02 January 2013 New Year’s Nutri-lutions: Make forage first in your horse’s diet
If there’s one thing ALL horses were made to do, really well, it’s eat!! By continually grazing throughout most of the day and night, horses can process enormous amounts of plant fiber to meet their nutritional needs. Quite simply, your horse’s digestive system NEEDS forage flowing through it constantly to support his natural digestive function and instinctual grazing behavior.
The horse is the genuine whizz-kid of hardiness. Thanks to millions of years of evolutionary design, he sports a unique digestive system, optimally designed to make the most of his continuous, high fiber eating habits. While forages alone may not be enough for some horses, and additional calories and nutrients may need to be provided in a more concentrated form, forage from pasture and hay is the foundation of your horse’s diet, and should therefore be your first priority when designing your feeding program.