Your horse means everything to you, and you want him to be healthy and perform his best. If you feel your horse has a physical issue that could be improved through a dietary supplement, a little research can mean the difference between helping your horse and spending money needlessly. Base Diet The first step in feeding your horse to good health is examining
his baseline diet (forage and grain). If he grazes on beautiful green pasture all day, he
is most likely getting all the fiber, vitamins and fatty acids he needs.
If your horse does not get to graze on pasture, think about his hay. Does he eat
a high-quality grass hay, or alfalfa? Is it young and leafy, or mature and stemmy?
These factors will affect the calories and nutrients he’s getting.
For most horses, feeding hay at 2 percent of body weight (assuming it is good
quality) will meet forage needs. Horses in particularly heavy work or hard-keeping
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types may need grain to supplement
calories. It’s always best to feed a
commercial bagged concentrate so
the protein, vitamins and minerals
are already balanced for you if you
feed per label directions. (If you feed
pure/straight grains, your horse is
likely to be deficient in some of the
Concentrate should never make up
more than 50 percent of daily calories, or fed at more than 5 pounds
per meal for the average-sized horse.
If your forage and concentrate
sounds like it’s on par, read on to find