THE 3 HORSE FEEDING TIPS THAT WILL HAVE YOUR HORSE LOOKING, FEELING AND BEHAVING BETTER WITHIN 30 DAYS

THE 3 HORSE FEEDING TIPS THAT WILL HAVE YOUR HORSE LOOKING, FEELING AND BEHAVING BETTER WITHIN 30 DAYS

WOULD YOU LIKE TO GET MORE ENJOYMENT OUT OF YOUR HORSE?

We all love our horses looking and feeling their best!

 

Just like this beautiful transformation...

But sometimes it’s not that easy.

 

We can let a couple of simple diet fundamentals slip, meaning that our horses don’t look or feel their best.

 

Which means less enjoyment for you… and them.

 

An anxious horse is not fun to be around, let alone ride.

More and more science is coming out that in fact, the way we currently feed and manage our horses might actually be harming their health.

 

This, in turn, affects our horse's behaviour and the enjoyment we get out of being with them.

 

Here are 3 easy-to-implement feeding tips to improve your horse’s behaviour.

1. Feed Plenty Of Low Fructan Forage

Horses should have 1.5 – 2 % of their body weight a day in forage (grass, hay and chaff).

 

For a 500 kg horse that’s 7.5 to 10 kg/day.

 

Forage feeds the good bacteria, fills the stomach up so its acid can’t splash and burn the top section of the stomach.

 

This will protect your horse's stomach from ulcers.

 

When you’re feeding forage, make sure it is low fructan!

 

Fructan is a storage carbohydrate made by plants as a source of food for themselves. For temperate (C3) grasses, fructan is one of the main carbohydrates they produce.

 

The problem with fructan is that it cannot be digested in the small intestine, which means it all ends up in the hindgut where it will feed and therefore favour the starch and sugar fermenting bacteria.

 

So for gut health and a better balance of hindgut bacteria you should always try to feed low fructan forages.

2. Take Care With Grain (Why Cooked Grains Are Better)

Whilst grain can provide a horse with calories, grains also contain a lot of starch.

Too much starch can mess up the hindgut!

 

Raw grains (with the exception of oats) contain a lot of starch, but only one-third of this starch gets digested in the small intestine.

 

What does this mean?

 

It means that two-thirds of the starch goes into your horse's hindgut, which the bad bacteria of your horse LOVE.

 

This leads to poor gut health and poor behaviour in your horse.

 

Cooking grains using a combination of heat and water changes the structure of the starch and allows the enzymes in the small intestine to do a much better job of digesting the starch before it reaches the hindgut.

 

When you feed cooked grains, only tiny amounts of starch make it to the hindgut, meaning you can feed grains while still helping the good, fibre fermenting bacteria to thrive.

 

Feed no more than 1 kg/feed of grains for a 500 kg horse. Oats can be safely fed whole or cracked, but still, feed them in small meals!

Here's The Difference Fixing Gut Health Through Diet & Supplementation Can Have...

3. Feed In Small Meals

In an ideal world for your horse, the small intestine has enough time to digest it’s food properly to extract all the great nutrients out of the food you’re feeding it!

 

This means that we can’t overload the small intestine with more food than it can digest at once.

 

If you feed a meal that is too big to fit in the stomach, the stomach is then forced to release food at the same rate the horse is eating it…

 

Which means that things like starch and sugars don’t get broken up…

 

Which results in too much starch and sugar in the hindgut...

 

Which is a breeding ground for bad bacteria!

 

Bad bacteria balance will then cause poor gut health, which leads to the majority of health problems your horse faces.

HOW DO YOU KNOW IF YOUR HORSE HAS POOR GUT HEALTH?

If you think your horse could be healthier than it is, then these are some symptoms you should look out for immediately:

 

- Picky eating or loss of appetite

- Excessive girthiness

- Uncharacteristically anxious or excitable behaviour

- Weight loss or can’t gain weight

- Recurrent, mild colic

- Manure that smells acidic (vomit like) or is softer than normal

- Scouring - Free fecal water (with water-like manure running out of the anus before, during or after your horse poos)

- Dull coat and/or poor hoof quality

- Difficulty working to the right

 

So, stop right here and think - has your horse ever experienced any of the above?

 

Part of the problem with recognising gut health as a ‘problem’ for your horse is that symptoms of poor gut health can be very subtle, even when issues are severe.

 

If you answered yes, your horse probably has an unhealthy gut!

THE SOLUTION

To start your horse on the path to better gut health within 30 days…

 

Start with the 3 tips in this guide!

 

If you’d like to give your horse some extra help…

Check Out Digestive EQ

 

Digestive EQ, with digestive enzymes, essential amino acids, mycotoxin binders, acid buffers and a yeast prebiotic…

 

Is designed to give your horse’s gut a helping hand to either recover and repair from damage done in the past, to maintain normal gut function into the future or to help your horse through a particularly stressful period.

 

Here are some of the results horse owners like yourself have had since using Digestive EQ…

Rotty is our 17hh 34-year-old warmblood that had been suffering from severe scouring and weight loss. After trying everying we decided to use Digestive EQ.

The results were immediate. He gained weight and the scouring stopped within days. He is happy again. Digestive EQ has saved his life!

 

Michelle Harrington

I am only feeding chaff, hay and Digestive EQ. His winter coat is so shiny. His feed conversion is great and he is even more relaxed.

He wouldn't lay down to sleep for over a month when I first got him and now he loves sleeping with his legs stuck out in the air and the neighbours calling me worried about him!

 

Kathie Bowtell

This mare was purchased and seemed to have the scours consistently for several months.

She had a few feed changes trying to find the problem but nothing was working. One 4kg of Digestive EQ settled the scouring problem in 3 days and she has now totally bloomed.

This mare has never looked like this in her life regardless of work or holidays.

 

Adam Rowland

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Would You Like To Have Your Horse Looking, Feeling And Acting It's Best?

 

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