In the first post to the ‘Healthy Horse Secret’ sequence we talked about feeding quality hay as the primary source of nutrition and GI support for a horse. Now that we have established the importance of ‘good hay’ in a horse’s diet, the question lingers- What hay is good??? The answer to this has a constant portion and a variable portion, and I am so excited to talk about both!
It’s no secret that feeding horses is one of my favorite things to do. With a vast spectrum of breeds, disciplines, environments, and body types, formulating the right diet for any horse can be a bit of an art. However, there is a constant across all feed programs that gives horses shiny coats, proper muscling, healthy GI tracts, and strong immune systems. This constant is feeding good quality hay!
So then begs the question… how to build a horse’s topline? Muscle development in horses can be a tricking game—particularly for older horses, those with long backs, and breeds with less genetic muscle density. In efforts to put muscle on a horse, I have found a few guidelines that help me to be effective and fair.
A horse’s GI health can make or break his ability to perform, behave, and even function on a daily basis. There are so many facets contributing to a healthy, pain-free gut, but we can make an impact for our horses’ health by starting with these three practices. Let’s talk about feeding management practices for sustainable gut health!
To simplify the jumble of numbers, percentages, and labels, we can talk about a couple factors to ensure that the horse is eating enough protein.
Where these micro-nutrients play a major role in muscle development and physiological function, I am excited to give a shout out for the often nutritionally overlooked horses— the easy keepers!