Obesity remains one of the most important health and welfare issues facing horses living in developed nations. Yes, increased exercise combined with dietary restriction plays an important role in achieving and maintaining a healthy weight, but what else can we do to help?
Some horses maintained in a herd setting, regardless of how natural it seems, need human help for optimal nutritional management.
I recently switched from a ration balancer to a senior feed, and now my gelding's tail seems to be falling out and his coat has become dull and brittle. No other changes to the diet have been made. Help!
For horses that have access to plentiful amounts of fresh green forage, additional vitamin supplementation is often unnecessary. Shortly after harvesting, however, the amount of vitamins A and E decreases significantly in hay and hay products.
Imagine a fellow horse owner sends you this Facebook message: “Why do you feed oats instead of sweet feed?”
A recent article addresses the fact that many horses are fed based on historical trends rather than modern conditions. According to the authors of the article, equine diets were significantly altered with domestication.
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Selecting high-quality, science-based products remains the best way for horse owners to fill nutritional gaps in diets, but it is often a challenging task that requires the assistance of an equine nutritionist and veterinarian.
One tenet of horse feeding that bears repeating over and over relates to concentrates; simply put, keep meal size small. The reasoning rests on the understanding of stomach size and rate of feed passage through the small intestine.
Forage should form the foundation of a horse's diet, so it is important to be selective when appraising hay.
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