasty supplements for horse feed in a move that has seen them go from schoolgirls to young businesswomen overnight. As members of the Meath Pony Club, Kate and Annie often experienced difficulties getting their ponies to eat their hard feed following a long day in the saddle.
The problem set them thinking and they began doing some research during the 2014 Dublin Horse Show. They subsequently realised that they had a viable project on their hands for the 2015 BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition. The students tested various flavours on the horses. Kate and Annie soon discovered that horses were attracted by the distinctive sweet smell of the exotic fenugreek plant. They also tested caramel and vanilla flavouring.
The sisters trialled 110 horses and ponies, and the girls found that 70pc preferred flavoured to unflavoured feed.