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Category: Nutrition

The combination of the right diet and correct workload should keep your horse in good condition. A horse’s condition will vary depending on its breed, age and workload. Before you can begin to decide what to feed your horse, you need to check that your horse is already in good condition or if he needs to lose or gain weight.

You are what you eat… and so is your horse. A balanced diet is essential to keep your horse happy and healthy. The correct diet will ensure your horse retains a healthy coat, skin, bones, muscles and feet. A healthy diet will also ensure your horse remains sound and has plenty of energy. There are five main parts to a horse’s diet; these include water, energy, protein, minerals and vitamins.

In order to maintain a balanced diet, concentrates (compound mix) may need to be fed to provide the nutrients that are missing from bad quality forages (grass and hay). This is very common in the winter when extra energy is needed for body warmth, when additional hay or haylage is not sufficient; this is when more concentrates should be fed to maintain bodyweight. Commercial feeds are very common, and are already prepared with a variety of ingredients for a balanced diet.

Obesity – the fat horse

Much like their human counterparts, many of today's horses are working less and eating more (both in quantity and type of food), and as a result they are becoming fat. Obesity is a serious emerging problem in the domestic horse.

Nutrition – keeping your horse on top form

The combination of the right diet and correct workload should keep your horse in good condition. A horse's condition will vary depending on it's breed, age and workload. Before you can begin to decide what to feed your horse, you

Feeding the young horse

Feeding the foal or young horse can be tricky and will depend on individual circumstances, compliance of the mare and quality of the mare's milk. Nutrient requirements of young horses are extremely high, compared to those of adult horses, owing

Feeding the older horse

Horses are living longer mainly due to their evolution from working animals to pleasure animals and advances in equine medicine. As the horse gets older various physiological changes occur that require careful management. When is a horse considered to be

Equine metabolic syndrome (EMS)

This condition describes horses that are obese, have insulin resistance due to increased tissue production of cortisol, and have recurrent laminitis. The disease has received different names in the past, particularly Peripheral Cushings Syndrome, but the most appropriate term is

Equine grass sickness (EGS)

Grass sickness affects the horse's nervous system and is often fatal. The disease occurs almost exclusively in horses with access to grass but the cause is unknown. Until the cause is known, it is difficult to give sound advice regarding

Body condition scoring

Body condition scoring is used to evaluate a horse's general condition or fat cover. Body condition scoring enables you to keep an eye on your horse's weight over the changing annual seasons and can alert you to any change in