Jerry likes to make certain we do posts on horse health and what horse owners can do better to help their horses thrive. Education is a very important part of Habitat for Horses mission. With permission from EcoEquine, here is a very handy article regarding feeding horses…and the mistakes commonly made. ~ HfH
In my travels as a certified FeedMaster™ equine nutrition specialist I visited 100s of horse farms. I witnessed over and over some simple “mistakes” that horse owners make that really can impact their horse’s health and the value of their nutrition program. 99% of the time it was due to lack of knowledge therefore I thought I would share some insight that I have learned to be true on this subject.
1) They don’t feed the Correct Diet for breed, age, health or activity:
I always like to use analogies in my attempt to get people to understand the complexities of equine nutrition. So here goes. You wouldn’t think a guy who sits on the couch all day would need the same diet as a guy who is a marathon runner…right? Right. The same is true for horses.
The quarter horse that gets an occasional trail ride has different dietary needs than a three star event horse. Someone who has diabetes will have a different diet than someone who is not as sensitive to sugars.