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. Horses needing to gain weight may do best on alfalfa or orchard grass. Horses that are easy keepers may do best on timothy or teff.

*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
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. 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

*Vitamin/Minerals*
California Trace
HorseTech Supplements– Custom options
Purina Outlast Gastric Support– great pre-ride/pre-training snack
Uckele Supplements
SmartPak
Source

*Concentrates*
Beet Pulp
CoolStance
MannaPro RenewGold
RenewGold