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.
Your horse’s nutritive requirements will change throughout their life. At a young age, your horse has a higher need for protein-rich horse feeds to support their growth and development. As they enter their senior years, they require a high-fibre horse feed that’s easy to chew and absorb.
A balanced, forage-first diet is essential to maintain body condition. However, dietary changes may be needed for weight gain or weight loss. Knowing your horse’s accurate bodyweight is fundamental in formulating a diet with the right blend of energy, protein, vitamins and minerals.
Every horse should receive 1.5-2% of their bodyweight in forage daily. However, a forage-only diet may not sustain horses in moderate to high intensity work. Commercial horse feeds and supplements should be selected for each individual horse and fed carefully to avoid over-feeding.
In addition to a competitive career, reproduction places great physical demands on horses. A lactating mare has, by far, the highest nutritive requirements of any horse. Energy, protein, vitamins and minerals, along with plentiful forage sources, are vital to support your breeding stock.
Your horse may encounter feed-related health problems if they’re fed incorrectly. Any horse predisposed to these health conditions, such as laminitis and insulin resistance, must be carefully managed. Your veterinarian should be involved in formulating a safe nutrition program.
At Running Cool, we genuinely care about your horse’s health and wellbeing. Our superior horse feed range supports your horse at every stage of life with well-balanced vitamins, minerals and protein for pleasure and performance. Click here to learn more.