Feed & Nutrition

supplemented horse feed

By Juliet M. Getty, Ph.D. - “For an adult horse with moderate activity, feed .75 to 1.0 pounds per 100 pounds of body weight.” These are the feeding instructions for a popular commercially fortified feed. If your horse weighs 1100 pounds (500 kilograms), you’ll need to feed 8.25 to 11 pounds of feed per day to ensure he’s receiving enough calories, protein, vitamins, and minerals. That’s a lot of feed!

Feeding Horses for Brilliant Coat Shine

By Dr. Nerida Richards, PhD - There is nothing more pleasing to a horse owner's eye than a brilliant, shiny coat. And aside from looking great, a shiny coat also indicates the horse is healthy inside and out. The question is: how do you make your horse shine? It is really quite easy if you follow these simple steps.

how many calories does my horse need winter, feeding a horse cold weather, how much to water my horse winter

In order to maintain internal body temperature and keep warm, a horse requires additional energy during cold weather. The exact amount of energy depends on the severity and extent of the cold period and individual characteristics of the horse. When environmental temperatures, including wind chill, drop below 45 degrees Fahrenheit (F) or seven degrees Celsius (C), called the critical temperature, significant amounts of energy are used by the horse to maintain its internal body heat.

Insulin Resistance in Horses

By Juliet M. Getty, Ph.D. - Do you have an overweight horse? Chances are he is insulin resistant. Excess body fat leads to elevate insulin, and blood glucose levels are slow to return to normal. Elevated insulin leads to more body fat storage, which leads to greater insulin resistance, and the vicious cycle continues.

The Best Time to Feed Your Horse Before Competition

By Joe Pagan, Ph.D. - One of the most common questions asked about feeding the performance horse is when to feed before a competition. Theoretically, feeding should be timed so that all of the nutrients from a meal have been digested, absorbed, and stored before starting exercise, but not so long before exercise that the horse begins to mobilize fuels just to maintain its resting body functions.

Sunlight and Vitamin D for Horses

By Juliet M. Getty, Ph.D. - Spending 30 to 90 minutes in the sun will give the average person all the required daily vitamin D their body needs. But for a horse, the hair coat alone creates such a significant barrier to absorption that it typically takes five to eight hours of exposure to ultraviolet light for horses to produce enough vitamin D to satisfy the daily requirement.

Feeding the Thin Horse

By Kentucky Equine Research - Horses, like humans, come in a variety of body shapes. Some breeds and individuals tend to be ”easy keepers,” naturally assuming a well-rounded shape. Others always seem to look a bit thin and ribby, no matter how they are managed. Why can't some horses seem to gain and hold their weight? There is often more than one reason.

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