I have always wondered which supplements are the best choice for my forage, but never got around to collecting pasture and hay samples for analysis. Well, I actually did it this summer! I used Equi-Analytical for my hay and pasture testing. I am more concerned with my pasture since my horses spend most of the […]Read More Nutrition Analysis Part 1
Horses that are overweight add stress to their joints and are at risk of founder. They are also much more difficult to fit correctly for a saddle. The best way to decide if your horse is overweight is by using, and tracking their body condition score. Horses that are a 6 or higher, should be […]Read More Is your horse fat?
Salt: Salt must be provided at all times. You can provide it free choice or top dressed. It only provides trace amount of minerals so it should not be used as your sole mineral source. Redmond Agriculture– bulk sizes Redmond EquineRead More Nutrition Part 3: SALT
Concentrates or grain is the traditional method of providing vitamins/minerals to the horse. The downside to these products is that you have to feed the recommended amount on the bag if your horse is to receive the recommended amount of nutrients. This means you may need to feed 5-10 pounds of additional feed, depending on […]Read More Nutrition Part 2: Vitamins & Minerals
A horse should consume around 2-2.5% body weight per day in feed. For a 1000lb horse that would be 20-25 pounds of feed per day. Of that amount, 67-100% should be from forage. So what is forage? Forage is the plant leaves and stems eaten by livestock. This can be in the form of […]Read More Nutrition Part 1: Forage-based feeding
Horses are measured in hands, with a hand being 4 inches. When measuring your horse, you will measure from the ground to the top of the withers. Sometimes you will hear someone say their horse is 15.5 hands high. This is incorrect because a hand is only 4 inches. A horse that is 15.5 would […]Read More How to measure your horse