When bringing a horse back into work, correct feeding and management practices are essential. It is important that the right levels of energy are supplied to achieve optimum body condition, nutrient levels are met, and that the horse’s exercise program is designed to avoid injuries.
llness, dental problems, extreme fatigue, or the discomfort of gastric ulcers might keep some horses from eating. If no health issues are found, how can an owner tempt a picky equine to clean up its daily ration? Here are a few tips to try.
Horses are generally thought of as grazers (animals that eat grass) as opposed to browsers (animals that eat leaves, shrubs, and brushy plants). Is grazing a result of modern management practices rather than a reflection of the horse’s basic nature?
Options for restricting the intake of hay or pasture are somewhat complicated. Use of a grazing muzzle seems to be a reasonable choice for several reasons.
Can you help me determine if my gelding’s diet is creating excessive energy?
Is there anything I can feed my anxious Thoroughbred gelding to calm him for trailering?
Can you suggest a diet that will give my gelding more energy but won’t make him fat?
A study was conducted to determine the effects of grain feeding frequency and roughage availability on the behavior of stabled horses.
Horses that are overfed and underworked are likely to have extra energy to put into misbehavior, and those shenanigans can make time with your horse less pleasant.
A great deal of controversy about whether the type of feed you give your horse affects its behavior. Some horsemen say yes, some say no.
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