A Beginner’s Guide on What to Feed Your Horses

Horse Grass Feeds

Horse Grass FeedsEvery horse’s diet is unique. Finding out the particular nutrients a horse requires is the hardest bit. The age, health condition, work done, and the climate determines a horse’s diet.

Energy-giving feeds produce calories. This leads to weight gain, which is not good for your horse. This is why determining healthy, energy giving feeds for your horses in New Zealand is not easy. Your horse can draw energy from four sources. They include; sugar, starch, fiber, and oil. This article highlights three energy feeds you could give to your horse.

Beet Pulp

This feed is recommended for underweight and overworked horses. This feed is rich in carbohydrates, proteins, and is a great source of energy. Serving Beet pulp can be served either wet or dry. But, majority of people prefer soaking beet pulp in clean, fresh water for at least 12 hours before feeding their horses.

Cereal Grains

Grains provide fatty acids, proteins, and vitamins which help enhance the performance of horses. They also have starch, where horses can draw their energy. Cereal grains are ideal for athletic horses since they are easy to digest.

Barley

This category ranks among the highest energy giving foods for horses. Due to its high-energy content, you should only feed your horse a specific amount of barley in a day. Failing to track barley intake will affect the diet and digestion of your horse. Mixing bulkier feeds such as chopped hay or beet pulp with barley makes it easier for digestion.

When formulating a diet plan, note that energy is not equal to how nutritious your horse is. Instead, it is a measure of a particular feed’s ability to drive body operations of your horse.

This is why it is a must to consult our vet and horse trainer to establish your horses’ energy gain.