Equine Nutrition

STEP 1: FEED A FORAGE BASED DIET

Your horse should receive 1.5-2.5% of its bodyweight per day in forage. That means a 1000 lb horse will eat 15-25 pounds of forage per day depending on body condition and workload. You want to minimize any time your horse does not have access to forage by using a slow feed hay net or feeder.

*Slow Feeders*
Hay Nets– long stem hay
Freedom Feeder Nets
Hay Chix Nets– round bale and square bale nets
Hay Feeders– long stem hay or pellets
Porta Grazer

*Processed Forage*
This is a great option for horses unable to eat long stem/baled hay, or when long stem/baled hay is not available
Chaffhaye– fermented chopped alfalfa (haylage)
Medalist Feed– pelleted alfalfa and barley sprouts
Standlee Hay Company– pelleted alfalfa, orchard, timothy, teff

STEP 2: FILL IN NUTRITIONAL GAPS

Test your hay/pasture and identify any nutritional deficiencies in your basic diet (forage). Most forages are deficient in some vitamins and minerals. A “red mineral” salt lick will not provide adequate minerals to fill any nutritional gaps. Horses that are thin will need some of the forage replaced with higher calorie concentrates.


Nutrition Design Resources:
Education
Dr. Kellon– nutrition courses
Equi-Analytical– forage testing
Feed XL– ration analysis
Pete Ramey- Feeding the Hoof
Nutrition Products
California Trace
HorseTech Supplements
Purina Outlast Gastric Support
MannaPro RenewGold
RenewGold
SmartPak
Source
Uckele Supplements

Commercial Feeds- For horses that need 4+ pounds of extra feed per day
Purina Strategy Healthy Edge
Purina Ultium Gastric Care
Triple Crown Perform Gold
Triple Crown Senior Gold

Commercial Ration Balancers- for horses that need less than 4# of extra feed per day
Purina Omega Match Ration Balancer feed
Triple Crown Balancer Gold feed