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Horse Care : Tips about how to feed a horse?
Posted by webmaster on 2008/2/20 19:20:36 (308 reads)
Horse Care

Feed little and often – The horse’s stomach is small compared to its body size and cannot hold a lot of food.
Feed plenty of Forage – Grazing, haylage, hay or oat straw so the horse has something in its stomach all day. This helps keep the peristaltic movement and digestive juices going, and avoid behavioural and health problems.
Don't feed a heavy meal before or after work- leave at least 30 minutes either side of work, with a full stomach. Hay does not have to be removed.

Weigh feed – Don’t feed by “scoop”. Weigh how much a “scoop” is for each type of feed.
Feed good quality- Poor quality feeds that may be mouldy or sour can cause colic. Cheap or bad feeds may end up not being eaten and cost more in the long run.
Mix feeds daily and remove uneaten feed- By mixing feed daily rather than mixing all the feed together when it arrives, allows the feed to be rationed and allows you to see what the horse is eating. If the horse leaves any feed or becomes sick you can remove a feed product.
Weight bridges are expensive and not everyone has access to one. Ask vets, dealers and studs if they have one and if they are willing to let you use it. However "changes" in weight are more important.
If you have regular access to a weight bridge, condition score as well. A horse that has gained weight may not have gained fat, but gained muscle.
If a horse doesn’t require a feed other then forage, but other horses kept with him do, give a “dummy feed” of low-energy chaff and balancer. This will mean the horse doesn’t feel left out when the others are fed.
For horses who live outside, it’s best to lay down a bit of flesh for winter and slim down for the spring grass. A horse with a bit of flesh is more likely to keep warm over winter.
Depending on how you feed your horse you may have to feed extra hay as some will be wasted by being trodded in to the ground or bedding.

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