”The nutrition the horse needs, the cost of the hay, and the availability of the feed needs to be carefully balanced to make owning a horse possible for many people.”
”The beginning of summer is a good time for horse owners with pastures to begin planning and implementing proven techniques that will provide grazing throughout most of the year.”
This article discusses your horse's natural dietary needs, giving you the information you need to develop a healthy and complete feeding program for your horse.
”Although anecdotal stories about individual horses may have lead to these myths or old wives' tales about beet pulp as feed, research and experience have largely discounted them and supplied information that horse owners can take to heart.”
”What you don't know about what you are giving your horse can harm your horse and cost you time, effort, and money that may not only be wasted, but may actually be harmful to your horse's health.”
While there are potentially dozens of plants hazardous to horses in each region of the United States, this article covers the three most common toxic plants in each geographic area.
To determine whether a forage is safe to feed free-choice to an insulin resistant horse, pay attention to three key indicators: Non-structural carbohydrates, ethanol soluble carbohydrates + starch and digestible energy.
While grass tends to be lower in sugar/starch during the summer, the situation changes as the night time temperatures drop below 40 degrees F, making it especially challenging (and dangerous!) to allow pasture grazing.
While all fat is high in calories, foods that are high in n-3 PUFAs can lower blood insulin levels in your horse, which helps reduce fat storage and lessen the risk of laminitis.
Keeping a horse's weight up during the cold winter months can be a challenge. Equine nutritionist Juliet Getty, Ph.D. offers sound advice to help you keep your horse in proper trim during the winter months.