Horse health is probably more important to you than your own health. That health starts with what you’re feeding them. You need to balance your horse’s diet, consider the effects it has on their energy, consider adding supplements, or not, think about the advantages of pre and probiotics, and make sure your horse’s food is safe for them. After all, a healthy horse means they’ll be happy and help you with their daily tasks.
A balanced diet is crucial.
While grains and forages are staples in the equine world, they’re not necessarily balanced to provide your horse’s everyday needs. You can have your feed analyzed or even work with a nutritionist to make sure your horse has a balanced diet.
Reduce sugar intake
If your horse is high strung, their food can make their fizzy behavior worse. Of course, some breeds and types are naturally more excitable than others, but overall, you can try reducing their sugar intake to see if it helps. Muzzling your horse while they’re turned out and providing a good quality hay to meet their fiber needs instead may help. If your horse needs some extra calories, using oil, rice bran or flaxseed instead of all of their grain ration could ease some of the bouncy behavior.
Horses can’t make their own omega-3s, so they need to get it from their diet. Omega-3s have been found to help potentially with reducing osteoarthritis severity and pain, lower inflammation, decrease heart rate while exercising and improve lung function in horses with reoccurring airway obstructions. Omega-3s could also possibly reduce the effects of joint disease and promote healing after an injury. Your veterinarian or nutritionist could help you explore whether Omega-3s could help your horse.
Best Diet & Nutrition for Horse health
Domesticated horses tend to have a higher risk of ulcers than their wild kin due to the way we keep them. Extended periods between meals, diets based on grain and a lack of forage, reduced exercise time and unfortunately, sometimes, poor-quality forage. Pre and probiotics such as AbActive have value in helping horses relieve these problems. Probiotics can help prevent ulcers, recover from diarrhea and colic. Feeding small and frequent grain based meals is better than one or two a day. Unlimited hay is best, but if your horse eats it too quickly, you can try a hay feeder or net.
Contaminated or nutrient lacking feed is a concern. Always know where your feeds and forages come from, what they contain, and how they are stored. Never be shy about asking questions when you buy it.
You want your horse to be as healthy as possible, and Abler is here to help the horse owner improve horse health.