Feed & Nutrition

Choosing horse Feed Supplements, Kentucky Equine Research, Dr. Peter Huntington, equine Protein deficiencies, equine supplements, horse minerals, equine electrolytes

For retired horses standing in the field all day, grass may supply all the nutrients needed for energy and tissue maintenance. If a horse does much more than this, however, it might need feed supplements to make up dietary deficiencies related to training, performance, or reproductive state.

Feeding during a Hay Shortage

By Ceileidh Sager - A hay shortage is a nightmare no horse owner wants to face. If your area has been affected by drought and you are anticipating a shortage of forage, begin making slight changes to your horse’s rations early on. Diet alterations should occur incrementally over two to three weeks to prevent colic and other dangerous digestive issues.

Bellyaches, Blockages, & Bloating in Horses: Colic Causes & Recovery

By Kentucky Equine Research - Chances are very good that anyone who keeps horses for several years will encounter colic at some time. Mild episodes may resolve on their own before a veterinarian can arrive and more serious equine abdominal discomfort can often be managed with medication.

Feeding Alfalfa Hay to Horses

Dr. Nerida Richards, Ph.D. - Known as lucerne in the UK, Australia, and New Zealand, alfalfa hay enjoys a varied reputation amongst horse people, with some using it as a highly valued component of their horse's diet and others avoiding it with almost religious fervour. So, who is right?

Fruits for the Insulin Resistant Horse

By Juliet M. Getty, Ph.D. - Day in and day out, your horse eats the same thing. Boring… yes. Unbalanced… definitely. You’d like to add some fresh fruits to his diet, especially this time of year with all the summer variety available, but he’s already on the chubby side and you’re afraid of giving him too much sugar.

Body Condition Scoring

By Horse Council BC - The best way to evaluate a horse’s weight and condition is with this universally recognized Body Condition Scoring (BCS) system produced by the Alberta government and based on the Henneke Body Condition Scale. Since it can be hard to recognize if your own horse is over or underweight, it is often helpful to have two or three friends who don’t see your horse everyday use the BCS system to objectively score your horse.

If you guessed a Body Condition Score of 7, congratulations! You're correct.

Winter Water for Horses

By Robyn Moore - Horses require access to free choice, clean water at all times and in all seasons, and will drink an average of 30 litres of water per day. Many horses’ diets see an increase in dry feed matter, like hay, during the winter months. As a horse requires three litres of water for every kilogram of dry matter they eat, although horses drink less in cold weather, adequate water consumption remains a priority.

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