RBEI MASTER COURSES: EQUINE MANAGEMENT: FEEDING 7
OTHER FEED SUPPLEMENTS COMMONLY USED
There are a whole world of supplements on the market but be pro-active in knowing what your horse actually needs rather than getting roped into buying things that will just upset it's belly and are unnecessary ;)
APPLE CIDER VINEGAR
AMINO ACID SUPPLEMENT
Horse owners should simply cover their horses general nutritional requirements and leave it at that. So many horses are dying of colic so regularly now, more and more, and so many people are feeding all sorts of "recommended" supplements which are upsetting horses bellies and digestion and are unnatural for horses to consume.
My advice, in my experience, is keep it simple. Adding things generally causes complications so stick to necessities. The healthiest looking horses I have ever witnessed have been those on the simplest grassy diets.
Many people feed oils to make their horses coats appear to be healthy. This is not recommended. Learn how to read your horses coat to read how your horse is feeling and doing. A horse can go dull in the coat fast if it is not feeling well, or if it is unhappy, if you feed oil you would not see this indicator. A natural glossy rich coloured coat without feeding oil means you are doing a great feeding job and your horse is feeling well.
Your horse will change in condition and coat every day, watch, read, assess, and adjust all you do accordingly.
IDEAL HORSE FEEDING RECOMMENDATION:
24/7 FREE ACCESS TO THICK BULK GRASS
24/7 FREE ACCESS TO GRASSY LUCERN: 50% PLAIN GRASS HAY / 50% LUCERN HAY IN A SLOW HAY DISPENSER, (ADJUSTED WHEELIE BIN).
24/7 FREE ACCESS TO 1 PINK QUARTZ ROCK SALT BLOCK IN PADDOCK.
1 SMALL FEED PROVIDED PER DAY MADE UP OF:
A DAILY MULTI-VITAMIN & MINERAL SUPPLEMENT.
1/2 CUP OF WHOLE LINSEEDS.
1/2 A 20 LITRE BUCKET OF LUCERN CHAFF
YEA-SACC PROBIOTIC: 1 TABLESPOON.
TO DECREASE WEIGHT: If horses need to lose weight you can cut out the barley, if they still need to lose weight cut out the 50% lucern in the bin and feed just plain hay.
TO INCREASE WEIGHT: Add 500 g approx, of steamflaked with molasses barley to the feed, and as necessary slowly build to x 3 of the same feeds per day, however be very careful not to feed more than 1 cup of whole linseeds per day, you will need to split these up per feed.
NO ACCESS TO BULK GRASS?: For those who don't have access to bulk grass they should build the whole linseeds up slowly to 1 full cup per day to make up for the Omega in-balance and avoid laminitis.
In all things remember to stick to what a horse can naturally tolerate. They have a VERY sensitive digestive system and as horse owners globally we are currently failing them and causing major issues with what we see as acceptable. Change is required and common sense needs to be applied.
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