Feeding Horses Off the Ground VS From a Feeder

When it comes to feeding horses, there are two distinct philosophies – one believes in feeding horses off the ground as nature intended and the other in using a feeder to prevent sand ingestion. So, which is better or is there, indeed, an even better way? Off the ground Horses have evolved to graze – consuming grasses and shrubs directly from the ground, and maintaining their head and neck in a downward position. By far, the greatest benefit of feeding horses off the ground is that it allows the airways to be cleared of dust and debris. However, many horse…
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The Importance of Feeding Forage to Horses

As horse owners, many of us understand that forage is an important part of the horse’s diet. But, how much do you know about the benefits of feeding forage? In this article, we explain what forage is and how it supports your horse’s long-term health. Forage sources, including hays, pastures and other plants, are naturally high in fibre and a vital component of horse nutrition. Every horse should receive 1.5-2% of its bodyweight in quality fibre sources per day; providing them with a forage-first diet. Primarily, there are two important benefits of feeding forage to horses. These are: Digestive tract…
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The 5 Essentials of Horse Nutrition

Correct nutrition is paramount to your horse’s health, wellbeing and performance. It also directly – and visibly – influences their skin, coat and hooves. In this article, we share the five essentials of horse nutrition to help you formulate the best feeding plan for your horse. We highly recommend you consult your veterinarian or a qualified equine nutritionist when planning your horse’s feeding regime. Our team at Running Cool can also help answer any questions you may have. Age Your horse’s nutritive requirements will change throughout their life. At a young age, your horse has a higher need for protein-rich…
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3 Steps to Correctly Feed Your Horse

Nutrition plays a central role in your horse’s health and, yet, mistakes are often made when feeding horses. Determining your horse’s nutritive requirements sounds complicated, but it’s made easier by these three simple steps… By far, the most common mistake made by horse owners is over-feeding their horses. Over-feeding is detrimental to your horse’s health – and your wallet. An overweight or obese horse is at higher risk of life-threatening diseases and simply cannot perform at their optimum. Step 1: Measure your horse’s bodyweight Knowing your horse’s bodyweight is fundamental to protecting their health, and it should be done either…
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