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*
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. Additionally, all horses will need salt/electrolytes provided. Some good salt/electrolyte products are: Redmond Agriculture, Redmond Equine, Smartpak, Uckele.


Nutrition Design Resources:
Dr. Kellon– nutrition courses
Equi-Analytical– forage testing
Feed XL– ration analysis
Pete Ramey- Feeding the Hoof

*Supplements- can be added to hay pellets or concentrates*
California Trace
HorseTech Supplements– Custom options
Purina Outlast Gastric Support– great pre-ride/pre-training snack for ulcer/gastric support
Uckele Supplements
SmartPak
Source

*Concentrates*
Beet Pulp
CoolStance
MannaPro RenewGold
RenewGold