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03 January 2013 New Year’s Nutri-lutions: Get your hay analyzed

hay analysisThis is easy to do and the results will give you a better picture of how adequate your horse’s diet is.  If you are not performing this important step in your horse’s nutrition program, then you are potentially undermining your horse’s health, performance, and longevity….just keep in mind, there are many over-fed, malnourished horses!

Depending on the quality of your hay (and pasture), you may or may not need to feed additional concentrates and/or supplements.  The better quality your hay is, the less you will need to supplement this essential part of his diet.  This will lead to significant savings in feed bills, and will ensure a healthier, happier, better-fed horse!

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.

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