Horse Nutrition Tips and Tricks

Horse Nutrition Tips and TricksHorse’s nutrition is the first and most important step to their overall health. Consider the following nutrition tips:

  • Horses benefit from and enjoy non-irrigated pastures and forage.
  • Ensure that your horse gets all the necessary nutrition by rotating pastures to avoid over grazed areas.
  • Prevent moldy hay by properly storing it off the ground.
  • Additional nutrients can help offset the lack of nutrients in your pastures.
  • If you are changing food or feedings, do so gradually.
  • Regular deworming will ensure that the horse is not nutrient deprived.
  • Ensure horse’s vaccinations are up to date. Vaccinate even the healthiest of horses that receive the best nutrition as they can’t fend off all disease.
  • Watering systems are important and worth investing into as water contributes to proper digestion.
  • Welcome a vet’s suggestions in terms of dietary changes, upgrades or routines. Always ask any questions you may have.
  • Exercise is important to maintain a healthy weight for horses.
  • Senior horses may require soaked pellets or a special senior feed product.
  • If horses eat together, ensure all horses are getting adequate food and that those at the bottom of the pecking order are not neglected.
  • Always follow instructions on the label when dealing with nutrients or supplements.
  • Increased hay in the winter helps keep a horse warm and prevents weight loss.
  • Pregnant and nursing horses require special feedings, diets and routines, consult a vet to find a routine that works.
  • Moderation is the key when dealing with treats.
  • Much like humans, several smaller meals are preferred over two large feedings.
  • Nutrition and food has a direct impact on horse’s energy level, consider this if and when a horse is hyper or lazy.
  • Obese and overweight horses still require a sufficient amount of food; consider increased activity instead of decreased number of feedings.
  • Remember to research the appropriate ratios of things like calcium to phosphorus.