Colorado Horse

Jan 02 2011

Feeding Your Horse

Published by under Horse Nutrition

The correct diet will ensure that your horse is always health and in top shape. Your horse needs a diet that meets its need and consists of sufficient nutrients for your particular breed of horse.

Consult with veterinarians and farriers to design a optimum diet for your horse. As you will be paying for the feed you should also have some input into the diet , don’t compromise on quality and health in favor of cost. You need to include the right amount of roughage in your horse’s diet.

It should ideally include pasture and some form of harvested roughage. Balancing the amount of roughage and feed concentrates will provide optimum energy intake. Roughage or fiber is also great in preventing any digestive tract disorders. It also regulates the intake of other feeds.

Horses eat at least 1% of their body weight daily during their growth stages. This will enable you horse to burn up 2 to 2,5% of its body mass during a 24 hour cycle.

Adult horses will have lower energy needs. These energy requirements are achieved by using quality roughage in the horse’s diet. One of the most important supplements in your horse’s diet is salt. You need to supplement their diet with a form of salt intake.

You need to take care when feeding pregnant mares as their diet needs to contain roughage and concentrates. These will ensure that the mare is able to store up body fat which is used during lactation.

Growing horses have specific nutritional needs that ensure they reach the optimum growth levels. Proper dietary care will help the foal enjoy a well developed growth phase. A balanced diet helps prevent orthopedic diseases.

A balanced diet takes cognizance of all the nutritional requirements needed to ensure a healthy horse and is able to sustain their demanding energy needs.

Before foals are weaned you need to ensure that they are provided the proper dietary supplements. When the mare is a poor feeder you need to act proactively otherwise the foal is likely to suffer from diseases and malnutrition.

Feeding growth hormones and additives has been very successful in the livestock industry however their is little empirical evidence to suggest that this applies to horses. Most studies only show a short term benefit to these regimes.

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